5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/8 – 12/10

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 8th 2017 2683 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 Holiday Shopping Guide, the Holiday Events Guide, New Year’s Eve Events Guide, and list of places that will be open on New Year’s Day.

Photo by Kevin Kern

1. Volunteer Odyssey Pop-Up Volunteer Party, 60 S. Main (The Washburn), Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
If you’re downtown during lunch today, stop by the Pop-Up Party to complete super fast volunteer projects, grab free I Love Memphis Stickers, and meet the folks behind our monthly Give Back column. If you complete a project, you’ll get a token for free Aldo’s Pizza. This is the last Pop Up party of the year.

2. Phantom of the Opera, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, $44 – $134, ages 4+, but probably more like 10 or 12+
He’s dark and mysterious, and he can sing. And he plays the organ. This weekend is your last chance to catch Leslie Knope’s* ideal man on stage in this stunning production of the classic musical Phantom of the Opera. My colleague Caroline went to see this and gives it an official ILM two thumbs up. There is a Student/Teach/Hero Rush for $20 cash tickets on Sunday; get details here.

3. Grizzlies Games, FedExForum, Friday and Saturday, prices vary, all ages
The Grizzlies broke their losing streak, so say f*** it** and just go to a home game this weekend! They take on the Raptors at 7 p.m. on Friday and try to hold their own against the Thunder on Saturday at 8 p.m.

4. This weekend there are a bunch of one day holiday markets. Click for details.
Crosstown Seasonal Market on Saturday
Memphis Farmer’s Market Holiday Market on Saturday
Memphis Maker Holiday Market
at Muddy’s Midtown on Saturday
Alternative Market at 1738 Galloway on Sunday
Holiday Gift and Art Market at the Memphis Jewish Community Center

5. Germantown Holiday Parade, Saturday, 2 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
West on Farmington from Kimbrough to Exeter, north on Exeter and ending at Germantown Athletic Club. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and uniformed Marines will collect them along the route for Toys For Tots.

*I can’t resist a perfect Parks & Recreation reference.
**Don’t click on this unless you’re ok with hearing a swear.

plus a few extras…

All Weekend (check links for exact days and times)

– TN Shakespeare Company presents Waiting For Godot at The Dixon
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 (through December 16)
Santaland Diaries at Circuit Playhouse opens Dec. 1 (through Dec. 23) – This is absolutely hilarious and wonderful and you should go immediately.
Holiday Group Exhibition at L. Ross Gallery opens Dec. 1
DeSoto Family Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol (through Dec. 10)
Tia Pancha: A Christmas Story at Evergreen Theatre (through Dec. 9)
A Lifetime of Christmas at the Kroc Center (Thu. – Sun. through December 17)


Last Day for Porter Leath’s Toy Truck at Bud Davis
Christmas Show at South Main Sounds
Terry Prince and the Principles EP Release Show at 831 S. Cooper
Inside Out/Dreamers in Memphis at CBU
Inaugural X-mas Onesie Party at Tin Roof
Mint Cream Studios Opening at 525 N. Main St.
The Kickback 80s + 90s Hip Hop Show at the Hi-Tone
– Grizzlies v. Raptors at FedExForum
– Pokey LaFarge at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall

Shop Small Saturday at Ghost River Brewing + the start of “12 Days of Ghost River”
– 16th Annual Toy Truck at Action News 5
2nd Saturday Legal Clinic at Central Library
Bike To Brunch, Revolutions to RP Tracks
Deck The Paws at the Humane Society
Holiday Classics Spectacular on Ice at Mid South Ice House
Book Lovers Appreciation Day at Toni Green’s Palace
Germantown Holiday Concert at GPAC
Elizabeth Von Trapp at Bartlett Performing Arts Center
U901 and Friends EP Release Show at CANVAS
Memphis Hustle v. Greensboro Swarm at Landers Center

Brunch Happy Hour and Live Music at most of the Huey’s
Brunch at the Brewery and Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River
Memphis Hustle v. Oklahoma City Blue at Landers Center
Holiday Classics Spectacular on Ice at Mid South Ice House
Deck the Halls at the Humane Society
A Spiked Brunch at Luxx Lounge
Self Care Sunday at Your Inner Yogi
Wok’n In Memphis Pop-Up Restaurant at The Cove
Memphis Wind Symphony presents “A Christmas Festival” at First Baptist Church
Weekend Basketball Comedy Tour at Midtown Crossing Grill

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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