5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/15 – 3/17
Hey Memphis! It’s going to be a huge, awesome weekend in the city with tons of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the Tigers in the AAC basketball tourney at FedExForum, lots of live music, crawfish, and much more. Even better, if you want to get around and enjoy the sunshine, you can rent an Explore Bike Share bike for just $3.17 all weekend. Details.
Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus plenty of extras.
But first, make sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week: the River Series spring concert lineup, March’s live music guide, National Pi(e) Day, the new Peabody Rooftop Party schedule, and a bicentennial events guide.
1. American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, FedExForum, Thursday – Sunday, prices vary, all ages
Twelve college basketball teams (and their fans) are in town for the AAC Tourney! Beale is about to be crazy. Coach Penny leads Memphis against Tulane on Thursday at 2 p.m. Quarterfinals are on Friday, Semifinals are on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and the Conference Championship is Sunday at 2:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
2. Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Beale Street, Saturday, noon, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Wear your green and bring the fam to historic Beale Street to enjoy live music, cars, dancers, floats and more at the 46th Annual Silky O’Sullivan Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day. There are a TON more St. Patrick’s Day events, so check those out here.
3. Memphis 901 FC vs. Loudoun United, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 7 p.m., $9 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
The Memphis United Soccer League plays their second home game of the season this Saturday against some guys from Virginia. Last week’s home opener was a super fun sellout game (even though we lost) so get downtown this Saturday to see the Bluff City Mafia antics in action and cheer us on for our first win.
4. Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Circuit Playhouse, Friday – Sunday, $25 adults/$10
It’s opening weekend for Playhouse on the Square/Circuit Playhouse’s latest musical show. I know y’all’s kids love the antics of those crazy penguins, so introduce them to the theater with this local professional show. Performances on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Madagascar will show weekends and some Thursdays through April 7.
5. Rites To Play, Oak Alley at Rhodes College, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Kinney Service Program at Rhodes hosts this totally free carnival at the college on Sunday with a bounce house, petting zoo, games, crafts, and food. It’s Galaxy-themed!
Plus a few extras…
St. Pawtrick’s Day, Lucky’s Social Club (730 S. Main), Saturday and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-and-dog friendly
The new dog bar downtown has their super soft opening this St. Pawtrick’s Day weekend so you can check it out and give feedback. They’ll have live music, food trucks, and local beer. Bring your well-behaved dogs on leashes. When they open in May, Lucky’s will be membership-based.
Time Warp Drive-In, Malco Summer Drive In, Saturday, dusk – until, $10, all ages (use parental discretion)
This month, the Time Warp Drive-In goes back to Back To The Future by showing all three movies in the series this Saturday night.
IRIS Orchestra: A Night To Remember feat. Inon Barnatan, GPAC/Brooks Museum, Saturday/Sunday, 7:30 p.m./ , $45+
From IRIS: “Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” Inon Barnatan is a force of nature at the keyboard…IRIS has put together a bold and creative program, most of which has never been performed before by the orchestra.”
Eat This Book, Memphis Central Library, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The library hosts their first-ever festival to celebrate Memphis Food Culture! They’ll have a bazaar with local booths, local restaurants and food businesses, cooking demos, and food trucks. They’re pulling out a collection of food books, cookbooks, and other culinary-related books for the event.
And even more…
1776 The Musical at Theatre Memphis
Significant Other at Playhouse on the Square (opening weekend)
Quark Theatre presents RADIANT VERMIN at TheatreSouth (First Congo)
St. Patrick’s Day at Celtic Crossing
St. Patrick’s Day events all over town
South Main Sounds Songwriter Night
Music of the People at Harris Concert Hall
Space Jam at the Orpheum Theatre
Patio Music Series at The Second Line
Marsha Ambrosious w/ Karen Brown at Minglewood
Lucky Brass Band at Bar DKDC
Fast & The Furriest 5K at Shelby Farms
Crawfish Boil at Loflin Yard
Carl E More In Conversation w/ Grace Stewart at ArtUp
St. Paddy’s Day Dessert Tasting at Primas Bakery + Boutique
Eric Hutchinson w/ Nich Howard at the Hi Tone
Puddles Pity Party at Minglewood Hall
Tank and the Bangas at Minglewood (1884 Lounge)
Nate’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Earnestine & Hazel’s
42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Murphy’s
Jason D. Williams at Railgarten
Live From the Green Room with Tonya Dyson
Winter Jam at the Landers Center
Imagene’s Gospel Brunch & Drag Show at Dru’s Place
St. Patty’s Day Crawfish Boil at Crosstown Brewing
The Emerald Isle Tour at Elmwood
St. Paddy’s Day w/ Drivin N Cryin at Railgarten
John Mellencamp at The Orpheum
Meet Crazy Horse Family Elder at Bickford Community Center
MidSouthCon 37 is going on at the Hilton, but it’s sold out! Y’all have fun and tag your cosplay pics #ilovememphis so I can share ’em.
Whatever you decide to get into this weekend, I hope you have a great time. Come back here on Monday to tell me all about it!