5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/17 – 8/19

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 15th 2018 1478 0

This weekend in Memphis concludes our annual Elvis Week Celebration, plus there are tons of other fun ways to enjoy music, food, and culture in the city. Check out my picks for the five things you won’t want to miss.

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1. Love & Basketball Screening, Orpheum Theater, Friday, 7 p.m., $6 kids/$8 adults, all ages (parental discretion advised, it’s PG-13)
Watch this cult classic in air-conditioned comfort at the Orpheum’s Summer Movie series screening of Love & Basketball.

2. Continuum Music Festival, Crosstown Arts, Friday – Saturday, $10 – $25, all age/kid-friendly
CMF is a festival of collaborations among musicians and artists of diverse genres from Memphis and beyond, including Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IMAKEMADBEATS, Artistik Approach, and many more. They’ll have family friendly activities and fun, too. Check out the schedule and all the info here.

3. Elvis Week 2018, Various locations, through Saturday, prices vary, all ages
Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll this August by attending one (or more) of the many Elvis events around the city, from official Elvis Tribute Artist contests to dance parties to the famous candlelight vigil that brings fans from around the world to the gates of Graceland.

4. Germantown International Festival, Agricenter International, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Rotary Club of Germantown will host the 10th annual Germantown International Festival this Saturday, with more than 35 countries represented through food, performances, vendors, art, crafts, and more. It’s free to enter, though you may want to bring money for food and crafts.

5. Monroe Avenue Festival (and Breakaway Bardog 5K), Bardog Tavern, Sunday, 9 a.m., free ($37 for the race), all ages
Start off your morning at 9 a.m. with a 5K race through downtown and the Monroe Avenue Festival/Race After Party. It’s $37 ahead of time for the race, which includes entry, 2 beer tix and 2 food tix. You don’t have to run to come to the festival. If you don’t run, just show up at 9 a.m. and it’s free to enter. Expect live music, raffles (my friend won a kayak last year), a dunk tank, meatball-eating contest, and more. It’s all a fundraiser for St. Jude!


For a great family-friendly idea, check out the Children’s Museum’s “A Night At The Museum” event on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a chance to enjoy all the museum’s amenities plus special activities. They’ll have the splash park open and unlimited carousel rides, plus crafts, face pairing, food trucks, and more. It’s free for members and $15 for non-members.

For more ideas, check out the blog’s calendar here.


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. Enedena Fornazieri says:

    Elvis Presley, The King Forever!!!

  2. Chris says:

    I think the Bardog 5k starts at 9 am according to the race website.

    Can we confirm the time?

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Thanks Chris! Don’t know what I read that had me thinking 8 a.m. for the race, but both the race and the festival start at 9 a.m. I’ll make the change!

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