5 Things To Do in Memphis This Weekend: 8/1 – 8/3

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 1st 2014 124 0

Happy August, Memphis! August means that it’s birthday month here on the I Love Memphis blog. It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years of five things to do. More on this later, but we are having a party to celebrate the birthday and you’re invitied. Go here for more info.

Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.

1. Tennessee Tax-Free Weekend, Tennessee, all weekend, depends on what you buy, all ages
This weekend, avoid paying tax on clothing (including shoes), school and art supplies, and computers. There are a few restrictions, go here for more info.

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Karen Bottle Capps, “Elvis’s Birthplace”. Photo via L. Ross Gallery.

2. “That’s All Right Mama” opening reception, L Ross Gallery (5040 Sanderlin Ave.), Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Get ready for Elvis Week with an Elvis-themed gallery opening, where local artists will showcase pieces that honor the 60th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll and the infamous Memphian behind it. The exhibit will be up through the end of August, and the gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday (go here for exact hours). DJ Daniel Mathis will be there tonight, and Elvis Tribute Artists are welcome.

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Photo by Kevin Reed Photography via Friends of George’s on Facebook.

3. George’s Truck Stop and Drag Bar 2, Evergreen Theatre, Friday – Saturday, 8 p.m., $25, 18 and up
LGBT community theatre group Friends of George’s has brought back and revamped the wildly popular George’s Truck Stop and Drag Bar musical this year. This is your last weekend to see local actors portray the plights of “L’Oreal”, “Mary Kay”, and “Sofonda Tuna” as they search for a new place for their drag show (hint: it’s a truck stop) after their club gets burned to the ground.

4. SummerWeen Halloween Costume Party, Black Lodge Video, Friday, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., $5 with costume/$10 without costume, 18 and up
If you’re out in Cooper Young tonight and you see a few costumed creatures running around, just know that it’s not another zombie walk, it’s SummerWeen! Throw together a costume and head to Black Lodge Video for one of their infamous parties; tonight you can expect hip-hop, reggae, DJs, live graffiti art, maybe some fire dancing, and food from Guerilla Stone.

5. Doggiapalooza at Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market, First Congo Parking Lot, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., free to attend, all ages
In addition to the usual local vendors, music, and Memphis Made beer this weekend, the Cooper Young Farmers Market is having a doggie-themed morning with giveaways for the pups, pet-supply themed items, dog adoptions, and a dog photo booth. That’s right, a photo booth for you and your dog.

If none of these work for you, check out the calendar for more Memphis events. Don’t forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog.

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Also, if you missed it – the July I Love Memphis Podcast is up! I interview Bruce VanWyngarden, Editor of the Memphis Flyer and father to Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT. Listen here.


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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