Memphis Virtual and Socially Distanced Events

Memphis Virtual Events and Experiences

Here's a list of ways to safely enjoy the city, from the comfort of your home or at outdoors, socially-distant events.


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Here's your list of ways to engage with Memphis through take-home activities and virtual experiences:

Upcoming Memphis Events

Le Bon Appetit At Home, Online, March 24, April 7, April 11, April 14 and more., various times, $40, all ages
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s annual foodie fundraiser Le Bon Appetit, is going virtual this year with regular cooking classes so you can whip up some amazing meals. Follow along on Zoom to prepare signature dishes from local and out-of-town chefs . Check out the full schedule—which goes through May 2021—and get your tickets here

“Virtual” ChalkFest, Wherever You Walk To Draw, March 13-20, free/$5 for kits, all ages/kid-friendly
Get the whole family involved in the Brooks Museum’s “Virtual” Chalkfest. I put quotes around virtual because  you’ll actually be getting out in the sunshine to draw your own chalk creations in the real world before you take photos and post online. Be sure to use the hashtag #Chalkfest2021 to wine prizes. The Brooks has a ton of art prompts and drawing ideas that your kids will love. Check it out.

Socially-Distanced In Person Events

Lucero Family Drive-In
Lucero hosts their annual block party at the Summer Drive-In this year on March 27th, so guests can stay in or near their cars while they enjoy the live music. Get your tickets now, which are limited.

Fossil Fest, Museum of Science and History - Pink Palace, March 27-28, $25 adults / $10 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
Want to dig for fossils? (Do your kids want to dig for real fossils?) and learn about paleontology? Do mom and dad want to sip on some Ghost River Interstellar beer? Everybody want to see the Dinosaurs In Motion exhibit and the new mosasaur sculpture created by the artists at the Metal Museum? And then eat lobster rolls or burritos from food trucks and have a MEMPop? If you answered yet to any of these questions, you will love the Fossil Fest at the Pink Palace on Saturday, March 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 28 from noon to 5 p.m. Get your tickets!

Locals Live Concerts at the Botanic Garden
Enjoy live music from local artists at the Memphis Botanic Garden's Radians Amphitheater. Almost Famous will perform on Sat., April 17th and Southern Avenue will perform on Friday, May 14th. Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. Bring your chairs or blankets; leave food, drink, and coolers at home—they'll have food trucks and bars onsite. More info.

Orpheum Candelight Concerts
The Orpheum will host outdoor concerts this spring! I love this idea. They’ll have a stage set up on the Front Street side of the Orpheum and Halloran Center, surrounding by hundred of candles, socially-distanced seating, food trucks, and bars. Tickets are $50 per pair (they’re sold in pairs) and capacity is limited. Masks are required. Shows start at 8 p.m. Here’s the lineup:

A Tour of Possibilities
This African American history and culture tour is surprising, engaging, and a must-do in Memphis, for locals and visitors. The tour is done by car caravan, using Zoom technology on your cell phone to hear the talented guides. There are several stops on the tour to get out and look or stretch your legs, too. Reserve your tour space on the ATOP website.

Virtual Tours and Experiences, + Ongoing virtual events

Graceland Live Virtual Tours
For the first time ever, Graceland is offering virtual tours of the Mansion and more. The two-hour tours are conducted live, guided by VP of the Graceland Archives Angie Marchese, will take viewers through the Mansion, the Lisa Marie jet, and the Elvis Presley’s Memphis exhibits. You’ll get an up-close look at artifacts with VIP feel. There’s a limited number of tours and a limited number of spaces available, so reserve your Virtual Graceland Tour ticket asap.

Stax Virtual Tours 
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is offering a virtual tour geared towards students—but appealing to the whole family. Sign up for the Stax Virtual Tour and you’ll get a link to a password-protected video that includes a museum tour, interviews with Stax experts, and musical performances. See the trailer and register on the Stax Museum website.

Trivia and Bingo Nights
Cerrito Trivia is hosts Zoom trivia and Bingo nights on a regular basis—check out the Facebook page or website for the schedule. You can join the Patreon to be automatically signed up and receive discounts on ticketed events.

Indie Memphis Movie Club + Virtual Cinema, Online, Various Events Regularly, ticket prices vary
Indie Memphis hosts streaming indie films, Q&A, talks with filmmakers (including . Get a membership for $50 for free movie streams and lots of discounts (really worth it) or buy access to movies individually. 

Best Shot Co.
Mixologist Morgan McKinney is hosting online cocktail-making classes.  

Levitt Shell Virtual Concerts
The Levitt Shell’s rich archives are on display for everyone to see and hear—for free! The Shell offers occasional concert series via their Facebook page, usually on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. In February 2021, the series includes recorded performances from Black artists in honor of Black History Month. After that, stay tuned for updates.

Brook Museum
The Brooks Museum is open for in-person visits, but if you can’t make it there you can always spend an afternoon perusing the exhibits online. It’s free to click through and read your way through the Brooks, just visit Check out their Virtual Chalkfest for 2021, too.

Museum of Science & History - Pink Palace
While they are open for in-person visits, the Pink Palace has set up a Museum-To-Go Website with a ton of home activities for kids and behind-the-scenes info on specific artifacts.

Dixon Virtual Events
The Dixon has a calendar full of Virtual Events, from Munch & Learn livestreams to their Kaleidoscope Club for kids ages 5-9, book clubs, and more. They have in-person outdoors events like Saturday Sketches and yoga, too. They also will host a virtual Wine Down on March 12 with wine and appetizer pairings and a Zoom experience led by wine specialists at Buster’s Liquors and Wines.

The Metal Museum is hosting artist talks, virtual tours, demos and activities on their website, Facebook, and YouTube.

Memphis Escape Rooms has fun Print And Play games and puzzles. They have two general games and a series of games sorted by student age groups, i.e., K-2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, that were created with Tennessee Educational Standards for several subjects. They'll be releasing new games each week; they're $10 per game. Read more here.

The Memphis Public Library has a full calendar of online events and resources for all age groups, as well as e-book and e-movie checkouts for library card holders.

Urban Art Commission has a Virtual Tour of more than 120 pieces of public art in Memphis; you can check out the map here.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company actors spent the year sharing their favorite passages and poems from The Bard and other classical writers. Watch their "Decameron Project" archives on Facebook to check it out.

The Art Project Memphis is sharing art project ideas and storytime + art videos on Facebook.

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