5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/4 – 1/6

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 4th 2019 3299 0

Happy first weekend of 2019, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras.

More things to know:
– New restaurant alert! Inspire Community Cafe opens today (Jan 4)
– The first four entries for 365 Things To Do In Memphis list are now live here.
– 200+ events and festivals for 2019 guide is now live here.
– Nine ways to celebrate Elvis’ birthday here.
– Looking to eat a bit healthier this year? Check out this huge list of big, delicious salads.
– Tune in to Cerrito Live on Sports56/87.7FM on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m., I’ll be discussing what Memphis can look forward to in 2019!

Here’s your weekend guide:

1. Hall After Dark Live Music Show, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Friday, doors at 8 p.m., $5, all ages
Experince the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (above the Hard Rock Cafe at the corner of Beale and 2nd) with a tribute show honoring John Lee Hooker, bluesman and HOF inductee. The Memphissippi Sounds – a country blue duo – will perform the tribute show. Important things to do: It’s first-come, first-serve to the first 50 people, doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. Crosstown Brewing will have beers for sale for $3.

2. Hangover Fest 2019, Memphis International Raceway, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $10, all ages/kid-friendly
Catch car racing of all levels at the 4th annual Hangover Fest. There will be two courses running all day with a High Speed sweeper course and a competition-style course. It’s $10 for spectators, and free for kids ages 10 and under.

3. Memphis Symphony’s Elvis In Las Vegas, Cannon Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $15 – 58
Celebrate the b-day of the King with the Memphis Symphony and guest tribute artist Terry Mike Jeffrey, as they – with Graceland’s blessing – perform some of the King’s most legendary hits from his Vegas years.

4. Elvis Birthday Celebrations, Graceland, Saturday – next Tuesday, prices vary, all ages
There are a few ways to honor the Birthday of the King (Elvis would have been 84 this year). There are free Christmas at Graceland and Viva La Vegas screenings at the Guest House hotel theater on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. You can also walk up to the Meditation Garden each morning from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. For Elvis’ birthday, free walk-up times also include 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on January 5, 6, and 8. Read about more ways to celebrate Elvis’ birthday in Memphis here.

5. Swing & Salsa Dancing, Rumba Room, Saturday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $10 adults/$7 students, 18+
Join us Saturday, January 5th, at the Rumba Room, for the sultry gypsy jazz of Le Tumulte Noir! Our beginner Lindy Hop lesson is from 6-7 p.m., and live music is from 7-9 p.m.

Plus a few extras…


art opening at Eclectic Eye
Eric Hughes Band at Railgarten
Memphis Funk N Soul band at Lafayette’s
Firepit Fridays at Memphis River Garden
Grizzlies v. Nets at FedExForum


Holistic Health Expo
Swing Dance at Rumba Room
Rusty Pieces at Sleep Out Louie’s
30 First Jokes comedy show at the Hi-Tone
Poor & Hungry Karaoke Competition at the P&H
Blackwater Trio at Carolina Watershed
Tinnafolk at Railgarten


weekly brunch specials at Huey’s
Sunday Funday Cerrito Bingo at Loflin Yard
Jeffrey and the Pacemakers at Lafayette’s
Tikyra concert at 1555 Madison Ave.

Doesn’t this look good? Check out our guide to the best Memphis salads here.

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