5 Things To Do In Memphis: 9/8 – 9/10

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 8th 2017 2440 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. If you’ve tried to get in touch with me lately, I’ve been out of town, but I’ll be back this week and will respond to emails, messages, etc. then.

Photo by Steve Jones / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

1. Southern Heritage Classic Weekend, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (and other locations), Friday – Saturday, priced per 1. event
The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than an annual football game between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University on Saturday night at 6 p.m. It’s also a weekend-long celebration that includes music, parades, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgating.

2. 28th Annual International Goat Days Festival, USA Stadium, Friday – Saturday, $5 parking/free admission, all ages
Millington’s annual celebration of the noble goat includes vendors, demonstrations, a petting zoo, kids’ area, BBQ contest, tractor shows, and much more.

3. 2017 Outflix Film Festival, Malco Ridgeway, Friday through next Thursday September 14th, $8-$10 per screening
This year’s 20th anniversary festival will feature a record 45 films. Presented by OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ Center for the Mid-South.

4. 46th Annual Germantown Festival, Germantown Civic Club Complex, Saturday – Sunday, free
You could go to the Germantown Festival for the crafts, demonstrations, live music, vendors, cornhole tournament, classic cars and overall sense of community. You wouldn’t be wrong to do so. You would, however, be wrong to miss the annual Running of the Weenies, an adorably chaotic dachshund race. The fest is open Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

5. Central Gardens Annual Home & Garden Tour, Central Gardens, Sunday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., $15 adv./$20 day-of, all ages
This year’s Central Gardens home tour features six homes – including one of the oldest homes in the neighborhood circa 1853 – one garden, and two additional sites. The area focuses on Belvedere to the west, then east to peabody, McLean, Harbert, and Vinton. Get your tickets early to save a few bucks and get an in-depth, personal look at Memphis history.

Some other big events this weekend include Art on Tap, Zoo Rendezvous, Spillit, and don’t forget – it’s the opening weekend of the Levitt Shell’s fall concert series!

Also: 901 Day at Railgarten, 2166 Central Avenue, Friday, noon to midnight, free admission, all ages (in certain areas)
Celebrate Memphis with Choose 901 and Railgarten, featuring  happy hour from 12-3 p.m., food and drink specials throughout the evening, live music, pop-up market, games, dance party and more. This got rescheduled from Sept. 1.

Goat at Goat Days wants to see ya.

Plus a few extras…

All Weekend

HACK Memphis
The Flick at Circuit Playhouse
30 Days of Opera
Delta Fair at the Agricenter
Outflix Film Festival at Ridgeway Cinema Grill
Goat Days in Millington (Friday and Saturday)
Germantown Festival (Saturday and Sunday)


Friday, September 8

Art on Tap at the Dixon
Four Knowledge II Opening reception at Crosstown Arts
30 Days of Opera at Harbor Town
A Cast of Blues at DeSoto Arts Council
High Cotton at Poplar Wine & Spirits
Broad Avenue 5K at Broad Ave.
“Fearless First” Levitt Shell Show feat. Lady Wray to benefit First Responders
Little Big Town at Live at the Garden
Rusty Pieces at the Blind Bear
Brennan Villines at Lafayette’s
Southern Heritage Class Music Fest at the Landers Center
The Break-Up Show at the New Daisy Theatre
Hillbilly Mojo at The Dirty Crow
Playa Fly Birthday Bash at the Hi Tone
Jerred Price at Hard Rock Cafe

Saturday, September 9

Rock103’s 40th Anniversary Warm-Up Party at Bumpus Harley-Davison
Prep & Buff for Paint Memphis Festival at Altown Skate Park
Southern Heritage Classic Tennessee State v. Jackson State at the Liberty Bowl
– Tigers v. UCF (AWAY game) – here’s a list of places to watch
2nd Saturday Legal Clinic at Central Library
Wings of Jubilee Hotwing Festival & Cookoff at Memphis Catholic HS
Shop Small Saturday and Loveland Duren at Ghost River
Memphis Yo Yo Club at Germantown Community Library
Concert at the Creek at Saddle Creek
Spillit Story Slam at Amurica
Rusty Pieces at Beale Street Landing
Saturday Soul Market at The Den
Susan Marshall at Lafayette’s
Chale Akwaaba at CANVAS
Brian Owens & The Deacons of Sound at the Levitt Shell
Marcella & Her Lovers at Bar DKDC
Jerred Price as Almost Elton John at Hard Rock Cafe

Sunday, September 10

Brunch at the Brewery at Ghost River
Central Gardens 41st Home & Garden Tour starting at the Beethoven Club
How To Ride In The Street class at Revolutions
John Kilzer at the Levitt Shell
Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River
Live music at all the Huey’s
Opening Reception for “Rustic Memphis” at the Botanic Garden
Winestock at Old Millington Winery
Los Cantadores et al at Bar DKDC
Charlotte Fletcher and Soinge at Hard Rock Cafe

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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