5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/10 – 5/12
The delightful madness of May continues this weekend with more music, more festivals, more events, and more family-friendly things to do. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
But first, some important stuff:
- We need your help to get IRONMAN to choose Memphis for a big event in 2020
- The Memphis Mother’s Day Guide
- How to submit your ideas for the Brooks and MCA buildings when they leave Overton Park
- The ABCs of Memphis In May (including lots of tips for the next three events)
- Top 10 things to do at Shelby Farms
- You can still sign up for some of Volunteer Odyssey’s ten super fun ways to give back this month.
And now, your regularly scheduled programming:
1. Redbirds v. Iowa Cubs/Nashville Sounds, AutoZone Park, May 7 – 14, $9 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
The Redbirds baseball boys have an eight-game home stand from May 7 through Monday the 14th. The most important game (I’m not biased) will be the Saturday game at 6:35 p.m. when they’re giving away a special I Love Memphis + Redbirds mashup t-shirt to the first 1,000 guests! And fireworks after. And $2 beers before. Yay! Also, it’s $2 beer ‘n’ hotdog night on Thursday and a special Mother’s Day brunch and moms ‘n’ kids bases running post game for the Sunday game. Read all about it here.
2. Annual Memphis Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $2 (or canned food donation), all ages/kid-friendly
Vendors from around the Mid-South will display and sell handmade crafts and boutique items. They’ll have lots of activities, great music and entertainment. Take a trip to the “little Greek island on Highland” for dancing (don’t worry, there are lessons), a marketplace, tours of the church sanctuary, live music and yes, tons of food. If you can’t stay for dinner, you can always get food in the drive-thru.
3. Stitched 2019, Crosstown Arts in the Concourse, Friday – Saturday, free, all ages/kid-friendly
You’ll never think of “quilts” the same way after this quilt exhibit, featuring a ton of artworks that fit in a very loose definition of the classic heirloom artform. Ther’es an opening reception on Friday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and the exhibit curator, Martha Sielman, gives a talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
4. Memphis Brewfest, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., $48+ fees, 21 and up.
Taste all the crafty beers your liver desires on Saturday at the annual Memphis Brewfest, on the field at the Liberty Bowl. By the numbers: 3 hours, 6 food trucks, 50+ breweries, 1 live music stage.
5. Symphony In The Gardens, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Sunday, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., $25 adults/$5 kids/free 6 and under, all ages/kid-friendly
The Dixon hosts Symphony In The Gardens featuring the Memphis Symphony playing Big Band music. Bring your picnics, chairs, etc. or buy Memphis Dawgs and MEMPops on site.
Plus a few extras…
NKOTB w/ Special Guests, FedExForum, Friday, 8 p.m. $20+, all ages
Is it the 90s again?! New Kids On The Block – along with Salt N Pepa, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson are performing at FedExForum. They’ve got a $20 way-up-there section ticket thing going on, and a few floor seats for $90+, plus stuff in between.
Memphis Margarita Festival, Fourth Bluff, Saturday, $41.61 w/ fees, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., 21+
Fifteen margarita samples – vote on your favorite – and a cash bar with full-sized drinks, too. They always sell out, so get your ticket today. They’ve got an indoor rain plan, too.
– 40th Annual Blues Music Awards Week
– It’s the last weekend for 1984 at the Circuit Playhouse.
– Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe presents The Emotions Project, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at Theatreworks (Overton Square) this weekend and next.
– Cabaret at Playhouse on the Square
– Comedian Eddie Izzard is at the Orpheum
– Lucky 7 Brass Band “hoedown” at Railgarten
– The Goonies movie night on the patio at Miss Cordelia’s
– Edible Memphis magazine pickup at The Edge Alley
– Shen Yun at The Cannon Center
– Water Lantern Festival at MLK Park
– Memphis Made hosts Drafts & Laughs
– Cory Brannon with Kevin Gordon at Railgarten
– The Roast of the City of Memphis at Midtown Crossing Grill
– Memphis Food Truckers Alliance Friends & Family Day at Health Sciences Park
– Swing Dance at Rumba Room
– Sunset Jazz at Court Square Downtown
– Mother’s Day Paddle at Shelby Farms Wolf River Greenway
– Spillit Storytelling Workshop at Maria Montessori School
– Mother’s Day Picnic at the Memphis Botanic Garden
For more Sunday events, check out the Mother’s Day Guide.
For more, check out the blog’s calendar.