5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/30 – 10/2

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 30th 2016 3332 0

Happy Friday Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a whole bunch of extra ideas.

ICYMI: check out this week’s music video premiere from Dead Soldiers and then enter the giveaway here.

1. GonerFest 13, Hi-Tone/Murphy’s/Memphis Made, Thursday – Sunday, $5 – $75, 18+
Gonerfest, Goner Records’ annual four-day celebration of garage, punk and indie rock, turns 13. Celebrate another year of loud music, spilled beer and good times that brings in rock fans from all over the world. This one’s not for kids. Read more about the different shows in this post.

2. More Music Festivals. We have two other music festivals this weekend besides Gonerfest:

a) Bona Fide Blues Festival, Overton Square, Friday – Saturday, free-$30
The second annual Bona Fide Blues Festival is all about local and regional blues musicians from within a 100-mile radius around Memphis. About 40 acts will perform at the free outdoor day shows and then ticketed evening shows at the Blue Monkey and Lafayette’s.

b) This is Memphis Music Festival, Levitt Shell, Sunday, 7 p.m., free
The University of Memphis will host the 2nd annual celebration of up-and-coming Memphis musicians on Sunday evening, plus a special appearance from Frayser Boy.

3. Paint Memphis/Soul Food 5, Chelsea Greenline, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Head to the intersection of Chelsea and N. Evergreen to watch more than 140 artists come together to paint what will be the largest collaborative mural in the city. They’ll have food trucks, beer and wine, community orgs and vendors on site.

4. Memphis Symphony Orchestra Opening Weekend, Saturday – Sunday, Cannon Center/GPAC, $15 +, all ages
Welcome the Symphony’s new conductor, Robert Moody, with two performances of “Masterworks 1” this weekend. MSO performs on Saturday at 7 p.m. downtown at the Cannon Center and on Sunday at GPAC at 2:30 p.m.

5. Two Taco-Related Events.

a) Tacoberfest, St. Michael Catholic Church (3863 Summer Ave.), Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free to enter, all ages
Since this is the first one, I’m not sure what St. Michael’s Tacoberfest is going to be like, though I know they’ll have teams competing in best taco, best salsa, and be margarita categories. No word if they’ll have samples. They will, though, have a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, and door prizes (enter to win with a $10 donation).

b) Lady Parts Justice Taco Festival, Hi-Tone, Sunday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $10, all ages
Support reproductive rights for all with this Sunday’s Lady Parts Justice Taco Festival. Hot Mess Burritos, The JoyRide and the Hi-Tone food truck will serve tacos, there will be music by Name and the Nouns and HEELS, plus comedy by Katrina Coleman, Richard Douglas Jones, and Cole Bradley.

A couple other big highlights:

– Want to play games, get a t-shirt, and enjoy lunch…all for free (?!) You can join in the fun at the Field Day for Grown Ups on Saturday at Overton park, hosted by New Memphis. All you have to do is RSVP and show up. Go here for all the details.

– It’s your last weekend to get to the fair, and we have two options. The Mid-South Fair is at the Landers Center in Southaven through Sunday, and the Bluff City Fair is at Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds also through Sunday.

– A new vintage shop, Fox+Cat Vintage has a grand opening this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, benefitting New Ballet Ensemble and School. Fox+Cat is located next to Urban Outfitters. Find out more here.

– Friday night is Trolley Night/Art Night on South Main downtown, with gallery openings and tons of live music.

– U of M Tigers take on Ole Miss in Saturday’s football game down in Oxford. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. and the game is on ESPN 2. The Rec Room and High Cotton will host watch parties for this game, and Brookhaven Pub always has specials and shows the game. If you know of other watch parties, let me know in the comments.




Have a great weekend and come back here and tell me all about it! Don’t forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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