5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 8/2 – 8/4

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 2nd 2013 1174 0

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

– Wheelchair Basketball Game, Mississippi Blvd. Church, Friday, 5:30 p.m., $5 adults / $3 kids

On Friday, the Memphis Rolling Grizzlies (our local wheelchair basketball team) will take on The Med's basketball team in a game of wheelchair basketball. It's all ages, and there will be a raffle for fabulous prizes. Proceeds go to the Rolling Grizzlies' travel expenses for out of town games.

– The Big Lebowski, Orpheum Theatre, Friday, 7 p.m., $7

The Big Lebowski, aka the greatest bowling movie of all time, is playing as part of the Orpheum's summer movie series tonight. The film stars Jeff Bridges as "The Dude", a rather mellow guy who just wants his rug back and John Goodman as a rules-obsessed Vietnam vet. There are also nihilists, mistaken identities, White Russians and marmots. It's a classic.

– My Big Backyard Birthday Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 2 p.m., included in garden admission

My Big Backyard, the Memphis Botanic Garden's playground-like childrens' garden, is turning four this weekend. Celebrate with an afternoon of games, crafts, mudpies, and scavenger hunts for the whole family.

>mancontrol< with Madame Wee, Crosstown Arts, Saturday, 7 p.m., $7


If you're heading to the first New Hi-Tone Show (more on that in a second), get there a little early to check out experimental noise rock band >mancontrol< with Madame Wee at Crosstown Arts (it's next door). I'm not sure what this means, but the event listing notes that "Jay and Kong Wee will be visually occupying the space" and that something called the Eye-la-Phone will be present.

– Dead Soliders, Hi-Tone Cafe, Saturday, 9 p.m., $10


It's fitting that the Hi-Tone would officially reopen (in its new location in the shadow of the Sears building on Cleveland) with a show from the band that played the last private party at the bar's old location. Come celebrate the return of rock'n'roll with the Dead Soldiers and Bottom of the Bottle. The show is 18+.

If none of these events butter your biscuit, check the calendar for more. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. 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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  1. Ponce Beyond says:

    Don't forget about "Summer-Ween", a 3-story warehouse party tonight, August 2nd @ 614 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN. Starts @ 10pm!.

  2. Emiliana says:

    Also, Memphis Freakengine improv is having an event at Theaterworks at 11:45 pm tonight! Admission is only $5! It is my first time going. I am really excited!

  3. Patti says:

    George's Truck Stop & Drag Bar The Sequel is playing at the Evergreen Theatre. I went last night & it was just as funny if not funnier than the first one. Saturday tickets are sold out but there are still some for tonight 🙂 Curtain rises at 8 pm but there is a cocktail hour starting at 7 in the front lobby!

  4. Tara says:

    FULLERFEST – Tomorrow! Saturday, August 3 from 8am-5pm at TO Fuller State Park in Memphis! 

    This all-day event will be a fun-filled day of activities, free to the public. Contests and programs will be conducted by Park Personnel in the park’s Day-Use Area. There will be a 1 mile fun run, diving contest, arts and crafts, basketball tournament, live music, and a display of birds of prey. Questions? Call 901-543-7581.

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