901 Day and Labor Day 2018: How To Celebrate In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 10th 2018 5269 0

September 1 is almost upon us, Memphians and Memphis lovers! This year’s 901 Day is handily on Labor Day weekend, so there are plenty of ways to celebrate and observe this most sacred of unofficial holidays. Here’s the start of  your list of things to do in Memphis on Labor Day / 901 Day.

Some of these events are specifically for 901 Day, and some are simply fun events happening over that weekend. If you have any to add, please submit them to the calendar here.

Exposure on 901Day

Explore Bike Share 901 Day Discount: Thursday, August 30 – Thursday, September 6
If you’ve been meaning to try out the new bike share program in Memphis, this is your chance to get a monthly membership at a discount. From Aug. 30 through Sept. 6, you can buy a 30-day membership for just $9.01 (regularly $15). The offer will go live on Thursday morning, and you can read more here.

Exposure for 901 Day: Thursday, August 30
New Memphis hosts this huge event at AutoZone Park on the Thursday before 901 Day at 6 p.m. 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, and I’ll have even more details soon.

Plunge To Expunge: Thursday, August 30
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. Plunge To Expunge is from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Memphis Made. It’s free to enter, but bring your $ for donations and throws.

Toast To The 901: Friday, August 31
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.

Star & Micey Anniversary Show: Friday, August 31
Celebrate a decade of Star & Micey at Railgarten’s sprawling outdoor venue. The show will start at 6 p.m. sharp and will feature special guests. As far as I can tell, it’s free and all ages.

Delta Fair & Music Festival: Friday August 31 (goes through Sept. 9)
“At the Agricenter!” Music, food, rides, weird celebrities, and all the fun you expect kicks off on Labor Day weekend. Get tix.

WLOK Black Film Festival: Friday August 31 (continues through Sept. 2)
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.

Trolley Night On South Main: Friday, August 31
If you haven’t been to a trolley night in a while, it’s time. New shops and more activities, plus…the dang trolleys are back!

Sunset Skate Night: River Glow : Friday, Aug. 31
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. From 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. All ages!

JustLarry’s Return To Paradise: Friday Aug. 31 – Sunday Sept. 2
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. Shows are nightly Fri – Sun at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20; this one’s for adults 18+.

Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival: Saturday, Sept. 1
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. They’ll announce the lineup later and I’ll be sure to share that with y’all.

Brooks Museum Membership Discount: Saturday, Sept. 1
The Brooks will offer free memberships (Art Associates Level) to the first ten visitors on Saturday. This means you’ll get free admission for yourself for one year, plus more perks. They open at 10 a.m.

901 Day at Doc’s: Saturday, Sept. 1
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 from noon to 6 p.m. Plus, Opera Memphis will be there kicking off  #30DaysofOpera!

901 Day at Concourse: Saturday, Sept. 1
Celebrate 901 Day at Crosstown Concourse 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. From 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

30 Days of Opera Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 1 (continues through Sept. 30)
Pop-up opera performances all around town from our very own Opera Memphis make up the annual 30 Days of Opera. Expect to see Opera Memphis at Cooper Young Fest, G-town Fest, Trolley Night, the Farmer’s Market, and a special concert at the Levitt Shell on Sept. 23.

USL Soccer Showdown: Saturday, September 1
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.

Photo credit: Andrea Zucker / Memphis Tourism

Memphis Tigers Football: Saturday, September 1
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.

901 Day Show with Jim Lauderdale w/Steve Selvidge: Saturday, September 1
Railgarten hosts two music legends for 901 Day, starting at 8 p.m. The show is free.

Labor Day at Celtic Crossing: Monday, September 3
Celtic’s got a load of specials for Labor Day. Kids eat for free all day (kid’s menu only), there’s a lunch happy hour 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with $2 select wines and frozen drinks, a happy hour 2 p.m. –  7 p.m. with $1 off drinks and BOGO half-off appetizers. Plus, they’ll have $3 draft pints and $2 off whiskey flights from 5 p.m. to close.

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.

I know of several more events “in the works” and you can bet that I’ll be updating this post as I find out more details.

Got more? Add them to 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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  1. Cody D Arnold says:

    Ready to have an eventful, effervescent weekend!

  2. Peter A Stewart III says:

    Had a great time in Handy Park, Cigar Festival!

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