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5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/17 – 1/19

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 17th 2020 2196 0

Happy Friday! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and there are events going on through the weekend. See the MLK Day Guide here.

Photo by Logan Young / Memphis Tourism

But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog recently:
11 Ways To Observe MLK Day In Memphis
– Update Happy Hour Guide: Big List, By Neighborhood, By Day of the Week
200+ Things To Do In January In Memphis
Science of Beer at the Pink Palace 2020 (sold out)
DreamFest Weekend 9 Music Fest
Beale Street Music Fest 2020 Lineup
2020 Memphis Festival List
– Is The Downtown Food Hall Actually A Thing Now?
Vegan/Vegetarian Memphis Restaurant Guide

OK, here’s your weekend guide!

1. Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, $25 – $125, older kids OK
The story of a deranged chocolatier who terrorizes kids in a magical factory: it’s timeless! See your favorite songs from the movie based on the book come to life in creative and updated ways. There’s no Johnny Depp in sight! It was so unique, creative, and crazy that I left the theater wide-eyed. Bring your sense of humor and enjoy the ultra- talented cast. Check out my backstage tour here.

2. DreamFest Weekend 9, 1884 Lounge/Slim House / Dutchland, Friday – Sunday, 7 p.m. nightly, $10 per night, 18 and up 
Three nights of Memphis music featuring local R&B, hip hop, jazz-infused soul, and artists and more. Friday night is a concert featuring a dozen local artists and DJs, Saturday is more live music in Soulsville. Sunday is an industry networking event. Read 5 reasons you should go here.

3. MLK Arts Unite, New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York Ave. behind Memphis Made), Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
New Ballet Ensemble hosts their annual MLK Arts Unite fest on Saturday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Take part in dance and music workshops, enjoy food from Just Wraps and Mempops, and bring donations of winter clothes for the Mariposas Collective.

4. Dolly Parton Birthday Party, Wiseacre Brewing, Saturday, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m., all ages, free to enter
In honor of Miss Dolly’s birthday, the brewery will release two special beers, Calculator Doppelbock and Cherry Beach Within Reach. They’ll host live music by the Tennessee Screamers at 3:30 p.m., and New Wing Order Food Truck will be on hand from releasing new menu items.

5. Spillit Memphis Story Slam, Novel Bookstore, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10 to enter, 13+ (stories may have adult themes)
Spillit Memphis storytelling event kick off the year with the first Slam of 2020. They’re moving east of the Parkways for this one, so East Memphians: this is your chance to check out what I think is one of the coolest things to do in town. The theme for the night is “Bookends” (read more here). If you’re inspired to tell your five-minute story, drop your name in the bucket. About 10 storytellers will be chosen, and jurors will select a winner. More details here.

Plus a few more ideas:

Friday, Jan. 17
Grizzlies v. Cavaliers at FedExForum family
Firepit Fridays at River Garden family, free
MIC Check Music Career Fair For Teens at Stax Music Academy family
Wine Down: Cheeseboard Edition at the Dixon
The Cutaway Acoustic Guitar Series feat. Albert Lombardi at The Green Room
“Conversation With Myself” Opening Reception at 5 S. Main
An Evening With Gaby Moreno at Buckman PAC
The PRVLG at Railgarten
Memphis Hustle v. South Bay Lakers at the Landers Center family
Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square (Thu. – Sun. through Feb. 8)
When We Get Good Again at Theatreworks (Thu. – Sun, through Jan. 26)
Hollywood Feed Donates 5% On Same-Day Delivery Orders (through Jan. 18)
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at The Orpheum (through Jan. 19) family, 6+
2020 General Hospital Fan Celebration at Graceland (through Jan. 19)

Saturday, Jan. 18
Spillit Slam at Novel Memphis
Family Workshop: Once Upon A Story at Crosstown Arts, Screening Room family, free
New Ballet’s MLK Artists Unite at New Ballet Ensemble free, family
The Wolf River 5K at Wolf River Greenway at Humphries family
Anime Blues Winterfest Remix 7 at Memphis Botanic Garden family, 7 + under free
Peanut Butter & Jam: Middle Eastern Music & Dance at GPAC family
Macrame Workshop at the Dixon
Voodoo Cafe Grand Opening in Bartlett family
Rick Springfield at Graceland Soundstage
Rodeo of the Mid-South at the Landers Center family
Booker T. Jones at Crosstown Theater
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at GPAC
Memphis MiniFest at the Hi Tone
Switchblade Kid at Two Rivers Bookstore
Wale at Minglewood Hall
Give Em Hell, Harry! at the Halloran Centre
Black Flag at Growlers
When We Get Good Again at Theatreworks (Thu. – Sun, through Jan. 26)
Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square (Thu. – Sun. through Feb. 8)
Hollywood Feed Donates 5% On Same-Day Delivery Orders (through Jan. 18)
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at The Orpheum (through Jan. 19) family, 6+
2020 General Hospital Fan Celebration at Graceland (through Jan. 19)

Sunday, Jan. 19
Read With the Stars at Hollywood Branch Library family, free
Mahle and Marimba! at GPAC
The Pink Bride Wedding Show at the Agricenter
The Great Battle of Puck Food Hall
No Meat Meetup Vegan Potluck at the Cafe at Crosstown Arts
Artist Talk: Creative Destination at Crosstown Arts
Life, Explicit at Growlers
Sh*tfest Worst Movies Ever Made Night at Black Lodge
When We Get Good Again at Theatreworks (Thu. – Sun, through Jan. 26)
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at The Orpheum (through Jan. 19) family, 6+
Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square (Thu. – Sun. through Feb. 8)
2020 General Hospital Fan Celebration at Graceland (through Jan. 19)

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  1. Mel says:

    Looking for this weekends post and didn’t see it! First time in awhile and I’m so lost. What happened?! Lol

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