5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/17 – 5/19

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 14th 2019 2190 0

May continues with more fun things to do this weekend in Memphis, including the largest barbecue cooking competition in the world! Whether you’re doing the barbecue thing or not, there’s plenty to do. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss.

Don’t forget about the big 901 FC match on Wednesday, May 15th. Details here.

1. Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Tom Lee Park, Wednesday through Saturday, all day, $10, all ages
Teams from all over the world have set up camp in Tom Lee Park to compete in this weekend’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Think of this as ton of private parties/team cookoffs all gathered together on the river  and not a festival free-for-all. You must have a invite from a team in order to enter the tents, or you can check out BBQ Alley, which will have ticket available onsite! Read more here.

2. Bike To Work Day, All Over Town, Friday, all day, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Friday is Bike-To-Work Day! It’s free to register, and you’ll get free coffee and breakfast at one of the city’s Breakfast Stations around town. There are also multiple guided bike rides that morning, if it works with your route. Finally, there are after-work happy hours for bike riders on Friday, too. You can see all the info right here.

3. Agricenter Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., $10 per kid, all ages/kid-friendly.
Kids ages 5 to 13 can try their hand at catfish fishing in the well-stocked Catch’em Lakes on Saturday morning at the Agricenter. You’ll need to bring your own tackle, but they’ll have bait for sale (or you can bring your own). This is fun event for the kids, and they’ll give out prizes for biggest fishes caught.

4. Cooper Young Garden Walk, Cooper Young Neighborhood, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $20 day of event, all ages/kid-friendly
Tour more than 90 home gardens in this eclectic neighborhood in the annual CY Garden Walk on Saturday or Sunday. Tour the homes at your own pace, hear a special speaker, and grab lunch or dinner at one of the CY businesses offering specials. See many more details here. You can easily buy grab your ticket on the day of the event at the Gazebo at Cooper and Young.

5. Time Warp Drive-In: Dreams & Magic Forever, Saturday, sundown, $10 per person, all ages
It’s time for another all-night movie night at the Malco Summer Drive-In. This month’s featured films are the fantasy flick faves of the 90s, including Jumanji, Hook, and Small Soliders. Parents use your own discretion.


Bicentennial Beatdown Championship Boxing, FedExForum, Friday, 7 p.m, $10 and up, 18+
Boxing is coming back to Memphis, featuring LaDarius Miller and Ava Knight. Floyd Mayweather is supposed to be in attendance, too. Check out more details here.

For more, head to the blog’s calendar.


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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