5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/9 - 10/11

5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/9 - 10/11

Here are five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend October 9-11, 2020.

Storytime at the River Garden starts this Sunday. Photo taken pre-covid, of course.

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

1. Memphis Art & Design Week, Online, through 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.

2. Community Scavenger Hunt “The Art of Memphis II”, Midtown/East Memphis, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., $25 for a team of 1-4 people, all ages
The Museum of Science & History - Pink Palace will host a public-art-themed scavenger hunt Amazing-Race style every other Saturday in October. Explore two Memphis neighborhoods through murals, installations, and sculptures—solve riddles and take photos to win. Buy your group’s ticket, then receive your clues at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Read all the details here.

3. Queer Horror Night, Black Lodge Video (405 N. Cleveland St.), Friday, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., donations encouraged, 21 and up
Black Lodge Video is back and they’re hosting socially-distanced RESERVATION ONLY movie nights outdoors. This Friday, they’ll screen two classic queer-centric horror flicks, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Sleepaway Camp. To reserve your spot, message Black Lodge on Facebook. Masks are mandatory and your reservation “pod” can be no more than four people. No kids—these movies are for adults only!

4. Volunteer Garden Day, Memphis Rox (879 E. McLemore), Saturday, 9 a.m. - noon, free, 18 and up
Memphis Rox climbing gym will host a Volunteer Gardening Day to beautify their campus and build and maintain their Educational Food Garden. They’ll provide all the gardening supplies and water—you’ll need to pre-register, dress appropriately, and wear a mask. Sign up here. If you miss this Saturday, they’ll host another volunteer day on October 24.

5. 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!

Plus a "few" extras...

Ed. Note: Spillit is moving to October 16th! 
Spillit Center Stage: Working It Out, Ixora (416 N. Cleveland Street), October 16h, 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.

Twilight Tour: DINOS After Dark, Memphis Zoo, October 9-10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $25 members/$30 nonmembers, ages 5 and up
Tour guides lead you through the DINOS exhibit at the Memphis Zoo and introduce you to a nocturnal animal, too. Capacity is limited so registration in advance is required. Last weekend for this!

2020 Shotguns & Sunflowers Dinner Party To-Go, Your House, Saturday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., $300 for four people, all ages
This fundraiser for Palmer Home For Children is a dinner party to-go this year, with a meal created by Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass, Sunrise), signature cocktails, beer, wine, and flowers/tablescape.

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!

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October 6, 2020 4:45pm

i volunteered in 2019 for Memphis in May what a day what a day, I'll say
October 6, 2020 4:46pm

Holly Whitfield
Thank you so much for sharing Inger! I hope everyone recovered from the accident and I so appreciate you sharing your story with us!
October 7, 2020 12:13pm