5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/26 – 8/28
Happy Friday, Memphis! There are a TON of things going on. Here are the five you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.
1. 63rd Annual World Series of Drag Racing, Memphis International Raceway, Friday – Saturday, all ages
This year, the top names in drag racing will travel to Memphis International Raceway in Millington to compete in car exhibition runs, racing, and competitive eliminator action – all in front of the thousands who have traveled to Memphis to watch the excitement. It’s a family friendly environment with vendors, good food, and open access to the pit area for autographs and meeting the drivers.
2. Jefferson Avenue Home Tour, Victorian Village, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $30, all ages
This is your chance to see inside the lovely, mysterious homes that make up the Victorian Village neighborhood – which is much more than just the historic museums! From Civil-War-era homes filled with antiques to newly constructed homes with modern design details, this docent-led home tours is all about today’s Victorian Village
3. Sweatfest, Shangri-La Records, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., free to attend
Sweatfest is brought to you by Shangri-La Records. Head to the record shop (1916 Madison Avenue) for thousands of budget CDs, records, DVD, plus merch discounts and live music including The Sheiks, James and the Ultrasounds, Cody Dickinson, Graham Winchester & the Ammunition, Subtractions, Ben Baker and Friends, S.V.U. and Ten High. BYOB.
4. Bardog Anniversary Party/Breakaway Bardog 5K, Bardog Tavern, Sunday, 9 a.m. – $35 before Aug. 26/$40 day-of registration, all ages
It’s time to celebrate eight years of sliders, daily dogs, cold brews and brunch specials at Bardog on Monroe downtown. There’s a 5K, meatballs-eating contest, an alley party, and proceeds go to St. Jude.
5.Best Memphis Burger Fest, Tiger Lane, Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., $10/$50 VIP, all ages
At the BMBF, dozens of teams compete in categories like Best Burger, Best Veggie Burger, Best Bloody Mary, and more. Most of the teams will give out burger samples (donations appreciated!) and it’s all for a great cause: Memphis Paws, which supports animal rescues across the Mid-South. There’s also live music, eating competitions, a cornhole tournament, and a kids’ area (for an additional $5- $10). Your tickets includes parking, and there will food and drink for sale as well. Read much more here.
There are several more awesome things going on, too. Here are a few:
– TEDxMemphis, Rose Theater at the U of M, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $75, 18 and up
TEDxMemphis is back for its second year with another diverse lineup of speakers ready to share their “ideas worth spreading.” Last year’s event absolutely blew me away. The speakers are a mix of Memphians and folks from out of town, and I left inspired for our city and the people who love it. There are still a few tickets left! Get yours here.
– Mid-South Renaissance Faire, Shelby Farms, Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., $15 adults/$8 kids/under 6 free
Our Mid-South Ren Faire features Elizabethan dances, giant turkey legs and other food, merchants, pirates, and of course, jousters on horseback. Can’t make it out this weekend? The Renaissance Faire continues next weekend, August 27 and 28 as well.
– Spillit Memphis Story Slam, Saturday night, Amurica Photo, $10, 18+
Memphians tell their stories at monthly events and compete for title of best storyteller. Some of the stories are funny, some are heartbreaking, but all of them are true, and notes aren’t allowed. The $10 includes drinks (but please tip), the stories might be PG-13, and seats are first-come, first-serve, so get there early.
– South Main Trolley Art Tour, South Main Arts District, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the final Friday of the month, and you know what that means- it’s time for Trolley Night downtown. Galleries and businesses will have open houses, some may have free drinks and snacks and live music. Go here for more details.
And even more…(in order)
– Gone With The Wind, Orpheum, Friday, 7 p.m., $8 adults/$6 kids, all ages
The finale of the Orpheum Summer Movie Series
– Forrest Spence 5K on Saturday morning
– Memphis Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning