5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/28 – 9/30

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 26th 2018 2265 0

Finish out September with punk rock, a Pride parade, new murals, and much, much more. Plan ahead with the full detailed guide to fall events here, Oktoberfests here, and a big list of Memphis burgers here.

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1. Gonerfest 15, Hi-Tone/Cooper-Young Gazebo/Murphy’s/Memphis Made Brewing, Thursday – Sunday, free-$75, all ages
Goner Record’s signature festival is where bands and fans from around the world happily gather at local venues for the love of rock and roll. This year’s lineup includes Robyn Hitchcock, The Oblivians, and a host of other great artists. Find the full lineup here. And hey – Goners, if you’re looking for some late-night eats after your shows, go here.

2. Mid-South Pride Fest, Tom Lee Park, Friday – Sunday, times vary, free, all ages
The 15th Annual Mid-South Pride Fest kicks off Friday night with the Big Gay Dance Party at the New Daisy Theatre. Saturday will feature a full day of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and about 200 vendors. Check out national and local talent on two stages. On Saturday, a parade will kick off on Beale Street at 1 p.m., with trophies awarded for titles such as best use of theme, best walking group, and best in show.

3. Community Day: Outings Project, Brooks Museum, Friday, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Brooks will host a party on the plaza to celebrate the new Brooks Outside exhibition, Outings Project. Enjoy music, food trucks, art-making, and more. At 6:30 p.m., artist Julien de Casabianca will complete an installation on the museum’s façade, followed by a talk in the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium at 7 p.m. Read more about the 20 new Memphis murals being installed for The Outings Project here and see the progress here.

4. Two For One! Oktoberfests:
– Wiseacre Oktoberfest, Saturday, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages
Wiseacre will celebrate Oktoberfest with Beer Choir Memphis, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Gourmade+ El Mero Taco + Rogue Chefs food trucks, beer specials, and a costume contest.

High Cotton Oktoberfest, Sunday, noon – 5 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
High Cotton celebrates their 5th annual Oktoberfest with specialty beers, Bavarian food from Edge Alley, live music, football on the big screen, drink specials, and more. Kids and dogs are welcome.

5. Memphis Japan Fest, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 adults, $2.50 kids 2-12, free for members
Immerse yourself in Japanese music, dance, art, food, theatre, martial arts and more, surrounded by the beauty of Memphis Botanic Garden.

Plus a few extras…

Southern Junkers Vintage Market, Agricenter, Friday – Saturday, $10, free for kids 13 and under
More than 75 vendors be on hand with antiques and art. After you grab your cool finds, treat yourself to some hot dishes from local food trucks.

Trolley Night’s 18th Birthday, South Main, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate 18 years of free art, music, food, drinks, and fun in the South Main Historic Arts District this Friday!

Bluff City Hotwing Festival, Memphis Catholic High School, Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., $5, all ages/kid-friendly
There will be live entertainment, food, games, vendors and fun for the entire family. The event benefits Jubilee Catholic Schools Network.

– Choose 901 hosts their fall merch market at Crosstown Concourse Thursday through Sunday


Trolley Night at Primas
“Give A Damn” from the Stax Museum opening exhibition at Crosstown Arts
– Leanna Hicks’ Artist Reception at GPAC
Eclectic Eye + Stock&Belle Pop-Up at Stock&Belle (387 Main)
Gary Parrish + Keith Esterwood Live at The Bluff
Party In The CLOUD at the Central Library
Big Gay Dance Party (Midsouth Pride) at the New Daisy


Barktoberfest at Saddle Creek
Germantown Charity Horse Fair & Food Truck Fest at the horse show grounds
Memphis Pride Parade at 1 p.m. on Beale St.
Crosstown Brewing Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom Germantown
Jam For Justice at Railgarten
Tuxes at Tennies at MAM Grizzlies Center
Madison Avenue Mini Music Festival at Stop 345


– Brunch at Dru’s (MidSouth Pride)
Artrageous at Buckman Performing Arts Center
Rebranding the Rainbow at The Renaissance

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. Elise says:

    Millingtons bluegrass festival is also this weekend!

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