Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 10/2 – 10/4

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 2nd 2015 3184 0

Happy Friday Memphis! Here are five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a slew of other options for making the most out of this lovely weather.

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1. Urban Barn Market, Woodruff-Fontaine House (680 Adams Ave.), Friday – Sunday, $5 – $10, all ages
Are you addicted to vintage and antique things? Do you have a thoroughly curated, ridiculously picturesque Pinterest presence? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Urban Barn Market’s gathering of vendors, workshops, demos, and book signings is for you.

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2.  Bona Fide Blues Festival, Overton Square venues, Friday – Saturday, free/$25, all ages
The first blues festival to feature exclusively local blues musicians since 1969, the inaugural Bona Fide Blues Festival will bring 40 acts from a 100-mile-radius of Memphis to play two days of shows. Outdoor shows will be free, while shows at indoor venues (Lafayette’s, Blue Monkey, Zebra Lounge, etc.) will be $25.

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3. Best Memphis Burger Fest, Tiger Lane, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., $10, all ages
Now at Tiger Lane, the annual Best Memphis Burger Fest (organized by locals Tim James and Seth Agranov) should be cooler and more convenient. It works like most food fests in town: teams cook burgers for judges and you might be lucky enough to get samples from teams if you know someone/ask really nicely/bring a $1 donation for the team. Read more here.

4. High Cotton Oktoberfest, Memphis Firehaus, Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., $40 adv./$50 at the door, 21 and up
It’s time for High Cotton’s second annual Oktoberfest: they’ll have German-inspired food from Central BBQ, live music from Dead Soliders, free-flowing taps of High Cotton beer including Oktoberfest, and, best of all – it’s one of your first chances to see the Firehaus in action. Read more here.


5. Roundhouse Revival 2, Mid-South Coliseum, Sunday, 1 p.m – 7 p.m., free (donations accepted), all ages
Round 2 is a free, family friendly event celebrating the Mid-South Coliseum with music, wrestling, basketball, antique cars and a kid zone. Expect a dance parade, tunes from Secret Life of Dust, Me & Leah, Al Kapone, Subtractions, and Amy LaVere, plus wrestling matches including the main event – Derrick King vs. Dustin Starr with Maria.

Here are a few more ideas:

While the weekend-long Creative Works conference is sold out, you can still shop in the Creative Works vendor market on Friday and Saturday. Click here for a list of vendors – they’ll have unique design, art, decor, and more. Your $5 donation to enter the market goes towards arts education in Memphis.

Carrie: The Musical opens today at Playhouse on the Square and goes through October 25.

Vin-A-Que is at the Brooks Museum tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Your $100 ticket gets you plenty of whole hog BBQ from local chefs, live music, wine, craft beer, and more.

The Botanic Garden hosts a Family campout tonight. Call 901-636-4131 for ticket and reservation information.

Mistletoe Merchants holiday market goes Friday – Sunday at Agricenter International.

Memphis has a new variety cabaret show: Night Shift at Theatreworks is hosted by local comic Katrina Coleman and features Heels, Requiemma, Just Larry, Dan Castillo, and OAM Audio. The show starts at 11:45 p.m. and tickets are $15.
Hutchison School Students perform Children’s Theatre: The Tale of Peter Rabbit at the Dixon on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Take the kids, then stay after to check out the oversize sculptures of Jun Kaneko.

Cordova may be part of Memphis now, but it’s small farming town roots come out during the annual Cordova Festival on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free fest is a full day of vendors, crafts, food, demonstrations, talks, live music and history at the Cordova Community Center.

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Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and share your photos online with #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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