5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/14 – 8/16
Happy Friday Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend…plus a few extras.
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1. Goner Presents: Jams on Beale, Handy Park, Friday, 5:30 p.m., free, all ages
Goner Records presents a free concert at Handy Park on Beale Street featuring Toy Trucks, Msr. Jeff Evans & Ross Johnson, and Alicja Pop.
2. Memphis International Rockabilly Festival, The Edge District, Saturday – Sunday, noon to midnight, $20 – $35, all ages
Not only will the first-ever Rockabilly Festival have two stages with live music but a ton of other activities and vendors. Think tattoo artists, record swamps, photo booths, food and drink, and hot rods. It all takes place in the Edge on Marshall and Monroe, from Sun Studios west towards High Cotton Taproom.
3. Memphis Roller Derby Season Finale, Pipkin Building, Saturday, 6 p.m., $10 adults/$5 kids/under 4 free
If you haven't caught the Memphis roller derby women in action this season, this is your last chance – and it's a double header. Cheer on Blues City Bombers v. Clarksvillain Rollergirls and the Memphis Hustlin' Rollers v. Cen-Tex Rollergirls, enjoy halftime performance from the Ren Fair folks, and get some beer and merch.
4. Time Warp Drive-In: Spaghetti Western, Summer Drive-In Theater, Saturday, 8 p.m., $10, all ages (but use parental discretion for individual films)
This month's Time Warp Drive In is spaghetti western themed (The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, Charro, and Death Rides a Horse. They'll be serving both meatball and vegan spaghetti and get the movies going starting around 8 p.m. Show your Roller Derby or Rockabilly Fest tickets for a discount.
5. Candlelight Vigil, Gates of Graceland, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., free, all ages
The Vigil is the centerpiece of Elvis Week, and all visitors and locals should do it at least once. It's a somber, candlelit walk past Elvis' grave at Graceland all night until the day of the King's death (August 16th). Elvis Presley Blvd. is closed, and many people set up elaborate roadside shrines. You'll probably be in line for a while, so pack a snack and plan to make some friends.
If you're looking for even more ideas for things to do this weekend, there are tons.
TheatreWorks, Hattiloo Theatre, Evergreen Theatre, and Playhouse on the Square all have new shows going on through the weekend.
Friday: Young Frankenstein plays at the Orpheum Summer Movie Series at 7 p.m., Co-Motion Studio hosts a Kids Night Out, live music at Murphy's, Lafayette's, Otherlands, and the Hi-Tone, to name a few.
Saturday: RiverFit hosts a series of free workout classes starting at 8 a.m., the Moon River music festival is at the Levitt Shell all afternoon (there are only a few VIP tickets left), ZZ Top is at Live at the Garden, the annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl starts at the Flying Saucer downtown at 6 p.m. The Side Street Steppers host a free album release party at Central BBQ downtown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (optional $15 BBQ buffet).
Sunday: If you're still alive by Sunday, check out Nick Black at Lafayette's at 8 p.m., live music at most Huey's locations, GT with the River City Tanlines at the Hi-Tone, or plays at the theaters mentioned above.
Whatever you do, I hope you have a blast! Tag your photos #ilovememphis for a chance to be featured on the blog in the future.