Memphis in September is jam-packed with all kinds of activities, festivals, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends.
Ongoing Weekly Events:
- Fall Music Series at the Levitt Shell (Free)
- Farmer’s Markets
- 5ks in the 901
- Jimmy Ogle’s Walking Tours (free)
- Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon
- 3Artists1Yard Music Shows (free)
- Co-Motion Classes
- Movie Nights at Beale St Landing (Free)
- Zombie Paintball
- Monday, September 1 – 901 Day
A date on all calendar books, 9.01 also signifies the area code for Memphis. For obvious reasons, Memphians have chosen to celebrate this brilliant federation of great neighborhoods on 9.01. Asking yourself why should you celebrate your city? Read this post and let it sink in; all the amazing things happening in the 901 and all the people working together to make it the place we all love to call home. Then celebrate! Get together with friends, talk with your family about why you love Memphis, eat at your favorite local restaurant, or celebrate with others at a local event. Looking for ideas for things to do on 901 Day? Go here.
- Friday, September 5 – Rock for Love Crosstown Block Party– 5pm – Free
This is the kickoff block party for Rock for Love 8 at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, and the Hi-Tone. There will be food trucks, a hula hoop luau at Co-Motion Studio, a flea market, comedy from Twin Face Kline, an art show, and more. There will also be five music from Mason Jar Fireflies, Caleb Sweazy, The Star Killers,SUPER WITCH, James and The Ultrasounds, Dirty Streets, and much more. Go here for the full lineup, times, and locations.
- Friday, September 5 – Art on Tap at the Dixon – 6-9pm
Experience the first, the original, and the best beer tasting in Memphis. Enjoy unlimited beer samplings from around the world & fabulous food from Rock ‘n’ Dough Pizza, One and Only BBQ, Boscos, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Frost Bake Shop, CFY Catering, and Celtic Crossing.
Tickets: $30 for Dixon members, $40 for non-members, and $40 for event-day tickets. Optional wine tasting by Buster’s Liquors & Wines: Additional $10. Ticket includes admission, beer, food. Ages 21+ (IDs will be checked).
- Friday, September 5 – Opera Memphis Presents: A Tribute to Memphis Arts – Broad Ave – 7pm – Free
Join Opera Memphis as they kick off the first weekend of their annual 30 Days of Opera at the Water Tower Pavilion (2542 Broad). Every year Memphis is blessed with dozens of plays, ballets, musicals and of course, operas. As a tribute to all the artists and organizations who make our city better, Opera Memphis will perform a program of arias and ensembles inspired by the season programming at Playhouse on the Square, New Ballet Ensemble, Theatre Memphis, Ballet Memphis, the MSO and more! This event is free and open to the public. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and food trucks will be on site. Seating will be available but you are welcome to bring your own. This event is family friendly.
- Saturday, September 6 – Rock for Love at Overton Square – 1pm – Free
This is Day Two of Rock for Love 8 and will take place at the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square. The family-friendly day party begins at 1 p.m. with the Stax Music Academy Band, The Mighty Souls Brass Band, kids’ zone and more. Music continues into the evening with the River City tanlines and legendary Black Oak Arkansas. Late night hip hop revue at Hattiloo Theatre hosted by Al Kapone featuring Tori WhoDat, Snipes, Iron Mic Coalition, and DJ Witnesse. Go here for the full lineup, times, and locations.
- Saturday, September 6 – Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition at the HiTone – 8pm
It’s Catfish Music for the Masses as Jimbo Mathus and The Dirty Crooks invade Hi Tone for one night only! It will be a night of authentic Mississippi infused tunes as only Jimbo can deliver…also, a special guest is to be announced.
- Saturday, September 6 – Sunday September 7 – Germantown Festival – Free
One of the longest, continuously run festivals in the area, the 43rd Annual Germantown Festival will once again provide a Free Family Fun Weekend for all. The festival takes place at the Germantown Civic Club Complex (7745 Poplar Pike). There will be arts and crafts, children’s activities, rides and games, live stage entertainment, car exhibits, community displays, the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race and festival foods for all tastes. Admission is free and free shuttle bus service is available from two free parking lots located at Union University, 2745 Hacks Cross Road, and Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), 1801 Exeter road. Go here for more info.
- Sunday, September 7 – Rock for Love at the Levitt Shell – 6pm – Free
- Sunday, September 7 – Hundred Year Dash at Avenue Coffee – 8pm – Free
- Wednesday, September 10-12 – AFJ Annual Conference
Are you a food blogger or writer? You will be happy to know that the Association of Food Journalists is bringing their annual conference to Memphis this year! $405 for current members/$465 for non-members Peabody Memphis will host the conference! Go here for more info.
- September 11-13th – Southern Heritage Classic Weekend – Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is much more than a football game. This annual event is one of the country’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Jackson State University and Tennessee State University to Memphis each September. See the full schedule of events here.
- Friday September 12 – Spillit Story Slam: Freedom – 8pm
Come out for an evening of stories. The theme is Freedom. Yes, it’s a competition but it’s also an opportunity to share five minutes of YOU with a room full of kind folks who appreciate stories. $10 admission at the door, 18+. More details here.
- Friday, September 12 – Take Me To The River Memphis Premier – 7:25pm
The film that’s been stirring audiences at festivals across the country all year long is finally coming home: Martin Shore’s Take Me to the River premieres at the Malco Paradiso in Memphis on Friday. The film will screen throughout the day, including a 7:25 p.m. showing that will be followed by an after-party at The Warehouse featuring performances by Otis Clay & Hi Rhythm plus special guests the Royal Horns, Stax alumni and more. Tickets and showtimes for the film are available through Malco Theaters.
- Saturday, September 13 – Memphis Comic Expo – 10am-7pm
The Memphis Comic Expo is the truest comic convention in the mid-south. They boast a roster of over 40 guests from all over the country as well as a huge array of dealers. Cosplay is encouraged with several prizes for best outfits including $200 cash prize for first place. Special guest Jerry Lawler will have his vintage Batmobile on hand. Go here for updates. Buy tickets at the door for $15/adults, $5/kids ages 6-12, Age 5 and under is free.
- Saturday, September 13 – Cooper Young Festival – All Day – Free
The Cooper Young Festival, one of Memphis’s most anticipated outdoor celebrations is set to come back this fall. The festival will be in its 27th year and is one of the best attended festivals in the city every year. The festival features three different stages for local musicians, hand made local art (such as Funlola’s jewelry and Texstyle), a hip hop movement stage, and a children’s play area. There will also be shuttle service provided from 9am-7 pm. The neighborhood is also set to host a 4 mile race the night before, Friday September 12. Should the festival be rained out, it will be rescheduled for the following day, Sunday September 14. Go here for more info.
- Saturday, September 13 – 3Artists1Yard at Broad Ave – 7pm – Free
Join 3ArtistsOneYard as they bring their community and neighborhood concert series to Broad Avenue and the Water Tower Pavilion (2542 Broad Avenue)
- Hundred Year Dash
- Idle & Wild
- Andrew Elder
- Free and open to the public
- Family friendly
- Mark’s Grill Food Truck
- Beer & Wine available for purchase
- Seating is available, but feel free to bring your own
- Sunday, September 14 – International Hair Fest – 1-5pm
This is the first hair show to take place in Handy Park and will be benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St Jude will have representatives on site for you to donate. Enjoy talent acts, a hair extravaganza, music, fun, freebies, family and vendors from across the city. Admission is a donation to St. Jude.
- Monday, September 15 – A Night of Words and Art at Crosstown Arts – 7:30pm
Come out for an evening of poetry readings, improvisational creations, beer, and book signings. Traci Lavois Thiebaud and Adam J. Maldonado will be reading works from their latest books ‘Camp Big Stick: somebody poisoned the humans’ and ‘Words Inspired by You’ as well as creating on-the-spot poetry at the demands of a loving audience. Not only that, but with a suggested $5 donation you get a cup… that you can put beer in! How cool is that?
- Thursday, September 18th – Art For Jobs – 5- 8pm
- Friday, September 19th – Spillit Center Stage: Redemption – 8-10pm
Seating is limited, arrive early.
Doors 7:30, stories at 8:00. 18+
- September 19th-28th – Hattiloo Presents: Anansi the Spider and The Middle Passage – Free
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30p
Sundays at 3p
At the Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion
Free & Open to the Public
Meet & Greet with cast after the play
Anansi, the celebrated spider from African folklore, tells the story of an African mother and daughter who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. In prison and later on a slave ship coming to America, Shontay’s mother calms her by telling her stories of Anansi and how he inherited the box of stories from Nyame the Sky God. The stories are about the bad things that greed can do and how every one of us is strong, even if we don’t know it. With each story, Anansi springs to life along with the story characters for action-packed, light-hearted adventures.
- September 19-28th – Midsouth Fair – $12/adults, $6/kids and seniors
The Midsouth Fair takes place every year at the Landers Center in Southaven. Go here for more info. (Tip: Admission is free before 2pm on weekdays)
- Saturday, September 20 – 4th Annual Book It 5k – 9 AM – $20
The race will feature a 3.1-mile run/walk for all ages as well as a 200-meter dash for children 10 and under. After the race, there will be food and music – along with face painting and balloon animals by Molly the Clown. Registration for the children’s 200-meter dash is $10. Sign up early by registering today.
- Saturday, September 20 – John Paul Keith & Mark Edgar Stuart – River Series at Harbor Town – 6pm – Free
This is the second of three fall shows at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, located on Mud Island in Harbor Town, across from Miss Cordelia’s and behind the Maria Montessori School. This show will be free to the public, but they will be accepting donations on behalf of the Maria Montessori School. Beer will be available courtesy of Wiseacre Brewery. Food will be available courtesy of Miss Cordelia’s. Proceeds from each will benefit the school. Come enjoy some of the best music going in Memphis in a fantastic setting on the Mississippi River. All ages welcome. Must be 21 to purchase beer. The River Series is curated by Goner Records and Shoulder Tap.
- Saturday, September 20 – Ptolemy Poker Run
Largest fundraising event to support the 2014-15 Children’s Charities of Carnival Memphis (Peer Power, Madonna Learning Center, and Red Zone Ministries). The crawl will start at the Blue Monkey in Midtown roam through Overton Square, ending at Local.
- Sunday, September 21 – Best Memphis Burger Fest – 11am-6pm
It’s time to pull out the grills, pound out the patties and serve up some burgers. Brought to you by Best Memphis Burger Blog and Memphis Paws, Inc., the time has come to find out who really has the the best burger in Memphis. However, this competition isn’t only for restaurants. Anyone with a grill and a great burger can enter, and they’re not leaving Minglewood Hall until they’ve crowned a winner. There will be cooking competitions, burger eating challenges, live music, vendors, food trucks, pet adoption opportunities and more. Your $7 entry fee will benefit three local dog rescue groups. More info here.
- Sunday, September 21 – The North American Vocal Ensemble – 10:15 AM
- Thursday, September 25 – Sunday September 28 – Gonerfest 11
Gonerfest 11, Goner Records‘ eleventh annual international music festival will take place the weekend of September 25-28 and tickets are on sale now. The festival will open and close at the Goner Record Shop gazebo, feature evening shows at the Hi-Tone, a Friday afternoon show at the Buccaneer, and 10 bands playing over the course of Saturday at Murphy’s. More info here.
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- Thursday, September 25 – Bad Religion: New York Times Columnist Ross Douthat – 7 PM
- Thursday, September 25 – Fashion Night Out – 6-8PM
Visit Carriage Crossing for refreshments, prizes, and details about all of the participating stores and Fall fashions.
- Thursday, September 25 – Making Memphis: A Panel Discussion With Memphis Authors – 6-8pm – Free
Join Literacy Mid-South as they kick off the Mid-South Book Festival. Great authors like William Faulkner have written about Memphis since its birth in 1819. Join authors Dan Conaway, Willy Bearden, and Corey Mesler as they discuss their passion for writing about the Home of the Blues. This event is free and open to the public. More info here.
- Friday, September 26 – Memphis Dawls “Rooted In The Bone” Special Local Release Show at The Levitt Shell – 7:30pm – Free
Madjack Records is proud to announce the release of Memphis Dawls, “Rooted In The Bone.” Come out for a special local-only release of the new album at the Levitt Shell.
- Saturday, September 27 – Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival – 11am-4pm
Come out for the 19th Annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival. Kids of all ages look forward to this annual festival of cool treats, awesome entertainment and great outdoor fun. Online advance ticket sales are now closed. Advance tickets are still available at all three Memphis area Yogurt Mountain locations and La Michoacana on Summer Avenue. Children ages 3 and under receive free admission. Go here for more info.
- Saturday, September 27 – The 11th Annual Mid-South Pride Festival and Parade 2014 – 10am-6pm
Every year the LGBT Community along with supporters come together to celebrate Pride in the Mid-South. Alexis Grace, Liz from the morning show and Joe from the afternoon show from Q107.5 will be Emceeing the Parade this year. For more info and updates you can go here.
- Saturday, September 27 – LuvMud 2014 at Shelby Farms Park – 11am
This ain’t just a 5K anymore! This event will also have 12 hours of live music, african drumming, water sports demos with Outdoors Inc. kids activities and much more. The main purpose for this event is to raise funds for the non-profit organization Habitat for Hope. Habitat for Hope supports families with critically and chronically ill children. For the past 6 years Habitat for Hope has been serving families throughout the mid south and across the nation. This is your chance to partner with Habitat for Hope and help families that are in great need. Get more info, sign up your teams, and apply to volunteer here.
- Saturday, September 27 – Soulsville Saturday – 11-4PM – Free
Soulsville is kicking off the beginning of fall with a market in the neighborhood. Shop, eat, listen to live music, and check out the creative goods being offered by Memphis makers for the first ever Soulsville Saturday. Interested in being a vendor? Sign up here.
- Saturday September 27 – Time Warp Drive-In – 7pm-2am
PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE 7 p.m.
BATMAN 8:55 p.m.
BEETLEJUICE 11 p.m.
ED WOOD 12:45 a.m.
Intermissions between movies features MUFF (Memphis Underground Film Festival) with a new short by Keith Krass and Woodsy Smith. Cost is $10/person. Mike McCarthy will screen his short documentary on the Summer Drive-In.