5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/7 – 9/9

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 4th 2018 1131 0

Fall festival season has begun, which means non-stop events, shows, and parties from now ’til November. Get out there and enjoy the city with these five events you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

Southern Heritage Classic. Photo by Steve Jones / Memphis Tourism

1. Southern Heritage Classic Weekend, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (and other locations), Thursday – Saturday, priced per event
The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than an annual football game between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University on Saturday night at 6 p.m. It’s also a weekend-long celebration that includes music, parades, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgating.

2. Art on the Rocks, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $50, 21 and up
This year, the Dixon is upping the ante for their annual Art on Tap, which is now Art on the Rocks. The difference? This year, they’re serving craft cocktails with botanical themes and frosé in addition to the usual craft beer and Memphis restaurant samplings. They’re also asking everyone to wear green! Read more.

3. Memphis Redbirds v. OKC Dodgers, AutoZone Park, Friday (and possibly Saturday and Sunday), prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
Our Redbirds are back in the playoffs this year! Be sure to head to the ballpark to cheer them on against Oklahoma City on Friday at 7:05 p.m., and, if necessary, Saturday at 6:35 p.m., or Sunday at 2:05 p.m.

4. 47th Annual Germantown Festival, Germantown Civic Club Complex, Saturday – Sunday, free, all ages/kid-friendly
You could go to the Germantown Festival for the crafts, demonstrations, live music, vendors, delicious eats, classic cars and overall sense of community. You wouldn’t be wrong to do so. You would, however, be wrong to miss the annual Running of the Weenies, an adorably chaotic dachshund race. The fest is open Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

5. Central Gardens Annual Home & Garden Tour, Central Gardens, Sunday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., $15 adv./$20 day-of, all ages
This year’s Central Gardens home tour features six homes – including one of the oldest homes in the neighborhood circa 1853 – one garden, and two additional sites. The area focuses on Belvedere to the west, then east to peabody, McLean, Harbert, and Vinton. Get your tickets early to save a few bucks and get an in-depth, personal look at Memphis history

More ideas:
– Big & Rich is at the Botanic Garden for Live at the Garden tonight.
– Ballet Memphis kicks off their season with “Shelter” this weekend.
– This weekend is Millington’s Goat Days festival, which you have to see to believe.
Disney On Ice: Frozen is at FedExForum Sept. 6 – 9 this weekend.
Zoo Rendezvous is one of the biggest, best parties in town and it’s Saturday at the Memphis Zoo.
– The Delta Fair continues through Sept. 9.
Levitt Shell Fall Shows start on September 6.
– You can catch free opera at pop-up shows all month through 30 Days of Opera with Opera Memphis.
– The Cotton Museum has a reception for Four Kinds of Y’all on Friday.
Drafts & Laughs comedy is at Memphis Made on Saturday.
– Railgarten hosts a Memphis v. Navy watch party on Saturday and a brunch with bluesman Davis Coen on Sunday.


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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