5 Things To Do This Weekend: 6/29 – 7/1
July is here! Can you believe it? Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend. Don’t forget to check out the 4th of July guide to fireworks and Independence Day events in Memphis here and Memphis summer tips here.
The Memphis River Parks Partnership has released details for the Mud Island/Riverfront Parks 4th of July celebration and fireworks and you can read all those details here.
1. Withers Creatives Festival, Withers Collection Gallery (333 Beale St.), Thursday – Saturday, $5-$10, 18+
Each day of the Withers Creatives Festival focuses on one aspect of creative expressions: photography, film, and music. Organizers host Panel Discussions & Q&A, artwork showcases, and live music from afternoon to evening each day. Tickets are $5 per day or $10 for a three-day pass.
2. Anime Blues Con, Cook Convention Center, Friday – Sunday, times vary each day, $20-$50, all ages
This annual event for all ages celebrates the arts and culture of Japanese Anime, comics, and cosplay. Expect vendors, panels, cosplay contests, and much more.
3. South Main Trolley Night, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Shops and galleries host special events and open houses on the last Friday of each month. Some spots have free snacks and drinks (even wine or a cocktail for those 21+) or live music. Read more here.
4. Meddlesome Brewing “Born On” Party, Meddlesome Brewing, Saturday, 1 p.m. (noon for Alzheimer’s fundraiser) , free to attend, ($25 for fundraiser 0.5K), all ages (21 to drink)
Help Meddlesome celebrate one year of brewing great beer in the Mid-South at their “Born On” Party, with special beer tastings, live music, DJs from Goner, Sushicide Squad and Yippie Trippie Food Trucks, and more all afternoon and evening. I highly recommend you also participate in their pre-party fundraiser for the Alzhemier’s Association, which is a .5K race at noon. Yep – I said half a mile – and 100 percent of your $25 entry ticket goes to #EndALZ. Their chuckle-worthy training videos are worth a watch, too.
“Let Freedom Ring” with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Buckman Arts Center, Sunday, 3 p.m., $10 – $12, all ages/mid-friendly
From MSO: The Memphis Wind Symphony celebrates America’s Independence Day with selections ranging from Big Band jazz to patriotic marches to contemporary wind ensemble literature. The audience will enjoy works including a heart-stirring arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a special tribute to America’s service members entitled, “Armed Forces Medley,” and a rousing favorite, “Stars and Stripes Forever!”
Don’t forget to check the calendar for more. Cheers to the weekend!