5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/27 – 12/29

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 26th 2019 1961 0

The holidays in Memphis continue this weekend with a ton of fun things to do, and New Year’s Eve upon us. If you’re looking for New Year’s Eve events, go here.

NYE on Beale Street. Photo by James Weesels.

Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. If you’re looking for places open and things to do on January 1, New Year’s Day, go here.

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

Where To Watch The Cotton Bowl
Starry Nights Themed Nights at Shelby Farms
Things To Do For New Year’s Eve In Memphis
Beale Street Music Festival 2020 Lineup Preview 

OK, here’s your weekend guide.

1. Themed Nights at Starry Nights, Shelby Farms, nightly Friday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $20 ($15 with discount), all ages/kid-friendly
Friday is Star Wars night, Saturday is Memphis Tigers night, and Sunday is Disney night. Dress up in costumes relating to the theme and receive $5 off your car’s pass. Much be purchased at the gate. After you drive through the park’s thousands of lights, stop into Mistletoe Village and go “ice” skating on the Glice Rink ($10 per person).

2. Live Music. Memphis means music! There’s so much great live music happening this weekend, I wanted to give a few highlights:

Scarface w/ a full band on Friday at 8 p.m. at the 1884 Lounge in Minglewood Hall
Uptown Funk Presents: A Night With The Ramones at Murphy’s on Friday at 10 p.m.
Don Bryant with The Bo-Kays on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts.
John Evans at Hernando’s Hideaway on Saturday at 9 p.m.
Love Light Orchestra playing Memphis big band jazz on Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts.
Bluff City Backsliders Holiday Extravaganza at the Cove Bar on Saturday at 9 p.m.

3. New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., included with admission ($15 per person) all ages/kid-friendly
CMOM is holding their annual New Year’s at Noon party, a 25 year tradition! This year’s event will be glowing: a glow party complete with DJ and dance floor, fun crafts, balloon art, and glowing face painting. And, our ever-popular count down and balloon drop at noon. This year, instead of throwing the candy, each child will receive their own goodie bag. This event is included in the price of admission.

4. Watch The Cotton Bowl, Various Locations, Saturday, 11 a.m., price depends, all ages
The Tigers finish out an amazing season this Saturday in Texas in the Cotton Bowl against Penn State. If you can’t make it to game in person, head out to one of our city’s fine sports pubs to cheer the Tigers on TV. Here’s a list of places to go out and watch. Win or lose, we can be extremely proud of these young athletes. Go Tigers Go!

5. Memphis: Queer AF! December, Black Lodge (405 N. Cleveland), Saturday, 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., $10, 18+
Lisa Michaels hosts her monthly variety show (4th Saturday of the month) at the reopened Black Lodge venue, featuring a group of LGBTQ+ musicians, comedians, drag performers, aerialists, and more.

All Weekend

Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square (through Dec. 29)
 Christmas at Graceland (through Jan. 11)
 Zoo Lights (through Dec. 30)
 Enchanted Forest/Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace (through Dec. 31)
– Starry Nights at Shelby Farms (through Jan. 4)
Holiday Wonders at Memphis Botanic Garden (through Dec. 30)

For more, check out the blog’s calendar here. 


I hope y’all have a very happy holiday!

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