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5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/23 – 10/25

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 22nd 2020 816 0

There’s a lot going on in Memphis this weekend! No, I’m not kidding! If you’re looking for some spooky, fall-themed family fun or just something to do this weekend, here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.

Be sure to check out the 2020 Memphis Guide To Halloween, too.

Dia De Los Muertos Reverse Parade is this Saturday at Overton Park. Photo by Angel Ortez.

But first, check out the latest blog posts:

1. Indie Memphis Film Fest, Online/Drive In/Outdoors, through Oct. 29, locations and prices vary
The Indie Memphis Film Festival showcases hundreds of films, and this year will only be different in that you can enjoy three different ways
—Virtual Passes (start at $25), Memphis Passes (online and outdoors, start at $100 and can include multiple people). You’ll need to sign up for your specific movie screenings ASAP because tickets are limited. Check out the website for all the details.

2. Repair Days 2020, Metal Museum, all weekend, free to attend, all ages
Bring your busted, rusted, and otherwise damaged metal items to the Metal Museum for a little TLC. During Repair Days, the museum’s crew of blacksmiths and metalworkers will fix your items for a fee, which benefits the museum. 
Schedule a time to drop off your repairs at bit.ly/2EP3pA7.

3. Harvest Fest, A. Schwab General Store, Beale Street, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Beale Street’s longest-running shop will celebrate full on Saturday, October 24th with a balloon “carving”, $1 kids ice cream and $2 hot dogs, Jones Orchard’s pumpkin patch, storytelling, and free A. Schwab shot glasses when you buy an AM/PM bourbon shot. Be sure to enter their online contest to win a free tour of the historic basement!

4. Virtual Art on Fire 2020, Online via Hopin, Saturday, 6 p.m., $10 and up
The Dixon takes their annual fire-fueled fundraiser online this year with an online art sale, auction, and fire spinning shows broadcast through the Hopin website. Spring for VIP tickets ($150 for two) and get Dixon Membership, boozy desserts, full-size liqueur, exclusive programming and other goodies. Proceeds benefit the Dixon’s art education and outreach programs. 

5. Reverse Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival, Overton Park, October 24, noon – 4 p.m., free event, all ages
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group will host their annual Dia de los Muertos Parade—but this year’s it’s going “in reverse”! The Day of the Dead is a holiday for families to honor ancestors and celebrate the cycle of life and death. Here’s how it will work:


Plus, a few more ideas and ongoing events…

Halloweek of Fun at the Children’s Museum of Memphis (October 24 – 31)
CMOM hosts a week of Halloween fun at the museum: wear a costume (including a protective face mask) to be entered into the daily costume contests, make a fun craft, take a family photo, and enjoy some of the newly renovated exhibits + your old favorites.

— Orpheum Movie Nights, Orpheum Theater, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., $6 kids/$8 adults, all ages/kid friendly (parental discretion advised)
The Orpheum will host socially distanced movies with groups of seats marked off in two, four, and six seats. You have to wear masks (they will have disposable masks onsite) and follow the rules. The schedule:

Oct. 23: Night of the Living Dead
Oct. 24: Casper
Oct. 24: JAWS

The Memphis Tigers play the Temple Owls on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Bowl. Tickets are for season ticket holders only. If you are eligible to go, then you already know the details. The rest of us can tune in on TV!

Wicked Ways Haunted House (select days through Nov. 7)
I’m hearing this haunted house at 160 Cumberland near Wiseacre Broad Ave. is the most terrifying in town and definitely not for kids. 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.

Monster Market (through Oct. 31)
Shop for local art with a creepy/spooky/dark/monster twist at this annual pop-up shop which is online only this year.

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

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