5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/11 – 10/13 (2019)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 11th 2019 1000 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! I know everyone’s commenting on this, but I have to add to it: it finally feels like fall, it finally rained, and I couldn’t be more excited about my favorite season in Memphis.

Photo by Alan Spearman

Let’s get to it! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras…

But first, but sure you check out the Live Music Guide for this month, the Guide to Fall Events, a big restaurant news update, and the guide to Memphis Halloween events/haunted houses/pumpkin patches.

1. Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park, Friday – Sunday, $10 adults/$8 seniors/$5 kids, all ages
The popular Pink Palace Crafts Fair offers three days of outdoor artisan demonstrations in everything from candle making to metalsmithing, as well as kids’ activities, eating and shopping at booths run by artists and craftspeople from around the country, and more. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace Museum.

2. Crosstoberfest 2019, Crosstown Brewing (1350 Concourse Ave.), Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free to enter, all ages
The 2nd annual Crosstoberfest at the Concourse features a selection of Oktoberfest, German, and fall beers, German food for purchase, vendors, family-friendly games, contests (stein holding and bratwurst eating, etc.), German music and more.

3. Memphis Food & Wine Festival, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 6 p.m., $200+, 21+
This outdoor event brings chefs from across the world right here to Memphis to collaborate and share with our local culinary talent. Wine merchants will also be in attendance to help you find the perfect wine to pair with your meal. Check the link above for a full list of chefs and vendors.

4. Full Moon Kayaking + A Vibe On The Island, Mud Island Park, Saturday, 6 p.m., free, all ages/12+ to kayak
Saturday night will be amazing on the river! Grab a sweater and head down. The Park will have DJ night with Cities Aviv from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and they’ll be launching free 30-min kayak sessions from the ramp on the island with signups starting at 6 p.m.

5. Ballet Memphis presents Romeo & Juliet, Ballet Memphis Overton Square, Oct. 12 – 20, $32+, all ages
Ballet Memphis kicks off their 2019-2020 season with star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet, on stage this weekend and next weekend only. There are shows on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m., and four performances next Friday – Sunday (see the schedule here).


Plus a few more ideas…

Journey To Space Grand Opening, Graceland Exhibition Center, all weekend (exhibition open through Jan. 5), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $16 adults/$8 youth/$5 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
The Journey to Space exhibit features over two dozen hands-on, interactive displays and artifacts from the past 50 years of space explorations, as well as innovations designed to help astronauts make more frequent and longer trips into orbit. The 10,000 square feet of exhibits opens on Friday, Oct. 11 and will be on display through January 5, 2020. You can read more about the exhibit and the hands-on experiences here.

Black Bettie EP Release Show, Central Christian Church (531 S. McLean), Saturday, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., free (donations accepted)
Joshua Cosby, better known as singer/songwriter in Memphis’s own Star & Micey, has been working hard this past year on his first solo project. Joshua’s new songs are inspired by more intimate stories and relationships from his life, with the project even being titled after his dog, “Black Bettie.” If you enjoy Topo Chico, old church pews, and heartfelt songs, please plan to join Black Bettie for an intimate night of music you won’t soon forget. The show is free, but the EP will be for sale.

Cider Festival, Celtic Crossing, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – ’til, free to enter, all ages (21 to drink)
Sample some of the best ciders available from nearby and around the world during our second annual Cider Fest. We’ll also have a special food menu to complement your beverages. Join us all day as we’ll have live music on our patio starting at 2 p.m., along with plenty of soccer and college football on all nine TVs throughout the pub.

– The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is at the Orpheum through this Sunday the 13th only. I saw it on Tuesday and loved it. It stands out among most of the shows I’ve seen with its of-the-moment subject matter and intensity. The music is catchy and heartfelt, and the pared-down production allows the actors to show off some of the best dramatic acting I’ve seen on the Orpheum stage. It’s about teens, social media, mental health, and parent-child relationships. In short, this show will give you all the feels.

– It’s opening weekend for The Parting: Paranormal Pop-Up at Evergreen Theatre. Explore what wicked weirdness lurks beneath midtown’s Evergreen Theatre in this haunted tour of the theater, where each room tells a different creepy tale. $30 tickets per person. Cash bar. Oct. 11-12 and 16-19. This is put on by the same folks who did Rites of Spring, the immersive art experience at Ashlar Hall back in April.

For more, check out the blog’s calendar.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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