50 Free Things To Do In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 27th 2017 7101 6

Need something to do this summer but don’t want to break the bank? The Summer Survival Guide week continues with this guide to free stuff ot do in Memphis.

Enjoy the city with these free things to do in Memphis. Some are available for everyone, some are for TN or Shelby County residents only, and some are once a year, but all of them are tee-totally free of charge.

Free Things To Do In Memphis
1. Visit the Meditation Garden at Graceland, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. daily.
2. Walk the Riverwalk at Mud Island, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from April to October.
3. Visit the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
4. Go to the Center for Southern Folklore, see daily hours
5. Walk through Elmwood Cemetery, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
6. Explore Lichterman Nature Center, Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until close.
7. Visit the University of Memphis Art Museum, Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding school holidays
8. Walk through Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park, daily dawn to dusk
9. Observe the Peabody Duck March at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily
10. Hang out in Shelby Farms Park, sunrise to sunset daily (includes Woodland Discovery Playground)
11. Attend a show at the Levitt Shell, Thursdays – Sundays in summer and fall
12. Visit the Pink Palace Museum, Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
13. Peruse the A. Schwab General Store, daily noon to 6 p.m.
14. People and bike watch at Beale Street Bike Night, Wednesday evenings in the summer
15. Take a Jimmy Ogle history walking tour, see schedule
16. Ride the Greenline/Other Bike routes, see free bike map
17. South Main Trolley Nights; last Friday of the month from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
18. Take the Overton Park Old Forest Trail Hike, second Saturday and last Sunday of the month at 10 a.m.
19. Take free dance lessons at the Rumba Room
20. Catch some live music in Handy Park on Beale Street, several afternoons a week
21. See the aquariums, boats, and more inside the Bass Pro Pyramid
22. Volunteer for a local charity or non-profit (I post a monthly list of ways to do so)
23. Walk or bike Across the Mississippi River on the Big River Crossing
24. See a Twilight Tuesday movie at Beale Street landing (Summer)
25. Ride with Freewheel’s Slow Roll Rides (Spring)
26. Find all of the I Love Memphis Murals
27. Go to the Collierville Concert Series (Summer)
28. Swim in a city pool (Summer)
29. Play at the Overton Park Rainbow Lake Playground
30. Watch the sunset at Beale Street Landing/Tom Lee Park/Chickasaw Mounds
31. Run with a Breakaway Running Group
32. Attend a monthly Nerd Nite Memphis
33. Run through Peabody Park’s splash pad or the fountains in front of City Hall
34. Attend a free event at Crosstown Arts, i.e., Hustle, PechaKucha, or exhibition openings

For TN Residents
– Memphis Zoo, Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until close. Not valid in March. Rules apply; read here.
– National Civil Rights Museum, Monday from 3 p.m. until close.

For Shelby County Residents
– Stax Museum,  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Pay-What-You-Can
– Brooks Museum, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Select shows at Playhouse on the Square
MicroCinema Club monthly at Crosstown Arts

Free Annual Events
– Guitar drop on Beale Street on New Year’s Eve
– Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)
– Overton Square Crawfish Fest (April – free to enter)
– Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest (April – free to enter)
– Africa in April (April – free to enter)
– Beale Street Wine Race (April)
– Do the Zombie Walk (May; canned food donations accepted)
– Fourth of July Fireworks (yearly guide posted in June)
– Holiday Parades (yearly guide posted in November)
– Cheer on the runners at the St. Jude Marathon (December, I Love Memphis usually hosts a cheering section)

What did I miss? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.


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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