5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/21 – 9/23

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 19th 2018 2211 0

Dive into this fall weekend in Memphis with plenty of activities for everyone. Check out the full detailed guide to fall events here, Oktoberfests here, and a big list of Memphis burgers here.

Photo by Phillip Van Zandt / Property of Memphis Tourism

1. MLK Soul Concert Series, Friday, 6  p.m. – 9 p.m. Founders Park, free, all ages
This series at the National Civil Rights Museum returns this year by popular demand, with the theme of “Be Loud, Vote Proud,” emphasizing voter education and registration. Bring your blankets and chairs for an evening of jazzy, soulful and classic tunes with your fellow Memphians. Dancing on the lawn is strongly encouraged.

2. Mid-South Fair, Landers Center, daily through Sept. 30, $10 adults, $5 seniors and kids 5-12, all ages/kid-friendly
Head to Southaven for the annual Mid-South Fair to get your fill of funnel cakes, rides, games, live entertainment, talent contests and more.

3. Memphis Yoga Festival, Rhodes College, Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., $35 in advance, all ages
Memphis’ first yoga festival, benefiting Memphis Rox Climbing, salutes the city, its yoga community and its partnership with Memphis Rox through yoga practice, music, conservation and celebration. The day includes more than 30 yoga classes, a kids’ zone, vendors, food trucks, and a tea and kombucha garden. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

4. Potterfest, Rec Room, Saturday, Noon-Midnight, $10-$15, all ages, free for kids four and under
Potterheads are invited to celebrate the wizarding world with a costume contest, trivia, dueling, transfiguration, wand-making, giveaways and more. Join in the live sorting contest on stage to finally prove you’re a Ravenclaw and not the Slytherin that your friends insist you are.

5. Spillit, Amurica (410 N. Cleveland), Saturday, $10-$20, 18 +
Memphians tell their stories at monthly events and compete for the title of best storyteller. Some stories are funny, others are heartbreaking, but all are true. No notes allowed. The $10 admission includes drinks (but please tip!). Stories might be PG-13 and seats are first come, first served, so get there early. This weekend is a fundraiser for JustCity.

Plus a few extras…

Mid-Autumn Festival, Crosstown Concourse, Saturday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the traditional Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival in the Central Atrium. Music by B.T.C., dragon dance, kids’ craft table, free moon cakes and lanterns, and more. French Truck Coffee will be staying open late (until 9 pm) on the night of the festival.

Memphis Renaissance: Forward Together, Levitt Shell, Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The third annual Memphis Renaissance performance from the creative alliance of New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Levitt Shell features  music, dance, and spoken word emphasizing the creative energy that emerges from the city’s intersection of cultures.

Tour de Brewer, Memphis Made Brewing, Saturday, 12-6:30 p.m., $15 to ride, 21+
On this guided bicycle tour of local Memphis breweries, cyclists will stop in to grab a beer at each location — Memphis Made, High Cotton Brewing Co., Ghost River Brewing Co. and Crosstown Brewing Company. A portion of proceeds will benefit Revolutions’ 4th Grade Bicycle Safety Program at Shelby County Schools. Explore Bike Share will have a limited number of bikes available — first come, first served.

Memphis International Auto Show, Friday – Sunday, Cook Convention Center, $8 adults / $6 seniors, military / free for kids under 12
All the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs on display, ultra-luxury and exotic cars, fun stuff for kids, and more.

Memphis Tigers v. South Alabama, Liberty Bowl Stadium, Saturday, 7 p.m., prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
Get your tiger tails over to the Liberty Bowl to cheer on the home team! Go Tigers Go!

On The Spot Comedy Show, Theatreworks, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $8 adv./$10 at the door, 18+
The Bluff City Liars brings to you another fun and interesting twist on two classic formats. Combining stand-up, improv, and even some improvised stand-up, “On the Spot” will have something to tickle everyone’s funny bone.

National Museum Day, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturday, all day, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Enjoy free access to the galleries and gardens at the Dixon all day this Saturday as a part of National Museum Day!


Palladio Sidewalk Sale in Cooper Young all weekend

Curious Incident of the Dog In Night Time at Playhouse on the Square all weekend

IRIS Orchestra Friday lunchtime concert at Health Sciences Park

Bike To Art (Overton Park to Crosstown Arts) on Friday

International Spotlight Summit at Morton Museum in Collierville on Saturday

Wok ‘n’ In Memphis Pop Up at Meddlesome on Saturday

Collierville BrewFest on Saturday

Trap Jazz at Rumba Room on Sunday

Be sure to check out the blog’s calendar for more.


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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