5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/27 – 9/29

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 26th 2019 2044 0

Wake up! September’s over and we are in the midst of fall festival season, which means there’s tons of fun to be had in Memphis and the Mid-South every weekend. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

But first, be sure you caught all the good stuff on the blog:
I Drank Fancy Whiskey At Belle Tavern And You Can, Too
Your Guide To Mid-South Pride Weekend
10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month
Fall Events Guide
Oktoberfests + Fall Beer Fests Guide

1. GONERFEST 16, various venues, Thursday – Sunday, , all ages
If you like your bands like you like your company—loud, a little dangerous, and probably a health risk—then GONERFEST is where you want to be. This year’s lineup includes Sweet Knives, NOTS, Giorgio Murderer, and Memphis garage rock veterans The Oblivians. Hit the link above for the full lineup and tickets.

2. Trolley Night, Main Street, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s time for another trolley night downtown, with open houses and free snacks ’n’ drinks at the shops and galleries in South Main. Opera Memphis will be on hand for their 30 Days of Opera performance, and Hu Hotel (farther north on Main) will have free samples of Blue Note Bourbon and live music in their Diner.

3. Mid-South Pride Weekend, Various Locations, Friday – Sunday, free ($5 donations suggested), all ages
Celebrate pride with Memphis’ diverse LGBTQ+ community, with parties and shows on Friday and Sunday, and the main events – Pride Fest and Parade – on Saturday. The Fest is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Robert Church Park and includes vendors, music, entertainment, and more. The Parade is at 1 p.m. on Beale Street. Read more about the weekend’s events here.

4. Oktoberfests:

a) Barktober Fest, Saddle Creek Beer Garden, noon – 4 p.m., $25 adv./$30 at the door, all ages/kid-friendly
Saddle Creek hosts the 2nd annual Barktoberfest, with beer tasting, live music, adoptable dogs, food trucks, pinball, photo booth, and more. Your ticket gets you a souvenir cup for beer tasting and proceeds benefit Streetdog Foundation.

b) Wiseacre Oktoberfest, 2783 Broad Avenue, Saturday, September 28, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages
Throw down at Wiseacre on Broad at the annual Oktoberfest with music, liters of beer, costume contests, and more. Huge, dog-friendly patio.

5. Memphis Japan Fest, Memphis Botanic Garden, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,, $5 adults/$2.50 kids, all ages/kid-friendly 
This family-friendly celebration of Japanese history and culture is amplified by the beauty and hospitality of the Memphis Botanic Garden. Along with a cosplay and Japanese street fashion contest, there’ll be a bevy of vendors, activities, and food. Special half-off admission to the Garden includes festival admission.

Plus a few more ideas…

All Weekend

The Mid-South Fair continues through Sunday.

Graceland hosts an “Elegant Southern Style Weekend” all weekend.

Dr. Bean’s Coffee Roasters has their grand opening weekend at Puck Food Hall

Bartlett Festival 2019 (Friday – Saturday) at WJ Freeman Park

Audacity Fest in Downtown Memphis

Julius Caesar by Tennessee Shakespeare Company

On Golden Pond at Playhouse on the Square

Wakey, Wakey from Quark Theatre at TheatreSouth

Miracle Play at Theatreworks on the Square


Opening Reception for Kristi Duckworth at Java Cabana

Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon

Marks and Objects: Alex Paulus Opening Reception at Flicker Street Studio

The Lost Wages at The Green Room

Electric Watershed at Carolina Watershed


Lightsaber Dueling at Rec Room

Vega’s Biscuit Shop Make-A-Wish Fundraiser at Sunrise

Homes For Dogs at Suggs Park in Collierville

Afro-Caribbean Fusion Party at Curry & Jerk

Sunset Skate Night at Tom Lee Park

We Are One Music Festival at Mud Island

Re-Lux-A-Tion Party at Brickwood Hall


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle “Sewer Studio Tour” at CMOM

Build Your Own Bowl at Hollywood Feed

WWE Presents NXT Live! at the Landers Center

Eric Barnes Book Signing at Alchemy

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