5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 3/20 – 3/22
Happy Friday, Memphis! This is one of those weekends where there’s so much to do, it’s hard to choose. Here are five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few more ideas snuck in the middle and end.
1. Mid-South Con, Hilton Memphis, all weekend, all day, weekend passes are $50 adults / $25 for kids 12 and under, all ages
If you’re into writing, gaming, anime, comic books, science fiction or the paranormal, head to the Hilton for Mid-South Con. There’s an art show, writer’s conference, gaming and tons of awesome nerdy fun. It’s free for kids under age 5.
2. Master Gardener’s Spring Fling, Agricenter International, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
If you’re working on your green thumb this year, you’ll want to go to the Memphis Area Master Gardeners annual Spring Fling at the Big Red Barn at Agricenter. I went a few years ago, and this event was huge then, with tons of plants and garden tools for sale, kid’s actives, demonstrations, workshops all day both days, and more. Check out the workshop schedule here.
3. Hang Out In the Overton Park/Brooks Museum Area, Saturday, all 3 things start at 10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
You’re getting a 3-in-1 for this “thing to do”, because Saturday is going to be a big day for the Brooks Museum/Overton Park area.
– The Brooks will host a Chalkfest Block Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Join local artists and vendors to draw with chalk, get food from a food truck, or participate in activities inside. BYOC (bring your own chalk) or buy a set from a limited supply for $3.
– Bring your books because Literacy Mid-South will host a reading flash mob from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Overton Park.
– There’s a volunteer clean up day for Overton Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting in the East Parkway Pavilion.
4. Let’s Stay Together Memphis, Central Station, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, 13 and up
The U of M Design Collaborative wants your input on how to improve Memphis in areas of public planning and design. The morning session focuses on discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and dreams for the city; the afternoon session is an interactive discussion (not lectures) about topics like transportation, public investment, neighborhood revitalization, and place-making. There will be refreshments and music.
5. Red Shoe Gala, The Columns at One Commerce Square, Saturday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., $150 per person, 21 and up
If you’re like me, there are 2 things you like to do a couple times a year: 1. get dressed up and go to a fancy party, and 2. give back to non-profit or organization. On Saturday, you can do both of those things at once at the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Gala. It’s a black tie (optional red shoe) affair and ticket proceeds go to support the House, which provides housing for St. Jude patients and their families while they stay in Memphis. There will be fire breathers and acrobats and more circus-inspired fun, plus music, really good food, dancing, and drinks.
If you’re looking for more, check out Alexis Grace at Otherlands tonight, the Cosmic Trunk Show at the Metal Museum on Saturday, a MS River Kings home game Friday or Saturday, Grizzlies v. Blazers on Saturday, The Color Purple at the Orpheum all weekend, Winter Jam Christian music concert on Sunday at FedExForum, and more events on the calendar.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast! Tweet at me @ilovememphis and tell me about it, or follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook for more ideas on how to love and enjoy our city.
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