5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/9 – 8/11
It’s time for another amazing weekend in Memphis and it’s also ELVIS WEEK. Thousands of guests are here in town on a rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage, so if that’s you, welcome! If you live here, let’s make our visitors feel right at home.
If you are visiting, check out the Cheat Sheet guide to the Memphis.
One more thing before we get to your weekend guide: be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week:
– 9 ways to volunteer this month
– Science of Wine at the Pink Palace
– Elvis Week Survival Guide
– Local Deals + Unofficial Special Events For Elvis Week
– I Love Memphis Blog’s 10th birthday party on August 17th
– Tasting Dinner at Puck Food Hall, co-hosted by I Love Memphis
1. Elvis Week 2019, Graceland, August 9 – 17, prices vary, all ages
Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll this August by attending one of the many Elvis events around the city, from official Elvis Tribute Artist contests to dance parties to the famous candlelight vigil that brings fans from around the world to the gates of Graceland. Read the guide here and the full schedule here.
2. Soulin on the River feat. Lucky 7 Brass Band, Mud Island, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free + cost of parking, all ages/kid-friendly
Head down to Mud Island for the Soulin’ on the River concert series. Music starts at 7 p.m., and chairs, blankets, picnics and coolers are welcome, as are leashed dogs. If you need stroller or ADA parking, you’ll have to pay to park. Otherwise, walk over from downtown/ride a bike/scooter.
3. Kinky Boots, Playhouse on the Square, all weekend and through Sept 1, $27 and up, 13+
It’s the opening weekend for Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boot at Playhouse on the Square. This production features music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and is about a man who inherits a failing shoe factory…then things get fabulous. If you miss it this weekend, it’s playing through September 1.
4. Peace, Love, and Streetdog, Loflin Yard, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., $15 donation, all ages/kid-friendly
Streetdog Foundation dog rescue celebrates a whole decade of saving Memphis dogs (1,200 pups saved!) with a groovy party and lots of puppies. Your $15 donation gets you a tie dye pint glass and a drink ticket. They’ll have a silent auction, raffle, merch, a cake, and a Best Dog Collar Contest. Feel free to bring your own dog on a leash.
5. Sunset Jazz Concert, Court Square, Sunday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Jamille “Jam” Hunter performs at Court Square downtown this Sunday evening, with free admission, food trucks, and some seating available. Feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks, too.
Plus a few more ideas:
– Crosstoberfest beer release party at Crosstown Brewing on Friday (noon to 10 p.m.)
– Judah & the Lion at the Botanic Garden on Friday night
– Memphis Tigers Football Fan Fest at the Liberty Bowl/Tiger Lane on Saturday
– Memphis 901 FC v. North Carolina FC at AutoZone Park on Saturday
– Primas Bakery & Boutique 1st Birthday Fiesta on South Main on Saturday
– Cupcake + Beer Pairing at Meddlesome Brewing on Saturday
– Me & Leah w/ Black Bettie concert at Otherlands on Saturday
– South of Beale 10th Anniversary Festival at the restaurant on Saturday
– Memphis Armored Fight Club at the Hi-Tone on Saturday night
(Athletes in real armor beating the crap out of each other with sword and other anachronistic weaponry; yes, this is real.)