5 Things To Do This Weekend

JUNE 21 - JUNE 23

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5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend



Come From Away, Orpheum Theatre, Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m - 6:30 p.m., $39-$125

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Pickleball 901 Summer Series, Grind City Brewing Co., Saturday and Sunday Noon - 5 p.m., free to attend $50/ team to register

Saturday morning will kick off with a pickleball party at Noon, and feature 4 premium pickleball courts along with music, food, drinks and local vendors on site. Don’t forget we also have beginner clinics if you are new to the game! Then Sunday will start at 11am with a Grind City Groove Fitness class hosted by our friend (and emcee) Tenelle! The tournaments will start at Noon following the fitness class.

Bianca “The Actress” McMillian’s One Woman Show, Evergreen Theater, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., $35

"About Damn Time" is a one-woman show starring Bianca McMillian, where she takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of life's defining moments. Through a series of dynamic monologues and character transformations, McMillian delves into the universal themes of love, laughter, comedy, joy, and drama.


IKEA Memphis Midsommar, 4 p.m., $11.99-$26.99

Celebrate Swedish Midsommar, the longest day of the year, and a great time to gather with family and friends. The ticketed event includes a festive buffet dinner with delicious food. Tickets are now on sale in-store only. Visit the Swedish Restaurant in IKEA Memphis to purchase your tickets now and then return for the feast on Friday.

Make Music Day Celebration, Music Box Germantown, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., free to attend

Meet and hang out with other musicians in the green room, watch the global song-swap reveals, and participate in a virtual world-wide music piece premier. Try your music making skills at Rhythm, Harmonica, Piano or Ukulele. Participants take harmonicas and any instruments they make home. 

Family Fun Friday, Douglass Park, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., free to attend

Enjoy open swim, video games, bounce houses, food trucks, DJs, arts & crafts, and lots more entertainment!

Tropical Garden Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $45/non-member, 21+

Kick off your summer with a trip to the tropics at the Garden Party. Sip tropical-themed cocktails as you stroll through the new Youth Education and Tropical Plant House and see some of the plants that give us our favorite summer sips. Plus attendees can enjoy small bites and create tropical treasures to take home with hands-on activities.

Overton Square Music Series: Yubu, Chimes Square, 7 p.m., free to attend

Grab a chair or blanket and rock out under the stars on the courtyard stage, located on Trimble Place off Cooper Street, at this free live concert. 

Orion Free Concert: Talibah Safiyah, Overton Park Shell, 7:30 p.m., free to attend

Talibah is a multi disciplinary artist with a focus on healing through music, writing and experience curation. Safiya is currently serving as artist in residence at the University of Memphis exploring the power of collaboration while bridging the gap between the original blues and new expressions of it. Picnic baskets, coolers, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome

Nineties Club Night, Black Lodge, 9:30 p.m., $10, 18+

Take it back to the end of the Millennium with an all-night 90’s dance party! Get lost under the lights of the dance floor, as they unleash a non-stop flow of 90’s imagery and visuals, while spinning the most unforgettable music of the decade, including pop, rock, techno, grunge, hip-hop & rap, and classic 90’s club music.

Overton Park Shell | Shell Daze | Bob Bayne
Bob Bayne


Love Well 5k and Festival, Semmes Murphy Clinic, 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m, $15-$25

The Love Well 5k and Festival was created to be intentional in creating a way to bring larger scale awareness and fundraising for Memphis-based charitable organizations. This year's event is benefiting Serenity Recovery Centers.

Moxy Memphis Downtown’s Puppy Pride Parade, Court Square, Noon - 3 p.m., free to attend

Get ready to sing, dance, and slay all day with your furry friends! This year, the party is bigger and better! They’re not only adding talent from local drag queens — they are introducing the first ever Doggy Drag Contest! Be sure to style your pup accordingly if you want to join.

Summer Solstice Market, Memphis Made Brewery, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., free to attend

Browse an array of handmade items from local artists, including: pottery, fiber arts, paintings, block prints, taxidermy curios, and more! Sip on refreshing craft brews and support the local creative community on the longest Saturday of the year. 

Strictly Jazz: The Music of JD Warren and the Rudiment, Crosstown Arts, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., $24.72

JD Warren & The Rudiment is helmed by husband and wife duo drummer Jeremy Warren and vocalist Dermel Warren. They play original music and arrangements of standards, and their debut album, "I Can Do All Things," is available on all music outlets and platforms.

Coast Guard Band Concert, Cannon Center, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., free to attend

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation. As official music representatives of the US Coast Guard, this performance will not only be musically outstanding, but also deeply meaningful. 

Orion Free Concert: Sweet Lizzy Project, Overton Park Shell, 7:30 p.m., free to attend

In just a few years, Cuban-born, Nashville-based quartet Sweet Lizzy Project has gone from its members never having been in an arena, to mesmerizing an audience of 20,000 people when opening for their idols, Heart and Joan Jett. Sweet Lizzy Project plays electrifying big stage pop-rock with a modern sheen and classic rock heart. Picnic baskets, coolers, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome.

Time Warp Drive-In | ODD NOIR: The Dark Comic Crime Films of the Coen Brothers, Summer Malco Drive-In, 7:45 p.m., $25, 18+

Celebrate the strange, surreal cinema universe of legendary cult directors Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly referred to as the Coen Brothers! Among their most beloved movies have been their eccentric, chaotic, even bizarrely comic tales of the underworld of crime. Mixing their hilariously offbeat view with the hard-boiled world of classic “film noir” crime movies, the Coen Brothers have crafted iconic odes to lawlessness.

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Drag Brunch & Bingo, Railgarten, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., $33, 21+

This is no regular bingo game! Enjoy brunch, bingo, mimosas and more with Patie’o Furniture & Friends! This is a 21+ event and the ticket includes brunch. Happy Pride Month!

Summer Sundays: Plant Sale & Swap, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Noon - 2 p.m., free with registration 

Swap, Add, or Purge! At this Summer Sundays: Art Garden Plant Swap & Sale, you can have the plant family you've always wanted! Bring that plant you've been trying to re-home or clear a shelf to make room for a new one! If you've got a pot that looks stale, come by and freshen it up with a pot painting kit available for purchase. 

Craft Food & Wine Festival, The Columns, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., $95.71

Get ready to savor a wide variety of craft foods prepared by talented chefs and local foodpreneurs, paired perfectly with a selection of fine wines. Explore the beautiful venue, mingle with fellow food and wine enthusiasts, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. With live music filling the air, this festival promises to be an unforgettable experience for all.

Goat Yoga, Overton Park Shell, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., $25-$30

Goat Yoga is where you can relax your body and mind while surrounded by little goats. It’s a kind of a “go with the flow” yoga session where it’s a little bit of exercise and a lot of fun! You don’t have to worry about if you’re doing each pose correctly or your flexibility knowing that everyone’s eyes are on the goat’s fun shenanigans and not on you. 

Art Unplugged: 7 Year Anniversary Show, Thrive Midtown, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., $15/adv, $20/at the door

This show we celebrate the milestone that is 7 years of dope shows, and this lineup is filled with headlining talent! You’ve seen him on HBO, BET, and all over the US; now, the hilarious Henry Coleman will be bringing the funny to the Art Unplugged stage. Crowd favorite lyricist Jay Daskreet is coming with some heat for all the vibes. And the powerhouse singer Zalissa Stewart is going to blow the roof off with her amazing vocals. Plus an open mic portion that’s always packed with talent!


More events are happening this weekend — scroll through them on the blog’s calendar! 

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

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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