5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/12 – 5/14

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 12th 2017 6179 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! The best time of year continues this weekend with a ton of festivals and the conclusion of Memphis in May’s International Week honoring Colombia. Also, Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday to all the awesome moms out there.

Here are the five things you won’t to miss, plus a few extras.

P.S. The food at the top of this page is from last year’s Mid-South Food Truck Festival. Yum.

1. Memphis Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m., $3 adults/$1 kids/free with food bank donation, all ages/kid-friendly 
Take a trip to the  “little Greek island on Highland” for dancing (don’t worry, there are lessons), a marketplace, tours of the church sanctuary, live music and yes, tons of food. If you can’t stay for dinner, you can always get food in the drive-thru.

2. Blues Music Awards Festival, Beale Street, Friday, all evening, $10, most clubs are 21+
Beale Street Merchants Association in partnership with the Blues Foundation, announces the inaugural Blues Music Awards Festival scheduled for May 12th on Beale Street. 2017 Blues Music Award nominees will perform in ten clubs along Beale Street all for a $10 wristband. Y’all if you’re looking for the best in blues, this is it!

3. Latino Memphis, Overton Park, May 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Latino Memphis Festival is a high-energy outdoor fiesta honoring the Memphis In May honored country, Colombia. Expect live music and entertainment, authentic food, kids’ activities, an outdoor marketplace and a Salsa-Making Championship. Plus, there’s a 5K run/walk before the fiesta. Read more from contributor Daniel B. here.

4. Mid-South Food Truck Festival, Tiger Lane, May 13, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., $5 – $45, all ages/kid-friendly
Dozens of food trucks from around the region will converge on Tiger Lane for an all-day chance to try tons of mobile cuisine. Plus, enjoy live music, vendors, and more. Your $5 gets you in. $35 for the Very Good Beer Experience, and a $45 for no-line, no-wait City Tasting Tours Experience. Limited number and pre-order only for those two special tickets.

5. Dog-A-Roo, Shelby Farms, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., all ages + dogs of course
Head to Shelby Farms for a festival for the dogs where all proceeds benefit Shelby Farms and the Greenline. Bring your dog and participate in all kinds of canine-centric activities; details are still forthcoming. In past years, they’ve had canine costume contest, dock dog demos, a rescue parade, agility course, training, Q&As with pet experts, music, a four-legged 4K, and more.

A “few” extras:

All Weekend
Million Dollar Quartet at Playhouse on the Square
Baila! Memphis at Crowne Plaza Memphis East
Memphis Air Show 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)


Note: Fourth Bluff Fridays has been postponed due to weather.
Armed Forces Night feat. Navy Parachute Team at the Redbirds AutoZone Park
“Fearless First” Stax Concert to Celebrate 1st Responders at the Levitt Shell
HillBenders present The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry at Buckman PFAC
The Rusty Pieces at LBOE
Decibel Lounge feat. Marco Alexander at Dizzy Bird Lounge
Rock-N-Roll Weirdness show at Murphy’s
Viva Colombia International Gala at the Peabody Hotel

Shop Small Saturday at Ghost River feat. Pretty Useful Co.
The Hern Brothers at Ghost River
Collierville Fishing Rodeo
Latino Memphis 5K at Overton Park
Free Skin Cancer Screening at InsideOut Gym
Hosta Sale at Memphis Botanic Garden
Junior League of Memphis 5K at Wiseacre
Free Legal Clinic at Central Library
Health Fair at Belle Forest Community School
Tiny Flower Arranging Kits at the Dixon
Dancefloor Funk: all ages dance workshop at Stax
U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Brass Quintet at Brook Museum
Girls Inc of Memphis Google Coding Party
Colombian Crochet Bag Workshop (ages 10-13) at the Dixon
Bicycle Story Time & How To Ride Class at Cossitt Library
Street Fighter Art Show at Crosstown
The Rusty Pieces at Blind Bear

Sunday (Mother’s Day!)
Check out Choose901’s great guide to all things Mother’s Day, including brunches.
Brunch at the Brewery at Ghost River
Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River
live music at all the Huey’s

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.

Leave a Comment