5 Things to Do In Memphis This Weekend: 10/9 – 10/11

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 9th 2015 2219 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend. (P.S. You’ve probably noticed that things look pretty different on the site today. Read more about the new I Love Memphis here.)


Photo via Southern Salsa Festival

1. Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park, Friday – Sunday, $9 adults / $6 seniors / $3 kids
The annual Pink Palace Crafts fair is three days of outdoor artisan demonstrations (in everything from candle making to metalsmithing), kids’ activities, eating and shopping at booths run by artists and craftspeople from around the country. Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace Museum.

Photo via Opera Memphis.

2. Opera Memphis Presents “Pagliacci”, GPAC, Friday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $33 – $84, 13 and up
In the first performance of the 2015 – 2016 season, Opera Memphis brings us the classic Italian opera Pagliacci. I can’t really say it much better than Chris Davis of the Memphis Flyer: “It’s all fun and games ’til somebody’s cheating a** gets stabbed through the heart”. There you have it, folks. Incredible local talent + a scandalous plot + music you’ll recognize.

November 6, 2011 - (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal)

Photo via Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal

3. Jimmy Ogle’s 10-Hour Tour, downtown Memphis, Saturday, 10:10 a.m. – 8:10 p.m., free, all ages
Jimmy is a walking encyclopedia of Memphis lore, and on Saturday he’s offering a totally free 10-hour tour. You don’t have to do the whole thing, of course: go to jimmyogle.com for the day’s schedule and meet up with the group throughout the day. The tour steps off from Beale Steet Landing at 10:10 a.m.

4. Bristerfest, Overton Square Tower Courtyard, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free (donations appreciated)
Bristerfest moves to the fall this year for seven local music acts, arts and crafts vendors, and more. The whole thing is in support of GrowMemphis, so be sure to bring some extra cash for donations.

5. Southern Salsa Festival, Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion, Sunday, noon – 9:30 p.m., $5, all ages
98.5 New Mix radio station – Memphis’ only bilingual station – is sponsoring the first-ever Salsa Fest this Sunday afternoon on Broad Avenue. Expect free salsa samples from local restaurants and contestants, food and drink (including beer and margaritas) for sale, and live music and dancing (including lessons from Salsa Memphis.

It feels like it’s getting harder and harder to just pick five weekend ideas. Here are three more I recommend.


Photo via Joey Miller

– Five Fifths Project Opening, Memphis Slim House (1130 College St.), Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, 13 and up
Local photographer Joey Miller presents portraits of Memphis men and women of color, taken inside the historic Clayborn Temple. The stunning church was the site of the 1968 sanitation workers strike during the civil rights movement and a distribution point for the iconic “I AM A MAN” signs. The building has been condemned for many years, and just this week was purchased for renovation.

– The Break-Up Show 5, Studio688 (688 S. Cox Street), Friday – Saturday, 7 p.m., $20, 21 and up
Sometimes there’s nothing left to do but laugh, right? For the fifth edition of The Break-Up Show, local comics re-create – through skits, videos, and other dramatic interpretations – anonymous true stories of terrible breakups, text-related love catastrophes, and other indignities of dating in a very hilarious, very R-rated comedy show. There are three performances this weekend: 7 p.m. on Friday, and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday.

– This Is Memphis Music Festival, Levitt Shell, Sunday, 7 p.m., free, all ages
The University of Memphis’ Blue T.O.M. Records presents a showcase of fresh music talent this Sunday afternoon at the Levitt Shell. Grab a picnic and some chairs and enjoy the lineup of local up-and-coming artists: Mary Owens, Drew Erwin, Ben Callicott, and the Bluff City Soul Collective.

Have a great weekend and come back here and tell me all about it! Don’t forget to tag your photos #ILoveMemphis

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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