5 Things To Do This Weekend In Memphis: 8/12 – 8/14

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 12th 2016 3348 0

Happy Friday Memphis! I have your weekend plan, but first: you’re invited to party with me on 901 Day! I’m partnering with some amazing local organization to throw down for Memphis in a huge way at AutoZone Park on September 1. It’s free! I have lots of details in this post, but stay tuned for even more in the coming weeks.

And now, here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.

1. Elvis Week, Graceland, All Weekend, Prices Vary, All Ages
Elvis Week in Memphis continues through the weekend with a “Sound and Soul of Memphis” concert on Friday at 7 p.m., a fan reunion on Saturday at 1 p.m., the ETA Contest finals at the Orpheum on Saturday, Elvis’ gospel music on Sunday, and of course, the Candlelight Vigil on Monday night. Check out the full Elvis Week Guide here.

2. On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival, Studio on the Square and Art Village Gallery, all weekend, $30-$150
The 17th annual film festival celebrates independent films with screenings, live music, and parties. Festival passes are $30, $45 for a t-shirt too, or $150 for a VIP pass.

3. Plunge To Expunge, Memphis Made Brewing, Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., $20/three throws, all ages (must be 21 to drink)
Friday is your chance to poke a little fun at a few prominent Memphians, and for a good cause: JustCity will celebrate their 1-year anniversary with a dunk tank set up at Memphis Made Brewery. Twenty bucks gets you three chances to dunk folks like comedian Katrina Coleman and Pastor DeAndre Brown, and the proceeds go towards Just City’s Clean Slate Fund for expungement petitions. Plus, there will be live music, plenty of beer, and photo ops at the Memphis Made mural.

4. Fourth Bluff Fridays, Memphis Park (Front and Court), Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., free to enter
The only thing Memphians love more than BBQ nachos and Gus’ is pop-up beer gardens, so it’s no surprise that we have one happening in downtown Memphis right next to the law school. This weekend kicks off Fourth Bluff Fridays with a free Might Souls Brass Band show, beer from all four local breweries, games for families, food trucks, and more.

5. Southern Salsa Festival, Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion, Saturday, noon – 9:30 p.m., $10 all ages
98.5 New Mix radio station – Memphis’ only bilingual station – is sponsoring the second annual 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).

Other ideas:

Homeroom 3: Not Your Average Comedy Show at Midtown Crossing Grill on Friday at 8 p.m.

Mama Mia! opens this weekend at Playhouse on the Square

Big Gay Yard Sale at First Congo on Saturday to benefit Memphis Area Gay Youth support group

– Cooper Young Farmers Market on Saturday morning

Memphis Farmers Market downtown on Saturday morning

Wash ‘n’ Wag dog wash benefit on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Memphis Pets Alive cat adoption day on Saturday at PetSmart

Black Love Block Party at the Levitt Shell on Saturday

Back-To-School Kickball Tourney in Collierville on Saturday evening

Stumblin’ Elvis Pub Crawl on Saturday night (starts/ends at downtown Flying Saucer)

Guitar Shorty at Rum Boogie Cafe on Saturday night

Daisyland XL feat. Getter on Saturday night at 10 p.m.

Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos at Huey’s Midtown on Sunday

Corinne Bailey Rae on Sunday evening at the New Daisy

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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  1. SABRINA says:

    Hi all Elvis lovers!!! So sad I won’t be there! I still hold strong the wonderful memory, when I came, last March!! Memphis is magnetic! Graceland is superb! Always Taking care of Elvis! Sabrina, Rome, Italy!

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