5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/2 – 10/4

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 30th 2020 625 0

October is here! We made it! To celebrate, here are five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.

This week is a special one, because I have three big announcements to make!

Announcement 1: BEER FEST 

Your last chance for Virtual Beer Fest tickets is Friday Oct 2 at 9:01 a.m. and your last chance for beer pickup will be that day from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the midtown Cash Saver. The fest’s live streaming fun is on Saturday (Friday, too, for VIP ticket holders), so don’t wait. Get your tickets right meow at virtualmemphisbeerfest.com.

Announcement 2: MemphisAdventures.com

Do you always say to yourself “I want to spend more time outdoors” or “I need to get moving”—but you aren’t sure how to find Memphis’s best trails, parks, and things to do outside? If so, I have really, really good news for you! There’s a new resource for all things outside and recreation in Memphis, and it’s at MemphisAdventures.com.

Whether you’re walking, biking, paddling, or just sightseeing outside, this new website has all the info in one place for you. If you need some ideas or inspiration, follow the new Memphis Adventures accounts on Instagram and Facebook.


October is Memphis Music Month! To celebrate, there’s a weekly Downtown Dinner + Music series, biweekly musician features starting October 1, virtual Levitt Shell concerts, and much more.

OK, now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Here are five things to do in Memphis this weekend:

1. Memphis Virtual Beer Fest, Online, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., $30 general admission/$50 VIP, 21 and up
Get a ticket by Friday morning, and you can enjoy 8 cans of local beer, one surprise beer, a koozie, and a snack, plus a full day of virtual fun, including tastings led by brewers, panels (we are going to name a brand-new Memphis beer), music, trivia and more. Details here.

2. Zootoberfest, Memphis Zoo, Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., $18 adults + $8 stein + $3 refills, all ages/21+ to purchase alcohol
Local breweries are supplying their Oktoberfest beers to the Zoo, and you can enjoy them in a commemorative stein while you walk around and look at the animals! This is happening each Saturday and Sunday in October, except for the 31st. They’ll also have root beer and root beer floats. The Zoo will continue to post their current crowd numbers on their website; masks are recommended outside and required in any indoor spaces.

3. Levitt Shell Orion Virtual Concert Series, Facebook Live, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., all ages, donations strongly encouraged
Every Saturday night, the Levitt Shell streams live on Facebook, and they’re doing it up BIG to kick off October. Saturday night, it’s a virtual music fest with sets from from Nine Mile Records, including Memphis favorites like Snowglobe, William Luke White, and Amy Lavere, plus Sir Woman, The Deer, Tsushimamire (Japan), Carson McHone, Ward Hayden and the Outliers, Patrick Sweany, Juanita Stein (Australia), and Star Parks.

4. Bicycle Tour Through Elmwood Cemetery, Elmwood, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – noon, $20 + fees, all ages
Take a guided tour through the winding former carriage pathways of historic Elmwood Cemetery—just in time for spooky season! They’re also offering this tour on Oct. 17 and 24.

5. Memphis Art & Design Week, Online, Saturday – October 10, $25
Memphis Art & Design Week is from Oct 3- 10 online and allows you to: purchase local art through an online expo, take virtual studio tours, learn about artists’ creative processes, and listen in to exciting speakers. Check out the schedule and details here. There are a few in-person components, too, including:

Bonus— Free Open Garden Tours!

On Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ten Memphians are opening their gardens for socially-distanced touring in Cooper Young, Orange Mound, Bartlett, and Soulsville. Here are all the addresses and info:

3 DAYS until Memphis Art + Design Week begins. Get your walking shoes, MASK, camera, notepad, pen, and friend and map…

Posted by Cooper Young Garden Walk on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Plus a few extras…

  • If you want to grab a campsite at Shelby Forest, the Memphis Mushroom Festival is happening this weekend.
  • Curious Bike Tours is offering brewery bike tours on Sundays. Explore downtown and the The Edge and enjoy a few brews on your way!
  • Black Lodge Video

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