5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 5/31 – 6/2

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 31st 2013 1146 0

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

1. Memphis Italian Festival, Marquette Park, Friday and Saturday, all day, $10 before 4 p.m. / $15 after 4 p.m., kids under 12 free

The Memphis Italian Festival celebrates Memphis' Italian community with a weekend of food (including a cooking contest and cooking demonstrations), live music, bocce ball and cornhole ournaments, grape stomping, a wine race and pizza eating contests. Parking can be a little tricky, but you can park at the Hilton offices and take a free shuttle to the festival.

2. Memphis Zombie Massacre, Second and G.E. Patterson, Friday, 6 p.m., free


On the last Friday in May, the undead roam South Main in their annual quest for brains. Get dressed in your zombie best, grab some fake blood and join the Memphis Zombie Massacre. This year, the staging area is at Second and G.E. Patterson. There will be people there to help with makeup starting at 3:30 p.m., and the walk steps off promptly at 6:30 p.m. It's free, but please bring a canned good to donate to the Mid-South Food Bank.

3. Ballet on Wheels presents "The Wiz", Hutchison School Weiner Theatre, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., $20 advance / $25 door

Memphis' Ballet on Wheels dance company is staging a ballet version of "The Wiz" on Saturday at Hutchison School. "The Wiz", for the uninitiated, is the fantastic 1970s remake (update?) of the "Wizard of Oz", starring Michael Jackson. There will be two performances, one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m., and both are open to the public.

4. Spillit: Lessons Learned, Crosstown Arts, Saturday, 7 p.m., free

On Saturday night, listen to your fellow Memphians tell stories about the things they've learned the hard way at Spillit. Spillit is an ongoing storytelling series that features people telling funny, heartbreaking true stories on stage with no notes. If you want a good seat (or a seat at all), get there early.

5. Richard James and Dream Team, The Cove, Saturday, 10 p.m., $5

ard James and Dream Team

A while back, the Cove used to host a monthly show with Richard James, Dream Team and Burning sands where all three bands would take half-hour-ish turns playing from 10 p.m. until the bar closed. There was drinking, there was dancing, Richard frequently climbed atop the bar and removed clothing while singing; it was fun. And this Saturday night, it's (kind of) happening again – Richard James and Dream Team are playing the Cove for the low, low price of $5.

If none of these events are your thing, there are plent more on the blog's calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time. 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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