5 Things To Do This Weekend: 7/13 – 7/15
Hey, y’all! Here’s your list of fun things to do around town this weekend in Memphis.
But first: thoughts and prayers to East Memphis, because TDOT is shutting down Poplar at I-240.
Poplar Avenue will be closed right near I-240 this weekend from Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. From TDOT: “During the Poplar Avenue closure, I-240 ramps that cross over I-240 or under Poplar Avenue will be closed. I-240 will remain open.” Read more here and see a map here.
OK, here are your five things to do this weekend in Memphis, plus a few extras:
1. Family Science Night, Pink Palace, Friday, 7-10 p.m. $12, free for kids 2 and under, all ages
Enjoy telescope observations on the lawn with the Memphis Astronomical Society, watch a planetarium show, conduct experiments, and meet local scientists. Food trucks will be on site in case all that science-ing makes you hungry.
2. Grrrl’s Night, Cadre Building, Friday, 6-9 p.m., $25 advance, $30 at the door
This fourth annual ladies’ night fundraiser for Alive Animal Rescue will feature cruelty-free beauty and fashion. Ticket purchase gets you cocktails and appetizers,a raffle ticket, and professional pampering. Attendees will also have the chance to win raffle prizes and bid on silent auction items.
***The Memphis Caribbean Jerk Fest has been cancelled.*** Check out live music at the Orpheum, Mud Island, or Hi-Tone instead, or CRIB at Theatreworks. (see below for links and details)
3. Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival, Tiger Lane, Saturday, noon to 7 p.m., $15 adv./$20 gate, kids 12 and under free, all ages/kid-friendly
The 3rd annual Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day will offer jerk and Caribbean foods, live entertainment, a dominoes tournament, kids’ activities and more. Proceeds benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee.
4. Saddle Creek Beer Garden, Shops of Saddle Creek, Saturday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. / Sunday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Saddle Creek will host a weekly beer garden featuring domestic, import, and local beers starting this weekend. For the kickoff on Saturday, they’ll have live music, a featured local brewery (it’s Meddlesome), and food trucks. Starting next week, the beer garden will be Fridays through Sundays. Read more here.
5. Ovaryaction feat. Marco Pave, The Hi-Tone Cafe, Saturday July 14th, $10, show at 7 p.m., 18 and over
Political activist and hip-hop entrepreneur Marco Pave continually supports the Bluff City, so it’s no surprise he’s headlining Ovaryaction, presented by and for A Step Ahead Foundation. Marco’s album Welcome to Grc Lnd – released last year – voices, argues, and frames perspectives of Memphians not always heard; he’s pushing forward a new wave of Memphis hip-hop that’s undeniably his own.
There’s a ton of live music in Memphis this weekend. Catch Boy George & Culture Club with The B52s at Live at the Garden on Friday ($45 for lawn tickets; gates at 6:30 p.m./show at 8:30 p.m.). On Saturday, you can catch hip hop artist Marco Pave at the Hi-Tone for the Ovaryaction fundraiser for A Step Ahead Foundation ($10 tickets, 18+, show at 7 p.m.)
Also on Saturday, Modest Mouse performs at the Orpheum ($45+, 8 p.m.) and Alison Krauss is at Mud Island ($55+, 8 p.m.) On Sunday, catch the final show of the Levitt Shell’s summer season with bluesy funk rock duo The Peterson Brothers (free, 7:30 p.m.). Check out the Listen Up Guide for July for more show recs for the rest of the month.
Playhouse on the Square’s Theatreworks hosts the world premiere of the original play, CRIB. I sat down with Marcus Cox from Playhouse recently and he told me about this show, and I can.not.wait. to see it. It’s about Rajon, a star college basketball star facing expulsion for plagiarism accusations. CRIB runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 29. PWYC night is July 19. Read more and get tickets here.
Check out the preview video below.
For more ideas for this weekend, check out the blog’s calendar here.