5 Things To Do This Weekend

October 7 - 9

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    Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend 

    I'm not putting all the music events on here! Check out the Listen Up Guide for October and the live music calendar. 

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    Bonus! Wednesday event — 901FC v. Rio Grande Soccer Match, AutoZone Park, Wednesday, 7 p.m., $10 and up

    Only two more home games for the regular season for Memphis 901FC, this Wednesday and Sunday. Get out if you haven’t yet this season! 

    Creative Works Market, Halloran Center, Friday - Saturday, Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., free to enter, all ages

    The Creative Works Market showcases curated apparel, prints, pins, and handmade goods from over 30 designers, makers, manufacturers, and brands from all over the country. With plenty of local vendors in the mix, you've got more swag than you can stuff in your tote bag. Food trucks, too.

    Creative Works Conference, Halloran Centre, Thursday - Saturday

    Memphis is proud to host the Creative Works conference again this year! The nation’s top designers and creatives are coming to town for three days of workshops, talks, and afterparties. If you see them around town be sure to give them a warm welcome. You can still register here. There are virtual tickets as well! 

    Fall Plant Sale, Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday - Saturday, Oct. 7-8, 9 a.m. 0 5 p.m., $10-$15, all ages

    The Botanic Garden hosts the annual plant sale, many grown in the Garden’s greenhouses and all suited to our Memphis climate. The event is free and open to the public, but shopping entry is only guaranteed with an advanced reservation on Friday, October 7. Those without reservations may have to wait until capacity allows additional shoppers. There are no reservations needed to shop Saturday, October 8.

    Monster Market, Online, Through Oct. 31 

    Monster Market online pop-up shop comes around every Halloween so you can get all your spoopy creepycute funkyfun shopping done by supporting Memphis artists and makers. It’s live online from October 3-31 at memphismonstermarket.com.

    Dixon Beer Garden, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Friday, Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m., free to enter/$25 tasting punch card, 21 and up

    The Dixon hosts a beer garden featuring Boscos Brewing Company beers, food trucks—El Mero food truck and Cousins Maine Lobster food truck, and live music from Black Cream.

    Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Fest, Metal Museum, Friday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $48+fees, 21 and up

    Creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some great Memphis restaurants, plus a vast array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds. A portion of all proceeds to the Memphis Farmers Market. Hosted by the Memphis Flyer. 

    Alice’s Ales, Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., $35-$45, 21 and up

    Taste all of Alice’s Ales from Memphis Made Brewing Co., roast s’mores by the fire, play yard games, create a beer can planter, and enjoy live music from Jeremy Stanfill & Josh Cosby. Plus a cash bar with Curious Cocktails and Wonderland Wine.

    Conservation & Cocktails, Memphis Zoo, Friday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., $125 non-members, 21 and up

    Spend the evening with the Zoo's African elephant herd while enjoying specialty cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction with items including the live painting created by Asali the elephant during the event. Proceeds benefit the Zoo's elephant conservation program. Festive casual attire. 

    Arlo McKinley Concert, Overton Park Shell, Friday, Oct. 7, free, all ages, kid-friendly

    Only a couple more free Overton Park Shell shows this season! One include this Friday’s Americana country singer Arlo McKinley. Bring your kids, chairs, and coolers. Dogs on leashes in designated areas. Also food trucks and cash bars on site! Not to be confused with the Mempho presents Shell Daze paid concerts happening at the Shell on Saturday and Sunday.

    Memphis v. Miami Pre-season Game, FedExForum, Friday, 7 p.m., prices vary

    Grizz are back, baby!! Here’s the schedule. Here are tickets.

    Edge Motorfest, 645 Marshall Ave, Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly

    It’s time for the third annual Edge Motorfest! Vehicle Registration is at the Edge Motor Museum, but the event is FREE for the public to attend. Food Trucks, Door Prizes, Music. If you haven’t been to the museum, it’s super cool—just down the street from Sun Studio. 

    Memphis Football v. Houston, Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, Friday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., $20, all ages/kid-friendly

    Tiger Nation, come out to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium on Friday, October 7th as your Memphis Tiger Football team takes on conference rival Houston in prime time. Tickets start at just $20, and kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to watch the 901’s football team in action! Go Tigers Go!

    Big River Fit Festival, Mud Island, Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.

    Big River Fitness Festival is an all-day free public event designed to foster a community of fitness in Memphis by engaging the Mid-South in the areas of fitness, wellness, and health. In its inaugural year, proceeds will benefit Kings of Grit. Ticket/entry fee unclear.

    Fall Fest Vendor Market, Primas Bakery + Boutique, Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., free to enter, all ages

    Shop for fall at Primas in South Main—local vendors and tasty treats! 

    V & E Greenline Artwalk, 1625 Tutweiler, Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly

    It’s time for the 11th annual Artwalk benefiting the V&E Greenline in Midtown. Marketplace with over 50 local artist and maker booths, food, craft beer, wine, mimosas, MemPops, and more. Children's art activity provided by the Dixon Art to Grow program. Super artist silent auction. Live music from 1-4pm by Jeff Hulett and Friends.

    Golden Hour Two Year Celebration, 356 N. Main St., Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., free to enter, all ages

    Golden Hour plant shop is turning 2! Read more about the shop here. They’re celebrating by opening up the back work space and filling it with local vendors, parking a food truck out front, offering all-day specials in the shop, and doing some giveaways. 

    Paint Memphis 2022, Broad Ave. Art District, Saturday, Oct. 8, noon - 6 p.m, free to watch, all ages/kid-friendly 

    Come join over 150 artists create the largest collaborative mural in Tennessee! Food trucks, vendors, workshops, demonstrations, dancers, skateboarding, and live music. Kids area too! See paintmemphis.org for more info.

    Binghamptom Brewhaha, Hampline Brewing (584 Tillman), Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. - midnight, free to enter, all ages

    Hampline brewery on Broad hosts a fundraiser for LifeDoc Health all afternoon and evening Saturday with free food from Memphis Latin Porkers BBQ Team, a 3-mile fun run, and live music. Music lineup here.

    Fright-tober Film Series, Crosstown Theater, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., free (with advanced registration) 

    Crosstown Arts hosts a spooky-scary movie series this month every Saturday. The afternoon matinee will be a family-friendly feature (for Oct. 8 it is Frankenstein black ’n white from 1931) and a scarier movie at the 6:30 p.m. screening (for Oct. 8 it is Hitchcock’s The Birds). 

    Zootoberfest, Memphis Zoo, Saturdays and Sundays in October, regular Zoo hours, $23 adults (general Zoo admission)

    This is not a separate event from regular going-to-the-zoo trips, but rather special local beers made available on Saturdays and Sundays all month long. It’s $12 for a 17 oz stein and $6 for each additional refill (it has to be the 2022 stein). 

    Owning The Block, Avon Acres (4361 Summer Ave.), Saturday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., $100 

    Kahlana Roy hosts a daylong professional conference and event with a lineup of guest speakers, plus a Karleen Roy x Vanity Group experience with food, music, and more. Roy is an on-camera, beauty, and fashion expert, stylist, on-air talent, and ambassador for leading brands around the world. 

    Shell Daze Music Festival, Overton Park Shell, Saturday - Sunday, Oct. 8-9, 3:30 p.m., $40+fees single day/$50+fees 2 day, all ages

    Shell Daze Music Festival is two days of music at one of the most historic venues in Memphis. Featuring performances by Moon Taxi | Tab Benoit | Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Dirty Dozen Brass Band | Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country | Star & Micey | Garrison Starr

    Southern Soul Music Festival, Cannon Center, Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. - SOLD OUT

    Experience all your favorite soulful hits and top songs at the Southern Soul Music Festival including Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Bonnie Bell, and more. Yes, this event is sold out according to Ticketmaster but I wanted to include this as an FYI. I can’t vouch for any resale methods but I’m sure they’re out there! 

    Mavis Staples, GPAC, Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., $30 - $75

    Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Mavis Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s in Germantown on Saturday! It’s getting close to a sell out, so snag those tickets asap.

    Memphis 901FC v. New York RedBulls Soccer Game, AutoZone Park, Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m., $10 and up

    GO SPORTS!!! Save some energy on this wild weekend to cheer on the boys in blue at AutoZone Park on Sunday 

    More events are 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

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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
    PATRICIA A Valenza

    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