5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/26 – 5/28
Happy Memorial Day weekend, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras. For Memorial Day observations on Monday, note that Elmwood will offer a special tour and Memorial Park in East Memphis will host a special service.
1. Fourth Bluff Friday, Memphis Park, Friday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages
Fourth Bluff Fridays are weekly pop-up beer gardens that go through June 3o. At Memphis Park (51. N Front Street), they’ll have beer, live music, food trucks, games, vendors, etc. This week’s entertainment is Grace Askew and Tonya Dyson. While you’re there, walk down the bluff to the RiverPlay pop-up park and roller skate, shoot some hoops, or grab some grub from a food truck. Read more about RiverPlay here.
2. Marco Pave “Dedicated To You” Show, Halloran Centre, Friday, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., $15 – $25, 18+
Hip-hop artist Marco Pave returns home from tour to celebrate the release of his 17-track debut album, Grc Lnd, which NPR called “the next incarnation of [Memphis’] musical identity”. MTV called it a “brilliant debut album” and had a lot more to say about it and its inspiration. Seems like a long time since he first explained the term “backpack rapper” to me.
3. 901 Fest, Tom Lee Park, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10, all ages/kid-friendly
Finish out Memphis in May at this celebration of all things Memphis, featuring four stages of live entertainment including The Band CAMINO, Star & Micey, Da Mafia 6ix, John Paul Keith, and more. There will also be an airshow, tons of food options, and local vendors. I Love Memphis will be there with our shirts on display and sweet discounts for the online store. Tickets are $9 online in advance, $10 at the gate, and kids 6 and under get in for free. Read more.
4. Redbirds Games, AutoZone Park, Saturday and Sunday, 6:35 p.m., $9 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s a big, fun weekend for home games at AutoZone Park; they take on the Iowa Cubs at 6:35 p.m. both nights. Saturday is Star Wars night with a pre-game $2 beer party in the Plaza and appearances from your favorite Star Wars characters. Sunday is “ZOOperstars!” day with inflatable animal performances. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds trippy as hell and fun. Enjoy postgame fireworks both nights, including a special Memorial Day display
5. Summer Symphony, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, gates at 5:30 p.m./show at 7:30 p.m., $20+, all ages/kid-friendly
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra with special guests perform at the Botanic Garden. There’s a general admission lawn ($20 for adults, BYO-Picnic) and a VIP picnic lawn ($75, you get some stuff).
Plus a few extras…
Don’t forget that it’s Trolley Night on South Main in downtown Memphis. Shops and galleries will host open house, and many have live music or free snacks and drinks
Let’s Bring Musicians On Call To Memphis at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday night is a fundraiser for Musicians On Call, a group that send volunteer musicians to hospitals to perform for patients. Miss Shelby County, violinist Aria Stiles, and Brian Nhira of The Voice will perform.
Via Baylee Less on this month’s Listen Up: NPR’s newest Tiny Desk Concert show stoppers Tank and the Bangas are headlining this year’s Soul Aid, a fundraising ‘experience’ for the Soulsville USA festival at 8 p.m. on Saturday night at Clayborn Temple (tickets $20). This six-person group mixes the spicy flavor of New Orleans with poetic raps that have a spirit reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance to create the most heavenly musical gumbo.
Sunday morning is Memphis in May’s Great American River Run 5K, half-marathon, and after-party in downtown Memphis. This run is only in its second year, but it’s gotten great feedback from runner. I figured if you are going to participate, you already know, but I thought I’d give the rest of us a heads-up in case we decide to recover from BBQ fest via the Great American River Run next year.
There are a ton more on the blog’s calendar…
Have a great holiday weekend!