5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/18 – 10/20

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 18th 2013 231 0

Happy Friday, everybody. Here are five events you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend.

1. Crosstown Block Party, Crosstown Arts (N. Cleveland between Overton Park and Autumn), Friday October 18, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., all ages, free

Crosstown is another one of Memphis' communities on the up-and-up, and they (businesses in the area, including the Hi-Tone, Amurica, and Crosstown Arts) are having a block party tonight. Hip-hop duo Artistik Approach, Visible Music School students, and many others will provide tunes, several art exhibitions will open, and the Cleveland Street Flea Market will celebrate their 15 year anniversary with pop-up shops and and cake, of course.

2. Japanese Garden Candlelight Tour, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Friday October 18, 6 p.m.,  all ages, $5 for members, $8 for non-members

Seijkau-En is the Japanese Garden of Tranquility at the Memphis Botanic garden, and on Friday night you can learn more about the philosophy, design, and tradition of the space. Bring someone special, because the tours ends with a romantic, candlelit view of the garden at sunset.

3. Gandhi-King Conference, BRIDGES downtown, Saturday October 19, sessions begin 9 a.m., 13 +, fees on a sliding scale

Now in its tenth year, the Gandhi-King Conference continues to educate the public about non-violent approaches to our personal, academic, and civic lives, in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gandhi. A series of speakers and local experts will present information about everything from personal de-stressing and interfaith relations to tough but essential subjects like community police relations and healthcare reform. If you want to learn to make a difference in your community, you can register online today (recommended) or onsite tomorrow, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

4. Family Tunes and Tales, five area public library locations, Saturday October 19, 11 a.m., designed for kids ages three to eight (parents welcome), free

This Saturday is the first today of Family Tunes and Tales, put on by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Kids and parents can learn about string, brass, winds, and percussion in rotating performances each month for the next five months. You can see all five ensembles at the library closest to you if you attend all the sessions.

5. Sketches of Crosstown, Sears Crosstown Building, Sunday October 20, 4 p.m., all ages, $30 – $50 for performance, free for artist talk and reception


Inside the Sears Crosstown building

Sean Murphy, member of the Mighty Souls Brass Band, is releasing his fifth solo album, which he recorded inside the mostly empty Sears Crosstown Building over the last few years. At 4 p.m., Sean's giving a live performance and releasing his vinyl (get your tickets here). At 6 p.m., doors open to the public for a free artist talk, screening of a making-of documentary, and reception. 

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. You can also follow me on Instagram @hrwhitfield. Have fun this weekend and enjoy our glorious Memphis fall weather!


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. James says:

    hay yall dont forget zoo boo at the memphis zoo tomorrow

  2. Richard says:

    Being new to Memphis i see there is a lot to do. but unfortunatly my family doesent dirnk and dancing has never relly been my thing. is there anything to do in Memphis for a family with children 16 to 19 years old.

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