5 Things To Do This Weekend

September 17 - 19

Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend—plus a few extra ideas

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Masks are required indoors in Shelby County according to the Shelby Co. Health Department. If you’re going somewhere this weekend, please bring your mask and wear it properly! 

Get Vaccinated Right Now, Please!

"Hospital and ICU admissions and deaths continue to increase. Almost all of this is preventable. Please get vaccinated!  For vaccination and testing sites, please check http://Covid19.memphistn.gov" --Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, August 26, 2021

Memphis Skyline at Sunset
Phillip Van Zandt

Head over to the September Live Music Guide for our top picks.

For more, check out the blog's calendar here and submit your own events here.

1. Canoes + Cocktails, Shelby Farms Park, Friday, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., $35  - $75, ages 21 and up

Only two more weeks for Canoes + Cocktails at Shelby Farms! This is the perfect date night idea. Enjoy a guided sunset paddle on Hyde Lake with wonderful sunset views, followed by socially-distanced Old Dominick cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, yard games, and music at Hyde Lake Pavilion. Rent a kayak ($50 single; $75 double), a canoe ($75; holds 2 people), or a stand-up paddleboard ($50), or bring your own boat for $35. 

2. Memphis Redbirds v. Louisville Bats, AutoZone Park, Tuesday through Sunday, times vary, prices vary ($17 and up), all ages/kid-friendly *masks required in all indoor areas per Shelby Co. mandate 

It’s the second-to-last regular season homestead series for our Redbirds, so if you haven’t made it out to the ballgame, now’s the time! There are promotions each day, including throwback jerseys and $2 beer on Thursday, special All-You-Can-Eat tickets on Friday, postgame fireworks on Saturday, and free ice cream for kids on Sunday. Thursday is also Doggie Bag day, so bring your dog to the ballpark and get a surprise giveaway item!

3. Levitt Shell Free Concerts, Overton Park, Saturday, free (donations encouraged), all ages/kid-friendly *masks required yes even outside

This weekend’s Levitt Shell concerts start with zydeco soul songstress Marcella Simien on Friday—the show starts promptly at 7 p.m. (cancelled due to inclement weather).

Saturday is a special show, the Stone Soul Picnic featuring a dozen bands and singing groups, finishing off with the Bar-Kays at 7:50 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and coolers and picnics, or buy food and drink on site. Masks are required and the dancing area is closed this season. I recommend getting there an hour or so early to claim your area. 

4. Live at the Garden, Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday, gates at 6 p.m / show at 8 p.m., $55 + fees, all ages (parental guidance) *masks strongly encouraged

This Friday’s Live at the Garden show headliner is Sheryl Crow so soak up some sunset and bring your chairs, picnic baskets, and bug spray to the Botanic Gardens’ Radians Amphitheater. Masks are required in any indoor spaces, and strongly encouraged outdoors. 

5. Mid-Autumn Festival, Crosstown Concourse, Saturday, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly *masks required per Shelby Co. Health Dept mandate

Vietnamese Association of Memphis and Crosstown Arts host the traditional Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival at Crosstown Concourse with a lantern lighting, moon cakes, live music, Vietnamese food demos, crafts, face painting, and more! More Ideas: 

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Memphis Tigers v Mississippi State Bulldogs, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, 3 p.m., prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly

Cooper Young Fest and a football game on the same day? Wow! Gird your loins for a wild day in Midtown. Masks are required in all indoor areas at the Liberty Bowl and encouraged outdoors, for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

Memphis Made Beer To-Go

Memphis Made Brewing in Cooper Young is not hosting their annual Cooper-“York” Festival because of the pandemic, but will be open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for to-go beer only. Mask up, pick up, and enjoy. Thank you Memphis Made, for making safe decisions! On Saturday, they’ll have deep discounts on cases, and if you make a purchase they’ll also give you a code for six awesome playlists.  

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Cooper-Young Fest 

Cooper Young Fest, Cooper Young, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., free to enter, all age

So. CY Fest is happening this Saturday, September 18. I don’t know if the pandemic surge and full hospitals means that the crowds will be smaller, but usually the event is shoulder-to-shoulder with large crowds by midday, just FYI! (I'm always honest when I bring up something on this here blog, and I won't change that now.)

There WILL be a vaccine station at the edge of the festival at Bluff City Sports 769 S. Cooper Street if for some reason you decided to go to this event unvaccinated. You can go get any of the shots OR THE BOOSTER at this location. 

I recommend going early (9 a.m. when it opens) and wearing a mask even outside. The crowds are too big, even for an outside event, to risk not masking up especially if you are not vaccinated.

I have been to CY fest many times, early, midday, late, and all of the above—and the early morning experience is 100 percent the way to go. Again, let me stress that arriving early is worth it, not only because you may actually be able to spread out a little (social distancing is not possible at this event) but you will miss some of the traffic and chaos from the Memphis 3 p.m. football game!

Shop and support local vendors, grab yourself a Pronto Pup, and stay safe! If you go inside one of the neighborhood’s restaurants or shops, you are required by Shelby Co. Health Dept. to wear a mask. 

Have a great weekend and stay safe! 

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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


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