5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 6/21 – 6/23

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 21st 2013 1668 0

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

1. Plant-based Food Festival, Overton Park, Friday – Sunday, $5 advance / $7 gate

If you've ever wanted to get into whole or plant-based foods, this weekend is the perfect time. The Natural House of Wellness is hosting the Plant-based Food Festival, which celebrates healthy living with three days of classes, speakers cooking demonstrations, a 5k, Zumba, yoga and other family friendly good times.

2. Casablanca, Orpheum Theatre, Friday, 7 p.m., $7

The Orpheum's summer film series continues tonight with Casablanca, aka, one of the greatest movies in the history of ever. Humphry Bogart plays a surly American bar owner in 1940s Morocco who's still in love with Ilsa (played by Ingrid Bergman) even though she's got someone else. It's a tale of love overcoming selfishness (and Nazis), it's beautifully filmed and a little bit hilarious. Just go.

3. Compulsive Gamblers, Young Ave. Deli, Friday, 10 p.m., $10

Compulsive Gamblers

Before Memphians Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber formed the Oblivians, they (along with Bushrod Thomas and Fields Trimble) were the Compulsive Gamblers.  Tonight, they're reuniting to play a benefit show for the Church Health Center at the Young Ave. Deli with J.D. Reager and the Cold Blooded Three.

4. Color Me Rad 5K, Memphis International Raceway, Saturday, 8 a.m., $30 – $45

You know what's better than a 5K? A 5K where you get splattered with paint every five minutes. The Color Me Rad 5K is kind of like the Color Run, but with paint instead of colored powder. This run benefits the Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. Don't forget to wear white.

5. Dixon Family Day, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Saturday, 10 a.m., Free

Bring your family to the Dixon for a day of art-related good times in the garden. They'll have hands-on art projects, interactive lessons about the gardens' plants and trees, games and live music from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

If none of these events are your thing, there are plenty more on the calendar. No matter what you get into this weekend, I hope it's a really good time. I'm headed to Johnson City to play roller derby all weekend, so you'll have to fill me in when I get back on Monday.



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