5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 9/21 – 9/23

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 21st 2012 156 0

Happy Friday! Here are the five events you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend:

1. Park(ing) Day, Peabody between Front and Second, Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free

Park(ing) Day Memphis

This afternoon, 16 groups are turning metered parking spaces on Peabody between Front and Second into miniature, temporary public parks. This year, you can look forward to humans as musical instruments, a wee tennis court, a roller disco opera, Jenga and more.

2. Cordova Festival, Cordova Community Center, Sept. 22 – 23, free

Cordova Community Center, Memphis, Tenn.

For those in need of some small-town charm, the annual Cordova Festival is a good place to get it. The small but bustling community festival features vendors, arts and crafts, museum tours, kids’ activities and tons of food.

3. Mid-South Fair, Landers Center, Friday – Sept. 30, all day, $5 kids, $10 adults

Mid-South Fair

If you didn’t get enough funnel cake and rides at the Delta Fair, head to the Landers Center (in Southaven) for the Mid-South Fair. It’s a solid week of rides, games, MMA fights, talent contests, roller derby and carnival food. Bonus: admission is free on weekdays before 2 p.m.

4. Duncan-Williams Dragon Boat Races, Mud-Island River Park, Saturday, 9 a.m., free to watch

On Saturday, teams of Memphians will race 46-foot long Hong Kong style dragon boats in the Wolf River. Even if you’re not on a race team, giant colorful boats being steered by teams of amateur racers will be fun to watch. The race benefits the Tennessee Clean Water Network.

5. One-Man Band Festival, New Daisy Theatre, Saturday, 8 p.m. $11

It’s easy to be in a band with other people, but it takes someone special to carry the burden of rock’n’roll alone. The third annual One-Man-Band Festiva celebrates the few, the proud, the guys who play all of the instruments simultaneously. A handful of one-man-bands (including Memphis legend Johnny Lowebow) will take the stage at the New Daisy for an all-ages show on Saturday night.

If none of these events turn your crank, there are a ton more on the blog’s calendar. As always, I hope you have an amazing weekend. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.


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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