5 Things To Do in Memphis This Weekend: 9/12 – 9/14

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 12th 2014 1652 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! This is one helluva busy weekend around town. Here are just five of the many, many things you can get into in the next few days. 

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Fun stuff seen at vendor booths at last year's Cooper Young Fest.

1. Southern Heritage Classic Weekend, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (and other locations), all weekend, priced per event
The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University. It's also a weekend-long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgaiting. Here's a full schedule of events.

2. Take Me To The River , Malco Paradiso, red carpet showing 7:25 p.m. on Friday, otherwise showing at various times this weekend, $10.50 adults/$7.50 kids and seniors, 13 and up (the movie is rated PG)
Martin Shore's documentary about Memphis music is showing this weekend at Malco's Paradiso. It's super important that you go this weekend, because a) it's an incredible documentary about everybody from Mavis Staples to Snoop Dogg to Terrence Howard and the City Champs working together to make music, and b) the first theater weekend ticket sales are important for a film's distribution and longevity in theaters. Support Memphis by going to the movies! Your ticket stub for the 7:25 showing tonight is also your ticket into the after party (which is from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Warehouse on GE Patterson). 

3. Memphis Comic Expo, Agricenter International, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., $15 adults/$5 kids/under 5 free
Memphis comic con culture continues to grow with the addition of the Memphis Comic Expo, a con focused on the artists and their work. There will be a mix of artist and writers from Memphis, all over the country, and a few international folks, plus of course, a cosplay contest. Read more here.

4. Downtown Museum Day, Participating Museums, Saturday, various prices
Downtown Museum Day is the best day to play tourist. Most downtown Memphis museums are having free or reduced admissions on Saturday. A few have restrictions on being a TN/MS resident. For a full list of participating museums and the discounts they're offering, check here.

5. Cooper-Young Festival, corner of Cooper and Young, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. free, all ages
It's time again for midtown's biggest party. The Cooper-Young Festival shuts down the intersection of Cooper and Young (and several blocks in each direction) for a gigantic street fair. Be sure to buddy up to your friends in the neighborhood: they've got clean bathrooms, driveways and might be having back yard parties. 

P.S. Memphis Made Brewing is hosting the first-ever Cooper York Fest (Memphis Made beer, Central BBQ, Aldo's pizza, merch for sale) at the big red I Love Memphis mural, so stop by between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

P.P.S. Stick around the neighborhood after the fest for drinks and tunes. The Grey A, Memphis' own J.D. Reager, and Joey and Kelly from Glossary are rocking out Bar DKDC starting at 10 p.m. (18+, $5 cover)


If that's not enough for you, don't forget about the Goat Days Festival in Millington, the Japanese Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden, or check the calendar for more.

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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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  2. Samira Jubran says:

    The Rotary Club of Germantown proudly presents:
    Saturday, Sept. 20 l 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Free Admission!
    Come and enjoy programs for the whole family!
    Authentic foods – Live Performances – And More!
    Germantown Baptist Church
    9450 Poplar Ave. | Germantown, TN 38139
    Questions? E-mail: gfestinfo@gmail.com

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