5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/30 – 1/1

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 30th 2016 7707 1

Happy New Year’s Weekend, Memphis!

Since you already have the New Year’s Eve 2016/2017 Guide, I won’t repeat every single New Year’s Eve event in this post, just a few picks. Also, be sure to check out the list of Places Open On New Year’s Day in Memphis post if you’re looking for Sunday brunch.

1. 58th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Friday, 11 a.m., prices vary, all ages
Georgia takes on TCU in this year’s Liberty Bowl (technically, the second Liberty Bowl of 2016 since “last year’s” was in January). You can read a full guide to the game and a Cheat Sheet Guide to visiting Memphis here. Even if you’re not going to the game, this is good to be aware of due to traffic delays near the stadium. Young Ave. Deli will show the game on the big screen; it’s also on ESPN.

2. Pre-New Year’s Trolley Night Jamboree, South Main Arts District, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages
It’s your usual Trolley Night, with shops and galleries hosting open houses, plus a little extra in honor of the New Year’s holiday. MEMShops‘ three newest shops, Southern Creed, Naturelle Skincare, and Inclined Christian Design, will have their grand opening (at 510 and 524 S. Main) with a DJ, Amurica Photo, and drinks and snacks.

3. Memphis Tigers v. South Carolina Gamecocks, FedExForum, Friday, 8 p.m., prices vary, all ages
Cheer on the home team at tonight’s U of M basketball game. It’s also broadcast on ESPNU.

4. New Year’s Eve on Beale, 4th and Beale, Saturday, 9 p.m., free to attend outdoor show/covers for bars vary, 21 and up
The city’s biggest party of the year is on New Year’s Eve on Beale Street. Bobby Rush and Southern Avenue play a free show starting at 9 p.m. and bars on Beale will have all kinds of music and such going on. Plus, the Hard Rock Guitar Drop is at midnight. If mass revelry with 50,000 other people is your thing, this is what you need to do for NYE this year.

5. New Year’s Day Brunch, Various Places, Sunday, all ages, prices vary
One new year’s resolution suggestion: have a ton wonderful brunches. Get started on this one with a brunch buffet at the Peabody (make reservations), live soccer/brunch/folk music at Celtic Crossing, brunch at Midtown Crossing Grill, Owen Brennan’s, or R.P. Tracks (they’re serving a side of black-eyed peas with every meal), or the “New Year, New You, Not Today” shindig at Ghost River Taproom. More openings here.

See y’all next year!


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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  1. KB says:

    Happy New Year 2017 to you as well, Holly! Thanks for keeping me informed about Memphis going-on’s for 2016 and your blog has been an awesome resource for me as a newbie. Looking forward to an awesome 2017 too!

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