5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/29 – 5/31
Am I wrong in thinking that it’s been the weirdest May ever? It’s certainly not the usual month we expect in Memphis. While 2020 is wreaking havoc, I encourage you to take some time away from the grind—whatever your grind is right now—to enjoy the city this weekend or next week. You deserve it.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week:
– Cooper Young Fest: Spooky Edition!
– This weekend’s movies at the Drive-In
– Feel like you want to give back to Memphis during this time? Here are some ideas.
– New post: Memphis, Social Distancing Style from contributor Dr. Daniel Bastardo
– What’s open in Memphis? Updates on attractions and museums.
Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras:
1. Elmwood Cemetery Tours For Very Small Groups, Elmwood Cemetery, Daily, 10 a.m., $5 per person, all ages
The expert guides are leading small groups (nine people only—and kids in strollers count—on entirely outdoors tours of the historic cemetery. You’ll need to pre-register to reserve your spot. Elmwood is one of the most interesting places in the city and I highly recommend a tour if you haven’t been or haven’t been in a while!
2. Memphis Ghost Walk, Downtown Memphis, Fridays through Sundays, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $20 adults/$15 youth, ages 6 and up
Historical Haunts guides will lead you on a downtown tour of the macabre, spooky, and paranormal on weekend nights. It’s a walking tour, less than one mile with a “short walk or trolley ride” back to the the starting point. Meet at The Broom Closet on South Main near Central Station (546 S. Main).
3. Memphis Bike Tour, Meet at Alfred’s on Beale, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., $25 per person, 16 and up
Backbeat Tours is innovating to make their renown downtown Memphis tours more outdoors and health-friendly! They’ll host biking tours using Explore Bike Share bikes and helmets on Saturdays and Sundays. Ride the bikes for two hours (about seven miles, mostly easy with one big hill) through historic Court Square, multiple river front parks, the Lorraine Motel, and more. After your tour, you’ll get free Explore Bike Share rides for 24 hours.
4. Virtual Concert Premiere for Don Lifted, Online (Facebook), Saturday, 6:30 p.m., free but donations are accepted, all ages
Crosstown Arts hosts a virtual concert for Memphis artist Lawrence Matthews, aka Don Lifted. The Facebook Live stream will be broadcast from the Green Room at Crosstown Arts and Matthews will be accompanied by the Blueshitft Ensemble. If you miss the live stream, that’s okay—the music will live on the Crosstown Arts Facebook page afterwards! Be sure to check out Against The Grain if you haven’t already.
5. Explore Memphis Kickoff, Online (via this link), Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Shameless plug here! The Memphis Library system will host a virtual kickoff this Saturday for their EXPLORE MEMPHIS summer programs, which will all be online. I’ll be giving the keynote talk on the Internet on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m.—the subject will be how you can explore the city safely even during a pandemic. To join in, click this link starting at 11 a.m. You’ll put in an email address (I won’t tell if it’s fake) and then you can easily watch.
Even more ideas…
Cooper Young Virtual Garden Walk, Online, Every Day Through May, Free (donations accepted), all ages/kid-friendly
When the pandemic stopped the annual Cooper Young Garden Walk from happening in person this month, event organizers collected photos, stories, recipes, and more from the neighborhood’s home gardens and shared online. Now you can peruse 31 of Cooper Young’s diverse gardens on the website.
Levitt Shell Orion Virtual Concert Series, Onlline (Facebook), Fridays in May, 7:30 p.m., donations appreciated, all ages
The Levitt Shell hosts another virtual concert, this week featuring Memphis’ own Snowglobe. From their fall 2016 concert (it was PACKED) this recording reminds us a) how much we love Memphis music, b) how much we miss the Shell, and c) that we need to support its mission of free shows through their Virtual tip Jar!
Virtual Yoga Series, Online, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Memphis Public Library hosts biweekly, free yoga classes streamed live on Facebook.
Wild Bill’s Stay Safe at Home Live Stream, Online, Friday – Saturday, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., free but tips appreciated, all ages
The blues legends from Wild Bill’s bands perform live on Facebook on weekend nights. Until we can gather again at the Memphis juke joint, supporting these musicians is the next best thing. Wild Bill’s is on CashApp at $wildbillsmemphis.
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ICYMI / NSFW:
Express your annoyance at life with some kickass music from Memphis punk rock group HEELS, who went live on Thursday night in support of Ixora. Ixora is a new local shop in the Crosstown neighborhood that sells local arts and gifts. They opened right before this pandemic and could use our support. If you missed the live stream, you can still watch the show (NSFW) and then donate to the band and shop. Link to the show…link to donate.