5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 8/23 – 8/25

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 23rd 2013 2206 0

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

1. Forrest Spence 5K, Overton Park, Saturday, 8 a.m., free to watch / various prices to run

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The fourth annual Forrest Spence 5K is happening at Overton Park on Saturday morning. It’s more than a 5k though – there’s also a one mile fun run, a 100 yard dash for kids, music, food and activities (like slides, games and bounce castles) for the whole family. The money raised at the event benefits the Forrest Spence Fund, which assists to the families of LeBonheur patients with their non-medical needs.

2. Germantown International Festival, Germantown Baptist Church, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free

This weekend, take a little vacation around the world without ever leaving Shelby County. The Germantown International Festival is celebrating the music, food and cultures and dances of countries from Ethiopia to the Phillipines.

3. Big Star Live in Memphis, Levitt Shell, Saturday, 8 p.m., free

If you missed the last acual Big Star concert at Levitt Shell a few years ago, you've got a second chance. Indie Memphis is showing Big Star: Live in Memphis as part of their free concert film series. Bring a blanket, a picnic and the family and enjoy some great music (and the super nice weather).

4. Midnight Classic Bike Tour, Tiger Lane, August 24, 8 p.m., $35 adults / $25 kids, students and military


Forget the bike lanes: Midtown's streets become super accessible to cyclists during the Midnight Classic Bike Tour on August 25th. The leisurely 17-mile escorted ride starts and ends at Tiger Lane (by the Liberty Bowl). Before and after the ride, there will be live music, food trucks, bike vendors and more. Don't forget your helmet or your bike light.

5. Dead Soliders, The Cove, Sunday, 9 p.m., $5

Finish the weekend strong with the Dead Soliders monthly Sunday show at the Cove. The format is a little more casual than the hardcore country band's usual stage shows, but special guests, cover songs and other shenanigans make it just as much fun.

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. While these all are sure to be great events (and many serving worthy causes), I would like to invite everyone to The Annual Phoenix Club Summer Party at the Pink Palace this Saturday the 24th from 6-11. ALL PROCEEDS benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Tickets are only $25 if you pre-purchase here. FREE signature cocktails will be provided by Blind Bear, Silly Goose, Dan McGuiness, Young Avenue Deli, & Purple Haze. Ticket will also get you no cover to The Hotel Mirrors (Amy Levere & John Paul Keith) show afterwards at Young Avenue Deli, along with happy hour prices there. Quite a value at $25 total and a great way to support The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis! I hope to see y'all there! Facebook event info can be found here. 

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