5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 5/10 – 5/12

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 10th 2013 842 0

Happy Friday, y'all. Here are five things you can do with your mom in Memphis this weekend. (What? You forgot that Sunday is Mother's Day?)

1. Memphis Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., $15


Take a trip to the  "little Greek island on Highland' this weekend for dancing (don't worry, there are lessons), a marketplace, tours of the church sanctuary, live music and yes, tons of food. If you can't stay for dinner, you can always get food in the drive-tru.

2. Rock of Ages, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, various times, $25 – $82

Rock of Ages is a musical centered around your favorite karaoke classics from the 1980's: "I Can't Fight this Feeling", "Wanted Dead or Alive", etc. (And for Grizz fans, the show also features "Don't Stop Believin'".) The Orpheum's website describes it as "an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits" of the 1980s. This one's definitely PG-13.

3. Memphis Grizzlies vs. OKC Thunder, FedExForum (or any TV in town), Saturday, 4 p.m., various prices

Having watched both of the games at OKC earlier this week, I'd like to make one request of you, my fellow Memphians: can we please, please show those people (meaning their fans) what a basketball stadium is supposed to be like during the playoffs? No sitting politely, no showing up late, and no friendly t-shirts that say things like "community". Bring the grit. Bring the grind. Bring the noise. (Please, remember to be nice to any OKC fans you come across – they'll almost certainly be nice to you.) Go Grizz!

4. Symphony in the Gardens, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Saturday, 6 p.m., $5 – $20

Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic to the Dixon for their annual Symphony in the Gardens on Saturday night. The kids from Stax Academy will play at 5:15 followed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. If you're feeling fancy, enter the picnic contest – there will be prizes for most creative, most romantic, most gourmet and best children's.

5. Waka Flocka Flame, Minglewood Hall, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., $30

Atlanta-based rapper Waka Flocka Flame is coming to Minglewood on Saturday night for an all-ages show. (Fun fack from Waka's Wikipedia page: "The name "Waka" was given to him by his cousin, after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear's catch phrase, 'Waka Waka'.")

As always, if none of these events are your thing, there are tons more on the blog's calendar.

No matter what you're doing this weekend, have fun, and be sure to do something nice for your mom. If you need any last minute gift suggestions, hit me up on Twitter @ilovememphis and I'll help you out.


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