5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/15 – 9/17

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 15th 2017 3179 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras.

Pot o’ Tots from the Tennessee Taco Company at 3295 Poplar Avenue.

1. An Absurd Amount of Live Music, Friday/all weekend, prices vary, all ages
There are so many shows this weekend, which isn’t odd for Memphis, but it is heavy on the heavy hitters like Live at the Garden feat. Steve Miller Band, Mary J. Blige at Landers Center, and Chris Stapleton at Snowden Grove… and that’s just on Friday night. The NCRM carries on their MLK Soul Concert with Carmen Hicks, and if you haven’t been to the Madison Avenue ParkMarcella Simien + Dave Cousar give you the perfect excuse…also those two shows are on Friday, if you’re trying to avoid CY 4-Miler traffic. There’s more on Saturday (some listed at the bottom of this post) and of course BRUNO MARS at FedExForum on Sunday.

2. Cooper-Young Festival, Cooper Young neighborhood, Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., free to attend, all ages
The annual Cooper-Young Festival shuts down the intersection of Cooper and Young (and several blocks in each direction) for a massive street fair and neighborhood celebration (think 135,000 people) on the third Saturday in September. Read my 25 essential tips here. Don’t forget that there is a 4-mile run in CY on Friday night at 7 p.m., so traffic all around the around will be partially blocked during that time.

3. Memphis Comic Expo, Agricenter International, Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $20 Adults/$5 Kids/Free for Kids Under 6, All Ages
This convention focuses on comic creators from across the Mid-South. It’s a family-friendly event featuring a cosplay contest and guarantees fun for everyone, regardless of your knowledge of comics.

4. U. of Memphis v. UCLA Football Game, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, 11 a.m., prices vary, all ages
Gird your loins, midtown! This game is a big one and is going on at the same time as CY Fest. GO TIGERS GO!

5. Time-Warp Drive-In, Summer Drive-In, Saturday, dusk to dawn, $10 per person, all ages
Black Lodge Video and Malco Theatres present the 4th annual Time Warp Drive In series. Movies start at dusk and go all night. This Saturday is “American Madness” night, featuring Oliver Stone movies Natural Born Killers, Scarface, and The Doors. Go here to see the lineup for all 2017 Time Warp Drive Ins.

All Weekend

– Bass Pro Mississippi River Monsters Catfish Tournament at Bass Pro Pyramid (Friday – Saturday)
–  Memphis Comic Expo at Agricenter International (Saturday – Sunday) 

Friday, September 15
– 8th Annual White to Black Belt: Silent Auction & Wine Tasting Fundraiser at The Tower Room
F-Body Nationals at Memphis Raceway
30 Days of Opera at Raleigh Library
Ono Poke Pop-Up Lunch at Ghost River Brewing
Swedish Crayfish Party at IKEA
Mid-South Corn Maze opens at the Agricenter
Tape Art Crew at Hanley Elementary and Crosstown Concourse
Cooper Young 4-Miler Run
Cooper Young 4-Miler Party Pumper Uppers at Revolutions
Live at the Garden feat. Steve Miller Band at Memphis Botanic Garden
Mary J. Blige at Landers Center
Kathleen W. Wickham in Conversation with Otis Sanford at Novel
Cinema At The Creek feat. Dirty Dancing at Saddle Creek
MLK Soul Concert feat. Carmen Hicks at NCRM
Averell Mondie “Perspectives” Show Opening at Slim House
The Rusty Pieces at the Flying Saucer Downtown
Tonya Dyson + T.O. Crivens at The Front Porch
Marcella Simien + Dave Cousar at Madison Avenue Park
– Ryan Peel and 901 Heavy Hitters at Lafayette’s
Jazz in the Box feat. Adrian Cunningham at GPAC
Friday Night Dance Party at The Fourth Bluff
The Hollows at Hard Rock Cafe
Freestyle Friday at Mollie Fontaine

Saturday, September 16
Cooper Young Festival
Cooper York Festival at Memphis Made
30 Days of Opera at Cooper Young Festival
Memphis Tigers v. UCLA at the Liberty Bowl
West Fight On Cycle Run Walk at Shelby Farms Park
Tape Art Crew at Overton Square
Herbarium Visit + Workshops at the Dixon
Classic Car Show at Central Church
Small Shop Saturday at Ghost River
SneakFest at Agricenter International
Fall Book Fair at Cordova Library
– The Music of Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley at Crosstown Arts
The Driftwood Ramblers at Hard Rock Cafe
The Michael Brothers and Devil Train at Lafayette’s
Trap Karaoke at The New Daisy
Woodruff-Fontaine House Ghost Tour
Time Warp Drive-In: American Madness at Summer Drive-In
The Underground Artist Showcase at 1289 Madison Ave.

Sunday, September 17
Brunch Happy Hour at all the Huey’s
Brunch at the Brewery at Ghost River
Hair of the Dog Brunch at Celtic Crossing
30 Days of Opera at Wolfchase Galleria
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Take Steps Memphis at Botanic Garden
Yoga & Visualization at Your Inner Yogi
Women’s Bike Chat at Revolutions
Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River

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. isaac says:

    Thanks, love your write ups.
    It’s benefiting.

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