5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/20 – 3/22

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 20th 2020 1610 0

For more than a decade, I Love Memphis has published a weekly list of things to do. Whether it was Christmas Day, spring festival season, or the dead of winter, the blog has never taken a weekend off.

And I don’t plan on starting now.

Phillip Van Zandt / Memphis Tourism

Even though the coronavirus pandemic response has cancelled our gatherings, creative Memphians have found ways to safely enjoy our city through virtual events and the donations that make them possible. That’s what I’m focusing on this week and in the foreseeable future. I Love Memphis will continue to share good news, helpful information, and Memphis stories—from at least six feet away. So stay tuned.

Speaking of good news

Today, I Love Memphis and Memphis Tourism announced a new virtual music festival Get Live! Memphis to benefit musicians whose gigs and concerts have been cancelled. This three-day Facebook Live event features a dozen local artists performing live from their living rooms March 26 – 28; during the stream, donations will be collected for the Music Export Memphis COVID-19 Response Fund. More details to come, but join the Facebook Event and check out the festival lineup here. 

Before we get into the weekend be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week:

You can submit your VIRTUAL EVENT here. 

Here are five things to do in Memphis this weekend:

1. Order Takeout or Delivery
Restaurants in city limits have closed their dining rooms and are limited to takeout and delivery only. That means if a restaurant is still open, they’re doing takeout and/or delivery. That’s hundreds of restaurants, so if you have a favorite, just check their social media or give them a call to be sure they’re open.

If you simply must see a list, we have one that’s being constantly updated here. If you want to be added to the list, leave a comment on that blog post. Especially if you have high-risk individuals in your home, please take extra care with hand washing after handling to-go food bags and packaging.

2. Nerd 901 Tabletop Twitch Stream, Friday, 8 p.m., be ready to donate $ via Cash App and Venmo
Local group Nerd 901 will host a Twitch livestream with fun tabletop games on Friday night. During the stream, they’ll be dropping the Venmo and Cash App handles of local bartenders and servers so be ready to send tips to these industry pros who suddenly find themselves out of work.

3. Memphis Modern Market Instagram Pop-Up, Saturday, noon – 3 p.m.
Shop from your sofa! The Memphis Modern Market is hosting a pop-up shop on Instagram this Saturday featuring ten local markers and artisans, and they’re all giving away a tote bag filled with goodies from all

4. Tune in to the Memphis Zoo, Daily Social Media Posts, free, kid-friendly (Zoo donations accepted here)
The Memphis Zoo has a schedule of live streams, posts, and fun “shows” including Zoo Dude hosted by Zoological Officer Matt Thompson at noon on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday and Zoo News “hosted” by penguin brothers Casey and Kelso daily at 9 a.m. See the schedule here.

5. Live Music Streaming!
Memphis means music. A bunch of local musicians are streaming their original music. Send them a donation (I recommend $5-$10) then kick back and enjoy. Here are a few:

– Graham Winchester streams “Live From Graham’s” featuring Seth Moody on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Couch Café with jazz, bossa nova, standards from Michelle, Jeremy, and Ed. Saturday at 8 p.m.
Chris Milam album preview Instagram Live digital concert on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Ben Nichols of Lucero gives a Get Live! Memphis sneak peek show on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Find even more on this Memphis virtual concert calendar, which launched a few minutes before this post published and will be updated as time goes on.

More Ideas

There’s a guide to more Virtual Events this weekend and next here. You can submit yours here.

I Miss Sports

I bet you do, too. Something to tide us over:

What About Going Outdoors?

If a) the weather cooperates, b) you’re willing to follow social/physically distancing guidelines, and c) you’re well and the people you’re quarantining with aren’t high-risk…you might want to get outdoors this weekend.

Here are some helpful guidelines and tips:

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