5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 2/8 – 2/10

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 8th 2013 1365 0

Happy Friday! Here are five super fun things to do in Memphis this weekend:

1. XTreme Xperience, Memphis International Raceway, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., $159 and up

Check something off your bucket list by going to Millington this weekend to drive super high-end Ferarris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and Audis. Before you get behind the wheel, there's a quick training session, and an instructor will ride along with you. You have to be at least 21 to drive, but you can have passengers as young as 10 years old.

2. Mary Poppins, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, various times, $15 – $95

Mary Poppins

The Broadway musical version of Disney's "Mary Poppins" is at the Orpheum this weekend, and if you've got kids (or a serious nostaligia for the glory days of Disney live action movies), you need to go. All of your favorite songs, characters (I forgot how much I love Burt) and scenes are in the musical version, and the set and costume design is fantastic.

3. Memphis Comedy Festival, Theatreworks, Friday – Sunday, various times, $40 for the weekend / $7 per show


The Memphis Roast Club is hosting a weekend of stand-up, sketch and improv comedy at Theatreworks. If watching funny people from Memphis and beyond isn't enough, the festival also includes workshops in improv and stand-up.

4. St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Blind Bear Speakeasy, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., $10

Dress up (preferrably in your best 1920s attire) and go to the Blind Bear for a Valentine's Day party benefitting FedEx Family House and the Ronald McDonald House. They'll have drinking, dancing, a costume contest, a silent auction and a blackjack tournament.

5. TEP Gumbo Contest and Mardi Party, Earnestine & Hazel's, Sunday, 4:30 p.m., $10

The Tennessee Equality Project's annual gumbo cooking contest is one of my favorite annual food festivals. It's still under most peoples' radar, which means it's still easy to get samples, compete in the contest and meet new people. The $10 entry fee allows you to become a public judge and sample each team's offerings.

If none of these events do it for you, there are tons more on the blog's calendar (seriously – it's shaping up to be a very busy three days).  Have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday.

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