5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/1 – 12/3

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 1st 2017 2836 0

Happy Friday and welcome to December, Memphis! This weekend is jam-packed with holiday events (including a bunch of parades), shows, sports, and of course, the St. Jude Marathon! Don’t forget that many roads will be closed or partially closed on Saturday.

Here are my five picks for the top things to do this weekend in Memphis, plus some extras.

Andrea Zucker / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

1. First Fridays on Broad, Broad Avenue, Friday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., free to attend, all ages/kid-friendly
Broad Avenue Art District’s monthly art walk/open houses is tonight, and it’s a special Holiday Shopping edition with free refreshments, pop-ups, and specials, plus I know that VooDoo coffee + beignets food truck will be on site.


2. St. Jude Marathon, Midtown and Downtown, Saturday, all morning/afternoon, free to cheer, all ages/kid-friendly
Saturday is all about the kids in Memphis, as tens of thousands (seriously, a lot of people) have traveled from near and far to run 5Ks, 10Ks, half and full marathons, and to volunteer to make it all happen. You can see the route here and look at a partial list of road closures here.

I am officially inviting you to join me at the blog’s cheering section at Mile 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We are teaming up with the Stax Museum to provide music and dancers for our section this year! This is a hard mile and the runners really appreciate our presence, so even if you only have a half-hour, that really helps.

We will be in front of/near Sunrise Memphis restaurant. We’ll have coffee, snacks, water, and posters to hold, plus you can buy other food and BYOB for Bloodys Marys and mimosas (and use the restroom) inside Sunrise. Scroll to the bottom of this post or go here for more details and driving directions.

3. Grand Carousel Grand Opening, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Saturday, 10 a.m., $3 per person to ride, all ages/kid-friendly
CMOM cuts the ribbon on the totally refurbished (and totally gorgeous) Grand Carousel this Saturday at 10 a.m. After that, this historic ride will be open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s $3 per person to ride, and you don’t have to buy admission to the museum in order to see or ride the Carousel. Keep in mind, though, that each child under 48″ tall must have an adult. So, one adult per two little kids means that one kid will have to wait their turn. State rules. Read more here.

4. AAC Championship Watch Party, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, gates open at 10 a.m./kickoff at 11 a.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Cheer on our amazing Tigers football team as they take on UCF in Orlando. Gather with other Tigers fans at the Liberty Bowl for a special watch party on the field (so bring your blankets and chairs!) You can park wherever you want and you’re allowed to tailgate, but no food and beverage is permitted inside the stadium since there will be food trucks and bars set up inside. They’re encouraging folks to enter via Central, Hollywood, or Southern, or just come from the east in general to avoid marathon traffic/blockages. GO TIGERS GO.

Allen Gillespie / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

5. A Ton of Holiday Parades
This weekend is the one for area holiday and Christmas parades, including the City of Memphis one that goes down Beale Street at 2 p.m. on Saturday after the Marathon. Here are the others:

Collierville Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.

Frayser Raleigh Holiday Parade at noon
– Millington Christmas Parade at 1 p.m.
– Olive Branch Christmas Parade at 2 p.m.
Memphis Holiday Parade at 2 p.m.
Arlington Christmas Parade at 3 p.m.
Bartlett Christmas Parade at 4 p.m.
Horn Lake Christmas In The Park (Parade) at 4:30 p.m.
Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl at Flying Saucer Downtown at 7 p.m. (don’t know if this counts as a “parade” but why not??)

plus a few extras…

All Weekend (check links for exact days and times)

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Circuit Playhouse (through Dec. 23)
Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square (through Dec. 31)
Enchanted Forest at the Pink Palace (through Dec. 31)
Holiday Wonders at Memphis Botanic Garden (through Dec. 30)
Starry Nights at Shelby Farms (through Dec. 29)
Mistletoe Village at Starry Nights, Shelby Farms Park (through Dec. 29)
Memphis Arts Collective Market at 1501 Union Avenue (though Dec. 24)
Winter Arts at Park Place Centre (through December 24)
Gift: A Christmas Holiday Market at Saddle Creek (through December 24)
–  Take the Soul Train to Christmas at Hattiloo Theatre
Santaland Diaries at Circuit Playhouse opens Dec. 1 (through Dec. 23)
Holiday Group Exhibition at L. Ross Gallery opens Dec. 1
Response 2 at Crosstown Arts (Friday – Sunday)
DeSoto Family Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol (through Dec. 10)
Tia Pancha: A Christmas Story at Evergreen Theatre (through Dec. 9)


Victorian Yuletide Open House at Woodruff-Fontaine House
The Attic Pop-Up Shop Opens in Overton Square
Moonpie Project presents Elloo at Crosstown Arts
Veganism with Balanced Becca at Your Inner Yogi
– Jenn Billy Brandt Visual Poetry : Mundane made Magical at Overton Park Gallery
Snowkus Pocus at Bartlett PFAC
Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular at Cannon Center
Memphis Matters show at Theatre South
– Grizzlies v. Spurs at FedExForum

–  Farmers Market Christmas Craft Show at Agricenter International
Gingerbread House Sweet Shopping Extravaganza at St. Agnes Academy
Train Show and Sale at St. George’s Episcopal Church
Shop Small Saturday at Ghost River Brewing
Memphis Hustle v. Delaware 87ers at Landers Center
Soul Market at The Den
Smash Test Dummy’s Daddy Retires Party at Ghost River
Forest Spence Fund + Nerd901 Toy Drive at Rec Room
13th Annual Stumbling Santa benefitting Porter Leath at Flying Saucer Downtown
Tuesdays with Morrie at Halloran Centre
Orion Weiss at IRIS Orchestra

Brunch Happy Hour and Live Music at most of the Huey’s
Brunch at the Brewery and Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River
Orion Weiss at IRIS Orchestra
Holiday Open House at the Metal Museum
Sunday Funday Art Show at High Cotton Brewing
Memphis Hurling League Championship Final at Overton Park
Lamb Chop at Bartlett PFAC
Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular at Cannon Center
O Christmas Tease at Dru’s Place

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. Barbara says:

    Thanks…. I find myself saying I am bored, wish I had something to do…. Not anymore…

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