5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/14 – 8/16
Hello, dog days of summer! Avoid melting with these five ideas for weekend fun in Memphis.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog lately:
What Memphis Restaurants Are Open On Mondays?
100+ Memphis Patios (updated for summer 2020 with what’s open right now)
What Will Elvis Week 2020 Be Like?
Crazy Noodle Is Crazy Good
How To Improve Central BBQ’s Barbecue Nachos
Good Eats: Robata Ramen In Overton Square
Get Your Crawfish Dorito Nachos at Saltwater Crab
Or these handy links to Important Stuff™:
10 Ways To Give Back: Volunteering In Memphis In August
What’s Open In Memphis?
Where To Get Masks In Memphis
OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming:
1. Hold On We’re Coming feat. Ben Nichols, online, Friday, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., $10, all ages
Ben Nichols of Lucero will broadcast a solo show live from the new new Hi-Tone stage this Friday night, and it’s all to benefit Memphis musicians. While Ben may be playing to an empty room in person, you can tune in for the show’s live stream with a $10 donation to Music Export Memphis’ COVID19 relief fund. If you can, throw a few extra bucks in as well. This event is technically for all ages, but there might be a few swears.
2. Graceland Drive-In Movies, Graceland Parking Lot, Friday and Sunday, $20 per carload, all ages
It’s Elvis Week! Even if we can’t do all the usual Elvis Week things, Graceland is hosting three nights of drive-in Elvis movies. First up is Viva Las Vegas on Thursday the 13th, then for the weekend it’s the 68 Comeback Special on Friday and Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii on Sunday. Gates open at 8 p.m. and movies start at 9 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are recommended since lot spaces will be limited. If you have an Elvis Week Day Pass for one of these days, your car’s ticket to the movies is included. Read all the fine print and get your tickets here.
3. Memphis Matters: Congressman John Lewis, online, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., $5 minimum, all ages
Local theater group Playback Memphis will host their third online performance this weekend. This live-streamed experience is inspired by the life and work of the late Congressman John Lewis, and will feature spoken word, stories, and optional audience participation.
4. Space Out Family Night Live! (Virtual Event), Online, Saturday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Dixon hosts a virtual event perfect for families and the theme is OUTER SPACE! From the Dixon: meteoric virtual performances, enjoy constellations of crafts, and download astounding activities – all without leaving your home’s orbit. Turn out the lights and turn on the fun because there is room in this mothership for everybody!
5. Stay Away From Other People As Much As You Can And Wear a Mask. Just Do it!
Here are some ideas for what to do while doing those two things:
Plus a few more ideas…
Order Takeout/Curbside Pickup From a Local Restaurant
Our local restaurants are on the struggle bus. Consider giving your kitchen—or whoever’s cooking at home—a break and order some takeout from your favorite place. Remember to wear a mask when you pick it up and leave a generous tip.