5 Things To Do This Weekend: 7/6 – 7/18

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 4th 2018 2426 0

Continue your holiday celebrations with these five ideas for things to do in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extra suggestions.

(If you’re looking for events on Wednesday the 4th, go here.)

Photo by Phillip Van Zandt / Memphis Tourism

1. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Movie, The Orpheum, Friday, 7 p.m. $8 adults/$6 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
The Orpheum’s Summer Movies Series kicks off this week and continues through August 24. Enjoy the air-conditioned theater’s screening of the Jimmy Stewart classic this Friday. They usually have fun stuff in the lobby before the show. See the full lineup here.

2. “Broad On Ice”: First Fridays On Broad, Broad Avenue, Friday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Broad Avenue’s monthly First Friday night has a “keeping cool” theme with lots of cold drinks, popsicles, and specials – including a pop-up from Funlola’s Workshop at Five In One and a Cold Brew (Coffee) Throwdown at City & State.

3. Memphis Roller Derby v. Springfield Roller Derby, Pipkin Building, Saturday, 6 p.m., $10, all ages/kid-friendly
MRD’s Hustlin’ Rollers go head-to-head with the Springfield Roller Derby All Stars! Doors open at 5 p.m., bout starts at 6 p.m. There’s a half time show featuring Memphis Flamingos of the Memphis Women’s Ruby, plus snacks, beer, merch, and – of course – your favorite derby skaters. Adults 13 years & up are $10 at the door, kids 5 to 12 are $5, children 4 and younger are free admission.

4. Memphis Redbirds Games, AutoZone Park, Wednesday – Sunday, times vary, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the 4th of July (and the following weekend) with the Redbirds as they take on the Omaha Storm Chasers with five back-to-back games. Each night has a special or deal, plus there are fireworks on the 4th and 7th. There are $2 pregame beers on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday is Wrestling Night, and Saturday is Harry Potter night. Read more here.

5. Hands of Mothers Brunch feat. Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, High Cotton Taproom, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., $35 – $40, 18+
Enjoy brunch, adult beverages, and the sweet sounds of Amy and Will as they perform at the annual Hands of Mothers Benefit Concert at High Cotton this Sunday. Hand of Mothers is a nonprofit that supports mothers and daughters living with HIV in Rwanda, and 100 percent of this show’s proceeds go towards Hands of Mothers programs.


Plus a few extras…

We’ve also got some big names coming through town this weekend. Def Leppard and Journey take over FedExForum on Friday night, and Chris Tucker performs at Chuckles Comedy House in two sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday.

There are only two more weeks of the Levitt Shell’s summer concerts, so check those out Thursday through Sunday. (And check out the Fall lineup here)

Hope Clayburn performs at Railgarten on Friday night.

The Orange Mound Gallery hosts the closing reception for THUG, a photographic exploration of black masculinity on Friday at 6 p.m.

There is real wrestling (yes, a live wrestling show) at the Rec Room on Friday at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Memphis Made hosts a benefit concert for the Memphis Shield Project, which supports domestic violence victim. There’s no charge, but donations are much appreciated.

Take the kids to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the big screen at the Pink Palace’s CTI Giant Theater on Saturday or Sunday at 4 p.m. They’re actually screening this every Sat. and Sun. in July. $8 kids, $10 adults. More ticket info here.

Discover the Memphis Music Mansion on Saturday night, with a show featuring three Memphis artists: Blair Combest, Michael Jasud, and Marcella Simien. Get details and tickets ($20) here.

Atomic Tiki does karaoke on select Saturdays, including this weekend the 7th.

On Sunday, Carolina Watershed will host a Luau-themed brunch.

Don’t forget, you can always catch live jazz jams at Earnestine & Hazel’s on Sunday nights.


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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