5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/31 – 9/2

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 30th 2018 2178 0

Happy 901 Day Weekend! Happy Labor Day Weekend! There are a ton of ways to enjoy this long holiday weekend in Memphis, so I’m extending the usual weekend guide (Friday through Sunday) to include Thursday and Monday. So it’s gonna be more than five things, despite the headline.

“Exposure” is a big, free party on Aug. 30 at AutoZone Park.

Here are the THIRTEEN things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this long weekend. For even more, check out the calendar or the official 901 Day/Labor Day Guide here.

P.S. There’s a pretty sweet giveaway for a Young At Art Dixon membership happening on Instagram, too. 

1. Exposure for 901 Day, AutoZone Park, Thursday August 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
New Memphis hosts this huge event at AutoZone Park on the Thursday before 901 Day. Once again, they’ll have more than 100 local organizations, groups, shops, and more so you can get all the “exposure” you need to Memphis culture. They’ll also have food, drinks, live entertainment, and the annual Celebrity Kickball Game. This is an awesome large-scale FREE event. Read more here.

2. Plunge To Expunge, Memphis Made, Thursday, August 30, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., donations accepted, all aegs
Just City is a local non-profit dedicated to criminal justice system reform, and this event is all about dunking Memphians you know (including yours truly!) whilst enjoying some local beer and giving back. Bring your $ for donations and throws.

3. Toast To The 901, Old Dominick, Friday, August 31, 6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., free to attend, 21+
Choose 901 and Old Dominick Distillery are teaming up for 901 Day Eve Celebration at the Distillery. From Choose 901: This free event will feature food trucks, plenty of bars, games, live music, a dance party, Old Dominick will offer tastings, and at midnight, we’ll all raise a glass to the city we love.

4. WLOK Black Film Festival, various locations, Friday Aug.31 through Sunday, Sept. 2), prices vary, all ages
Daily screenings mark the third annual Black Film Festival, including a Black Panther red carpet at Clayborn Temple on Friday, Coming to America at MCA on Saturday, and What’s Love Got To Do With It and Selma on Sunday at Studio on the Square and the National Civil Rights Museum, respectively. Get tix.

5. Trolley Night, South Main, Friday, August 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
If you haven’t been to a trolley night in a while, it’s time: new shops, more activities, music, actual trolleys.

6. Sunset Skate Night: River Glow, Tom Lee Park, Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Rent skates for free – or bring your own – for this skate night at Tom Lee Park hosted by the Riverfront Parks Partnership. They’ll have a live DJ, food trucks, and glow-in-the-dark gear.

7. JustLarry’s Return To Paradise, Theatreworks, Friday Aug. 31 – Sunday Sept. 2, 8 p.m. nightly, $20, 18 and up
If you’re looking for a laugh over Labor Day, I highly recommend entertainer JustLarry’s variety show. The performances have a chill, campy vibe, full of super talented singers, dancers, aerialists, magicians, comedians, burlesque perfumers and more – all with a slightly naughty nautical theme.

8. Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, Tanger Outlets Southaven, Saturday, Sept. 1, noon – 5 p.m., $10 at the gate, all ages/kid-friendly
Tanger Outlets in Southaven will host this festival with a bunch of food trucks and “national and regional” craft breweries. Tickets are $5 in advance (kids are free) and $10 at the gate. Food is extra. The lineup so far has Moe’s, Voodoo Cafe, Soi No. 9, Churrasco, Brunch Box, and On A Roll!, plus a bunch of beer vendors.

9. 901 Day at Doc’s, Doc’s Wine, Spirits, More, Saturday, Sept. 1, noon to 6 p.m., free to enter, 21+
Doc’s Wine, Spirits, and More truly lives up to the more part of its name – they offer local gourmet food items in addition to booze – and they’re hosting a hyper-local pop-up on 901 Day. They’ll have free tastings of Blue Note Bourbon (Batch #2,) Lux Chocolat, Riverside 1844 Artisanal Foods, Wolf River Popcorn Co., Papi Joe’s Tennessee Pepper Sauce, Rojo Gold Salsa, City Block SalumeriaGrecian Gourmet, and more. Plus, Opera Memphis will be there kicking off  #30DaysofOpera!

10. 901 Day at Concourse, Crosstown Concourse, Saturday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate 901 Day with Crosstown Arts and the rest of the building. This free event will have family-friendly games and music on the Plaza and inside, balloon art, poetry from Adam The Poet, art vendors, crafts, and beer and boozy pops for sale on the plaza.

11. USL Soccer Showdown, AutoZone Park, Saturday, September 1, 7 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis will announce the name and logo of our brand new United Soccer League team on Sept. 1 at AutoZone Park, and there will be a Major League Soccer exhibition match. Tim Howard will be playing (this is a huge deal) and it’s going to be fun, trust me. Get tix.

12. Memphis Tigers Football! v. Mercer, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, September 1, 6 p.m., prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the home opener for the Memphis Tigers Football team, who take on Mercer on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Liberty Bowl. GO TIGERS GO! If you need to see the full season’s schedule, go here. If you need to learn the lyrics to the fight song, go here.

13. The Bluff City Jazz Festival: Monday, September 3
The inaugural Bluff City Jazz Festival will be at the Cannon Center at 5 p.m. on Labor Day and will featuring local and regional artists. Check out the details and get tix here.


The Delta Fair & Music Festival opens today at the Agricenter and continues through Sept. 9.

Explore Bike Share is offering their monthly membership (unlimited one-hour rides for 30 days) for $9.01 (normally $15) today through Sept. 6. Get it here.

– Star & Micey have an anniversary show on Friday at Railgarten.

30 Days of Opera kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 1 (continues through Sept. 30)

– The Brooks Museum will offer a special Membership Discount on Saturday, Sept. 1. Check out their FB for more info.

– Railgarten hosts a 901 Day Show with Jim Lauderdale w/Steve Selvidge on Saturday.

Celtic Crossing has tons of specials and discounts all day on Monday.

Check out more on the blog’s calendar here.

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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