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