5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/24 – 5/26

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 24th 2019 1457 0

It’s Memorial Day weekend, Memphis! It’s also our bicentennial weekend! Enjoy the holidays with these five things to do in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. Don’t forget to stop by the I Love Memphis tent at Celebrate Memphis on Saturday, then enjoy some incredible fireworks that night.

Photo by Philip Van Zandt

But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week: announcement of the Live Your Best Memphis Summer giveaway, 7 Things You Need To Know About Celebrate Memphis, 100+ Things To Do In Memphis This Summer, Backbeat Tours’ special MEM 200 history tour, 20 things to do with your kids in Memphis this summer, and the Happy Birthday Memphis! post.

1. Zoo Brew, Memphis Zoo, Friday, 7-10 p.m., $45 members, $50 nonmembers, 21+
Kick off the holiday weekend with more than 35 beer stations spread throughout the Zoo, as well as food for sale. Entertainment by Boo Mitchell and the Allstar Band.

2. A Vibe On The Island, Mud Island River Park, Friday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all agea/kid-friendly
Friday is opening day for Mud Island River Park’s spring season. Go swing on the new tire swings, chill in the outdoor living rooms, enjoy tunes by DJ Chandler Blingg + DJ Nya, and take a picture with the MEMPHIS sign to celebrate the Bicentennial. It’s free to enter, but you’ll have to pay for parking in the River Parks garage or Mud Island’s North Lot. (Or, you can park elsewhere and bike or scooter there.)

3. Celebrate Memphis, Tom Lee Park, Saturday, 3 p.m. – 10 pm., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Close out Memphis In May at a huge bicentennial party on Saturday. This year, it’s free and you can bring in coolers and chairs and outside food and drinks, plus they’ll have food trucks, vendors, live music (including Lucero, Al Kapone, and Love Light Orchestra), an attempt at the World’s Longest Picnic at 5:15 p.m., and the longest, biggest fireworks show in Memphis history at 9:30 p.m. I Love Memphis will have a big tent with chairs (+ space for your chairs), fans, a mobile mural, and a giveaway. Don’t forget, the day starts out with the Great American River Run half marathon and 5K at 7 a.m., so there may be some traffic delays downtown.

4. Overton Square Spring Concert, Chimes Square, Sunday, 4 – 8 p.m., free, all ages
The annual Spring Concert features the 41st Army Band and Graber Grass. A Cornhole Tournament benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee will kick off at 4 p.m., with a cost of $20 per team. There will be art play and balloon art for the kiddos, MEMPopS frozen treats for all, and The TapBox Mobile Beer Garden will have drafts for purchase.

5. Mem 200 History Tour, starts on Beale Street, Sunday, 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., $25 per person, all ages/kid-friendly
Hop on board Backbeat’s bus and travel through 200 years of our city, meet our most famous residents (played by local actors), and learn about the forces that shaped Memphis into what it is today. Offered this Sunday, May 26th, only. Read more.

Plus a few extras…

AutoZone Park hosts Memorial Day cookouts before Redbirds games on Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th.

The Central Library hosts the Friends of the Library book sale on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with books and music for sale.

The Levitt Shell hosts Bluff City Jazz at the Shell on Saturday from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., featuring classic and smooth jazz artists all day.

The Music of Sonny Rollins, Crosstown Arts, Saturday, 7 – 9 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., performance at 7 p.m., $15, all ages
Tribute to Memphis jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, part of the Crosstown Jazz Series, which salutes classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.

Memorial Day with Star & Micey, Railgarten, Sunday, 7 – 10 p.m., no cover, all ages
Enjoy a free concert with one of Memphis’ most inventive bands this Memorial Day Weekend.

Wolf River Conservancy Family Fun Paddle, Wolf River, Sunday, 1 – 4:30 p.m, free, all ages.
Paddle a 3.5-mile section of the Wolf River with the fam, stopping along the way to stretch your legs on the sandbars and enjoy the company of other paddlers. This event is free, but space is limited, so please register early.

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery‘s hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at 11 a.m.

See more on 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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  1. Always this blog and read it religiously. Thanks for the information !! says:

    Always this blog and read it religiously . Thanks for the info
    I share it with my sisters !!

  2. Scott Biales says:

    Great short article. If you want another article that includes a sample weekend itinerary from the view of a local check out this blog I found:

    https://www.ditchthemap.com/travel-blog/2018/12/12/how-to-spend-a-weekend-in-memphis-eat-listen-and-learn

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Love the itinerary, Scott! The quick weekend roundups have been super popular for almost 10 years now!

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