5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/21 – 10/23

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 20th 2016 3220 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! This weekend is another awesome one, and there’s plenty to do. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

If you’re looking for  haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and other spooky events, go here.

I know I didn’t include the Cooper Young Beerfest in here. That’s because it’s sold out and if you’re going, you probably already know.


River Arts Fest, South Main Arts District, Friday – Sunday, all day, $5, all ages/kid-friendly
During River Arts Fest, hundreds of local and national artists, craftsmen and bands pack the South Main Arts District for three days of selling, music, demonstrations, hands-on activities and fun. It’s completely family friendly, and worth the price of admission, especially for the 50 musical acts spread out on three stages. Kids 10 and under are free.

Memphis Comic Expo, Cook Convention Center, Saturday – Sunday,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m., $5 – $30, all ages
This creator-orientated comic convention focuses on the people behind the comics, with a roster of special guests and panelists. There are also video game tournaments hosted by St. Jude Play Live, face painting, photo ops, and a cosplay contest. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for a one-day pass or $30 for a two-day pass; kids ages 6-12 are $5 for one day and $10 for both. Kids 5 and under are free.

Big River Crossing Opening, Harahan Bridge, Saturday, 1 p.m., free, all ages
The walking and pedestrian bridge that spans the Mississippi River from downtown Memphis (near Martyr’s Park) to West Memphis, Arkansas, officially opens to the public on Saturday at 1 p.m. There will be food trucks and live music that afternoon at the park, and fireworks at 7 p.m. Definitely check out this post for the all details and info on parking (because there’s very limited parking).


Art on Fire, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturday, 7 p.m. , $75, 21 and up
Everybody 21 and up is invited to gather on the Dixon’s South Lawn for their biggest event of the year, a festive fall party with a bonfire, food, live music, a silent auction, and plenty of fire-inspired entertainment. Tickets are available online until 3 p.m. on Saturday; after that, you’ll have to buy them at the gate.

– River Series: The African Jazz Ensemble, Harbor Town Amphitheater, Sunday, 3 p.m., $5, all ages
The River Series at Harbor Town continues on Sunday afternoon with the African Jazz Ensemble (10 piece band playing soul and jazz with African influence, including musicians who have performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Al Green). DJs will play at 3 p.m. and the bane starts at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Maria Montessori School.

And here are a few more ideas…


St. Jude Ride at Tom Lee Park
Le Bonheur Zoo Boo kicks off
Marcella Simien Trio at Celtic Crossing’s patio
Truck or Treat at Boo out at St. Luke’s UMC
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
Rocky Horror Show performance at Ruffin Theatre in Covington, Tenn.
Haunted Memphis Bus Tour
Woodruff Fontaine Ghost Tour


St. Jude Ride continues at Tom Lee Park
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
– Memphis Farmers Market
– Cooper Young Community Farmers Market
Eden’s Run 5K at Shelby Farms
Morton Museum of Collierville Annual Dairy Day
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest (for real)
Fall Paw Fest at Carriage Crossing
Fall Festival in Arlington
Meet & Greet with Chandler Parsons at Stash Home
Relay For Life of Millington
Tech N9ne at the New Daisy Theatre
Rocky Horror Show performance at Ruffin Theatre in Covington, Tenn.
Bands For Progress show at the Hi-Tone
Baauer for Daisyland XL at the New Daisy


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the Liberty Bowl
Memphis Symphony “Paul & Linnea Bert Classic Accents: Dvorak & Copeland” at GPAC
River Series at Harbor Town: The African Jazz Ensemble
MVP Presents: 5 Broken Cameras film screening at Amurica

Y’all be sure to tag your social media photos #ilovememphis as you’re out and about this weekend – they could appear on the blog in the future!

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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