5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/16 – 10/18
Happy Mid-October, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
Before we get to the weekend proper, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog lately:
Memphis Music Features! Jay DaSkreet and Keia Johnson
OK, here’s your weekend guide:
1. Haunted Houses—several of our annual haunted houses and attractions are open this year, albeit with restrictions.
- Wicked Ways Haunted House (select days through Nov. 7)
I hear this haunted house at 160 Cumberland near Wiseacre is the most terrifying in town. This year, they’re requiring face masks (of the health variety) and temperature checks, and are making arrangements to keep people six feet apart while going through the super-scary not for children haunted house. Proceeds benefit St. Jude. Check out the website for ticket info and hours, which vary depending on the day.
- Jones Orchard Shadowlands of Fear (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in October)
Imagining yourself in cute flannel, picking apples and such? Forget it. At Jones Orchard, creatures and creeps come out to haunt the woods (“Festival of Fear”) and the orchard itself (“Hysteria”). Haunted attractions are $15 each or get scared at both for $28. There’s also a regular non-haunted corn maze for $8.
- HauntedWeb of Horrors (October 9-11, 15018, 23-25, 29 – Nov. 1)
If their three haunted “houses” are anything like the scary sounds that emanate from their website, fright-seekers will love the HauntedWeb at 2665 S. Perkins Road. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online ahead of time to skip the ticket line
2. Spillit Center Stage: Working It Out, Ixora (416 N. Cleveland Street), Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10, 18+
Spillit is taking the stories outside this fall! This showcase of Spillit Workshop storytellers will happen in the parking lot behind Ixora shop, limited to 50 in-person guests, and masks are required. You can also tune in via livestream. Get your tickets ahead of time.
3. Sun Studio Virtual Tour, Facebook Live, Friday, 7 p.m., free, all ages
Go behind-the-scenes of the legendary birthplace of rock ’n’ roll with a virtual tour this Friday night, live from Memphis Travel’s Facebook Page.
4. Time Warp Drive-In, Malco Summer Drive-In, Saturday, gates 6:45 p.m./movie at 7:15 p.m., $10 per person, 18+
The Time Warp is back! October 17th is the annual all-night Halloween movie marathon at the Summer drive-in. On the lineup is ⁃ Zombieland (2009), Re-Animator (1985), Return of the Living Dead (1985), and Night of the Living Dead (1968)—in that order. Wear your mask when you’re outside of/away from your car.
5. Fall Edge Motorfest, The Edge District, Saturday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Edge District’s businesses will host an outdoor fall fest with classic, antique, and muscle cars on display, specials at local shops (Nine01 to Five04 will offer 20 percent off the whole store), and more.
Plus a few more ideas:
Women of Soul Concert, Orpheum Theatre, Saturday, 7 p.m., $44, 18+
The Women of Soul Concert is a showcase of the talent that keeps Memphis’ soulful music tradition alive, with both new music and classes. The show features Memphis artists D’Monet and Karen Brown.
Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo (October 16-18, 23-35, 29-31)
Candy stations, hay rides, mazes, magic shows, and more fun for the kids at the Zoo. No animals besides the Herpatarium, Aquarium, and Animals of the Night exhibits. You’ll need to reserve your specific day; tickets are not exchangeable for other days once you buy them. $13 for members/$15 non-members
Riverfront Story Time, River Garden (51 Riverside Drive), Sunday, 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Cossitt Library and MRPP will host story and arts & crafts time for the kiddos every Sunday afternoon in October at the River Garden downtown. The story will be read over the park’s PA system, seating will be six feet apart, and each kid will get their own craft bag. Wear your masks and make sure the kids bring an adult!
Monster Market, Online Shop, through October 31, items vary, all ages
The annual Monster Market pop-up shop—curated by local artist Holtermonster—will get you in the perfect Halloween mood all month long with oddities, creepily fun art, and all-around weirdness from local makers. This year, it’s all going online, so check out MonsterMarket2020.com and get some holiday shopping done early.
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.
Levitt Shell Orion Virtual Concert Series, Facebook Live, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., all ages, donations strongly encouraged5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/9 – 10/11
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.
Crafts Fair Pop Up Shop, Museum of Science & History, Fridays through Sundays through December
First off: the Pink Palace is now called the “Museum of Science & History”. Second off, this year their annual crafts fair is functioning as a pop-up shop every Friday and Saturday (10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon – 5 p.m.). Shop for art, decor, gifts, jewelry, candles, and more from Memphis makers.
Curious Bike Tours is offering brewery bike tours on Sundays. Explore downtown and the The Edge and enjoy a few brews on your way!