5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/10 – 10/12
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss this weekend. I also have a few notes for y'all at the bottom of the list, including some more family-friendly ideas.
1. Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park, Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (until 5 pm. on Sun.) $9 adults / $6 seniors / $3 kids, kid-friendly
The annual Pink Palace Crafts fair is three days of outdoor artisan demonstrations (in everything from candle making to metal-smithing), kids' activities, eating and shopping at booths run by artists and craftspeople from around the country. Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace Museum.
What's behind this door at the Haunted Web of Horrors? I'm not sure, but my guess is "Dr. Hacker" isn't here to make you feel better. Many thanks to @aleksworks for the photo.
2. Haunted Web of Horrors, 700 N. Germantown Pkwy, Friday – Sunday (go to site for full dates and times), $10 – $12 per haunt / $20 for both, all ages allowed – more appropriate for older kids/teens who don't scare easily
If you only make it to one haunted house, make it the Haunted Web of Horrors. Go this weekend and avoid some of the lines that grow as Halloween gets closer. The crew goes all out with their two haunts, "Tormented" and "Dark Matter", and the proceeds benefit Youth Villages.
3. Oktoberfest Squared, Tower Courtyard at Overton Square, Saturday, noon – 10 p.m., free to enter, 21 and up
Overton Square is getting in on the Oktoberfest action this year with live music all day including the Saurkraut Six and DJ Burgher Meister, plus Sam Adams and Angry orchard Cider tastings (or 16 oz. beers for $5) and a stein-holding contest. If you win the stein-holiding contest, you get a VIP trip to the Sam Adams Brewery. Nice.
4. Memphis vs. Houston, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Saturday, 6 p.m., $10 – $50, all ages, kid-friendly
Cheer on the recently-victorious Memphis Tigers as they host Houston. Head over to Tiger Lane early for tailgating, enjoy the free Thompson Square concert at 4 p.m., pep rally with the band and spirit squads at 5:15 p.m., then kickoff around 6 p.m. Read the Guide to the 2014 Memphis Tigers Football Season here.
5. Opera Memphis presents Don Giovanni, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $33 – $74, ages 18+ recommended
Date night idea: attend an opera about a sexy jerk who makes everyone hate him and then gets what's coming to him. Seriously, Opera Memphis performs Don Giovanni this Saturday and it's going to be amazing. If you haven't had a chance to see/hear Memphis' very own opera company, go. You'll be glad you tried something new. Get tickets here.
A few notes:
– I always include kid- and family-friendly events in my Friday five things, but this week there are a couple geared just for the grown-ups. If you're looking for something for the kiddos, there are still a TON of options: go to the Pink Palace Crafts Fair, check out Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms, decorate a pumpkin at the Broad Avenue Night Market on Saturday, navigate the Mid-South Corn Maze, enjoy the Levitt Shell shows, take the reptile lovers to Repticon at the Landers Center, or bring blanket and watch "Spiderman" at Beale Street Landing on Friday.
– Cooper Young Regional Beerfest isn't on this list because tickets are sold out and if you're gonna go, you already know. Please say hi if you see me there!
– You can always check the (updated!) calendar for more events and ideas for things to do in Memphis. Have a great weekend and don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up here on Monday.
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