5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/20 – 10/22

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 20th 2017 2915 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras. Don’t forget to check out the Fall Events Guide, the Halloween/Haunted House/Fall Fest Guide, or the Oktoberfest/Beer Fest Guide.

The following photo is from last year’s Soulsville USA Festival, which returns this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Soulsville USA Festival, by David Roseberry.

1. Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo, Friday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.$13 nonmembers adv./$15 at the gate + extra for some activities, all ages/kid-friendly
This weekend and Oct. 27 – 31 are your options for this year’s Zoo Boo, and this weekend is the one that will be less crowded. Take the kids for a “haunted” forest trail, hayride, trick-or-treat, singing pumpkins straw maze, kiddie rides, magic shows, and more (but no animals, they’re all asleep).

2. Wolf River Greenway Grand Opening, , Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
There’s a new trail addition to the Wolf River Greenway! Celebrate the grand opening with tours, food trucks, beer, t-shirts, Amurica photos, chalk art, free yoga class, and tunes. This will be at the northwestern point of Mud Island, where Island Drive and North Mud island Drive meet.

3. Soulsville USA Festival, Soulsville (1130 College Street), Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages
In addition to the stellar music line-up, this year’s festival will feature 40 vendors and food trucks, storytelling inside Stax Museum of American Soul Music, demos from an array of visual artists, and a kid’s center with carnival games, face-painting, caricature drawings, and other fun activities. You can also expect interactive ballet, contemporary, jookin/b-boy, and hoola hooping dance demos.

4. Memphis Grizzlies v. Golden State Warriors, FedExForum, Saturday, 7 p.m., $ and up, all ages/kid-friendly
The second home game of the 2017-2018 season brings Golden State to Memphis. Let’s come out of the gate with a strong crowd for our Grizz!

5. Rivers Series: Coco Hames w/ Little Bandit, Harbor Town Amphitheater, Sunday, 3 p.m., $5, all ages/kid-friendly
Support the Maria Montessori School while enjoying the outdoors on the banks of the Wolr River with singer-songwriter Coco Hames. DJ at 3 p.m., bands start at 4 p.m.

Plus a “few” extras…

All Weekend / Ongoing

Trivia at Huey’s various locations
Cerrito Trivia & Bingo at multiple locations
Karaoke at multiple locations
Farmers Markets around town
Mid-South Corn Maze (select days)
Heathers: The Musical at The Circuit Playhouse
Dorothy Art Pop Up Shop at 9 N. Main Street
Monster Market Pop Up Shop at 88 N. Main Street (Tue – Sun)
Wicked Ways Haunted House (Wed. – Sun)
Zoo Boo at the Memphis Zoo
HauntedWeb of Horrors Haunted House at 2665 S. Perkins
Momma’s Boy at the Orpheum (Friday – Saturday)
Shelby Forest Trail of Terror/Harvest Fest (Friday -Saturday)
Mound City Arkansas Haunted Corn Maze
Shadowlands of Fear at Jones Orchard (Fridays – Saturdays)

Friday, October 20
Amy LaVere & Will Sexton at The Front Porch
Marcella & Her Lovers w/ Alligator Chomp Chomp at Bar DKDC
Chale Awkaaba Day Dance Party at CANVAS of Memphis
1948: Creation and Catastrophe at McCallum Ballrom at Rhodes
Capital Grille Wine Dinner benefitting St. Jude/Allie’s Allies
Better Homes & Gardens art opening reception at Crosstown Arts
Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles at Bartlett PAC
Friday Night Steak Night w/ Live Bluegrass at Shelby Forest General Store
The Grace Gala and Fashion Show at The Atrium
The Blue Stones at the Levitt Shell
Chris Johnson Unplugged at Lafayette’s
Spooky Scary Art Show at Tako’s Treasures
Dock Party Concert at Ghost River Taproom
Brad Birkedahl Trio at Hard Rock Cafe
Rusty Pieces at the Blind Bear Speakeasy
South Main Sounds Songwriter Night #69

Saturday,October 21
Big River Crossing Half-Marathon and 5K at Big River Crossing
Fall Fun Fest at Carriage Crossing
Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5K at 1000 Ridgeway Loop
Heights Line 5K at 752 National Street
The Fast & The Furriest 5K Run/Walk at Humane Society
Harvest Festival at the Agricenter
Blues Brunch at Midtown Crossing Grill
Soulsville USA Festival at 1130 College Street (in front of Stax Museum)
Bigfoot Festival at Memphis Made Brewing
Palestine Block Party in First Congo Parking Lot
The Great Inflatable Race at Memphis International Speedway
Dairy Day: Barnyard Jam at Morton Museum in Collierville
Small Biz Saturday at Makeda’s Cookies Downtown
Tony Max at Comics and Collectibles
VolleyBOO Halloween Tournament at Railgarten
Wolf River Greenway Downtown Grand Opening
Dabney’s Nursery Fall Festival at 5576 Hack’s Cross Rd.
Better Homes & Gardens on display at Crosstown Arts
Shop Small Saturday at Ghost River
Immaculate Conception Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off at I.C.
Front Porch Series: The Rusty Pieces at Loflin Yard
Farm Park Grill-Off In The Garden at Bobby Lanier Farm Park
Grizzlies v. Warriors at FedExForum
Food Fight Open Mic at Cordova Branch Library
Costumes & Cocktails at Art Village Gallery
Trap Jazz: 1 Year Anniversary at The Den
Hocus Pocus: Celebrate the Magic of Birth Control at U Club
Mandy Vixen Trio at the Hard Rock Cafe
Redondo Beat and Teardrop city at Bar DKDC

Sunday,October 22
Brunch Happy Hour + Live Music at all the Huey’s
Brunch at the Brewery + Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K at the Liberty Bowl
Pinkalicious at Bartlett PAC
River Series: Coco Hames w/ Little Bandit at Harbor Town Amphitheater
Front Porch Series: Graber Grass at Loflin Yard
Wine & Spirits on the Grove at Oak Court Mall
Yazoo Glass Night/Sunday Funday Cerrito Bingo at Loflin Yard
October Hoop Church at Co-Motion Studio
Marcella Simien Trio at The Front Porch
Laramie at Hard Rock Cafe
Short in the Sleeve at Lafayette’s
Art Edmaiston’s Mean Scooter at Bar DKDC

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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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  1. Georgina Lopez says:

    I’m looking for something exciting for my very curious, entertaining, sharp 5 year old grandson.
    We laugh a lot and love having a great time.
    Help me find something he’ll really enjoy. It doesn’t take much for him to be appreciative.
    Thank you,
    Gina aka Tata

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Georgina! There are a ton of kid-friendly things to do in Memphis.
      Children’s Museum
      Memphis Zoo
      Beale Street Landing
      Fire Museum
      My Big Backyard + the giant bug exhibit currently at the Memphis Botanic Garden
      Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park + all the other things at Shelby Farms
      Mini-Mississippi River at Mud Island River Park
      Pink Palace Museum and CTI Giant Theater + Planetarium
      Lichterman Nature Center
      Rainbow Lake Playground at Overton Park is a nice one, too!

      Hope this list gets you started!

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