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Choose901 Staff Picks: How to Spend Your Fall in Memphis

The leaves are falling, the moon clocks in early, and the temps are anywhere between 65 degrees and 23. It’s fall in Memphis and even though the elements are unpredictable, there’s one thing we know for sure: we all have something that we look forward to – and no, we don’t mean the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Whether it be a place, an event, a treat, or tradition, there are plenty of ways to “fall” in love with Memphis, and we thought we’d share ours with you:

Novel Memphis

Photo: Amanda Hill

MichelleNothing can top stopping by Novel on a cold winter day to peruse newly released books, and it is always fun to see the new yearly planners. After Novel, catch a class at Hot Yoga Plus to warm up and destress from all of the holiday hustle and bustle. Lastly, top off your afternoon with happy hour at Hopdoddy on the way home, because you deserve it.

Photo by Crosstown Brewing Company

KeithAs the days get darker, so do the seasonal beers! The breweries around town are pumping out beers that’ll keep you warm and satisfied for that fall feels. Don’t miss Tator from Crosstown Brewing Company. If dry and roasty is your thing, hit up Wiseacre for Comfort Hunter, their dry stout. Also, while Fireside from Memphis Made and Broad Hammer from Meddlesome are year-round, fall is the time that those beers really shine.

LornaWhen it starts to get cold, I love to snuggle up near one of the outdoor heaters on Celtic Crossing‘s patio. The patio makes for great people watching on Cooper; and because it IS an Irish pub, there’s plenty of whiskey to keep you warm, too.

Photo by Allison Chen

Shelby Even though you can go to both of these locations during any time of the year, Molly Fontaines Lounge and Paula Raifords Disco during the holiday season are unmatched. Everyone’s all gussied up in their jewel tones and sparkles, and either getting pre-litty with fancy drinks at MF before the festive shindig or basking in the glow of the PR disco ball after the damage has been done.

LisaI look forward to layering up and hanging out at Carolina Watershed before it gets too cold. It’s super cute out back with the waterfall and feels more intimate than the other places in town with a similar concept. The snacks are pretty great, too.

Photo by Carolina Watershed (Cobb Salad and Pork Belly BLT)

KateMeeman-Shelby Forest State Park is a fifteen to twenty-minute drive from most parts of Memphis, but it feels like you’ve gone much further. Take your bike and hit the trails, or just take a walk and enjoy the leaves. On your way back to town, hit the Shelby Forest General Store for a burger and a Cheerwine, and live music if you time it right.

Photo by Kate Lareau

Jeff: A favorite fall thing of mine is to drive around town to see Memphis’ beautiful trees. When I moved to Memphis in 2012, my roommate and I would take Walnut Grove all the way to Shelby Farms Park to play disc golf. Walnut Grove & the Parkways are some of the best places to see the leaves change (from a car anyway).

AmandaWhat I love about this season in Memphis is enjoying a stout from one of the local breweries, or a dirty chai latte from one of the local coffee shops. The weather in Memphis can change fast, so I try to make sure to get outside as much as possible when the weather is nice and take a walk through Overton Park or spend the afternoon at Shelby Farms Park. I also try to start my holiday shopping as early as I can by checking the local art markets and pop up shops around town. I also highly suggest checking out Nut Remix by New Ballet Ensemble, seeing the holiday lights at Crosstown Concourse and Shelby Farms Park, and checking out a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game.

Photo by Crosstown Concourse

Lauren: For years Riverside Drive has been a place that people gather to hang out and exercise. Many Memphis summers are scorching, so I love the anticipation of cozying up with a warm drink near the river when the temperature is just right!

Travis: You’ve gotta start your Saturday morning brewing some French Truck coffee in the Chemex, head to the canopy of Overton Park to walk the dogs, and then make your way to Elwood’s Shack to eat fish tacos and drink Wiseacre on the patio. That’s just the way it is.

Luke: Basketball returns! Memphis is the home of hoops and every October and November the Grizzlies and Tigers rise again at the FedEx Forum, kicking off an incredible series of basketball months in Memphis that gets us all the way to the next best month of the year in Memphis, May.

What are some of your fall favorites? Let us know in the comments!