5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/14 – 9/16
Happy Cooper Young Fest weekend, Memphis! Whether you’re living it up at Midtown Christmas, or you’re exploring other things to do around town, this weekend is sure to be a great one in the Bluff City. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.
1. New Wing Order Grand Openings, Memphis Made / Saddle Creek, Friday / Sunday, prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
New Wing Order is now selling their award-winning wings (and tacos, and vegetarian options!) on a food truck. Their midtown grand opening is Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Memphis Made Brewing. Their Germantown opening is Sunday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Saddle Creek Beer Garden.
2. University of Memphis v. Georgia State, Liberty Bowl, Friday, 6 p.m., prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
The Tigers take on Georgia State this Friday night, and the game will be on ESPN. They’re saying to wear your old Memphis State gear, throwback style, even though I know some of y’all never stopped calling it Memphis State. Go Tigers Go!
3. Cooper-Young Festival, Cooper Young neighborhood, Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., free to attend, all ages/kid-friendly
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 26 essential tips here. A couple of related events: a) 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. b) The CY Fest extends down to York with Memphis Made’s Cooper “York” Fest, with live music, food trucks, and special beer release.
4. Be The Peace Frayser Festival, Ed Rice Community Center, Saturday, 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Playback Memphis celebrates their tenth anniversary this Saturday afternoon with live music from African Jazz Ensemble and performances from their youth, apprentice, and professional ensembles. If you’re not familiar, Playback Memphis is a totally unique, locally-focused theater company that tells audience member stories using improvisational techniques and professional Memphis actors. Read more.
5. Redbirds $1 Fireworks Game, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 6:35 p.m., $1 (!!), all ages/kid-friendly
The Redbirds are in the Pacific Coast League Championships and they want to sell out the park for Game 4, so some tickets are only a buck, while supplies last. They’ll have fireworks.
Plus a few more ideas…
– Newsie’s at Theatre Memphis all weekend
– Levitt Shell’s fall concert series all weekend
– Don Lifted concert at Crosstown Arts
– National Guacamole Day at Babalu Overton and Babalu East Memphis
– John Prine at the Orpheum on Sat.
– 9th annual G.E. Patterson 5K for Pre-K through downtown (details here)
– GGOOLLDD with Crown Vox at Railgarten on Sat.
– Wok ‘n’ Memphis pop-up at Ghost River on Sat.
– “Burn The Witch” beer release + metal show at Meddlesome on Sat.
– Hair of the Dog Brunch (benefitting Memphis Pets Alive!) at Celtic on Sun.
Be sure to check out the blog’s calendar for more.