5 Things To Do This Weekend In Memphis: 6/17 – 6/19

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 17th 2016 3099 0

Happy Father’s Day weekend, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in the Bluff City. Keep scrolling, too… I have two more sections of ideas at the bottom of this post: one for Father’s Day specific ideas and one with everything else.

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1. Juneteenth Urban Music Festival, Robert Church Park, Friday – Sunday, free to enter, all ages
June 19th traditionally marks the day of African American Emancipation from slavery in the United States. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. To celebrate, the Memphis Juneteenth celebration offers three days of live music, panels, vendors, and more. See the full lineup here.

2. Memphis Redbirds v. Iowa Cubs, Friday – Monday, AutoZone Park, $9 and up, all ages
Memphis’ Triple-A baseball team plays at home all weekend long and also on Monday. Friday’s game (7:05 p.m.) has a t-shirt giveaway, Saturday’s game (6:35 p.m.) has a beach towel giveaway and post game fireworks, and Sunday’s game has a “dress sock” giveaway, free ice cream for kids, and an option for a special Father’s Day ticket.

3. The Wizard of Oz, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, $25 – $125, all ages
See Broadway version of this timeless musical favorite in the Orpheum before  the historic theatre is closed for cleaning for a few weeks. Shows are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

4. Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race, Greenbelt Park, Saturday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., free to watch, $50-$100 to participate, all ages
More than 500 people will dip their paddles into the Mississippi River for the June 18th race, which is one of the largest canoe and kayak races in the Southeast.

5. Soulsville Record Swap, Stax Museum, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $5 to enter, all ages
Goner Records and Stax Museum have teamed up for a huge record sale with dealers from Memphis and beyond. DJs will play sets all day long and Central BBQ and Hot Mess food trucks will be there. You can pay $10 to enter the sale early at 10 a.m. There’s also an after-party at Goner Records in Cooper Young from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Father’s Day Ideas:

– Bleu at the Westin will have a $39.95 steak dinner special on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Choose from four cuts of steak, rack of lamb, or pork chop, plus sauces and potatoes.

– The Cordova Library (8457 Trinity Road) will have a Father’s Day celebration from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 18.

– The Flying Saucer Downtown will host a seafood boil on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for $35.

– Owen Brennan’s will have their usual brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It’s $44 per person and $18 for kids 6 – 10.

– Eighty3 at the Madison will have a Steak Special on Sunday – New York strip with asparagus and mashed potatoes for $42.

– Revolutions Bike Co-Op will have a Ride With Dad group bike ride from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Get details here. Don’t have a bike? No worries. You can rent one for the afternoon for $5 + tax.

– The Metal Museum will offer free admission on Sunday to the first 20 dads, and smithy and foundry have giveaways after their demos at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

– The Memphis Redbirds have a special Father’s Day ticket package for Sunday’s 6:05 p.m. game against the Iowa Cubs. Tickets are $29 for adults and $23 for youth under 21 and include a Field Box ticket, access to an all-you-can-eat buffet from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (includes draft beer for those over 21) and a pair of Cardinals dress socks.

Even more ideas:


– The Levitt Shell has live music all weekend long. Check out the full lineup here.

– Friday lunch is Food Truck Friday at FedExForum and the Dixon.

– There’s a Pop Lock & Block It Summer Kickoff Party at the shopping center of Colonial & Poplar this Friday June 17th from 10am-1pm.

– Women On The Move hosts a Health & Wellness Expo all day Friday.

– Head to the Liberty Bowl for Fountain Friday, a food truck happy hour, on Friday night.

– City & State will host a “Meet Your Maker” makers meetup happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

– GLITCH art gallery hosts a art opening for Untitled Part I (interlude) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

– Marcella & Her Lovers play at Celtic Crossing on Friday at 6 p.m.

Joe Restivo 4 play the Coach House at Loflin Yard at 6 p.m.

Memphis Farmers Market Crop Hop 5K is Friday night.

– The Big Wig Ball, benefitting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is at Annesdale Mansion on Friday night.

– Sister Act continues at Playhouse on the Square all weekend long.

Blunt Force Comedy is at Midtown Crossing Grill on Friday.

South Main Sounds hosts a Songwriter Night on Friday.

Faith Evans Ruch performs at the Cove at 10 p.m. on Friday.


– The Rec Room will have a Silent Disco night starting at 10 p.m. on Friday.


– Check out farmers markets in downtown Memphis, Cooper Young, at the Agricenter, and more. See the full list here.

Midtown’s Largest Garage Sale is at Overton Park on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. While I’m dubious about the title, no one else is claiming their garage sale is the largest, so it’s probably worth checking out.

– Peddler Bike Shop hosts the Tour De Peddler ride.

– The Metal Museum will have a class on caring for copper objects on Saturday morning.

– Loflin Yard will introduces its new Back Yard with activities, music, t-shirts and more, on Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.

– The Memphis UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis will host a community event on Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Zodiac Park, located at 5226 Zodiac Road, to celebrate the installation of a new public art sculpture created by local artist Suzy Hendrix.

– New Growth in Christ Lounge will host a Sickle Cell Benefit on Saturday at 6 p.m.

– The Memphis City Football Club plays Nashville at Mike Rose Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Learn more by following the official Memphis City FC supporters club, Rogue Squadron, on Twitter and Facebook.

– The Foreign Exchange plays the Hi-Tone at 8 p.m. on Saturday.


– One HUGE thing you shouldn’t miss this weekend is the You Look Like A Comedy Show 1-Year Anniversary at 9 p.m. on Saturday at P&H. Read all the details here.

– The Veil Public presents a Black Arts exhibition show and Juneteenth afterparty on Saturday at the House of Mtenzi Museum (1289 Madison Ave.) with Music, Dance, Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Art & Photography.

– Widespread Panic plays at Mud Island Amphitheater on Saturday night.

– The New Daisy will host the Widespread Panic After Party with Zoogma, starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday.


– Head to Shelby Farms’ Woodland Discovery Playground on Sunday at 7 a.m. for an International Yoga Day celebration. It’s a free yoga/meditation class; just bring your mat!

– Outdoors, Inc. will have a Boat Demo and sale at Shelby Farms Park on Sunday at 10 a.m.

– Shakerag at Shelby Forest hosts a Rockin’ Blues night at 8902 Rankin Branch Rd (Millington) on Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

– Co-Motion Studio hosts a monthly Hoop Church on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with a drum circle and music. Pay what you can. Bring your hoops and props.

– Sons of Mudboy play at Huey’s Midtown at 4 p.m.

– Yo Gotti’s Birthday Bash is at Mud Island Amphitheater on Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $40.

Comedian Jenn Snyder performs at Dru’s Place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with a host of local comics. Just $5 suggested donation.

– The Dantones play at Huey’s Germantown on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Have a great weekend and come back here Monday to 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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