5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/19 – 10/21
Every year, there’s one weekend in Memphis that’s just absolutely bonkers with events and things to do. This weekend, my friends, is it. These are my top five picks, plus plenty of extras.
1. Repair Days 2018, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Thursday – Sunday, free to attend, all ages
Bring your busted, rusted, and otherwise damaged metal items to the Metal Museum for a little TLC. During Repair Days, the museum’s crew of blacksmiths and metalworkers will fix your items for a fee, which benefits the museum. The day also includes family friendly activities, workshops, and a dinner and auction.
2. Grizzlies Home Opener, FedExForum, Friday, 7 p.m., prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
The Grizzlies – with Marc and Mike back healthy *knock on wood* – have their first home game of the season this Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. Be there to cheer on the home team, and entertainment from Young Dolph, Triggaman, and DJ Spanish Fly, national anthem from The Four winner Evvie McKinney, and a halftime show featuring egendary bluesman Rev. John Wilkins, vintage rock artist John Paul Keith and Memphis Hip Hop icon Project Pat.
3. Volunteer Odyssey Service Challenge, various locations, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m./ after party noon – 2:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Want to show your love for Memphis? Volunteer Odyssey will host a bunch of volunteer pops this Saturday morning – think cleaning up parks and rivers, gardening, packing meals, and more – followed by a party at the Botanic Garden – and it’s all free! Who wouldn’t want to give back and get free t-shirts and tacos? It’s not too late to sign up, and you can do that here.
4. Memphis Comic Expo, Saturday – Sunday, Agricenter International, 10 a.m.-6 pm. $20-$75, free for kids 12 and under
This two-day family event focuses on comic creators but also features vendors, a costume contest, and guest panels.
5. Soulsville USA Festival, College & McLemore, Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, all ages
As the world mourns the loss of legendary Soulsville-born singer Aretha Franklin, this year’s Soulsville USA Festival is an important one. There’s a stellar music lineup, vendors, food, dancers, and loads of stuff for the kids (and grownups) to do – including an Explore Bike Share bike ride and climbing and yoga at Memphis Rox. Read five more reasons to go here.
Plus a few extras…
Cooper-Young Beer Fest, 795 S. Cooper. Saturday, 1-5 p.m., $50, 21+
The 9th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest will feature beers from 35 craft breweries and two home-brew clubs. Goner Records will supply tunes and food from local food trucks will be available for purchase. There are a limited number of tickets left, so get yours online asap. Update: sold out! Memphis Tequila Fest, Overton Square,Friday, 6-9 p.m. $34 and up, 21
Featuring more than 30 different types of tequila, dance music from local DJs, face painting, a costume photo booth, and food for purchase. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis. Update: sold out!
Mid-South Renaissance Fair, USA Baseball Stadium, Millington. Sat – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., $12 adults, $6 kids, free for kids under 6
Travel back in time to the Elizabethan era with music, games, live full-contact jousting, archery, food and ale, and much more at this family friendly festival.
Cordelia’s Market Fall Festival, Harbor Town, Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The beloved “Miss Cordelia’s” shop at Harbor Town has been renovated and reopened as Cordelia’s Market, and they’re celebrating the new look (and their 20th anniversary!) with a festival this Saturday. Free food and drinks, family-friendly activities, treats, and more.
Beale Street Art Crawl, Saturday, 12-7 p.m., free, all ages
This quarterly event takes you on an art tour of what’s been called America’s Most Iconic Street — Beale Street.
Art on Fire 2018, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturday, 7-11 p.m., $75+, 21+
Enjoy a bonfire, live music and other entertainment, a silent auction, food samples from local restaurants, and beer and wine on the Dixon’s south lawn. Proceeds benefit the Dixon’s art education and outreach programs.
Time Warp Drive-In: Shocktober, Summer Drive In, Saturday, Gates open at 7 p.m., movies begin at sundown
Head to the Summer Drive-In for all-night movies throughout the fall. October 20 features: The Lost Boys; Fright Night; The Hunger; and Near Dark.
Dia De Los Muertos Preview Performance, Overton Square, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages
Get a sneak peek of what the Dia De Los Muertos parade and performances will be like on Saturday night in Chimes Square (by the tower) in Overton Square.
Memphis Smoke Fest, Tinder Box (436 S. Main St.), Saturday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., free
Memphians who love smoke of many kinds are invited to the 4th Annual Memphis Smoke, hosted by Tinder Box and benefitting Restore Corps. The cigar and BBQ bash will feature live music (from I Heart Memphis?!?!) cigar vendors, huge cigar specials, door prizes, bingo and other games, refreshments and a full bar.
Check out the blog’s calendar for even more.