5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/18 – 10/20

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 17th 2019 1304 0

It’s that weekend, Memphis. You know the one that happens every October, where there are so many festivals and things to do in that the city seems to buzz with energy. So gird your loins and jump in with both feet to this amazing weekend in Memphis, starting with these five ideas.

But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog lately:

– The Best People Watching Ever at Memphis Comic Expo
– Visit The Stax Museum For Free (+ live Music and Food Trucks!) at Soulsville USA Fest (this weekend)
– See Jack White, Wu-Tang Clan, The Revivalists, DJ Paul and More at Mempho 2019 (this weekend)
– People Are Turning Trash Into Clothes For The 2019 Trashion Show
Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, and Halloween Parties for 2019
4 Food Trucks You Can’t Miss In Memphis Right Now

1. Memphis Comic Expo, Agricenter International, Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 pm. $25+, free for kids 12 and under
This two-day family event focuses on comic creators but also features vendors, cosplay contests, gaming tournaments, and guest panels. It’s featured guests list is stacked with big names who’ve worked on big projects like Uncanny X-Men, Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Bitch Planet, and so much more.

2. Soulsville USA Festival, College & McLemore, Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, all ages
Enjoy the soulful music line-up, food and crafts from over 40 vendors, free admission to Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and much more during this festival celebrating South Memphis’ innovative and robust global contributions to music and culture.

3. Mempho Music Fest, Shelby Farms Park, Saturday – Sunday, $119 and up
Mempho follows up last year’s explosive lineup with The Raconteurs, Brandie Carlisle, and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. You’ll also be able to see hometown heroes such as DJ Paul, Valerie June, Amy LaVere, and John Paul Keith.

4. Cheer on the Home Team
901 FC v. Louisville City, Autozone Park, Saturday, 7 p.m., $15 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the last home game of the season, so this is your chance! Thank the boys in blue pink for a kickass inaugural season in Memphis. First 5,000 fans will receive pink t-shirts from Baptist Cancer Center and the players will wear/sign pink warm-up jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you buy tickets before midnight on Thursday, you can donate to the cause.

Memphis v. Tulane, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, 6 p.m., $20 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis v. Errrrrbody. Let’s show the Tigers team that we’re on their side by filling up the Liberty Bowl on Saturday night. 

5. Victorian Village Home Tour, Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., $25-$30, all ages
Enjoy docent-led tours of some of the city’s most beautiful historic mansions, including Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum and Mallory-Neely House, and view antiques and never-before-seen architectural treasures. Learn about archaeological history and preservation efforts in this gem of a neighborhood, as well as unique bits of Memphis history. Then head to Mollie Fontaine Lounge to sip Sunday libations on the new patio. 


More ideas…

Repair Days 2019, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Thursday – Sunday, free to attend, all ages
Bring your busted, rusted, and otherwise damaged metal items to the Metal Museum for a little TLC. During Repair Days, the museum’s crew of blacksmiths and metalworkers will fix your items for a fee, which benefits the museum. The day also includes family friendly activities, workshops, and a dinner and auction.

Harvest Festival, Agricenter International, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free event, all ages
The fall-themed fun of the Harvest Festival returns for its sixteenth year. Paint pumpkins, go on a hayride, learn about agriculture, and dance to some bluegrass at this family-friendly event.

Beale Street Art Crawl, Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free, all ages
It’s not just folk art! Artists of all disciples from around the Mid-South come together on Beale to build community and showcase their works for this free event. Bring the family and discover Memphis heritage.

Cooper-Young Beer Fest, 795 S. Cooper. Saturday, 1-5 p.m., $45-$50, 21+
If you didn’t already know, Cooper-Young is incredibly active in the Fall thanks to both Cooper-Young Fest and the Cooper-Young Beer Fest—featuring food vendors and beers from over 30 regional craft breweries. Goner Records will supply tunes and food trucks will be on site. (This might sell out!)

Edible Memphis Dinner In The Gardens, Central Gardens, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $200, 21+
Local foodie outlet Edible Memphis will co-host an impressive endeavor on Saturday, October 19 in Central Gardens between Peabody Ave. and Glenwood Place: a seven-course farm-to-table dinner for 1,000 people. Five local chefs will prepare unique dishes, and there will be beer and wine, plus a welcome cocktail from Old Dominick. If you donate $25 to the Central Gardens Association, you get a $50 discount on your dinner ticket. Read all the FAQs here and reserve your seat here.

Art on Fire 2019, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Saturday, 7-11 p.m., $75+, 21+
If you’ve got $75 and are old enough to legally enjoy alcoholic beverages, then head to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens for this casually classy fundraiser. There’ll be live music and other entertainment, art sales, a silent auction, and great local food the Dixon’s south lawn. Proceeds benefit the Dixon’s art education and outreach programs.

Time Warp Drive In, Summer Drive In, Saturday, sundown, $10 per person, parental discretion advised
It’s a spooky edition of the cult movie marathon, featuring OG Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, The Monster Squad, and Clue. They’ll show them all back-to-back at the Drive-In, which is like going back in time TBH. 

And even more ideas…

All Weekend
Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival at Cordova Event Center (Thursday – Sunday)
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)
HauntedWeb Haunted Attraction at 2665 S. Perkins
Paranormal Cirque at Wolfchase Galleria
Romeo & Juliet at Ballet Memphis Overton Square
Head Over Heels Musical at Playhouse on the Square
Zoo Boo at the Memphis Zoo
Monster Market at 618 S. Main Street
Mound City Corn Maze in Marion, Ark. (Fri. and Sun only)
CATS the musical at Theatre Memphis
Cedar Hill’s Haunted Farm in Hernando, Miss

Friday
Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon
Penn & Teller at the Orpheum
Happy Glaze Donut Shop Grand Opening in Germantown
Laser Show at the Pink Palace

Saturday
Memphis Farmers Market downtown
Cooper Young Community Farmers Market
Great Pumpkin Celebration at the Bass Pro Pyramid
Family Fun Day at the Metal Museum (part of Repair Days)
Engage Memphis Festival at River Garden
Tennessee National Period Day at Overton Park

Sunday
Great Pumpkin Celebration at the Bass Pro Pyramid
Pumpkin Carving Competition at Lucchesi’s
International Sloth Day at the Memphis Zoo
Reharvest Memphis at the River Garden
LeMoyne-Owen College Homecoming Week Kick-off
Blues Brunch by Chef Fran at Slice of Soul
2020 Mister & Miss Mid-South Pride Pageant at Dru’s Place

For even 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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