5 Things To Do This Weekend: 11/23 – 11/25

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 21st 2018 2314 0

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Memphis! I’m thankful for all of you – your enthusiasm, your dedication to the city, your desire to get out and do new things and change attitudes for Memphis. I love how you all give back whenever you can. Check out ideas for how to volunteer/donate/help out this holiday season here, here, and especially here.

What I’m personally thankful for: I’m grateful that you’ve allowed me to write to you on this blog for more than five years now. It’s an absolute honor. I’m thankful for our contributors, who provide a different perspective on the city and can cover more of what makes Memphis lovable. Thank you for you, Memphis!

Now on the regularly schedule programming…

If you’re looking for a list of places open in Memphis on Thanksgiving, go here. If you want holiday markets, go here.

Every year, I get lots of questions about what’ restaurants or bars are open on Black Friday. The answer is: almost everywhere. Just pick where you’d like to go and maybe give them a call to double check. I do have some more ideas if you keep reading this post.

Note: Several ongoing holiday events get started this weekend, including Starry Nights at Shelby Farms, Holiday Wonders at the Botanic Garden, and the Christmas lights at the Peabody. See all the holiday events here and all the parades here.

And finally… here are the five things to do this weekend, plus a few extras.

1. Firepit Fridays, River Garden at MS River Park, Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Memphis River Parks Partnership is hosting Firepit Fridays every week through January with lit firepits, s’mores, music, and more. It starts this week. If you haven’t been out to the new River Garden Park, what are you waiting for? I was super impressed at the opening a few weeks ago. Such a cool place to walk around, bring the kids to the new, totally creative playground, and check out an unbeatable view of the river and sunset. You’ll find the River Garden at Mississippi River Park, just south of the Visitor’s Center on Riverside Drive, down the bluff from the Fourth Bluff.

2. Memphis Tigers v. Houston Cougar, Liberty Bowl, Friday, 11 a.m., prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
This is it. The Tigers need YOU to fill up the Liberty Bowl, wear black, and cheer your faces off for our final home game of the football season. So get out to Tiger Lane, tailgate your little turkey-filled hearts, and go cheer on the Tigers.

3. Peabody Tree Lighting, Peabody Hotel, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Bring the whole family to see the classiest Christmas decorations in town as the historic Peabody hotel is transformed into a holiday wonderland with a giant tree, greenery, a gingerbread village, and more. There will be choirs all day, plus Santa and Mrs. Clause. They’re turning on the tree

4. Peter Pan, Playhouse on the Square, through December 30, $25 – $45, all ages/kid-friendly
Playhouse in Overton brings the beloved Peter Pan musical to the theater just in time for the magic of the holidays. If you haven’t supported theater in Memphis in a while, now’s the time!

5. Holiday Markets, Various locations, Saturday and Sunday, times vary, free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Winter Arts at Saddle Creek opens on Saturday. Bartlett’s Holiday Market at the Municipal Center is on Saturday. Tsunami’s annual artist market is on Sunday at the restaurant in Cooper Young.

All Weekend

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
Christmas at Graceland
Zoo Lights
Enchanted Forest/Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace
– Starry Nights at Shelby Farms
Holiday Wonders at Memphis Botanic Garden
Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square
Junie B Is Not A Crook at Circuit Playhouse
– Mighty Lights at the River


– Black Friday at Memphis Made Brewing
Germantown Tree Lighting
Peabody Tree Lighting
Firepit Fridays at the River Garden
2nd Annual “Very Important Meeting” post-Tgiving part at Ghost River
Shop to The Death (Not Really) Party at Meddlesome
A Night of Praise and Thanksgiving at Cook Convention Center
The Pink Palace is screening Polar Express and National Lampoon Christmas
– Railgarten hosts Ghost Town Blues Band
Memphis Arts Collective hosts their opening party at Crosstown Concourse
Memphicity Design Black Friday Sale ($10 Grizz shirts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!)
Urban Indulgence Handmade Sale (Fri. and Sat.)


Urban Indulgence Handmade Sale (Fri. and Sat.)
Small Business Saturday in Cooper Young
Make Your Own Art at Metal Museum
– Stax Museum Small Biz Saturday Sale!
Games at Mid-South Ice House
The Rusty Pieces at Sleep Out Louie’s
Memphis Thanksgiving Soul Fest
Memphis Made Small Biz Saturday
The Suga Shack Soul Sets at The New Daisy
Shop Small Saturday Pop-Up at Everbloom Designs
City Tasting Tours Small Biz Saturday BOGO Sale (online)
Real Memphis Wrestling at Railgarten
Hope Clayburn at Railgarten
Wiseacre has Rogue Chefs food truck + live music
– Crosstown Brewing hosts live music and a silent disco


– Grizzlies v. Knicks at FedExForum
Puppy Pictures With Santa at The Liquor Store
High Point Climbing hosts an open house
Brunch Series feat. Earl the Pearl at Railgarten
Pooch-A-Palooza Event at High Cotton Brewing
Brunch at the Brewery at Ghost River

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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