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Save the Dates: September Events in Memphis

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:

Upcoming Events:

  • 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.

This is the kickoff block party for Rock for Love 8 at Crosstown ArtsAmurica, 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 WITCHJames and The UltrasoundsDirty 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).


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.

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.

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.

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.

This is the final show of Rock For Love, featuring The GriftersImpala, and Mark Edgar Stuart. Go here for the full lineup, times, and locations.

Come catch Hundred Year Dash at Avenue Coffee for a free show! Choose901 will also be on site shooting some video footage for an upcoming video, so come hang out with us!

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Join 3ArtistsOneYard as they bring their community and neighborhood concert series to Broad Avenue and the Water Tower Pavilion (2542 Broad Avenue)

  • Featuring:
    • 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

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.

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?

Free event hosted by Advance Memphis with art in a range of styles and prices.  All proceeds empower Memphians in 38126 to pursue their educational and professional goals as they work toward financial stability. Memphis Made Brewing Company is making a keg of rootbeer and there will be root beer floats and snacks from A Moveable Feast.
Come out for an evening of true stories. The theme for the night is Redemption.
Seating is limited, arrive early.
$10 admission
Doors 7:30, stories at 8:00. 18+
September 19th – 28th, 2014
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)

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 childrens 200-meter dash is $10. Sign up early by registering today. 

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. 

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.

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
The North American Vocal Ensemble (NAVE), directed by Dr. Bonnie Borshay Sneed, will be guest choir at Church of the Holy Communion for the 10:30 Holy Eucharist (Rite II). Music will include choral works of Nystedt, Josquin, Tallis, Byrd, Palestrina, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams, and spirituals by Moses Hogan.
  • 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.

Wanna hear from the guys who started it? Watch the video:


Holy Communion welcomes Ross Douthat to its longstanding speaker series. Douthat is the youngest op-ed columnist in the history of the New York Times, contributing analysis of domestic and international politics and government to the Times editorial pages.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BATMAN 8:55 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.

See something we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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