5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 8/30 – 9/1

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 30th 2013 2816 0

Happy Friday, y'all! Get your three-day weekend started right with this list of five super fun things you'll want to do in Memphis this weekend:


1. Delta Fair, Agricenter International, August 30 – September 8, $10 adults / $5 kids and seniors


The Delta Fair is a classic affair. It's a week of midway games, rides, livestock and homemaking competitions, exhibits, pig wrastlin' (their spelling) and this year – the part I'm most excited about – a demolition derby. The fair is open every day until at least 10 p.m.

2. Cochon Heritage Barbecue, Beale St. Landing, August 30, 5:55 p.m.,  $125 – $200

Attention foodies: Cochon is returning to Memphis on August 30th for their second annual Cochon Heritage Barbecue. The event is somewhat scaled down from last year's full weekend of meat eating, but it's still going to be fun. Admission includes tastings from competing barbecue teams, as well as drinks.

3. Zoo Brew, Memphis Zoo, Friday, 7 p.m., $40

Zoo Brew is a chance to wander the Memphis Zoo at night, tiny cup in hand, sampling more than 100 kinds of craft and hard-to-find beers from around the world. There's also food and live music. Don't let the tiny cup fool you, though – it's entirely possible to get a little (or a lot) tipsy at Zoo Brew, so arrange for a ride home or call a cab.

4. Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Center for Southern Folklore, August 31 – September 1, free

The Center for Southern Folklore's annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival is two days of southern-fried live music, dancing, cooking, storytelling and vendors that happens downtown over Labor Day weekend. The festival is completely free and family friendly, so don't hesitate to bring everyone you know.

5. Steamroller Printing, Five in One Social Club, Sept. 1, 3 p.m., free


For months, artists have been posting up at Five in One Social Club on Broad Ave., carving images into giant, 4×8 foot wooden blocks in anticipation of steamroller printing night. The VINI crew has rented a steamroller, and for one night only, they'll be using it to make prints. You can view the blocks online now and pre-order discount prints.

If none of these events are your thing, there are more on the blog's events calendar. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday.

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  1. It's definitely a great weekend to be downtown!

  2. Kaitlin says:

    So there won't be a 901 day this year?

  3. LD says:

    Also, the Tennessee Equality Project is hosting a rally at First Congo on Saturday (Aug 31st) evening from 7-9p in support/celebration of Tennessee Marriage Equality Day. Everyone is welcome. 

    See their fb page for more info/RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/292074520930597/

  4. David McElwee says:

    it's always a great weekend downtown silly rabbit!

  5. tess mcg says:

    steamroller printing…what will they think of next? Can't wait.

  6. Tamera says:

     Thanks for the advice I will def. check out some of these things this weekend.

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