5 Things To Do This Weekend

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Alex Shansky

5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend

 

HAPPENING ALL WEEKEND

Dreamfest Weekend 13, Overton Park Shell, Friday til Sunday, free to attend 

Dreamfest Weekend is a weekend of events dedicated to promoting Memphis Music and artist collaboration. This 3-day event spotlights an impressive array of artists coming together in pursuit of a common goal: the promotion of unity, collaboration and community. Food Trucks available are Stick ‘Em, Smokin’ Hot BBQ, and Green Beetle. Picnic baskets, coolers, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. 

La boheme by Opera Memphis, Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., starting at $45

The most popular work in the history of Opera Memphis returns in a brand new production set in an era when WC Handy and William Grant Still rubbed elbows on Beale Street. This celebration of youth, freedom, and passion inspired Rent, Moulin Rouge, and the questionable life choices of starving artists across the globe. Let it inspire you as well!

Cooper-Young Garden Walk, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $26

The annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk is the largest Mid-South garden walk with 100+ gardens on display in this historic neighborhood. During the two-day event, explore hidden oasis gardens where there will be speakers, musicians, and garden vendors. The Cooper-Young Garden Walk kicks off the 2024 City Wide Garden Walk, a six-week summer event for garden lovers. Your ticket to the Cooper-Young Garden Walk is good for 26 days of garden exploration and inspirations on Thursday-Sunday.



THINGS TO DO ON FRIDAY

Pilates in the Park, River Garden at Mississippi River Park, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., free to attend

Start your weekend off right at free Pilates classes with Ballet Memphis. Please bring an open mind and your own mat/towel and water.

True Crimes of Bygone Times: A Tour of Elmwood Cemetery, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., $20

True crime stories of decades past - that's what we're featuring on this fascinating tour of Elmwood Cemetery. Good walking shoes are recommended for this 90-minute step back in time, given by Elmwood volunteer Sheena Barnett.

An Evening with Matt Wagner and Gene Ha, Black Lodge, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., $42

Memphis Public Libraries' Comic Con this year brings esteemed comic book author Matt Wagner and illustrator Gene Ha to Memphis. The Memphis Library Foundation invites you the night for a special fundraiser event to meet these creators. All proceeds support programming and resources at all Memphis Public Libraries' branches. Admission includes two drink tickets and food.

Music by the Lake, Bartlett Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m., free to attend

It's that time of year again for fantastic tunes and tasty treats! The free outdoor concert series returns for two dates this summer. Grab food from Donna's Kettle Corn, Harry Yo's BBQ, and Mempops and catch Earl "The Pearl" Banks and Memphis Funk-N-Horns.

Overton Square Dance Party: Disney, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., free to attend

Step into the spotlight at the Dance Party in Chimes Square! Expect a rockin’ good time as you and your friends belt out the classics, the latest hits, and everything in between with a free party in Overton Square. The theme is Disney, so be ready to dance your heart out!

STAX: Soulsville U.S.A. Preview, Crosstown Theater, 7 p.m., $20 ($15 for Indie Memphis members)

Join director Jamila Wignot in person for a preview of the first episode of the new HBO docu series STAX: Soulsville U.S.A., followed by a panel discussion with Wignot and key participants. Soulsville, U.S.A. tells the story of an underdog record label comprised of Black and white collaborators who ushered in the groundbreaking, industry-altering soul music of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, The Staple Singers, Sam & Dave and many others that defined a generation. 

Hot Country Rock Duo: BoomTown Saints Live, Lafayette’s Music Room, 7 p.m., $10 cover

With their debut single “All Trucks Go To Heaven” climbing into the top 30 the Billboard charts followed by their sophomore release “Blacktop Don’t” becoming the #1 independent song on country radio for 12 weeks, Boomtown Saints is the next “it” duo in country music.They have developed a reputation across North America for their high energy live shows and have drawn comparisons to the likes of Brooks and Dunn, Big and Rich, and Montgomery Gentry.

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Alex Shansky

THINGS TO DO ON SATURDAY

Comic Con, Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., free to attend

Hey, fans of comics, movies, anime, manga, video games, and pop culture in general! Come check out legendary comic creators Matt Wagner and Gene Ha, as well as more than 50 local vendors selling art, comics, toys, prints, graphic novels, art supplies, knickknacks, and more! Matt and Gene will be signing all day.

DeMoir Books & Things Grand Reopening, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Free to attend

DeMoir Books & Things, the first Black local bookstore in Memphis, is proud to announce that we have moved into a brand new space in the beautiful Downtown Memphis area.

First Annual Uptown Arts Festival, Grind City Brewing Co., Noon - 7 p.m., free to attend, $10 parking

Grind City’s yard will transform into Uptown’s very own art festival. Over 60 local artists and businesses from & near the neighborhood will be selling food, goods, and high-quality art! Experience the neighborhood, local artists, live music, games, and beer of course! 

Bartini Memphis, Greenbelt Park- Harbor Town, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., starting at $25, 21+

Guests will enjoy a multitude of crafted Cocktails from the area's most talented bartenders and Mixologists. In addition, they've added a Flight Making experience, A Mixologist Competition and more seating options. 

Let’s Talk Mental Health, The Culture Collab, 2 p.m., free to attend, 18+

Whether you're seeking guidance, want to be aware about your mental health, decompress or learn about tools to improve your mental health- this event is for you! You are not alone! Come meet like-minded individuals and take a step towards prioritizing your mental well-being. You will be supported by a licensed clinical therapist who will provide encouragement. Snacks will be provided.

NFL Alumni Association Celebrating Memphis in May, 1 P.M. - 5 P.M., Free to attend

A day of free fun, food, entertainment and health screenings where you can also meet former NFL legends: Albert Haynesworth, Brad Hopkins, Delanie Walker and Al Smith.

Paint and Picnic, Overton Park, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., $15-$25

Follow along with artist Jennifer Peete as you paint your own flower pot in Overton Park’s formal gardens. Registration is pay-what-you-can with a suggestion donation of $15-25. 

Movies in the Park- Wonka, Marquette Park, 5:30 p.m., free to attend

Enjoy a chocolate-themed movie experience with plenty of chocolate treats! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show. Snacks and water will be provided.

Jeremy Pinnell Debuts, South Main Sounds, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $15

Jeremy Pinell's South Main Sounds debut. He's described as a "Hardscrabble honky-tonk at its best, nodding to Johnny Cash and Buck Owens in equal measure. Ties of Blood and Affection is a stellar collection that could earn Pinnell comparisons to Sturgill Simpson.”

The Artist Experience, medicine FACTORY, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., $17-$49

Discover a world of artistic wonders as you explore a diverse range of exhibits and interactive installations. From mesmerizing paintings to thought-provoking sculptures, this event celebrates the power of artistic expression. Get ready to unleash your own creativity by participating in hands-on workshops led by skilled artists. Whether you're a seasoned creator or a novice, these workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn new skills and experiment with different art forms.

Time Warp Drive-In- Weird Realms: The Surreal Fantasy Films of the 1980s, Malco Summer Drive-In, 7:30 p.m., $25/car

You’re invited to an evening of strange worlds, fantastic creatures, bold heroes, and epic battles, to go back in time to the decade known for unforgettable, colorful, wonderfully bizarre fantasy films: the ‘80s! There will be 3 PG screenings + retro vintage intermission clips. 

Jumane Smith: Louis! Louis! Louis!, GPAC, 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., $20

Experience the excitement of acclaimed jazz trumpeter, vocalist, and composer—Jumaane Smith as he celebrates the origins of jump blues and jazz in Louis! Louis! Louis! Hear Smith’s thrilling renditions of timeless classics from Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan, along with music he composed especially for this show.

Johnny and the Seagulls, Railgarten, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., $10

Johnny and the Seagulls is a local Memphis band that enjoys long walks on the beach, tropical drinks, and warm weather. Come get smooth.

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THINGS TO DO ON SUNDAY

Swiftie Friendship Bracelet Party, Primas Bakery + Boutique, Noon - 1:30 p.m., $25

Enjoy a fun and festive “Swiftie” theme party at Primas! Each ticket includes 3 mini cakes that you will be able to decorate with edible friendship beads/sprinkles! You’ll also get to create your own real friendship bracelet! They’ll stream the Eras Tour on TV while you decorate.

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour, Orpheum Theatre, 2 p.m., $30.50-$70.50, free for children under 2

So, come on! Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. Will there be monster trucks, excavators, and garbage trucks galore? You bet! So get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party!

‘Marnie’ 60th Anniversary Screening, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., $10/member, $15/non-member

Sixty years after its release, Hitchcock's campy whirlwind 1964 thriller Marnie still captivates audiences with its denouement of the title character, Baltimore’s best-dressed, most intellectual kleptomaniac. Concessions, lunch, and beverages available for purchase in the Cafe.

Red Show Brew, Wiseacre Brewery OG, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., $60

Get ready to lace up your red shoes and tap into a day of fun, brews and community spirit at Red Shoe Brew! Hosted by RMHC-Memphis, this event is a celebration of togetherness and support for families in need. Each ticket includes access to live music, silent auctions, fun drink pull, yard game, McDonald’s, Wiseacre brews, and lots of fun.

Mommy Issues Poetry Slam, Manhattan Sports bAR, 6 P.M. - 9 P.M., sTARTS AT $15

ommy Issues Poetry Slam is an annual spoken word collaboration that captures the different angles of motherhood, angles that parents or outsiders may not always see. Join us for a night of raw and emotional poetry as we explore the complexities of parenthood and family dynamics.

 

ONGOING SHOWS AND EVENTS


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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veena
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
Natasha

So much to do! I love my city ❤❤❤??????

March 18, 2021 1:00am
Michelle

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
Cheryl

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

Hi! 

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
James

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
Paul

You're great! Thanks for this service. 

January 23, 2022 4:03pm
andres

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
Anonymous

Too hot 

July 23, 2022 4:23pm
Zain

Thanks 

September 16, 2022 1:49am
Chasity

Amazing 

September 21, 2022 9:56pm
Larry Richard …

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

November 13, 2022 4:05pm