5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/19 – 1/21

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 19th 2018 1115 1

Happy Friday Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

1. International Blues Challenge, Beale Street, through Saturday, prices vary, all ages/late night shows may be 21+
Hundreds of blues musicians are in town from around the world for competition and recognition. This is really cool that we have this here in Memphis. Tonight there’s the Youth Showcase starting a 5 p.m. and the Semifinals at 6:20 p.m., both taking place at various clubs on Beale. There are blues jams at B.B. Kings and Club 152 after that. On Saturday, the Orpheum will host the IBC Finals starting at noon. Read more here.

2. DreamFest7, 1884 Lounge / MGM Field (456 Tillman Street), Friday / Sunday, $10 / donation, 18+ / all ages
This event was rescheduled/rearranged from last weekend! Friday night is a group concert at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall; tickets are $10. Sunday is DreamFest Bowl charity flag football game between teams of local musicians salting a 1pm at MGM Field at 456 Tillman Street, Entry is a donation to the Memphis Artists for change. The producer battle that was originally scheduled for Jan. 13 will be held on Feb. 4 at the Renaissance, time TBA.

3. Teen Arts Fest, Memphis Central Library, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
This is a chance for you to support young Memphis artists – and walk away with some unique art for yourself! The Library hosts this first-ever Teen Arts Fest on Saturday afternoon.

4. Arts Unite! Dance + Food, New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York Ave.), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
New Ballet Ensemble in Cooper Young (a steps away from the I Love Memphis mural) will host an afternoon of dance workshops and food trucks they’re calling Arts Unite – this was rescheduled from last weekend. People of all ages can join in free half hour classes for salsa, ballet, and breakdancing, and more, plus enjoy food from MemPop’s, Crumpy’s wings, DejaVu, and voodoo Cafe. See the class schedule here.

5. Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour, FedExForum, Saturday, 2 p.m., $20+, all ages/kid-friendly
A family-friendly, high-energy event held indoors? JACKPOT. These world-renowned b-ball entertainers take on The Washington Generals (the bad guys) this Saturday afternoon. Photos and autographs afterwards.


Check out the calendar for a few more and submit your future events here.

All Weekend

Once at Playhouse on the Square
Fences at Theater Memphis
Soft Opening for Memphis Food Truck Park at 3803 Winchester (all weekend)

Friday
wishbook series film screening at Crosstown Concourse
Grizzlies v. Kings at FedExForum
Habitat for Humanity’s Tool Box Bash at Crosstown Concourse
The Night Owls Showcase at Bartlett PAC
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago show at Buckman PFAC
Wine Down: Cheese Edition at the Dixon
Trio Plus at Marlowe’s Ribs
Storm Large at GPAC
School of Rock Germantown at The Bluff
V3 Fights 66 at Minglewood Hall
Andy Wolf Trunk Show at Eclectic Eye
The Forgotten Martini tasting at Loflin Yard
Faith Evans Ruch at The Cove
Slowboat Tap Takeover at MS Ale House (read more about MAH here)
Hardaway/Two Houses/Pezz/Negro Terror at the Hi Tone
Live Band Karaoke with Public Record at Railgarten

Saturday
Wolf River 5K at Wolf River Greenway
Cooper Young Community Farmers Market at First Congo Parking lot
wishbook series film screening & artist talk at Crosstown Concourse
Oishii Japanese dinner at Memphis Botanic Garden
You Look Like Comedy Show at The P&H
Monster Jam (trucks!) at Landers Center
Memphis 1968 Workshop at Clayborn Temple
Youth Classical Concert at Buckman PFAC
Blue Jeans & Blazers ft. The Band at The Cannon Center
Folk Soul Revival at Railgarten
The Southern Edition Band at Newby’s
MLK Arts Unite 2018 (Dance classes + food trucks!) at New Ballet Ensemble
Chris Hill at The Vault
Mug Club 2018 release at Meddlesome Brewing Co.
Roadside Bicycle Repair at Revolutions CoOp
UFC 220 at the Rec Room
School of Rock Memphis “Tribute to Chris Cornell” at 1884 Lounge
Kevin Griffin at The Bluff
The Eric Gales Band at the New Daisy
Forever Abbey Road at Lafayette’s

Sunday
A Creative Social Blog Photography Workshop at The Lab
Vision Board Playshop! at Open Heart Spiritual Center
Women’s Bike Chat at Revolutions Bicycle CoOp
Artistik Lounge feat. Darryl Sanford at Minglewood Hall
Memphis Empty Bowls Project at Crosstown Concourse
Alchemy4: Opening Reception & Gallery Talk at the Metal Museum
Wok’n In Memphis Pop-Up at The Cove

International Blues Challenge. Photo by Andrea Zucker.


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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