50 Free Things To Do In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 27th 2017 85828 0

Need something to do, but don’t want to break the bank? Enjoy this guide to free stuff to do in Memphis.

Some are available for everyone, some are for TN or Shelby County residents only, and some are once a year, but all of them are tee-totally free of charge.

Free Things To Do In Memphis
1. Visit the Meditation Garden at Graceland, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. daily.
2. Walk the Riverwalk at Mud Island, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from April to October.
3. Visit the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
4. Go to the Center for Southern Folklore, see daily hours
5. Walk through Elmwood Cemetery, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
6. Explore Lichterman Nature Center, Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until close.
7. Visit the University of Memphis Art Museum, Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding school holidays
8. Walk through Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park, daily dawn to dusk
9. Observe the Peabody Duck March at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily
10. Hang out in Shelby Farms Park, sunrise to sunset daily (includes Woodland Discovery Playground)
11. Attend a show at the Levitt Shell, Thursdays – Sundays in summer and fall
12. Visit the Pink Palace Museum, Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
13. Peruse the A. Schwab General Store, daily noon to 6 p.m.
14. People and bike watch at Beale Street Bike Night, Wednesday evenings in the summer
15. Take a Jimmy Ogle history walking tour, see schedule
16. Ride the Greenline/Other Bike routes, see free bike map
17. South Main Art Nights; last Friday of the month from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
18. Take the Overton Park Old Forest Trail Hike, second Saturday and last Sunday of the month at 10 a.m.
19. Take free dance lessons at the Rumba Room
20. Catch some live music in Handy Park on Beale Street, several afternoons a week
21. See the aquariums, boats, and more inside the Bass Pro Pyramid
22. Volunteer for a local charity or non-profit (I post a monthly list of ways to do so)
23. Walk or bike Across the Mississippi River on the Big River Crossing
24. See a Twilight Tuesday movie at Beale Street landing (Summer)
25. Ride with Freewheel’s Slow Roll Rides (Spring)
26. Find all of the I Love Memphis Murals
27. Go to the Collierville Concert Series (Summer)
28. Swim in a city pool (Summer)
29. Play at the Overton Park Rainbow Lake Playground
30. Watch the sunset at Beale Street Landing or Tom Lee Park or the Chickasaw Mounds
31. Run with a Breakaway Running Group
32. Attend a monthly Nerd Nite Memphis
33. Run through Peabody Park’s splash pad or the fountains in front of City Hall
34. Attend a free event at Crosstown Arts

For TN Residents
– Memphis Zoo, Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until close. Not valid in March. Rules apply; read here.
– National Civil Rights Museum, Monday from 3 p.m. until close.

For Shelby County Residents
– Stax Museum,  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

– Brooks Museum, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Select shows at Playhouse on the Square
MicroCinema Club monthly at Crosstown Arts

Free Annual Events
– Guitar drop on Beale Street on New Year’s Eve
– Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)
– Overton Square Crawfish Fest (April – free to enter)
– Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest (April – free to enter)
– Beale Street Wine Race (April)
– Do the Zombie Walk (May; canned food donations accepted)
– Fourth of July Fireworks (yearly guide posted in June)
– Holiday Parades (yearly guide posted in November)
– Cheer on the runners at the St. Jude Marathon (December, I Love Memphis usually hosts a cheering section)

What did I miss? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

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  1. Allison Delugach says:

    The Memphis Public Library has too many free events for me to name them all and most of them are free to non-Memphis residents as well.
    Senior programs concerning financial literacy and health are happening this fall and there are free jazz concerts in the spring at the main library.
    Tenant rights, legal clinics, how to purchase a used car, how to start a small business etc. are other types of programs we offer.
    Free movies, lectures, etc. happen all year round at different locations and we are proud of having the best used book store in the city (all the money goes to fund library services)
    When tax season rolls around just call 2-1-1 and find out about where to have your taxes done for free.
    the full list of events can be found at memphislibrary.org.

  2. Jeannie Priddy-Hayes says:

    Hi Holly, please share that Priddy Farms Bartlett TN opens forPumpkin Patch Season Sept 29.

  3. Eric Winfrey says:

    Love Memphis activities

  4. Torrey Clark says:

    F3 Memphis – Free bootcamp workouts open to all men, multiple locations daily Mon-Sat – https://f3memphis.com/

  5. Kay says:

    This was very helpful thank you.

  6. Lin says:

    What about and Civil Rights Museums? Are there any child-friendly attractions?

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Lin!
      I’m assuming you mean free attractions with regards to Civil Rights and child-friendly…

      Under the “For TN residents” section you’ll find that the National Civil Rights Museum is free for Tennessee residents with state-issued ID on Mondays from 3 p.m. until closing, or for active military with I.D. The Slave Haven Underground Museum Ernest Withers Collection do not have any free days. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music focuses on Stax Records, but does incorporate civil rights issues into the museum’s artifacts and texts.

      As for child-friendly attractions, check out numbers 2,6,9,10,11,12,13,16,21,23,27,28,29,and 33. Plus the Zoo and most of the free annual events.

  7. Gussie Richmond says:

    There is a charge for African n April.
    it is not free.

  8. Tyler Miller says:

    Kix 106 hosts 4 Free Summer Country Concert Series at Handy Park.
    Here is who all is coming to Kix 106 On Beale. :
    Dylan Scott and Jillian Jacqueline – June 14
    Joe Nichols and Jimmie Allen – June 21st
    Craig Campbell and Danielle Bradbery(The Voice winner) – June 28
    Ashley Mcbryde and Mitchell Tenpenny – July 12
    The shows are absolutely FREE and all ages are welcome. More details can be found at http://www.kix106.com.

  9. Edna Houston says:

    Things to do in Memphis The weekend of 06/30-07/04

  10. Marcia W. says:

    BB Kings on Beale Street has free admission and live music daily from Noon-5pm

  11. kelvin broadnax says:

    Friend here from out of town didn’t have a clue what to do with them your list was great .thank you!

  12. Julieanna Walker says:

    On the 50 Free Things To Do In Memphis dated 6-26-2017, I do not know if there is an updated list; however, biking and hiking in Meeman-Shelby Forrest was not on the list. Link: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/activities/meeman-shelby

    I was sharing the list with a colleague. Re-visiting it made me wonder if the Gibson Guitar still drops on New Years Eve. 🙁

    Feel free to hit delete if an updated list is out there. When I googled free things to do in Memphis, this was one of the first to pop.

    Thank you for your time, Julieanna

  13. Senior Citizen who ❤️Memphis says:

    Hi Holly
    I recently founded a Women’s group and looking for interesting things for our group to do .
    I am disappointed to learn that not much posted here is geared toward seniors …. or perhaps the activities that are appropriate for seniors are not designated as such. I see multiple outings that say kid friendly.
    I see nothing that says senior citizen friendly… once again we’ve been left out and forgotten.
    You could be the trailblazer and start a new trend. !!!! How about posting a list of things to do in Memphis for senior citizens . of course a seperaye list might be asking a bit much but a simple symbol would be great.
    I do ❤️Memphis and now that I’m back in the city I would like to enjoy what it has to offer now that I’m 60plis (just as I enjoyed the city when I was 16)
    Problem is I don’t know which outings are appropriate for oir age group. Help us please.

  14. Debra Sample says:

    Always loved concerts and ,just driving in Memphis is awesome when your from the Bootheel of Missouri so the night lights are breath taking ,exspecially for kids we are here this week ,visit the zoo in Memphis

  15. Sadelle Jackson says:

    Thx for listing things to do in Memphis. Many activities I haven’t done yet, but planning to.

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