5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/19 – 5/21

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 19th 2017 4107 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! The best time of year continues this weekend with the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and much more. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

The World Championships Barbecue Cooking Contest continues Friday and Saturday.

1. Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Tom Lee Park, Wednesday through Saturday, all day, $10, all ages
Teams from all over the world have set up camp in Tom Lee Park to compete in this weekend’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. In additional to elaborate multi-level “tents”, tantalizing smells, hilarious entertainment, and honestly, some of the wildest partying I’ve seen in my time – this is a damn serious cooking competition with world-class judging. Think of this as ton of private parties/team cookoffs all gathered together on the river rather than a festival where anyone can buy bbq to eat. You must have a invite from a team in order to enter the tents, or you can check out BBQ Alley. Read more here.

2. Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.),, Metal Museum, all weekend, prices vary, all ages
The Metal Museum is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.), including foundry workshops, a slide lecture, an opportunity to participate in an iron pour and a Family Fun Day from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 with food trucks and hands-on activities.

3. Cooper Young Garden Walk, Cooper Young Neighborhood, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., $20 day of event, all ages/kid-friendly
Tour more than 75 home gardens in this eclectic neighborhood in the second annual CY Garden Walk on Saturday or Sunday. Tour the homes at your own pace, hear a special speaker, and grab lunch at one of the CY businesses offering specials. See many more details here.

4. Locally Sourced Comedy, Midtown Crossing Grill, Saturday, 7 p.m.,- 9 p.m., free, 21+
Blacksmith Comedy hosts this Memphis-focused standup show on Saturday night. The lineup features local comics Christine Marie, Will Loden, Sammy Azner, Hunter Sandlin, Cole Bradley, Kyle Kordsmeier, and Benny Elbows. Get there early to grab a spot to sit, a bucket of PBRs, and some of Midtown Crossing’s delicious pizza.

5. GRRL Fest, The Hi-Tone, Saturday, doors at 7 p.m., $15, 18 and over
Highlighting all things Girl Power, the Hi-Tone brings together the best of Memphis and the Mid-South’s female musicians. From the badass garage rock of NOTS to the airy but eloquent vibes of Harlan to I Love Memphis featured artist Magnolia, GRRL Fest is sure to be an electrifying night for the ladies (but boys y’all are welcome too).


Head to the blog’s calendar for dozens more events going on this weekend.


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. LC says:

    The Germantown Library is hosting a How-To Festival on Saturday. https://www.howtofestival.com

  2. Deena Lorraine says:

    Your list of “things to do this weekend” is always one week behind. Wonder why no one that posts it has ever noticed? So much for knowing what to do for “last weekend”.

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Deena!

      Every Friday morning for the last 7.5 years (Christmas, New Year’s, sick, health, vacation, no matter what) I Love Memphis has published a list of at least 5 things to do for *that* weekend. While the posts do remain on the blog for posterity, I think you won’t find people posting about this because they know to:
      a) come back every Friday morning for up-to-date list
      b) check the extensive blog calendar for planning farther ahead
      c) check out seasonal event guides which include many of the “5 Things” months ahead of time
      d) I Love Memphis on social media, especially Twitter
      e) Annual event guide
      f) sending me a message to ask for specific recommendations

      Hope this helps!

    • JC says:

      Reading is hard. Telling time… Impossible. Better break out the sundial.

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