5 Things To Do in Memphis This Weekend 5/16 – 5/18

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 16th 2014 3139 0

Happy Friday Memphis! Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.

1. Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Tom Lee Park, Friday and Saturday, all day, $9 (cash only)

Teams from all over the world have set up camp in Tom Lee Park to compete in this weekend’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Head to the park to check out the elaborate tents, live music, and several food vendors, but note that you won’t be able to eat any of the cooking teams’ barbecue unless you know someone on a team (and that person invites you into their tent).

2. Tennessee Brewery UnTapped, 495 Tennessee Street, all weekend, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday/11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday, all ages

Unless you’ve just returned to Memphis from a lunar trip or haven’t used the Internet or social media until now (in which case, welcome!) you’re probably very familiar with the events going on at the old Tennessee Brewery building through the end of the month. Go have some grub from a food truck, drink a local brew, play a game, take a look at the gorgeous building, and have a seat in one of the super comfy (seriously) chairs made of tires.

Note: On Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., $1 from each beer sale will be refunded back to customers in the form of a token, which you can then drop in a bucket to benefit your favorite charity. This week’s beneficiaries are Wings Cancer Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Levitt Shell.

3. Bikesploitation 4, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Saturday, noon – 11 p.m, free, all ages

Join in one of the group bicycle rides around town to the National Ornamental Metal Museum (or just go there) for the fourth annual Bikesploitation film, music, and art festival. Read the full post here.

4. Will Kimbrough show with Myla Smith, Otherlands, Saturday, 7 p.m., $10, all ages 

Memphis songstress Myla Smith is playing with Will Kimbrough at Otherlands. Note that the midtown coffee shop is a fairly intimate music venue – perfect for this type of show, in my opinion – and that they do sell beer. Check out the video above of the Myla and Will makin’ beautiful music together.

5. Rock-n-Romp, Rhodes College, Sunday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., $5 adults/kids free (you must bring a kids), all ages 
From the Rock-n-Romp website: Join us at Rhodes College for a special Sunday edition of Rock-n-Romp! Emma Webb, Myla Smith, and American Fiction will be rockin’ the lawn near Buckman Hall. We’ll have free food from Central Barbeque, Whole Foods, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen & HappyMama Organic Foods. Beer for those over 21 provided by Memphis Made Brewing & The Bluff City Brewers. Bricks for Kidz will have LEGO activities and Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will also be leading a special craft for the kiddos. We will also have a “Baby Rest Stop” tent!

If none of these strike your fancy, try the updated calendar. Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Tag your pics #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog.

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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. Heather Nordtvedt says:

    Literacy Mid-South is also a beneficiary at the Beer Garden with Benefits this Sunday! 

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