5 Things To Do This Weekend: 7/29 – 7/31

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 29th 2016 2965 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! July is over, but I’m still sweating. So much happened on the blog this week, so let me make sure you didn’t miss anything:

Here’s the full story behind downtown’s new 70-foot-tall mural.
– I’m giving away tickets to Corinne Bailey Rae and you can still enter.
– If you play Pokemon GO, you have to read this post.
– Today (Friday) at lunch is your last chance to try out the bike share bikes.
– And last but not least, there’s going to be a huge Memphis-loving event at AutoZone Park for 901 Day! I have details.

And now, here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a ton of extras. Submit your future events here.

1. South Main Trolley Art Tour, South Main Arts District, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the final Friday of the month, and you know what that means- it’s time for Trolley Night downtown. Galleries and businesses will have open houses, some may have free drinks and snacks and live music. Brennan Villinies (who is opening for Corinne Bailey Rae in August!) will perform at Signal Flow PR, and there’s a Songwriter Night at South Main Sounds.

2. Levitt Shell Concerts, Levitt Shell, Friday – Sunday, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
This weekend is the final one of the free summer concert series at the Levitt Shell (they’ll start back up again in the fall, and have announced a special show on October 15, too). Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets – or buy beer and food from the vendors there. Snowglobe has a reunion/CD release show on Friday, Ripe performs on Saturday, and Alvin Youngblood Hart closes out the season on Sunday.

3. Roundhouse Revival Presents “Memphis Heat” Movie Screening, Mid-South Coliseum, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages(?)
Enjoy a screening of the “Memphis Heat” wrestling movie and Beatles footage on a screen outside the Coliseum, plus a twilight tour of the fairgrounds led by historian Jimmy Ogle. Bring your chairs and blankets, and money for food trucks, but leave coolers and pets at home. Donations appreciated!

4. The Drag Boat, Evergreen Theatre, Saturday – Sunday, 7 p.m., $25, 13+
The Friends of George’s are back in a new original drag show, “The Drag Boat” (think The Love Boat, but way more fabulous). Come for cocktails at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. They’re doing two more shows on Aug. 8 and 9, too. Proceeds benefit the Tennessee Equality Project. All ages are allowed in the theater, but I’ve included at 13+ advisory because there’s a little bit of language in the show.

5. Potterfest, The Rec Room, Sunday, noon – 9 p.m., $15, ages vary depending on what time you go
The Rec Room is hosting a 36th birthday party for our favorite fictional wizard,  Harry Potter, and also celebrating the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. Expect games, a costume contest, Quidditch beer pong, and more. The event is open to all ages from noon to 6 p.m. and for those over 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s also a 21+ wizard-themed Silent Disco at Rec Room on Friday night.

And here are a few extras. Most of the live music shows have $5 – $15 covers. Click on the links for more info.


Food Truck Friday at the Dixon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Memphis Zine Fest at Aldo’s Midtown at 4 p.m.
Cu in Summer: Student Art Showcase at the Metal Museum at 5 p.m.
Pokemon GO Local launch on the Highland Strip (all evening, time tbd)
– Billy Currington at Live at the Garden at 6:30 p.m.
Pop-Up Concert with Dream Dates at Ardent, 6:30 p.m.
IDLE&WILD show at Lafayette’s , 6:30 p.m.
Spillit Story Slam at Amurica (storytelling event – the theme is “Adventures and Travels”), show starts at
7 p.m. but definitely get there early. $10.
Clerks movie screening at the Halloran Centre at 7 p.m.
–  South Main Sounds Songwriter Night #33 at 7 p.m.
Carcass w/ Night Demon, Ghoul, & Crowbar at the New Daisy at 7:30 p.m.
– Snowglobe CD Release Party at the Levitt Shell at 7:30 p.m.
The Pretty Boy Comedy Show at Rockhouse Live at 8 p.m.
The Boom Bap hip hop show at Premier Palace at 8 p.m.
Caleb Sweavy, Tony Manard, and Blackwater Trio at Otherlands, 8 p.m.
– Backbeat Tours and Sprock ‘n’ Roll Haunted Pub Crawl at 8:30 p.m.
Dead Soliders, Faux Killas, and Heels at the Hi Tone, 9 p.m.
Super Witch with Crockell Hall and Glorious Abhor at The Bucc, 9 p.m.
Silent Disco Techno Magic Potterfest pre-party at the Rec Room at 10 p.m.


Memphis Farmer’s Market downtown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– Repticon Memphis Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at the Landers Center 10 a.m.
Pokemon Go Local launch downtown (all day and evening)
Cornhole Tournament at Loflin Yard at noon
– Modern Dance Workshops at Co-Motion Studio at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Black Girls Code will host a “Women of Color in STEM” panel at 1 p.m. at the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering
Closing reception for Session 88 at the Memphis Slim House at 1 p.m.
Delta Project at The Bucc at 4 p.m.
Ghost River Barrel Red beer release event at Hammer & Ale at 5 p.m.
Woodruff Fontaine House Ghost Tour at 7:30 p.m.
– Jill Scott at the Landers Center at 8 p.m.
– Mid-South Pride hosts a Summer Luau at The Pumping Station at 8 p.m.
Fresh Flesh, HEELs, and The Gloryholes at the P&H at 9 p.m.
SpaceFace, The Band Camino, Sold Under Skin at the Hi-Tone, 9 p.m.
– Harry Potter Midnight Release Party at the Booksellers at Laurelwood 10 p.m. – midnight
Marcella & Her Lovers at DKDC at 10:30 p.m.


– Repticon Memphis Reptile & Exotic Animal Show at the Landers Center 10 a.m.
– Benefit Concert for Ruby Wilson at B.B. King’s at 2 p.m.
High Cotton Brewery hosts a Sunday Funday with country-folk band Tennessee Stiffs at 3 p.m.
Graham Winchester Solo Sunday at The Bucc at 5 p.m.
Shades of Blue: Celebration of Memphis Music and History at the Levitt Shell at 6:30 p.m.
John Moreland at Lafayette’s at 8 p.m.

That’s it for this week! Have a fantastic weekend and come back here to tell me about it on Monday. 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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