5 Things To Do This Weekend: 9/25 – 9/27

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 24th 2020 985 0

As September comes to a close, here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. Also—don’t forget to get your Virtual Memphis Beer Fest tickets before they sell out!

From a Mid-South Pride Parade of years past. Photo by Louis ” Ziggy ” Tucker.

But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog lately:

1. Memphis Pride Fest, Virtual/Summer Drive-In, Wednesday – Sunday, free but please register online, all ages
The largest gathering for the LGBTQ+ community in the Mid-South is going (mostly) virtual this year! Register for the free event at midsouthpride.org and tune in online for live streams all weekend, including the Focus Awards at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and a Drag Brunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

2. Hold On We’re Coming Feat. Marcella Simien, Facebook Live, Friday, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., $10 + donations suggested, all ages/kid-friendly
Support Memphis musicians at this week’s live streaming concert from Memphis songstress Marcella Simien, broadcasting live from the historic Silim House in Soulsville. Tickets are just $10, but additional donations are accepted since proceed go to the Memphis Music Export COVID relief funds.

3. Gonerfest 17 VIRTUAL EDITION, On The Internet, Friday – Sunday, $20 – $60, parental discretion
The music, the mayhem, the fun—it’s all going online this year for Gonerfest 17. The annual event usually brings in dozens of punk, rock, and garage band to rock ’n’ roll at multiple venues. This year, the bands are streaming live music from around the world, plus there will be panels, movies, and Memphis-themed chat rooms with themes like Gus’ Fried Chicken and the Buccaneer (RIP). Don’t forget to pick up some of this year’s Goner Brau from Memphis Made. Online passes are $20, or $50 for the deluxe golden ticket which includes a t-shirt shipped to you ($60 for international).

4. Sunset Cinema (Drive In Movies), Tiger Lane, Nightly Friday – Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $25 per car, parental discretion advised
Sunset Cinema is a brand-new drive-in movie experience at Tiger Lane/the Fairgrounds every night this weekend. Friday night is the original Jurassic Park (PG-13), Saturday night is Talledega Nights (PG-13), and Sunday night is The Best Man (R). Ticket must be purchased online before you’re allowed in the parking area (6 people per car limit) and you can hear the sound through your car stereo.

5. Last Weekend of Free Skate Rentals, Beale Street Landing, Friday – Sunday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s your last chance to join in the socially-distanced skate party on Riverside Drive, which is currently closed to cars on weekends. Wear a mask, rent some skates while supplies last, and enjoy the tunes from the DJ. There will also be voter registration and 2020 Census materials if you haven’t done those things yet—do them! Details.

Plus a few more ideas…

The Summer Drive-In is open and showing Rocky Horror and Monty Python’s Holy Grail this weekend.

Black Cream Concert, Livestreaming from Growlers, Sunday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., free (tips to band encouraged), parental discretion
Memphis Made presents Black Cream, live-streaming from the stage at Growlers, so tune in on Growlers’ YouTube channel or on Twitch. Get some Memphis music going  this Sunday night and get ready for October, aka Memphis Means Music Month.

Crafts Fair Pop-Up Shop, Pink Palace, Friday through Sunday, free admission/kid-friendly
From the Pink Palace: “The Pink Palace and Memphis Modern Market are bringing crafts fairs safely to you this fall and holiday season! The Crafts Fair Pop Up Shop will feature 30 plus artists and brands from Memphis…we are bringing the best of Memphis makers to you in a safe and socially distanced pop up experience!” It’s every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through 

A History Of Yellow Fever, Elmwood Cemetery, Saturday, noon – 1:30 p.m., various times, $20, all ages
Elmwood Cemetery is absolutely crushing it when it comes to online events. They’ve been giving us interesting history lessons all through quarantine and they’re doing it again this weekend with a poignant presentation on yellow fever in Memphis. 

Twilight Tours: DINOS After Dark, Memphis Zoo, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., ages 5 and up
The Memphis Zoo is hosting guided tours of their DINOS exhibit and some night animals this Saturday evening. Capacity is limited and preregistration is required.
Brewery Bike Tour, Downtown/ The Edge, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., $49, 21 and up
Take a tour of three Memphis breweries: Crosstown, High Cotton, and Ghost River while on a guided tour from Curious Bike Tours. Capacity is limited to 8 people, and rentals include bike, helmets and tour. Beer is not included (expect $6-$8 per brewery for beer and tips).
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