5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/10 – 8/12

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 8th 2018 2651 0

Hello Memphis! We have another great weekend full of food, music, and fun. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

Hattie B’s will be at the Chicken & Beer Festival. Photo by Clare Freeman. Used with permission.

1. Elvis Week 2018, Various locations, August 9 – 18, prices vary, all ages
Elvis Week kicks off this weekend! Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll by attending one (or more) of the many Elvis events around the city, from official Elvis Tribute Artist contests to dance parties to the famous candlelight vigil that brings fans from around the world to the gates of Graceland.

2. Steel Magnolias, Orpheum, Friday, 7 p.m., $8 adults/$6 kids, all ages but I don’t think kids would like this movie
You know the drill! Enjoy the AC in the gorgeous Orpheum for classic and cult films. This week it’s Steel Magnolias, bless our hearts.

3. Firefly Glow Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $15, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the end of summer at the garden with a party for all ages. They’ll have light-up games, blacklights, dancers and hoopers, and plenty of activities, plus food trucks.

4. Chicken & Beer Festival, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., $40+ taxes/fees, 21+
If you like beer, chicken, fun, and giving back, this festival is for you. Your ticket includes your drinks (choose from 90 different beers and beverages), a souvenir glass, live music, yard games, and a donation to the Dorothy Day House. Chicken & Beer Fest will have more than a dozen mostly local chicken vendors selling samples for $2-$3 plus regular-sized entrees.  Learn more here and here.

5. Negro Terror / Faux Killas / Wesli Snipes, CANVAS of Memphis, Saturday, 10 p.m., $5, age TBD Looking for Memphis music beyond our August Listen Up Guide? There’s a ton. Enter this Saturday night show at CANVAS featuring Memphis rock/punk/hardcore artists Faux Killas, Negro Terror, and Wesli Snipes.

Plus a few extras…

If you’re looking for some more kid-friendly events, note that the Firefly Glow Party is geared toward kids, then check out the Flippers at the Pink Palace or their screenings of Black Panther, Shelby Farms’ Park After Dark screening of Pirates of the Caribbean, classes at Art Project Memphis.

Looking for some free things? Downtown Memphis hosts a free Sunday yoga class, there’s a free sketch class at the Dixon on Saturday (ages 15+), and the Mud Island River Park grounds and riverwalk are free and open. See more here.

On Stage: Mahalia the musical is at Hattiloo Theater Thursdays through Sundays until August 26. Tickets are $30-$35.

It’s the first weekend for the English Premiere League soccer and Celtic is going all out.

The Circuit Playhouse is offering historic tours of the theater for Elvis Week. The theater was called “The Memphian” and was Elvis’ favorite.


– WKNO hosts a “Live Lunch” with a preview of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And Murder’ at Playhouse on the Square
Rusty Pieces at Cafe Ole
– South Main Sounds Songrwriter Night
Folk All Y’all concert feat. Travis Meadows

2018 Train Heritage Day (family friendly!) at Collierville Visitor Center
Lucky Heart Cosmetics & Memphis Hoodoo History lecture
Rusty Pieces at Alfred’s
Brains, Brews, & BBQ Trivia Night at DeNeuville Learning Center
Harry Potter Bollywood Dance Musical at Buckman PAC

– Carolina Watershed’s Monthly Luau Brunch
Elvis: Ultimate Gospel show at Halloran Centre
Brunch Happy Hour at Huey’s
Miranda Sings…No Offense Tour at The Orpheum

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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