5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 5/15-5/17

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 15th 2015 1582 0

This weekend is a bittersweet one in Memphis. While we celebrate some of the things that make our city great, we must also mourn the loss of legendary bluesman B.B. King, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 89.  Read more here.

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Here are five things to do in Memphis this weekend.

1. Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Tom Lee Park, Friday and Saturday, all day, $10, 18+
Teams from all over the world have set up camp in Tom Lee Park to compete in this weekend's Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Head to the park to check out the elaborate tents, live music, and several food vendors. In order to get in the tents, you must have a specific invite from someone on a team. However, there are three teams selling to the public this year. Get more info here.

2. Levitt Shell Concerts Begin, Levitt Shell, Saturday, 4 p.m./ show at 7:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
It's Levitt Shell season in Memphis. Enjoy the first free concert of the year with an extra-special collaboration from the Memphis Symphony and New Ballet Ensemble. They'll perform Duke Ellington's Harlem. Not only that, but if you get there early (starting at 4 p.m.), you can help artists create a new mural, tell stories and take photos in the Spillit/Amurica photo booth, plus garden sign painting, pre-show dancing, face painting and more. 

3. Time-Warp Drive-In, Summer Drive-In, Saturday, 7:57  p.m. – ‘til, $10 per person, all ages
Black Lodge Video and Malco Theatres present this year’s Time Warp Drive In series, which continues this weekend with a "Swinging Sixties Super Show"  including Barbarella, Danger Diabolik!, The Trip (1967), and Doctor Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine. Parents: look up individual movies to decide about kid-appopriateness. Go here to see the lineup for all nine Time Warp Drive In nights.

4. Rock 'n' Romp, Overton Square, Sunday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., $5 adults/kids free, all ages/kid-friendly
This year's Rock 'n' Romp season continues this Sunday, and they're blocking off the street in Overton Square for this one, folks. Beer, snacks from Whole Foods, and Tom's Tiny Kitchen pimento cheese will be free; while Rock'n'Romp usually has barbecue, they won't for this particular event. Garage parking will be free, and Art Project, a new kid-focused art studio opening in Overton will have activities. Band lineup is Sleepwlkrs, Zigadoo Moneyclips, and Data Drum (in that order).

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5. Memphis Grizzlies v. Golden State Warriors, FedExForum, Friday at 8:30 p.m., ticket prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
Game 6 is tonight at home, and our entire season hinges on this game: so gird your loins and prepare your Growl Towels. Head to FedExForum to watch all the action in person or go here to see some suggestions on where to watch or contact the Rec Room to rent out a screen to watch with friends. When the Grizzlies win tonight (#BelieveMemphis) there will be a Game 7 on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Golden State.

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Have a great weekend!

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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  1. I'm loving this weekend in Memphis!  Let's get outside and reconnect with all our friends!

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