5 Things To Do This Weekend

May 13 - 15

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Memphis Forever sign at World Championship Barbecue tent
Raphael Tenschert

Things To Do In Memphis This weekend 

1. Live Music! 

The concerts in Memphis this weekend are *chef’s kiss*. Here’s a sampling




2. Grizz Watch party, fourth Bluff, Friday, Pre-game party at 8 p.m. / tip-off 9 p.m., free to attend, all ages

It's time for another Grizz Watch Party with the Claw Crew, Grizz Girls, and all your fellows fans. The party is at Fourth Bluff Park on Front Street between Court and Jefferson. There's a $5 special event parking rate that the River Garden lot on Bass Pro Drive, and food trucks and cash bars on site. VERY limited seating, so be sure you bring your chairs and blankets and arrive in time to stake out your spot.

3. Manes on Main Festival, Soul & Sprits Brewery taproom, Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages/21 to drink

Head to “Uptown” for exclusive festival beers, refillable mugs, “Made In Memphis” vendor market, food trucks (Albees, New Wing Order, and Yippee Tripee) and—get this—a facial hair and hairstyle competition! If you have beautiful hair or a gorgeous beard, they are looking for contestants. 

4. Hopped 2022, Memphis Made Brewing Co. taproom, Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages/21 to drink

Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s annual spring beer festival with limited released, live music (HEELS and Church Brothers), Gourmade and Soi Number 9 food trucks, and free glasses for the first 100 people.

5. Fried Chicken Fest, The Grove at GPAC, Saturday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., $10 to enter + cost of food, all ages/kid-friendly

Enjoy food for purchase from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Uncle Lou’s and Mike’s Hot Wings & Such at the outdoor venue at Germantown Performing Arts Center this Saturday. Big Barton and Lucky Seven Brass Band will perform!


Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 2022, Liberty Park / Fairgrounds, May 11-14

This fierce competition is a four-day competition with hundreds of teams (representing the best of barbecue) that have been honing their craft for years. Coming from around the world, they'll compete for the title of World Champion and a share of the more than $140,000 in prize money. Note that locals call this "BBQ Fest" but if you don't have an invite to a team tent or a BBQ Alley ticket you won't be able to eat the BBQ—read up for more details.

901FC vs Indy Eleven USL Soccer, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 7 p.m., $13 and up, all ages/kid-friendly

Cheer on the soccer men downtown! 

Alice's Adventures at the Garden at Memphis botanic

It's open! Make sure that you reserve your time to visit if you're not a member of the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show & Lunar Eclipse at MOSH

Planentarium laser show on a lazy Sunday? I'm there.

There are a TON more events happening this weekend — scroll through them on the blog’s calendar! 


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I was telling a friend this morning that I am challenging myself to get takeout from at least 3 "new" places before I can reorder from one of my standing places. We'll see how I do :)
January 6, 2021 4:49pm

In reply to by veena

Holly Whitfield

Veena, I love this challenge! What a great idea. 

March 3, 2021 8:50pm

So much to do! I love my city ❤❤❤??????

March 18, 2021 1:00am

Wondering if most restaurants downtown are open? Specifically Itta Bena or Majestic?

Coming from an hour away just wanting to know if things are open?

Is there music on the street on Beale? 

Is Wet Willies back open?


April 22, 2021 2:13pm
Holly Whitfield

Hi Michelle, 

Almost everything is open all over town, including Itta Bena, Majestic, and Wet Willy's. I strongly suggest making reservations and calling ahead because while places are open, they may have limited space or hours. I can't say if they will have music literally outside on the street, many clubs on Beale will have live music inside.

April 24, 2021 1:40am

Thanks for telling us about the free kayak rental with kayakmemphistours downtown! First time to kayak on the Mississippi. Nice cool weather today and great pictures!

May 29, 2021 8:43pm
Courtney Fly


We’ve got free Halloween movies screening all through October every Saturday at Crosstown Concourse starting October 2nd! A matinee for kids at 2pm and a feature for adults at 7!  Also the Crosstown Arts Film Series has spooky features programmed for October , including a live score/silent film screening of THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI along with a performance by the local industrial goth/pop band, THE POP RITUAL on October 28th! 

September 25, 2021 3:25pm
Alexandra Lowe…

What is happening this week at the Iconic Woman’s Exchange of Memphis?

Tennessee Crafts Southwest show, “Gail Laughlin Tribute; gardening, food and Fashion” Tuesday, October 5-15. Open M-F 10-4. 88 Racine Street, Memphis 38111.

October 3, 2021 2:33pm

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December 30, 2021 2:12pm

You're great! Thanks for this service. 

January 23, 2022 4:03pm