5 Things To Do This Weekend: 11/16 – 11/18

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 15th 2018 1180 0

Happy weekend, Memphis! Just in time for our weirdly early snow flurries this week, several of the ongoing holiday events get started this weekend. Check out the full guide here and plan out your Christmas season in the Mid-South. Here are a few of those, plus some non-holiday things to do this weekend in Memphis.


These are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras…

1. Santa Lands at the Pink Palace and Enchanted Forest at the Pink Palace – Nov. 17 – Dec. 31
Is this the oldest holiday display in Memphis? Probably. It’s been around since the 50s and now has a home at the Pink Palace along with their annual Festival of Trees tree decorating display. Saturday is opening day and Santa will arrive on the lawn in front of the mansion at 9 a.m. (After Saturday, open daily, hours vary. Open late on Fridays. $6 adults/$5 kids and seniors.

2. Memphis Christmas Parade In Whitehaven: Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m.
Elvis Presley Blvd. from the Southland Mall to Laudeen Drive near Piccadilly.

3. 68th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Memphis College of Art – Nov. 17
The annual MCA holiday bazaar is back! Shop for fine art, custom presents, and tons of other great gifts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the college campus in Overton Park on Saturday. They’re also have a Preview Party at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

4. Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting – Nov. 17
Meet at the corner of Peabody Place and Main Street for the annual lighting of the holiday tree. Expect carols, arts and crafts, letters to Santa, hot cocoa, s’mores, and ornaments and magic wand sales. It’s free and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the lighting at approximately 5:30 p.m.

5. Memphis Bigfoot Festival 2018, Memphis Made Taproom, Saturday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis Made hosts the 2nd annual Bigfoot fest on Saturday night. They’ll have a panel, discussions, videos, a costume contest, Sasquatch-themed merch for sale, a food truck and more.


Plus a few extras…

It’s also the opening weekend for Zoo Lights, which is on display on select nights from Nov. 16 through Dec. 30. There are literally a million lights, singing trees, free tram and carousel rides, and a few animals on display. For extra fees, you can also ice skate, ride a camel or a Ferris Wheel, and more. 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $9 non-members.

Let me point out this super fun Blank Panther themed event at the Children’s Museum.

There’s a Grizz game on Friday night at FedExForum, and a Tiger’s basketball game on Saturday at FedExForum against Yale at 7 p.m.

Check out the calendar for more.


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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