901 Day and Labor Day 2019: How To Celebrate In Memphis
September 1 is almost upon us, Memphians and Memphis lovers! 901 Day is luckily on Labor Day weekend, so there are plenty of ways to celebrate and observe this most sacred of unofficial holidays. Here’s the start of your list of things to do in Memphis on Labor Day / 901 Day.
Some of these events are specifically for 901 Day, and some are simply fun events happening over that weekend. If you have any to add, please submit them to the calendar here.
Exposure for 901 Day, FedExForum, August 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
New Memphis and iBank once again host this huge Memphis-centric celebration with entertainment, food, and more than 150 local organizations that you can learn about and get plugged into. This year’s event is turned up a notch for the Bicentennial and will featured local celebs competing in fun games. Read more here.
30 Days of Opera, Various Locations, August 29 – September 30, free, all ages
Opera Memphis is giving us 30 days of free performances held at different locations throughout the city. They’ll technically kick off the month at Exposure at FedExForum on the 28th, then will perform at Railgarten’s 901 Day event on the 1st. Then, catch them at the Delta Fair at the Agricenter on Monday the 2nd. See the full schedule here And be sure to follow Opera Memphis on Facebook for clues about their top-secret pop-up shows around town.
WLOK Black Film Festival, Various Locations, August 29 – September 1, $5 adults/$3 kids or $12 adults/$8 kids for all films, all ages/parental discretion advised
Daily screenings mark the third annual Black Film Festival, including Widows on Aug. 29 at the Pink Palace, Dreamgirls on Aug. 30 at Crosstown, new filmmakers presentation at Southwest on Aug. 30, The Hate U Give at the Paradiso on Sept. 1, and The Green Book at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sept. 1. Get tix.
Wiseacre 6th Birfday Party, Wiseacre Brewing, August 29 – 31, times vary, prices vary, all ages/21 to drink
Wiseacre hosts a three-day celebration for their 6th year as a brewery on Broad Avenue. They have a full schedule of games, costume contests, classes, bands, and much more.
Frozen Fridays, River Garden at Mississippi River Park, August 30, 4:30 – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Free paletas at the park, while supplies last.
August Trolley Night, South Main, August 30, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The monthly event falls on the final Friday and features open houses and special events at the shops and galleries in this neighborhood. Read more details here.
Soulin On The River, Mud Island Park, August 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, 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.
Mo’Nique LIVE, Chuckles Comedy House, August 30 – September 1, 8 p.m., $40, 21+
Legendary comedian Mo’Nique performs for three nights.
Delta Fair & Music Festival: Friday August 30 – September 8, prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
“At the Agricenter!” Music, food, rides, weird celebrities, and all the fun you expect kicks off on Labor Day weekend. Get tix.
901 Day Eve Treats, Regalia Shopping Center, August 31, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Sweet Lala’s Bakery and Choose 901 are teaming up for a 901 Day Eve happy. Everybody who comes by the bakery will get a free treat (one per person until they run out.)
Crosstown Splashdown!, Crosstown Concourse, August 31, noon – 5 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Crosstown hosts live music, sprinklers, sandboxes, yard gams, entertainment, and free snow-cones.
Klondike Smokey City Block Party, 1235 Brown Ave., August 31, noon – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Two of the city’s oldest neighborhoods celebrate Labor Day with a block party on Saturday with food, vendors, entertainment, and more. If you RSVP online (free) you’ll get $10 in “block bucks” to be used at the event’s community market.
3:30 On A Wednesday Can Release Party, Memphis Made, August 31, 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
Memphis Made Brewing in Cooper Young re-releases their bicentennial beer, an American Honey Wheat Ale, in cans. They’ll have HillBoyz Mobile food truck and DJs on site.
Toby Keith, Memphis Botanic Garden, August 31, 8 p.m., $65+, all ages
Country star plays for Live at the Garden.
Memphis v. Ole Miss Football Game, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, August 31, 11 a.m., ticket prices vary, all ages
The Memphis Tigers football team embarks on its 2019 season at the Liberty Bowl by taking on our rivals to the south. It’s an early game, so wear lots of sunscreen, STAY HYRDARATED, and be prepared for breakfast tailgating.
Stone Soul Picnic, Levitt Shell, August 31, noon – 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The annual Stone Soul Picnic, hosted by WLOK Radio, features local gospel and soul musicians including special guests The Bar-Kays. IT’s totally free and family friendly, with food trucks, vendors, stuff for the kids. Of course, you can bring your own picnics and chairs or buy some there. Leashed dogs in designated areas only.
St. Jude 901 Day, online, September 1, all day, $9.01
For 901 Day (which is also the first day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is encouraging Memphians to donate just $9.01 online. The St. Jude gift shop is also running a special promotion on 9/1/19 only. Use the code “901day” to receive a discount of $9.01 on online orders of $20 or more. This promotion is active only on 9/1/19.
901 Day Celebration, Railgarten, September 1, 11 a.m. – ’til, $10 at the door, all ages/kid-friendly
Railgarten throws down for September 1 with a big lineup of local bands including CCDE, Lucky 7 Brass Band, Star & Micey, 8Ball and MJG and DJ Siphne Aaye…plus Memphis vendors and a dance party.
1-Year Anniversary Brunch, Lucy J’s Bakery, September 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., mostly $5 items, all ages
Lucy J’s Bakery in Crosstown celebrates one year of delicious baked goods with a brunch featuring quiche, cakes, pies, and more.
3rd Annual Cold Brew Throwdown, City & State, September 1, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., $6, 18+
Broad Avenue’s gourmet coffee shop hosts the third annual cold brew coffee competition on Sunday. For $6 you can taste them all.
901FC Watch Party, Crosstown Concourse, September 2, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., prices vary, 21+
Watch the Memphis 901 FC soccer team play a sport on TV at a brewery.
Got more? Add them to the blog’s calendar here or leave me a comment.