5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/25 – 1/27
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.
But first, check out a few things you might have missed on the blog recently: how to sneak into the International Blues Challenge this weekend, best places in Memphis to get delicious pie, a Valentine’s event guide, and two food festivals, Vintage901 and Craft Food & Wine Festival.
ALSO: On Monday, I’m re-launching I Love Memphis Mondays on Instagram for 2019. #ILoveMemphisMonday is a weekly giveaway where anyone can win tickets to Memphis events, Memphis swag, and other fun, free experiences around town. We’re going to start off with a bang, doing multiples giveaways here on the blog and on Instagram, so be sure to give us a follow.
And finally, if you’re one of those people who loves taking pictures of their food, you’ll want to take a look at this I Love Memphis contest.
OK, here’s your weekend guide:
1. 35th Annual International Blues Challenge, Beale Street, Tuesday – Saturday, prices vary, all ages/late night shows may be 21+
The annual International Blues Challenge is the most underrated Memphis music event in town. Locals just don’t know about it! In 2019, we have 800 musicians from 15 countries vying for awards all week. Wednesday and Thursday are Quarterfinals showcases, Fridays are the Semifinals and the Youth Showcases, and the Finals are Friday. All the showcases and after-parties are at various and multiple bars on Beale, and the Finals are a the Orpheum. Check out the full schedule here and read more here.
2. Whitehaven Black Restaurant Week, Friday – Saturday, Various Location, cost varies, all ages/kid-friendly
This past week has been a chance to celebrate the great local restaurants in Whitehaven, including Egg King Cafe, Electrolyfe Juice Bar, Kountry Kitchen, Lenny’s (locally owned!), Millbranch Wings & More, Pollard’s BBQ, Salad Express (pop-up!), Sensational Wings & Things, Smooth Living Health Food, and Uncle Lou’s.
3. Trolley Night, South Main Arts District, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Go all out for the first Trolley Night of 2019. Shops and galleries hosts open houses in the South Main District, there’s live music, and usually some free drinks and snacks. This month, don’t miss a new exhibit opening reception at Art Village Gallery, Vice and Virtue Coffee Pop-Up at Primas, live music at South Main Sounds, GrrlPunch Magazine art show at Stock & Belle, Live Portraits at ArtUp, and more.
4. Birth of the Bluff City: 1819-1865, Memphis Central Library, Saturday, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., free, 10+
This one’s for the history buffs! Head to the library at 3030 Poplar Avenue for the first in a series of history talks in honor of the bicentennial. For this one, they’ll focus on Memphis from its city charter (1819) to the Civil War (1865) using maps, photos, and drawings from the Library’s archives.
5. Memphis v. UCF, FedExForum, Sunday, 3 p.m., $7 – $5, all ages/kid-friendly
The Tigers men’s basketball team take on the Knights this Sunday afternoon in FedExForum. Get there to cheer on Penny and the guys.
For more ideas, check out the blog’s calendar.