5 Things To Do This Weekend In Memphis: 8/5 – 8/7

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 5th 2016 3047 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Before we delve into the weekend’s awesome options for fun, an announcement: next Thursday is I Love Memphis night at the Peabody Hotel! We’re doing some special things for the August 11 event, so click here to read all the details.

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

1. Crosstown Gallery Talk + Moonpie Project Talk, Crosstown Arts, Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages

This Friday night, Crosstown Arts has two events. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the gallery, the three artists behind the underwater-themed immersive installation “Fish” will give a talk. After that, go around the corner to see the latest mural in the neighborhood by Jacob Elior Berkowitz – it’s part of a series of murals in the Moonpie Project. (photo at the top of this post via Crosstown Arts Facebook)

2. Night Shift Presents Weightless: The Musical, TheatreWorks, Friday, 11:45 p.m. – 1:45 a.m., $10 advance, 18 and up

This special edition of the monthly late variety show features aerialists and cirque-style acts, musical numbers, and a dash of comedy. Not that you’d take your kids out at nearly midnight (no assumptions here) but leave the kids at home, and bring cash for concessions and drinks for those over 21.

3. FOMO Fest 2016, Levitt Shell, Saturday 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10 adv./$15 gat, all ages

Celebrate the nearing end of summer with 13 local bands performing in succession at the Levitt Shell. Leave your coolers at home (they’ll have food trucks and craft beer for sale) or pay $10 to bring your own refreshments. Get all the details here.

4. Meritan Midnight Classic Bicycle Tour, Kickoff at the Liberty Bowl, Saturday, 10 p.m., all ages

Forget the bike lanes: Midtown’s streets become super accessible to cyclists during the Midnight Classic Bike Tour. The leisurely 17-mile escorted ride starts and ends at Tiger Lane by the Liberty Bowl (this means that there will be traffic delays around town late on Saturday). Before and after the ride, there will be live music, food trucks, bike vendors and more. Don’t forget your helmet or your bike light.

5. Baobab Filmhouse Opening, Baobab Filmhouse (652 Marshall Ave.), Friday – Saturday, $8 – $12.50, all ages

Baobab Filmhouse is the latest addition to Memphis’ arts and film scene. It’s an intimate movie theater in The Edge District, dedicated to celebrating black filmmakers from around the world. This weekend is the opening; the first film is “CRU”, about four high school athletes who survive a terrible crash. Screenings are at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Plus a few extras…


Choose 901 Pop-Up Shop

– Food Truck Friday at the Dixon

– Botanic Garden Firefly Glow Party

– Opening Reception for “Price Is Right” affordable art at David Lusk Gallery

– First Fridays on Broad Avenue

– Memphis Redbirds v. Omaha Storm Chasers at 7:05 p.m.


Choose 901 Pop-Up Shop

– Memphis Redbirds v. Omaha Storm Chasers at 6:35 p.m. (pullover giveaway + fireworks)


– Pokemon GO Battle for Broad

– Pink Bridal Show

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. Terri says:

    Thanks for providing this avenue of events update for Memphis and its surrounds.

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