5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 10/4 – 10/6

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 4th 2013 1792 0

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are the five Memphis events you'll want to check out this weekend.

1. Bluff City Oktoberfest, Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Beale, Friday 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m., free to enter 

The description on this event's website cracks me up. "Perhaps you've heard of Oktoberfest?…Well, this ain't gonna be anything like that!" The Memphis reoppropriation of this German tradition throws out Lederhosen and Schuhplatter in favor of bluegrass and Southern fare, but the best parts of Oktoberfest (beer and bratwurst) will be available. 

2. Around the Campfire Party, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Friday, 6 p.m., $8 members, $12 nonmembers

Bring your kids and cozy up to a campfire at The Big Backyard area of Memphis Botanic Gardens. Plan on games, songs, storytelling, and of course, s'mores.

3. Duncan-Williams Dragon Boat Races, Mud-Island River Park, Saturday, 9 a.m., free to watch

On Saturday, teams of Memphians will race 46-foot long Hong Kong style dragon boats in the Wolf River. Even if you're not on a race team, giant colorful boats being steered by teams of amateur racers will be fun to watch. The race benefits the Tennessee Clean Water Network.

4. Rigoletto by Opera Memphis, GPAC, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $33 to $74

To kick off their 2013-2014 season, singers from Opera Memphis busted out the arias in random locations around town every day for 30 days.  Now the season is officially underway, and the first show is Rigoletto. Expect all the drama, seduction, and hunchbacked court jesters that you can fit into one Italian opera.

5. Vaneese Thomas, Levitt Shell, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., free

It's your last chance this season to catch a free show at the Levitt Shell, so pack a picnic and head over for the soulful rhythm-and-blues songs of Vaneese Thomas (daughter of Rufus Thomas). 


If none of these float your boat, there are a ton more on the blog's calendar.

As you're out and about this weekend, tag your Instagram photos and Tweets #ilovememphis.  Your photos might show up here in the future. Have fun! 



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    Today (10/4) is Visit a Park Day! we are encouraging citizens to play golf, eat lunch, walk, jog, bike, etc. at any of the City's 160+ parks, museums, lichterman nature center, zoo, golf course, skate park, and/or dog park.

    Tomorrow, 10/5 we are sponsoring a Bark Party at Peabody Park – this will be an adoption event and loads of family fun!

    Thanks for your support in getting the word out about happenings in the City of Memphis!

  2. Ned says:

    Come by Saturday's performance of Rigoletto early to enjoy food from 4 different food trucks!  Then afterwards join us for the afterparty at Hog and Hominy.  It shouldn't be missed!


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