5 Things To Do This Weekend
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5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend
HAPPENING ALL ALL WEEKEND
This is for the kids and the kiddos at heart! This inflatable obstacle course is all around fun for the whole family. I'd assume it'll be at Wolfchase where they usually set up the fair.
51st Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park, Friday til Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $3-$18, all ages
Did you know the Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair benefits MoSH? Expect nearly 150 artists from around the country so you can explore a variety of eclectic pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, leatherwork, sculpture, woven goods and so much more.
Memphis Comic Expo, Agricenter International, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., ticket prices vary, all ages
Memphis Comic Expo is the largest comic-creator focused convention in the Mid-South. Over 120 comic artists, writers, handmade artisans, plus a few voice actors. Meet Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles along with many big-name comic creators. A family-friendly event with something for everyone.
THINGS TO DO ON FRIDAY
Live Cooking Demonstration with Chloe Joy Sexton, Restaurant Iris, 6:30 p.m., $75 in person, $23.99 virtual
This cooking demonstration is in honor of her book ‘Big Yum: Supersized Cookies For Over-The-Top Cravings.’ You can purchase an in person ticket that includes an intimate two-course dinner and desserts, copy of Chloe Joy Sexton’s book, and more.
Parties at the Pyramid, Mississippi Terrace at Big Cypress Lodge, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., free before 7 p.m., $10 after 7 p.m., 21+
You might see me here this weekend, I have a blast at these parties! Get a rooftop view of the Memphis skyline on an exclusive patio. Be prepared for DJ performances, drink specials, and lots more.
Jeremie Albino’s grainy ballads are inflected with a joyous tenor that has found him a distinct space in the world of Americana, folk, blues, and country. As always, picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome while listening to the sounds of music.
Rent a canoe, kayak or bring your own boat and enjoy the best views of the Memphis sunset with a guided paddle on the iconic Hyde Lake followed by snacks, specialty cocktails provided by Old Dominick Distillery, yard games and more. Canoes don’t float your boat? No problem! Purchase a “Party Only” ticket and enjoy the fun that happens after the guided paddle.
Ben Ricketts and the Vanishing Imaginary Orchestra, The Green Room at Crosstown Arts, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., $15/ adv, $20/door
Ben Ricketts is a composer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, and educator based in Memphis, Tennessee. For this performance, Ricketts will be joined by the Vanishing Imaginary Orchestra, a small ensemble. This performance ensemble recreates and reimagines songs from Ricketts’ wide-ranging catalog, bringing them to life with a mix of tight arrangements, adventurous improvisation, and expansive audio exploration.
Chris Tucker is an internationally recognized, award-winning actor, producer and comedian. He is best known for his role of Detective James Carter in the blockbuster Rush Hour action-comedy film franchise, starring opposite Jackie Chan. Note this is a cell phone free event, so you can enjoy your night unplugged.
Hey there, Barbies! Calling all Kens! You’re invited to get plastic and throw down on the dreamhouse dance floor, as Black Lodge goes pink for The Barbie Rave! DJs will keep the music going all night, and Barbie visual insanity on the big screens! There will be a special photo booth for capturing your doll perfection, so come dressed in your best outfits.
THINGS TO DO ON SATURDAY
Join Ayanna for free yoga instruction under the Sunset Canopy of Tom Lee Park. All experience levels are welcomed. Please bring your own mat/towel and enjoy the serene riverfront views.
High Points Arts Fair, The Point (corner of Johnwood Drive and High Point Terrace), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Just your typical craft fair featuring a large gathering of artists and artisans, offering such treasures as handmade goods, beautiful wood work, locally made breads, preserves, fine jewelry, paintings, metal work, and more!
Shake up your Saturday with a free Zumba class taught by the energetic David Quarles. Be sure to grab your spot - space is limited and registration is required to attend.
Our Stories Matter Laps-for Literacy, Raleigh Springs Civic Center, 10 a.m. - noon, $25/adult, $15/youth, all ages
The Our Stories Matter Laps-for-Literacy is a fundraiser hosted by Black Children’s Books and Authors, which promotes awareness of children’s and young adult literature by Black authors. Walk around the park at the new Raleigh Springs Civic Center Walking Trail, the location of the old Raleigh Springs Mall. BCBA welcomes everyone, all book lovers, and those who want to spread the joy of reading to children and teens!
The Shops at Carriage Crossing recently launched a business incubator program, Pop Local, to offer free retail space to local entrepreneurs. Head on out to the Showcase Day, where finalists of the small business competition will display their goods and services for the public to shop and enjoy.
This year's WLOK Stone Soul Picnic will be a big indoor picnic, filled with the best gospel music. You'll find great food and great gospel music from a variety of performers and groups. This show is free–no tickets required.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Latin Fest is a family-oriented Latin festival that provides a place to gather with family and friends to listen and dance to live Latin music, taste some Latin food and drinks, also crafts, vendors, and fun for everyone.
This is a fun and easy way to try out partnership dancing, and you'll leave knowing a few basic steps. It's equally enjoyable as a date night, group outing, or solo adventure. Instructions are kept simple, so don't worry if you have two left feet. No partner or experience necessary, and you don't have to register ahead of time.
The annual Country Blues festival is returning to Overton Park Shell this year with some additional programming. Head to the lawn as the evening starts with the sounds of Alvin Youngblood Hart followed by the official presentation of the Shell’s blues marker. Then stick around because the night will only grow in energy as the headliner, North Mississippi Allstars, makes their way to the stage to honor the history of this Shell event.
Spend an evening with a true Broadway legend as three-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone performs her concert, Don’t Monkey with Broadway. Tickets are looking a little scarce, so grab yours ASAP!
THINGS TO DO ON SUNDAY
Get ready for an afternoon of great shopping. Support local small businesses – there will be a variety of goodies to dabble in. Crumpy's Jr food truck will also be onsite.
Intro to Graffiti and Basics of Using Spray Cans Workshop, The Ravine Park (484 Union Ave), Noon - 3 p.m., $15-$30, all ages
Get ready to unleash your inner artist and join David Yancy III for a thrilling team building workshop. Starting with a fascinating introduction to Graffiti and the basics of using spray cans, you’ll be guided through the process of creating your own masterpiece on the wall. You'll learn how to structure letters, apply traditional graffiti techniques, and fill them in with captivating colors. This workshop is very beginner friendly.
Primas always has the cutest themes for these decorating parties. This one is right in time for spooky season! Each Ticket includes 1 Ghostbusters-Themed Cookie Decorating Kit— Cookie Decorating Kit includes 1 dozen shortbread cookies, 4 piping bags filled with colorful vanilla buttercream, & two sprinkle sets.
Celebrate the birthday of the host, Justin Coleman. They’re coming at you with dope energy and performances from many of your favorite acts from the past year! DJ Kolossus will be in the mix keeping the energy right all night.
ONGOING SHOWS AND EVENTS
- America At The Crossroads: The GUITAR And A Changing Nation at MoSH
- Food Truck Fridays in Health Sciences Park
- Canoes + Cocktails at Shelby Farms Park
- 365 Things to Do in Memphis #273: Get Lost in the Mid-South Maze
More events are happening this weekend — scroll through them on the blog’s calendar!
Veena, I love this challenge! What a great idea.
So much to do! I love my city ❤❤❤??????
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?
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.
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!
You're so welcome!!
Teri J Mason
So glad you do this!
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!
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.
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!
PATRICIA A Valenza
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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!
Larry Richard …
Pearl's for Smoked Oysters or Gus's Fried Chicken.