5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/16 – 8/18
Happy Friday, Memphis! It’s a very special weekend for the blog, as we celebrate TEN years of I Love Memphis. That’s a decade of things to do every weekend (more than 2,600 things), a decade of awesome places to go, a decade of inspiring Memphians, a decade of some seriously good eatin’, and ten years worth of music, sports, family-friendly ideas, bragging rights, and plenty of uniquely Memphis weirdness.
Consider this your personal invitation to the I Love Memphis Blog 10th Birthday Bash on Saturday at Railgarten from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free. Family-friendly. First 100 people get free beer and t-shirts. Everybody gets free bubbly and cupcakes at 6:45 p.m. Live music from Life, Explicit and Lucky 7 Brass Band.
Bring a few bucks to donate to Blues City Animal Rescue, who will be there with foster dogs. Special guest appearance from Bluff City Law star Caitlin Murphy. Get 10% off Lyft rides with code ILOVEMEMPHIS10. It will be lit. More details here and here.
There are plenty of other fun things to do (and even a few other anniversaries to celebrate!) so here’s your guide to the five things to do this weekend in Memphis, plus a few extras:
1. Choose 901 Pop-Up Shop, Crosstown Concourse, Friday – Saturday, free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Choose 901 hosts their annual back-to-school pop-up shop with all new t-shirt designs (they have kids sizes and baby onesies, too) and more merch like enamel pins and pennants. Head into fall in style with Memphis-inspired gear. The shop is open 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
2. Continuum Music Festival, Green Room at Crosstown Concourse, Friday – Saturday, $30 – 55, 18 and up
This two-day music festival features musicians of many disciplines collaborating to perform, masterful, mind-bending music just for you. I’m especially excited for Project Logic, an absolutely stacked supergroup featuring DJ Logic, Living Colour guitarist and personal hero Vernon Reid, Bass god and Prince collaborator MonoNeon, and human metronome and Jack White collaborate Daru Jones. $30 per day / $55 weekend pass, Friday 6-10 p.m and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
3. I Love Memphis Blog 5th Birthday Bash, Railgarten, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate 10 years of the I Love Memphis Blog! The first 100 people get free beer and free t-shirts, there’s a free champagne and cupcake toast at 6:45 p.m., local live music, a free bouncy house for kids, and merch for sale. Proceeds benefit Blues City Animal Rescue as part of Clear the Shelters Day. Again, more details here and here.
4. Soul Train Dance-Off, Midtown Crossing Grill, Saturday, 9 p.m., donations accepted, 18+
The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center hosts a dance-off and costume contest on Saturday night at Midtown Crossing Grill in the Crosstown neighborhood. Dress in your Soul Train era best and prepare to boogie down. They’ll have drink specials and celebrity judges. Proceeds benefit MSPJC.
5. Breakaway Bardog 5K + Monroe Avenue Festival, Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $35 runner/$20 non-runners, all ages
This weekend is the annual downtown 5K, benefitting St. Jude. The race starts at 9 a.m., and afterwards there’s food, music, a meatball eating contest, a dunk tank, and more fun. You can still sign up to run here. Bardog is giving away some free race passes on their Instagram, too.
Plus a few more ideas…
– Global Cafe’s 1st Anniversary Weekend
– Novel Bookstore Anniversary all day Saturday
– Nine01Five04 Grand Opening on Saturday in the Edge District
– Beach Within Reach Wiseacre party at Carolina Watershed
For even more ideas, check out the blog’s calendar here.