5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/25 – 10/27
It’s time for another fantastic fall weekend in Memphis, including a ton of Halloween-themed events. (Read the full list of pumpkin patches, Halloween parties, and costume contests here.) Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week:
– Memphis Really Likes To Celebrate Halloween (Updated)
– How To Make The Most of RiverArtsFest 2019
– 365 Things To Do In Memphis #272 and #275: RiverArtsFest and India Fest
– Don’t Wait Until The Day Before Thanksgiving To Decide You Want To Volunteer
OK, here’s your weekend guide:
1. Day Of The Dead Preview, Crosstown Concourse, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Crosstown Concourse and Cazateatro present a Day of the Dead preview event with music, folklore, dancers, altars, and crafts. Día de Muertos takes place on November 1st and 2nd; it’s a joyful festivity for families to honor and remember deceased loved ones. Celebrate this holiday a little early this Friday night at Crosstown, and be sure to check out the parade and festival at the Brooks Museum coming up on November 2.
2. Kid-Friendly Halloween Fun (I’m cheating big time! 5 for 1!)
This Saturday is the day to grab your costumed children and take them out to celebrate. You have plenty of options, and here are a few:
– 2nd Baptist Church Pumpkin Festival from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. is a free event with trunk-or-treat, games, snacks, inflatables, in a pumpkin patch.
– Boo N Brew Party at Oak Court Mall is outside in “The Grove” from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. with Ghost River beer, shopping, food, kids crafts, and music. Free to attend.
– Halloween Spooktacular at the Children’s Museum offers fright-free fun from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with crafts, scavenger hunt, magic show, costume contest, trick-or-treat stations, scarecrow building, face painting, and snacks, plus a big petting zoo and train ride. It’s $3 for members and $20 for nonmembers and includes museum admission.
– Flick or Treat Movie Night at the Botanic Garden includes trick-or-treating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a double feature of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 7:15 p.m. and “Casper” at 7:45 p.m. Kettle corn, food trucks, photo pops, booze available for sale. Tickets are $10 for non-members.
– Germantown Fall Fest at Bobby Lanier Farm Park starts at 4 p.m. with pumpkin patch fun, petting zoo, and hayrides. Then come the haunted trails, burgers, bounce houses, music and more. Fairy Tale Trail 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Trail of Terror 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $4 per person for the trails, some activities are a few bucks. All ages. Rain date is the 27th.
3. Spaceface Halloween, Crosstown Theatre, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., $15, all ages
If you want to feel like you’re floating in an ocean of colors and sounds, mark your calendars for Spaceface’s annual Halloween show. Doors open at 7 p.m. with DJ Chandler Blingg, Harlan goes on at 8 p.m., and Spaceface with the UpsideDown Ensemble. For the enthusiastically undead among you: afterparty at 11 p.m. at the Art Bar at Crosstown afterward. They’ll have a vendor market going on starting at 7 p.m., too.
4. Memphis Bigfoot Festival + Monster Mash, Memphis Made, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. + , free, all ages
Celebrate our big friend in the woods with films, evidence, and more Bigfoot-themed fun at Memphis Made’s taproom in Cooper Young. They’ll have two different areas set up; the Camp Patterson area is for films and discussions and Camp Gimlin is for getting lit. They’ll have paranormal gear (what is this?!) and cool t-shirts in the Monster Mart, too. Stay after for a costume dance party DJ’ed by Goner Records in the taproom.
5. River Arts Fest, Riverside Drive, October 26-27, Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 am.-5 p.m., $5, all ages
Last year was the first time RiverArtsFest was held on Riverside Drive, and they’re continuing at the new location in October. This street festival rivals Cooper-Young Fest with its own selection of fine arts, local music, live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. RiverArtsFest last year also included the debut of the Mighty Lights on the Hernando de Soto Bridge, so I’m sure they’ve got something special planned for that anniversary.
Black Lodge Halloween Ritual, 405 N. Cleveland St, Friday – Saturday, $13 per night, ages TBD
Black Lodge is back. They know one night isn’t enough for their annual sleepless rager, so they’re going for two nights of music and mayhem this year. Expect music, lights, fire breathers, zombie mermaids, food and drinks for sale, and more scary stuff. It starts at 9 p.m. both nights and going until everyone dies and turns into ghosts.
And even more ideas…
– HauntedWeb Haunted Attraction at 2665 S. Perkins
– 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
– Haunted Happenings: A Victorian Carnival at Woodruff-Fontaine
– Memphis Tequila Fest at Overton Square
– Flicker Fest on Flicker Street
– Day of the Dead Preview at Crosstown Concourse
– Lovelight Orchestra at The Green Room at Crosstown
– Make Your Own Golden Snitch at the Metal Museum
– Woof Walk at the Humane Society
– Grand Re-Opening of Overton Bark Dog Park
– Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street
– gather + memphis Market at Hi-Tone
– Cordelia’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival in Harbor Town
– Bluff City Hotwing Fest at Compass Community Schools
– “Rootworkers & Hoodoo In The Mid-South” Book Release Party at A. Schwab
– Murder Mystery Dinner at Central Christian Church
– Justice For All Ball at Halloran Center
– Collage Dance Fall Show at GPAC
– Short In The Sleeve Album Release Show at Otherlands
– Grand Krewe of Ptolemy Halloween Party at Local on the Square
– Naughty Nightmares & The Haunted House of Burlesque at Club Spectrum
– Boos & Brews Bar Crawl downtown Memphis
– Boos & Booze Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Lafayette’s