5 Things To Do This Weekend: 2/21 – 2/23

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 21st 2020 1386 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are more than 60 things to do in Memphis this weekend, plus my top five picks. Be sure to check out the marked free and family-friendly suggestions, too!

 Photo by Andrea Zucker

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

OK, here’s your weekend guide.

1. Young At Art Roaring 20s Party, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., $35 nonmembers, 21+
The Dixon hosts their annual Young at Art party, this year with a 1920s theme featuring Michelle Bush Shrader’s Hot Swing Three, silent disco, appetizers, drinks, and more. It’s free for Young at Art members and just $35 for nonmembers. Don’t forget to dress up in your flapper/gangster/1920s outfits.

2. Crosstown Brewing 2nd Anniversary, Crosstown Brewing, Saturday, noon – 10 p,m., free to enter, all ages
Crosstown celebrates two years of taproom fun this weekend with an all-day party on Saturday. They’ll have several beer releases, Live tunes, New Wing Order Food Truck, specialty glassware and more.

3. Mardi Gras Parties, Railgarten, Saturday, noon –  midnight, free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Railgarten hosts Mardi Gras for everyone on Saturday, starting with a Kids’ Mardi Gras party at noon; the Mighty Souls Brass Band performs later. At 6 p.m. the more adult version gets started with NOLA-inspired drink and food specials, Abita beer, and Marcella & Her Lovers at 8 p.m. and Lucky 7 Brass Band at 10 p.m. 

4. Ameripolitan Awards Beale Street Showcase, Beale Street Clubs, $10 wristband, 21 and up
Roots, rockabilly, and country swing artists are in town for the annual Ameripolitan Awards weekend—there are music showcases, including a Saturday evening of nominees performing on Beale Street—and the awards themselves are on Monday night at The Guest House at Graceland.

5. Soup Sunday, FedExForum, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $20 adults/$10 youth, all ages/kid-friendly
Youth Villages’ annual event features about 50 local restaurants set up in FedExForum’s concourse offering soups, breads, appetizers, desserts, and more for sampling. There’s also a kids zone with inflatables, entertainment, and games. It’s free for kids ages 5 and under and proceeds benefit Youth Villages programs.


Bishop Grand Opening Masquerade Ball, Bishop Memphis (545 S. Main), Saturday, 7 p.m., $100, 21 and up
Celebrate the grand opening of the Central Station’s French brasserie, Bishop, from Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and cocktails, a silent disco, mask bar, live music, DJ, and a performance by Opera Memphis. Proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Collage Dance Collective’s RISE, GPAC, Saturday 8 p.m./Sunday 2:30 p.m., $20 and up, all ages
RISE showcases the Collage company’s athleticism through “powerful, historically inspired performances including Kevin Thomas’ iconic Rise ballet”. This is your chance to see one of the city’s professional dance company along with rising stars.

Winter Mix, Ballet Memphis, Friday 8 p.m./Saturday 8 p.m./Sunday 2 p.m., $35, all ages
Ballet Memphis hosts their Winter Mix performance at their midtown headquarters this weekend, featuring three new original works inspired by people and ideas that live as outliers of culture and society. Stop into Midtpointe before the show for a snack and drink.


Plus a few more ideas…

Friday, Feb. 21
Ameripolitan Awards Weekend
#FightForLiteracy Week at Multiple Locations
Al Chymia 78th Annual Shrine Circus at the Agricenter Showplace area family
Firepit Fridays at the River Garden family
Galentine’s Sip + Shop at Propcellar
Ballet Memphis Winter Mix at Ballet Memphis family
Wine for Wishes at the Cadre
Trio Plus Band at Marlowe’s
Calum Graham at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts
South Main Sounds Songwriter Night free
Moses Crouch and Mississippi Medicine at Loflin Yard
Lost Dog Street Band at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall
Steve Selvidge and Band at Bar DKDC
Legends Karaoke Tribute Night at RockHouse Live Midtown
Memphis Coin Club Annual Coin Show at the Landers Center

Saturday, Feb. 22
Ameripolitan Awards Weekend
Civitan Frosty 5K at Overton Park family
Al Chymia 78th Annual Shrine Circus at the Agricenter Showplace area family
Skate School at Society Skatepark family
Our Stories Matter 4th Annual African-American Read-In at Whitehaven Library free, family
Beginner Square Dance at Bartlett United Methodist Church
Introduction to Energy Healing at Somos Un
Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D Movie opens at the Pink Palace family
Fine Silver Metal Clay Basics at Memphis Botanic Garden
Crosstown Brewing 2nd Anniversary 
Tigers v. Houston at FedExForum (Men’s Basketball) family
Trolls Live at the Cannon Center family
Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons at The U of M’s Harris Concert Hall family
Mardi Gras at the ‘Garten at Railgarten family
Native Blood and Sunweight at Black Lodge Video
Neon Mooners at The Bluff
2020 American Advertising Awards at Spectrum (616 Marshall Ave)
Collage Dance Collective Presents: RISE at GPAC family
Coalescent Saxophone Quartet in The Green Room family
World Heavyweight Championship Viewing at Rec Room
Ameripolitan Weekend Beale Street Showcase
Will Sexton Band + Jimbo Mathis (Fat Possum) at Bar DKDC
Memphis Coin Club Annual Coin Show at the Landers Center

Sunday, Feb. 23
Ameripolitan Awards Weekend
Soup Sunday 2020 at FedExForum family
Willy Wonka Party at Primas family
Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons at The U of M’s Harris Concert Hall family

Brunch w/ Chef Fran at Footlose Enterprises
Al Chymia 78th Annual Shrine Circus at the Agricenter Showplace area family
The Plagues of Early Memphis Tour at Elmwood Cemetery family
Brewskis and Books Third Edition at Memphis Made Brewing
Trolls Live! at the Cannon Center family
Collage Dance Collective Presents: RISE at GPAC family
Forever Abbey Road Beatles Experience at Lafayette’s
Ballet Memphis Winter Mix at Ballet Memphis family
Southern Literary Salon at TN Shakespeare Company
Endless Love Music Showcase at Memphis Slim House
Memphis Coin Club Annual Coin Show at the Landers Center
Memphis Restaurant Association Banquet at the U of M Holiday Inn


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