5 Things To Do This Weekend: 6/15 – 6/17
From live music to a new literary festival to late-night movies at the drive-in, here’s your weekend plan for things to do in Memphis.
1. Juneteenth Urban Music Festival, Robert Church Park, Friday – Sunday, free to enter, all ages
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Celebrate Juneteenth with lots of live music, vendors, a car show, kids play area and much more.
2. Memphis Literary Arts Festival, The Edge District, Saturday, all day, free, all ages
The inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival features 30 authors and artists from Memphis and the world. They’ll have talks and panels, a street fair, and after party on Saturday. Most of the talks will be at Premiere Palace MLAF will also host the ticketed Hibiscus Salon on Friday night.
3. Soulsville Record Swap, Stax Museum, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages
Goner Records and the STAX Museum are teaming up for the second annual Soulsville Record Swap. Record dealers from Memphis and around the U.S. will be at the museum for vinyl collectors to do some serious shopping. Food trucks will be on site. $10 gets you early admission at 10 a.m. Memphis Made will host a swap pre-party on Friday night at 7 p.m. with DJs spinning “superb and ridiculous” 45s.
4. African-Print Fashion Now! Community Day, Brooks Museum, Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m., free, all ages
Party at the Brooks in celebration of “African-Print Fashion Now!” and the reopening of the museum’s African art galleries. Design a bag, enjoy music, drum, and dance performances by Sound of Refuge and Kindred Spirit, participate in art-making activities, and enjoy Sudanese cuisine and beer and wine.
5. Time Warp Drive-In: Burn, Burn, Burn, Malco Summer Drive-In, Saturday, sundown – until, $10, all ages (but parents, use discretion)
It’s time for another themed movie night, and this time it’s all about the “burn”. Bring your bug spray to the drive-in for an evening of light-hearted, drug-related flicks: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Tenacious D & The Pick of Destiny, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Assassin of Youth. They’ll have retro intermission commercials, live music from Terry Prince & the Principals before the show. All ages are allowed (kids under 10 are free) but this one might not be the most family-friendly obviously.
Plus a few extras…
6th Annual Good People Good Beer Gala, 2585 Summer Avenue, June 16, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, 21+
This annual beer-tasting gala benefits childhood education in war-torn Sudan.
Harbert Avenue Porch Show. This casual concert series has been going on for a few years and sounds like the perfect thing for a chill music lover. Relax in Central Gardens to the sweet sounds of Jack Oblivian this Saturday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s free, but you should donate to the band.
Dreamgirls opens at Playhouse on the Square this weekend, and runs through July 15th.
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Wolf parody show continues at Circuit Playhouse all weekend.
Jack O. with Dirty Streets at Railgarten on Friday at 8 p.m.
Joe Biden is speaking at the Orpheum on Friday at 8 p.m.
Railgarten hosts “Dadstock” on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. with tunes allll day.
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