Memphis Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 23rd 2017 18079 0

Greetings on this frosty Thanksgiving day! Before I get to the Memphis Thanksgiving Survival Guide, here’s what I’m thankful for:

I’m thankful for you.

I’m thankful that you read this blog, that you follow me online share an article, or even if you just check every Friday for the weekend guide. You’re helping us spread Memphis love, and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, truly. 

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Need something to occupy the family on during Thanksgiving time? Need to escape the family? Need something to do with the family. This post is just for you.

If you’re looking for bars open on Thanksgiving night, click here.

1. Things To Do

Click here for a list of places the are open on Thanksgiving Day (in case you don’t want to cook) and in the evening.

– A couple of bars are doing something extra on Thursday night:
DJ Frogg at Celtic Crossing
Sheiksgiving at Bar DKDC
– The Hi-Tone will have a Super T Thanksgiving show.
Ashton Riker and Ghost Town Blues Band at Lafayette’s
DJ at Railgarten
Turkey Twerk at The Tin Roof
Jackie Flora Band at Neil’s Music Room


Zoo Lights is open on Thanksgiving night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It’s $9 for non-members, plus extra for ice skating, the Ferris Wheel etc. The Zoo is closed during the day on the 23rd, but both the Zoo and Zoo Lights are open the rest of the weekend.

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms opens on Friday, November 24 and is open nightly thereafter from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (on weekends until 10 p.m.) It’s $20 per car (more for vans and buses) and $3-$5 for other activities like the petting zoo, camel rides, s’more roasting, all ages/kid-friendly

– The Enchanted Forest at the Pink Palace is open daily (but closed on Thanksgiving) and is $6 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Check here for hours.

– The Peabody Christmas Tree Lighting is an all-day affair on Friday starting at 11 a.m. They’ll turn on the tree after the 5 p.m. Duck March.

Holiday Wonders at the Memphis Botanic Garden kicks off on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (tree lighting at 6:15 p.m.) and is open on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., too.

Wiseacre Taproom will be open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Memphis Made Brewing is open regular hours this weekend (Fri 4-10, Sat 1-10, Sun 1-7). Friday night they’ll have Cerrito Bingo at 8 p.m. and Arepa 901 food truck will be on site. Saturday, they’re giving a free tour at 4 p.m. and Yippie Trippie & The Porkstars food truck will be on sit.e

High Cotton Taproom is open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, with Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and free trivia at 7 p.m. On Saturday, they’re open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a Brewery Tour at 3 p.m. Regular hours Sunday.

– Ghost River Taproom will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday. They’re hosting an hilarious “An Important Meeting” gathering. Regular hours Saturday and Sunday.

North Mississippi Allstars along with Al Kapone and Frayser Boy have a show at Minglewood Hall, Friday on Friday. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.. It’s $20 adv./$22 day of show, all ages.

Junie B. Jones The Musical opens at Circuit Playhouse on Friday.

– Take the Soul Train to Christmas holiday musical is at Hattiloo Theatre with a few tickets available for this weekend.

Peter Pan is at Playhouse on the Square through Dec. 31.

If you want to do some shopping this weekend (Small Business Saturday is happening!) here are some ideas:

– Memphis Arts Collective Market at 1501 Union Avenue opens Friday Nov. 24 through Dec. 24

Gift: A Christmas Holiday Market at Saddle Creek opens Saturday Nov. 25 through Christmas Eve

Holiday Makers Market is at 7743 Church Street in Millington on Saturday November 25

Tsunami Holiday Artist Market 928 S. Cooper is on Sunday
Don’t forget to check out the full holiday shopping guide, holiday events guide, and check back here tomorrow morning for a big ol’ list of what’s happening this weekend, including my top five picks.


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. Larry D says:

    Hi Holly! SuperLo Foods also offers turkey, dressing, gravy, etc that can be ordered by phone and picked up before Thanksgiving. Thanks!

  2. Shannon Little says:

    Cafe Eclectic is selling pies for Thanksgiving. Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Sweet Potato. Order by 3pm November 2nd.

    The Bar-B-Q Shop is selling Smoked Turkeys. $42,95 for 12-16 lbs. Order by this Friday.

    Huey’s Midtown Kitchen Manager is selling a bunch of Thanksgiving goodies. Details:

    Holiday Ham and Deli Co. + Pimento’s Kitchen and Market offer grab-n-go, Thanksgiving sides, desserts, catering, and more:

  3. Paul says:

    Holiday Deli & Ham! Casseroles, Ham, Turkey, and desserts all in one place

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