5 Things To Do This Weekend In Memphis: 6/26 -6/28
Happy Friday! First things first: our beloved Memphis Grizzlies mascot, Grizz, is up for “Favorite Mascot of the Year” contest and I’m asking you to take seven seconds to vote for him here. You can vote once per day per device. And now, here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
1. South Main Art Tour, South Main Arts District, Friday, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s time for the monthly South Main Art Tour (I’m just calling it that now, it’s a more accurate name than “Trolley Night”). Shops and businesses will have open houses, and free drinks and snacks. The shops down there are really stepping up the live music this month, with a songwriter’s showcase at South Main Sounds (550 S. Main) and live music at seven other venues, both indoors and out.
2. Spillit Center Stage: Birth, Amurica Photo (410 N. Cleveland), Friday, doors at 6:30 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Spillit Center Stage nights are curated storytelling events, and tonight Terry Gallagher, Sarla Nichols, Katrina Coleman, Carla Worth, Vishant Shah, Joey Miller will share their stories on the theme of “birth”. I know about half of those folks and I can assure you that their storeis are going to be amazing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the stories begin at 7 p.m., so get there early because seating is limited.
3. Tamale Fest, Caritas Village (2509 Harvard Avenue), Saturday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., $5 adults/ free for kids under 8, all ages/kid-friendly
This year is the first Memphis Tamale Fest, organized by Centro Cultural, Caritas Village, and Crosstown Arts. Your ticket gets you entry and two tamale tastings from local tamale experts, plus there will be food trucks, live music and entertainment, kid’s activities, and a tamale photo booth.
4. Memphis Roller Derby Double Header, Pipkin Building (940 Early Maxwell Blvd.), Saturday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $10 adults/$kids, all ages
Memphis Roller Derby is holding a double-header event on Saturday. The first bout of the night is the Blues City Bombers vs. Twin City Knockers Roller Derby, and the second bout is Memphis Hustlin’ Rollers (MHR) vs. an Little City Roller Girls. Star Wars enthusiasts and Imperial costumers from the Mid-South Garrison of the 501st Legion will be in attendance, there’s a duck chucking contest at halftime, plus plenty of beer, food, merch, and an after party (21 and up) at the P&H.
5. Shell Out For the Arts, Levitt Shell, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $25 adults/free for kids 12 and under, all ages
Enjoy a Stax Music Academy concert at the Levitt Shell in the comfort of a private tent with wine, beer, and dinner from ECCO on Overton Park. Proceeds from your $25 ticket support ArtsMemphis. You can always enjoy the music for free and bring your own picnic basket, chairs, and blankets, but the VIP tent is for a great cause and is a pretty great deal.
I want to point out a few other things: there’s a sand/grass volleyball tournament at Tom Lee Park on Saturday going on all day. There’s still time to register your team before 5 p.m. today, or you can be a spectator and watch teams from all over the region compete. Get more details about the volleyball tournament here. Also on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Marshall Arts is the opening for Preservatif, a traveling, multi-artist exhibit where all of the art is made out of expired condoms.
If you’re planning ahead for next weekend, check out my guide to the 4th of July here. Also, two new restaurants opened this week: read more about Agave Maria and Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen. Looking for something inside to do? Check out The Art of Video Games at the Brooks Museum.
I hope you have a great weekend, come back and tell me about it on Monday – don’t forget to tag your photos #ILoveMemphis for a chance to appear on the blog.