5 Things To Do This Weekend: 6/1 – 6/3
Hello June! Kick off the month with these five must-do events for Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.
Here’s what’s going on in Memphis this weekend:
1. Levitt Shell Concerts, Thursday – Sunday, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Levitt Shell kicks off the spring/summer concert series this weekend with Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers (Thursday), Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear (Friday), Banditos (Saturday), and Dustbowl Revival (Sunday). It’s free and you can bring your picnics and chairs and kids, but bring a few bucks for the donation bucket, if you can.
2. Memphis 150 NASCAR, Memphis International Raceway, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. $20 adults, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s your one chance to see NASCAR in the Mid-South this year, and it’s happening all day (practice, qualifiers, race begins at 6 p.m.) on Saturday at the track in Millington. Check here for five reason you’ll want to be there.
3. Touch-A-Truck, Mud Island, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
This free community event gives families the opportunity to explore a multitude of awesome trucks and vehicles (think fire trucks, tractors, cop cars, busses, etc.) and kids of all ages can interact with these vehicles and the people who drive them. Plus, free monorail rides and free Amurica photo booth, food trucks, splash park, face painting, MEMPops, and more.
4. Treedom Opening Day, starts at 477 N. 5th Street, Saturday, 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the opening of the Treedom Sculpture at AW Willis between 2nd and 3rd on Saturday with a second line parade starting at 477 N. 5th Street (Mighty Souls Brass band will lead the way) followed by a free community picnic (yes, free food) and live music on site.
5. Memphis Roller Derby v. Mississippi Brawl Stars, Pipkin Building, Saturday, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $10, all ages/kid-friendly
Take the family out to cheer on the folks from Memphis Roller Derby as they take on the Mississippi team. Doors at 5 p.m., bout at 6 p.m., there are snacks, merch, a raffle, and a cool halftime performance with mini bike races. Kids ages 12 to 5 are $5 and kids age 4 and younger are free. There’s also an after party at Midtown Crossing Grill, and an after-after party at the Friends for Life Big Gay Dance Party at Stop345.
Also, OF COURSE it’s also Italian Festival weekend! While the event is mostly for cooking teams and their families, they do have a few activities going on for the general public. Here’s the info:
Memphis Italian Festival, Marquette Park, Thursday – Saturday, all day, $10 adult/kids under 10 and active military free, all ages
Celebrate Memphis’ Italian community with food, games, a cooking contest and more at the Memphis Italian Festival. Similar to Memphis In May’s barbecue cooking competition, you need an inside connection with a cooking team in order to eat most of the food, so prepare accordingly. You can also play bocce ball and cornhole and hear live music.
Another event I wanted to shout-out is the aforementioned dance party:
Big Gay Dance Party Vol 3: Y2K Edition, Stop 345, Saturday, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., $15/$25/$50 + fees, 18 and up
Support the local chapter of Friends for Life with this nineties-themed dance party at Stop 345 (345 Madison). They’ll have the place decked out in neon and black lights, plus 90s and 2000s dance, pop, and hip hop tunes courtesy of the always-amazing DJ AD. Your $25 ticket includes unlimited beer, and VIP includes liquor, plus there’s a cash bar. Folks 18+ are welcome and get purchase a $15 ticket.
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