How To Celebrate Leap Day 2020 In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 26th 2020 1010 0

Put on your blue and yellow, it’s time for Leap Day. Celebrate the day that only comes but once every four years with a bunch of fun Memphis events this Saturday, February 29.

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Here’s a list of things to do this Saturday in Memphis, from parties to music to sports to kid-friendly ideas:

– Cooper Young hosts a Leap Year Bar Crawl starting at noon on Saturday. Participating pubs: Cafe Ole, Sweet Grass / Next Door, Celtic Crossing, Aldo’s Pizza Pies – Midtown, and live music at Railgarten. It’s free to wander from bar to bar, just be sure to tip your bartenders.

– Memphis Made hosts Half Pints for Half Pints, benefitting Peabody Elementary. The party is on Saturday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and your $50 ticket includes Memphis Made beer, wine, and food from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, Mulan, Aldo’s, Hattie B’s, Celtic Crossing and Sunrise. There’s a silent auction and music by DJ Zac Ives; this event is 21+.

– Spillit Memphis hosts “Spillit Slam: Take the Leap”, a storytelling competition, at the new local maker’s market in the Crosstown neighborhood, Ixora. It’s at 416 N. Cleveland St. (near the Hi-Tone). From their FB event: “If you want to tell your seven-minute story, you’ll drop your name in the bucket. We’ll draw up to ten names and each person has seven minutes to tell a story. At the end of the night, the audience will decide who the winner is.” It’s a $10 cover.

– Take the kids to Peanut Butter & Jam: Misti Rae and the Swing Set at GPAC. This family-friendly concert series is designed to introduce children ages 8 and under to music in a fun, informal atmosphere. Tickets are $8 per kid and includes two adults.

– The Grizzlies play the Lakers at FedExForum at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are understandably in high demand so prices are high.

– The Metal Museum hosts Make Your Own: Leap Day Origami Frog class for $15. It’s for ages 15+ (or ages 10-15 when an adult also registers).

Disney’s Aladdin, the Broadway musical, is at The Orpheum Theatre through March 7. Sing along to your favorite songs from the classic animated movie, with some new twists. Tickets are $29 – $145.

Memphis 901 FC takes on the U. of Memphis Tigers in a Pre-Season Match at AutoZone Park at 6 p.m. on Saturday. It’s free for 901 FC season ticket holders and partial season ticket holders. The regular season starts on March 7th.

– The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” at The Cannon Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17. (There’s another performance on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at GPAC; tickets are $55.)

– The Memphis Hustle take on the Salt Lake City Stars at the Landers Center in Southaven at 7 p.m.

– Clint Holmes, Take 6, Nnenna Freelon and Kirk Whalum and a live band will present the tapestry of blues, jazz, gospel and country that was Ray Charles’ gift to the world. Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles is at GPAC at 8 p.m.

“Women in the Pit” is at Hattiloo Theater through March 22. This play is all about women in the pulpit and the controversies of the church.

– Black Lodge hosts their monthly variety show Memphis: QueerAF! February at 9 p.m. Expect comedy, music, drag, aerial, and more. It’s a $10 cover.

– Bari Ristorante in Overton Square hosts their Sabato Sociale in the Enoteca! on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. featuring a special small plates and low-ABV cocktail menu, plus their regular cocktail and wine menus.

– Casual Pint on the Highland Strip hosts a Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing at 7 p.m. The $17 ticket includes four cookie-and-beer pairings.

Collierville Cares hosts an 80s Prom Party Collierville Animal Shelter Fundraiser at the Quonset with dinner, silent auction, dancing and entertainment by Kevin & Bethany Paige. The party is from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and tickets are $97 per person. 21+.

– The annual Madonna Learning Center Gala at Hilton East at 7 p.m. The red carpet affair features food, beer, wine, music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $150.

– It’s International Polar Bear Day on Saturday and the Memphis Zoo will celebrate with 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Keeper Chats, ice treats for the bears, and more kid-friendly fun throughout the day. The event is inside the heated Northwest Passage area. Included in Zoo admission.

– Tin Roof Memphis on Beale hosts a Leap Day Party! starting at 6 p.m. Live music all night, DJ Epic in the green room. There’s probably a cover and it’s probably 21+, but they don’t make it clear on their website.

– The Brooks Museum hosts Teen Takeover— Native Voices, a student-led event inspired by the Native Voices, 1950 to Now: Art for a New Understanding exhibition. It’s from noon to 2 p.m. and is free.

– Join UrbanArt Commission, Larry Walker, and the Mitchell Community for live music, light refreshments, and a mural dedication at the Mitchell Community Center- Dedication Celebration  (602 W. Mitchell Rd.) on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

– Not to be confused with the ETA Contest associated with Elvis Week in August, this weekend is the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend at Graceland. Concerts featuring past ETA Contest winners will take place on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Soundstage. Tickets start at $35 for individual shows.

– The Hi Tone hosts The Comancheros w/ FeverTree at 8 p.m. in the small room. Tickets are $5, 18 and up.

– The Cove on Broad Ave. hosts local group Avon Dale at 9 p.m. Expect a cover charge and to show your 21+ ID.


Cheers to the failures of the Gregorian calendar, and cheers to Memphis!


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