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St. Jude Marathon runners on Beale Street
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5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend




Porter-Leath Toy Truck, Poplar Plaza (corner of Poplar and Highland), Thursday til Saturday, 8 p.m. - 6 p.m., free to attend 

Since 2000, Porter-Leath has been rolling out its annual Toy Truck to collect toys for more than 2,000 preschool children in the Memphis area. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys as well as cash or check donations. Please bring puzzles, dolls, balls, blocks and other toys that promote early childhood learning. 

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Expo, Renasant Convention Center, Thursday and Friday, Noon - 8 p.m.

For St. Jude runners aged 18 and up, this expo is your only opportunity to pick up your packet prior to race day.

Holiday Concert Weekend at Graceland, Graceland Soundstage, Friday and Saturday, times vary, prices vary

Rock 'n' Roll into December with two nights of live holiday shows at the Graceland Soundstage! From Terry Mike Jeffrey's salute to Elvis' holiday hits on December 1, to Dean Z’s high-energy rockin’ Christmas show on December 2, it will be a magical weekend of entertainment, surrounded by enchanted holiday decorations at Graceland.

Cabaret Noel 8: The Sounds of Christmas, TheatreWorks, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., $20

Join Topsy and Turvey, ETC’s resident elves and your holiday ambassadors for fun and merriment as they bring you an evening filled with classic carols, new holiday favorites, silly fun filled jokes and some very interesting story telling to entertain and make you think about the meaning of Christmas! 

Leanne Morgan- Just Getting Started, Orpheum Theatre, Saturday and Sunday, times vary, $35.75 - $59.75

After discovering her passion for stand-up comedy later in life and finding the time and confidence to pursue her dream, Leanne Morgan has cemented herself as a must-watch comedian. She’s bringing her talents to Memphis with four shows of non-stop comedy.




Sip, Shop, and Ugly Sweaters, Broad Ave Arts District, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. free to attend 

Celebrate the last Friday of the year and sip on something from participating shops, shop for holiday gifts, and wear your best ugly sweater.

All Aboard! Holiday Kick-Off, Saddle Creek South, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., free to attend

Enjoy an outdoor screening of The Polar Express, Santa photos, and train rides. They'll have food trucks on site serving hot chocolate and other tasty treats. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

Memphis Holiday Spirits Cocktail Festival, The Kent, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., $44-$55, 21+

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a Holly, Jolly Cocktail Festival! Sip festive cocktails, listen to music and visit the big man in red himself! Each ticket includes 12 sample-sized yuletide cocktails. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis, so each sip gets you closer to the nice list! 

Ali Siddiq: I Got A Story To Tell, Minglewood Hall, 7 p.m., $53 and up

This (almost sold out) event is Ali Siddiq’s first theater tour. Enjoy a night full of down-right hilarious comedy.

Jazz in the Box: Greg Murphy Trio, GPAC, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $35

The hottest little jazz club around is GPAC’s Jazz in the Box! Featuring both new and established artists, Jazz in the Box gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with live jazz. Cabaret seating and drinks for purchase make this a perfect way to kick off your weekend.

Scheidt’acular Holiday Concert, Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., $35

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a truly enchanting symphonic and choral concert presented by the talented musicians of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere as the symphony orchestra and choir come together to perform a captivating repertoire. The concert will feature familiar carols and masterworks that evoke cherished holiday memories and fill your heart with joy. 

Snow Goth, Hi Tone, 9 p.m., $10, 18+

Crawl out of your crypt to partake in the darkest hits from our live DJ's. Featuring industrial, gothic rock, 80's and electronic, these heavy sounds are sure to get your heart racing and bring you to the dance floor. Wear your attire in ways that emulate the bleak and frigid time of year!

holiday cocktail festival



St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, B. B. King Blvd. near Beale St, 7 a.m. or 8 a.m.

Race for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the largest single-day fundraising event for St. Jude. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend allows every runner to raise funds for their life saving mission.

Raised by Sound Fest, Crosstown Concourse, 1 p.m. - 11 p.m., ticket prices vary

From the airwaves to the stage, Raised by Sound Fest is a day-long event showcasing local and regional talent. Much like this freeform radio station, performing acts will rep varying genres and styles. This year is headlined by Cat Powers who will recreate Bob Dylan's The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert. Free daytime shows include: Bass Drum of Death, AJ Haynes, Rod Smoth, Rosey, MadameFraankie, and U of M Blue Tom Revue.

Holiday Hoop Wreath Series with Angie Adwin, Arrow Creative, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., $60

Do you love to make handmade holiday decorations? This workshop is for you. With an embroidery hoop, paper and glue you’ll make this intricately designed “shadowbox-like” holiday project. You’ll leave with a project you can be proud of, ready to hang on your door, on your wall, or even your mantel.

MALTED Beer Festival, Memphis Made Brewing Co., 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Enjoy a day long celebration of dark beer with live music, food trucks, and more! Mike Hewlett and the Racket will play from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and San Salido will hold it down from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memphis AF Burrito will be parked outside at 2 p.m. and CM Eatery will be working the dinner shift.

Overton Square Tree Lighting, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., free to attend

The Square will be filled with snow to welcome Santa Claus, eat holiday treats, and listen to great music. Get your photo with Santa, enjoy live music by Deep Roots and the Snowden Choir, play in the ‘snow’, and pick up free hot chocolate and goodies. Face painting and balloon artists will be on hand with plenty more fun to discover.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra- Magic of Memphis, Cannon Center, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $5 and up

Experience Memphis’ most beloved holiday tradition featuring the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, chorus and dancing Santas.

19th Annual Flying Saucer Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl, Downtown Memphis, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., no cost but bring new toys

Stumbling Santa welcomes Santa Clauses, reindeer and elves to collect toys for local Porter-Leath preschool children, while touring the best downtown bars. Wear your holiday-themed outfit and arrive with either a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation. Toy donations — such as puzzles, dolls, trucks and building blocks — should promote early learning for children under age 5.

Boogie Nights: A ‘70s Disco Funk Dance Party, Black Lodge, 9:30 p.m., $5, 18+

You’re invited to join Lodge on the dance floor, and flashback to the late ‘70s for an all-night disco funk dance party! Throw on your best polyester suit, dance dress, big hair, bell bottoms or any 70’s digs and get lost in time to some of the best ‘70s disco tracks, club hits, dance soul, and funk beats ever made.

High Cotton Brewery
Craig Thompson



Medical District Holiday Market, High Cotton Brewing Co. Noon - 3 p.m., free to attend

Start the holidays on a high note! Enjoy beer from High Cotton Brewing, wine from Rootstock Wine Merchants, cocoa from Muggin' Coffeehouse, music from DJ Rhinestonee and DJ Travi$, and a special performance by Grizzlies Prep Boys Choir outside of High Cotton + giveaways. 

“Nutcracker” Tea Party, Primas Bakery, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., $90/for two guests

Each ticket admits two guests and includes a savory and sweet selection of holiday goodies along with tea, hot chocolate, coffee or punch. 

Buffalo Nichols presented by Folk All Y’all, B-Side Memphis, 7:30 p.m., $20

This intimate, attentive performance by guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, Buffalo Nichols, is a one-of-a-kind listening room experience for those who love folk and blues music. 



About the Author

Hey there! I’m Tyra Johnson, writer and content creator for the I Love Memphis Blog. I'm a Memphis native and after a few years away, I'm back home. I love art, good eats, and live music. Join me in reclaiming my passion for Memphis, mane.

Why do you love Memphis:

Memphis has so much personality-- the people, food, music-- it just all feels good! We have so much to be proud of when speaking about the city. Also, I'm big on memories, and most of my core memories involve Memphis.

What's on your Memphis playlist?

Stay Fly by Three 6 Mafia. It's the PERFECT hype song!

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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
Teri J Mason

So glad you do this!

September 11, 2021 10:26pm
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

I love this sight, it ALWAYS has what's going on around Memphis.  This is a lifesaver with my parents coming in town this weekend and planning what we're going to do!

October 21, 2021 3:37pm

Thank you, this is information I like to see.

December 30, 2021 2:12pm

You're great! Thanks for this service. 

January 23, 2022 4:03pm

Just keep hapy, stay safe and enjoy the event show.

April 28, 2022 3:18pm
Tina Bass

Y’all absolutely Rock‼️
Thank you for all the positive info♥️

June 9, 2022 2:31am
Cathe Wiese

A friend sent me one of your emails. I'm moving to Memphis in August, SO EXCITED!! Thank you for helping me find all the fun and exciting things to do in my new hometown!

June 24, 2022 6:07pm

Too hot 

July 23, 2022 4:23pm


September 16, 2022 1:49am


September 21, 2022 9:56pm
Larry Richard …

Pearl's for  Smoked Oysters   or Gus's Fried Chicken.

November 13, 2022 4:05pm