5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/31 – 2/2

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 31st 2020 1907 0

We’ve come to the end of the long year that was January, and I have a gut feeling that February is going to be amazing. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a whole bunch of free and family-friendly ideas.

International Blues Challenge. Photo by Alex Shansky.

It’s been a busy week on the blog, so be sure you didn’t miss anything:
Where To Get Crawfish In Memphis
Super Bowl 54 Guide: Where To Eat, What Wings To Eat
10 Can’t-Miss Concerts In Memphis This Month
Where To Get King Cakes In Memphis + Mardi Gras Parties

Here’s your weekend guide:

1. Trolley Night + South Main Sounds 5th Anniversary, south Main, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages
It’s time for another monthly Trolley Night, featuring open houses and gallery openings at shops in the downtown district. This one’s extra special because South Main Sounds ( ) will celebrate five years of songwriter nights with live music starting at 7 p.m. The Vault will also host live music. Pro tip: Take the kids to Firepit Fridays at the River Garden first; they’ll have free s’mores and fires going by the river. Family-friendly

2. International Blues Challenge, Beale Street, Friday – Saturday, prices vary, contact clubs for age details
More than 200 blues acts from around the world have been playing their hearts out all week on Beale for the annual International Blues Challenge. Friday night is the Youth Showcase (5 p.m.), the Semifinals (6:20 p.m.) and jams and showcases at various clubs; you can purchase a wristband at the doors. On Saturday, the Finals begin at noon at the Orpheum (get tickets here) and there’s a benefit show at the Hard Rock and a Blues Party at Rum Boogie afterwards. Full schedule. Read more.

3. Bluff City Fire & Ice 2020, Tiger Lane, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., $5 chili tasting/$50 plunge, all ages/kid-friendly
The Special Olympics of Greater Memphis hosts their annual Fire & Ice Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook Off on Saturday, this year at Tiger Lane. The People’s Choice chili tasting begins at 10 a.m., where you can pay $5 to try team chilis and vote on your favorite. The Plunge will be in an icy cold pool in front of the Liberty Bowl at 2:30 p.m, it’s $50 per person to participate and the proceeds of course benefit the Special Olympics. Family-friendly

4. Rock the Vote, Shangri-La Records, Saturday, 2 p.m., free, all ages
Here’s some Friday listening for you:

Via Listen Up February, by Wesley Paraham: “Just in time for the February 3 registration deadline for the TN Democratic primary election, Memphis musicians Kelley Anderson (Crystal Shrine), and Alex Greene are throwing a voter registration drive/show at Shangri-La Records in Midtown. It’ll feature free live music from a bunch of really good local musicians and feature electronic voter registration. The music will be great and free, Shangri-La’s selection keeps getting richer all the time, and Kwik Chek is down the street. Go have a blast!” Family-friendly

5. Super Bowl Festivities, Various Locations, Sunday, 5:30 p.m., all ages
There are four types of people when it comes to the annual Superb Owl competition: the people who care about the game, the people who only care about the commercials, the folks just there for the amazing food, and the people who didn’t realize we were still letting humans play this sport. If you’re in the first three categories, you’ll be interested in the Memphis Super Bowl Guide, which includes a list of watch parties. A sampling:

– Celtic Crossing hosts a Superb Owl Party
– 28th Annual High Point Pub Super Bowl Sunday Funday
– Horseshoe Tunica hosts a Super Bowl LIV Party
– Mr. P’s on Hacks Cros will host a Super Bowl Party; call for reservations.
– Mississippi Ale House in Olive Branch will host a Big Game Potluck.
– Picasso’s on Macon Road will host a Super Bowl party with $5 admission.
– The Hi-Tone shows the game and raffles off a Crock Pot full of meatballs.

Plus a few extras:

All Weekend

Indecent at Circuit Playhouse ( (Thu. – Sun, through Feb. 16)
Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square (Thu. – Sun. through Feb. 8)
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at TN Shakespeare Co. (select dates through Feb. 16)

Friday, Jan 31
Firepit Fridays at the River Garden
International Blues Challenge on Beale Street (Jan. 28 – Feb. 1)
Trolley Night on South Main family, free
Tool: North American Tour at FedExForum
Incognito! Art Soiree and Silent Auction at Memphis Botanic Garden
South Main Sounds Songwriter Night 5 Year Anniversary family, free
The Orchestra Unplugged at the Halloran Centre

Saturday, Feb. 1

Bluff City Polar Bear Plunge at Tiger Lane family
Harlem Globetrotters at FedExForum family
Beginner Square Dance at Bartlett United Methodist Church
Toy Train Show at St. George’s family
Skate School at Society Skatepark family
Family Day at the Dixon family
Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton at GPAC

Sunday, Feb. 2

Family Metalsmithing at the Metal Museum family
Crappie Madness Kids Weekend at Bass Pro Pyramid family
VIBE: An Afro/Island House Party at Green Goddess Vegan Foods
PuppyBowl Watch Party at Loflin Yard family
Drag Brunch at Alchemy
Bluegrass Brunch at Loflin Yard family

Super Bowl (some are repeated from #5 above)
B-Side Bowl at B-Side (Minglewood Hall)
Super Bowl After Party at Tin Roof
Superb Owl Party at Celtic
Super Bowl Sunday Funday at High Point Pub
Super Bowl LIV Party at Horseshoe Tunica
Super Bowl Party at Mr. P’s on Hacks Cross
Big Game Potluck at Mississippi Ale House in Olive Branch
Super Bowl party atPicasso’s on Macon Road
The Hi-Tone shows the game and raffles off a Crock Pot full of meatballs.

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