5 Things To Do This Weekend: 6/21 – 6/23
This weekend in Memphis, we have an international soccer match, a food festival, a movie night, lots of live music, and much more. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss.
But first, today (Thursday) I’m co-hosting an NBA Draft Watch Party at The Bluff on Highland at 6 p.m. Come hang out with me, Jason and John from ESPN, and the guys from Grizzly Bear Blues blog to cheer on the Grizzlies as they take their number two draft pick. It’s free to attend. Get all the details here.
And now on to your weekend guide…
1. New Ballet Ensemble Presents Summerdance, Halloran Centre, Friday, 7 p.m., pay-what-you-can, all ages/kid-friendly
Join the New Ballet Ensemble and School for a unique, family friendly dance performance featuring international guest artists, local professionals, and Memphis students. It’s PWYC, and proceeds benefit the school.
2. Soulin’ on the River w/ Nick Black, Mud Island River Park, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free to enter (parking prices vary), all ages/kid-friendly
Come enjoy the new Grove area at Mud Island River Park this Friday night (it’s the part over by the MS river model nearish that new MEMPHIS sign). Gates open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m., and you can bring your coolers, picnics, blankets, chairs, kids, and nice leashed dogs. They’ll also have food and drink for sale. I recommend parking downtown and doing a bike/scooter across, or if you have strollers or wheelchairs, pay for parking on Mud Island. Details.
3. 901FC v. Pachuca, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 7 p.m., $20+, all ages/mostly kid-friendly
The biggest international soccer event Memphis has ever seen is happening this Saturday night. Our very own Memphis 901 FC will take on LIGA Bancomer MX powerhouse Club Pachuca Tuzos. To translate: we’re playing a good team from Mexico, and it’s going to be awesome. These games are a blast for the whole family, just steer clear of the supporters section if swears make you sweat. There are also $10 Bluff tickets available day-of game.
4. Time Warp Drive In, Summer Drive In, Saturday, 8 p.m.-’til, $10 per person, not for kids
This month’s all-night movie night at the drive in features some of the weirdest animated movies of all time, including Heavy Metal, A Scanner Darkly, Paprika, and Odd Anthology. I saw Heavy Metal a few years ago and I. was. not. ready. It’s beyond bizarre, and absolutely not for children (probably not for most adults, either). Highly recommend if you’re into creative, weird, artsy.
5. Craft Food & Wine Festival, The Columns, Sunday, 6:30 – 9 p.m., $60-$110, 21+
As of the time of this posting, there are a few tickets left for the 6:30 p.m. and VIP Super Session tastings at this Sunday’s Craft Food & Wine Fest, so hurry up and grab yours. This charcuterie-inspired festival will showcase locally made breads, cheeses, fruit preserves, cured meats and more from 40 vendors. Read more here.
Plus a few extras…
Summer Nights Sock Hop, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10, all ages
Graceland is hosting a sock hop night as a part of their Fabulous 50s weekend (Chubby Checker performs on Saturday). They’ll have music, dance contests, games, best dressed prizes, cash bar with 50s cocktails, and more. It all takes place over at the entertainment complex across from Graceland.
Downtown Olympics, Loflin Yard, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., 21+
Show off your athletic abilities while downing some brews and supporting a great cause. Beer pong, cornhole, tricycle race and more. Prizes for top finishers, best parade entry, best team name and more. Benefits Urban Bicycle Food Ministry.
Cloud 9 Memphis Presents Four Places, Theatreworks Memphis, select dates and times June 7 – 23, $20 adults/$15 seniors and students
When Peggy’s two adult children take her out for lunch, they quietly begin to take her life apart. The drinks come fast, the tempers peak, the food flies.
Hairspray, Theatre Memphis, all weekend and through June 30, times and ticket prices vary, all ages
In 1962 Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad dreams of being on a local TV dance show. When she wins a role on the show, she becomes an overnight celebrity and meets a colorful cast of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show’s integration.
The Legend of Georgia McBride Opens, Playhouse on the Square, all weekend, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., prices vary, adults
Casey is young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is pregnant. To make matters even more desperate, he’s fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a small-town Florida bar, and the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act.
For more, check out the Summer Events Guide and the blog’s calendar.