5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/5 – 12/7
Happy Friday! As usual, this weekend is jam-packed with things to do in Memphis. Here are five you won't want to miss. Don't forget to check out my Holiday Events Guide and Holiday Shopping Guide for ongoing events and shopping ideas.
1. Toy Bash, Minglewood Hall, Friday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., $100 at the door + an unwrapped toy , 21 and up
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis believes that every child should be able to open at least one present during the holidays. Your attendance at the Toy Bash makes that happen. The Toy Bash has all the staples of a great Memphis gala: a feast, live music, lots of dancing, photo booth, a totally open bar, scotch and bourbon tastings…and it's all for a good cause. It's Blue Tie Formal so get out your Tigers/Grizzlies blue and shine your shoes.
2. Visible Music College Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Show, Cannon Center, Friday, 7:30 p.m., donations encouraged, all ages/kid-friendly
Hear Visible Music College students and faculty perform family-friendly Christmas rock music. It's free show (though donations are needed) so get there early and bring some cash to give back.
3. St. Jude Marathon and Cheering Section, Downtown/Midtown, Saturday, all morning, all ages
Saturday is the St. Jude Marathon! If you're not running, join me at Mile 22 (near the midtown Cafe Eclectic) to be part of the I Love Memphis Cheering section. We'll have coffee and donuts while they last starting at 9:30 a.m. and plenty of signs (see top of post). It's come and go; we'll be there until the early afternoon. Check out the Facebook event for more info on the Cheering Section, or the Guide to the St. Jude Marathon for a race map and traffic info.
4. Memphis Christmas Parade, Beale Street, Saturday, 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
After the marathon traffic clears out, the Memphis Christmas Parade on Beale Street kicks off at 4 p.m. with our resident Grindfather, Grizzlies player Tony Allen, as the grand marshall. There will be marching bands, twirlers, vintage cars, and the Kris Kringle is schooled to make an appearance with his reindeer. The parade route is just on Beale, starting at 4th street and going up to 2nd street.
5. Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl, 1st stop is Flying Saucer downtown, Saturday, 7 p.m., toys or cash donation for Porter-Leath, 21 and up
Don your festive best and join hundreds of Santas/Ms. Claus'/elves as they stumble from the Flying Saucer to the bars of Beale, spreading holiday cheer along the way. Admission is a donation of a toy (no stuffed animals, please) or cash ($20+) for Porter-Leath that will be accepted at the Flying Saucer.
Because I can't resist, a few more ideas: the Grizz play the Spurs on Friday and the Heat on Sunday (both home games), Dead Soldiers and Might Souls Brass Band have shows Saturday and Sunday, respectively, A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis kicks off this weekend, Literacy Mid-South's Book Sale is on Saturday (brand-new books under $10!), a bunch of Christmas parades are on Saturday, the Memphis Roller Derby HO HO HO Burlesque Show fundraiser is Saturday, the Brooks Museum's Holiday Artist Market is Sunday, and we find out Bowl Game teams and locations on Sunday as well. Check out the calendar for more.
Have a great weekend and don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. I'll see some of you on Saturday!