5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/8 – 3/10
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week: 10 ways to give back to Memphis this month, a guide to the new 901 FC soccer team, updated info on Black Restaurant Week, Fino’s sandwich shop’s revival, and brand-new Spirits & Soul festival in April. There’s also a Memphis Crawfish Guide and a St. Patrick’s Day Guide.
1. Memphis Black Restaurant Week, Various Locations, Through Sunday, all ages/kid-friendly
The fourth annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week is a chance to try somewhere new or visit your favorites for less. A dozen or so local black-owned restaurants will offer deals on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, MBRW concludes with the Soulful Food Truck Sunday at Clayborn Temple from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages , and free . Eight trucks, 30+ vendors, and live music. Read more.
2. Silent Skate Party, East End Skate Center, Friday, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., $30, 21+ for women, 25+ for men
It’s a silent disco…on wheels. Lifestyle Entertainment hosts another grownups-only skate party at East End. If you haven’t done a silent disco, it’s when everyone wears headphones and you have a choices for which channel you listen to. Each channel has a color so you can see who else is hearing the same song as you. It’s fun. Put that on wheels, sell drinks, and you’ve got yourself a party. The channels for this Friday’s late night event are: classic skating rink music, 90s and 2000s, or current hits.
3. Grind City Coffee Expo, Memphis College of Art, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $30 – $35, all ages
Nine local coffee shops and roasters are setting up shop in MCA’s Rust Hall for Memphis’ coffee festival! The Grind City Coffee Expo will let you meet the local java folks, try their coffees, learn more about brew methods and beans, shop, eat, and remove some of the mystery from artisanal, third-wave coffee. Get your tickets ($30 or $35 with a commemorative mug) here.
4. 901 FC v. Tampa Bay Rowdies, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 6 p.m., $10+, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the soccer team’s first game! Finally! Read more about the new United Soccer League team here, and get prepped for an exciting season as pro soccer returns to Memphis. Join the Bluff City Mafia supporters group if swear-y chants and high energy fans sound fun. To learn even more about our players and the league, listen to Episode 71 of the locally-produced Roundtable of Hooligans podcast here.
5. Chalkfest, Brooks Museum, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Join local chalk artists in transforming the Plaza into a work of art on Sunday (this event has been moved from Saturday). They’ll have El Mero, MEMPops, Gourmade, and Cozy Cafe on hand for food, plus music from Jeremy Shrader and DJ Siphne Aaye, and you can check out the gallery exhibitions for free. Bring your own chalk or buy some for $3.
For even more, check out the blog’s calendar.