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Save the Dates: November Events in Memphis

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November in Memphis means the holidays are here! There’s plenty of festivals, art shows, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends.

Ongoing Events:

Upcoming Events:

President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will be in town for a one-day build with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

ArtsMemphis, an organization that thrives on advocating for the arts, has started Pitch-Your-Peers as a way to garner support around arts organizations. Five individuals will have five minutes to pitch their need (think rehearsal space, costumes, technology, or administrative services). Come out and support the arts in Memphis! RSVPs encouraged here.

For the month of November you can celebrate the start of Indie Memphis week by playing Superhero Movie Trivia with Kevin Cerrito presented by Indie Memphis on Monday, Nov 2 (8-10pm) at Schweinehaus in Overton Square or on Thursday, Nov 5 at The Green Beetle on South Main (just a block away from new Indie Memphis venue- the Holloran Center). Free to play. No RSVP needed. Note: All teams and individuals who play Superhero Movie Trivia on Monday are not eligible to compete on Thursday.

The 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is held at a variety of locations both Downtown and Midtown including the Orpheum’s new Halloran Centre, Malco Studio on the Square, Circuit Playhouse and weekend panels at Hattiloo Theatre.  That’s eight straight days of films to watch on the big screen, directors to mingle with, parties to attend, panels to soak in, live music to listen to, and much, much more! Go here for more info and to get tickets.

Celebrate the Open House of Memphis’ only Dessert Lounge!

Join Memphis Reads for the climactic event of the month to hear from author Dave Eggers and “What is the What” protaganist Valentino Achak Deng! After the lecture Dave Eggers will hold a book signing for guests.

West Tennessee Young Leadership Committee has teamed up with local breweries to form the second Brew for a Cure to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as they help those with type 1 diabetes. You can enjoy great beer, great food, and great music while assisting JDRF in their efforts to fund research to cure type 1 diabetes. Local breweries providing drinks for the night include Bernoulli Brew Werks, High Cotton Brewing Co, Memphis Made Brewing Company, Ghost River Brewing, and Sweet Water Brewing. Food will be provided by Arcade, Ciao Bella, La Hacienda, One and Only BBQ, Tzaiki’s, and Woodridge Farms. You can also enjoy live music by The Super 5. And you can bid on items during a silent auction. Dress for a Friday night out. And remember to tip your bartender. You can also purchase JDRF Brew for a Cure t-shirts and mugs for $8 a mug, $20 a t-shirt, and $25 for a combo. Get your specialty items here. Get your tickets here.

Celebrate the lighting of the water tower at 7pm, but enjoy the fun starting at 5pm. Exhibits will include more than 70 artists. Ghost Town Blues Band will perform at the Water Tower Pavilion. Event is free and open to the public. Food and drink available for purchase.

It’s a competition but also an opportunity to share five minutes of you with a room full of kind folks who appreciate stories. If you want to tell your five minute story, you’ll drop your name in the bucket. They’ll draw up to ten names and each person has five minutes to tell their story. Three judges score the stories on a scale of 1-10 based on content and presentation. No props or notes are allowed. After basking in triumphant glory, the winner is invited to compete in the Story Grand Slam November 20, 2015 for the title of Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis.

  • Saturday, Nov 7 – Tech Camp – 8:30am-4pm – $10

This year’s Tech Camp has a great lineup of speakers, and lots of opportunities to meet some great people in the Memphis Technology Community. Go here for the schedule.

  • Saturday, Nov 7 – India Fest – 10am – 8pm – $5

Enjoy authentic Indian food, cultural performances, Bollywood dancing, Indian apparel and accessories, and more.

Celebrate the kickoff of Miss Cordelia’s Saturday Market series with the launch of their new growler station, local food and beer sampling, pop-up retail, and food specials.

  • Saturday, Nov 7 – MALTED – 1pm-9pm – Free

Celebrate Memphis Made Brewing Company’s 2nd Birthday! This event will feature several big malty beers, including Nut ReMix, Junt, Fireside, Drew’s Day Off and other limited releases. There will be local music from Tony Manard, Caleb Sweazy and DEVIL TRAIN throughout the day while Gourmade and Sushi Jimmi will be in the parking lot to make sure no one goes hungry. As a special bonus, Cooper-Young neighbors at New Ballet Ensemble and School will do a preview of Nut ReMix, their critically-acclaimed interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker which they perform each year at the Cannon Center. Finally, they’ll be giving away 16 oz. Belgian-style MALTED glasses to the first 50 customers. There will be other giveaways as well.

Crosstown Arts, the UrbanArt Commission and ArtsMemphis are partnering to present a multi-venue exhibition and programming series throughout 2015 to acknowledge public art makers in Memphis. The series will collectively recognize and share the work of artists who have participated in Memphis’ public art projects and initiatives, including the studio work (non-public art projects) of these artists, as well as insight into their processes and involvement in creating public art projects from conception to completion. The exhibition and ongoing events of Public/Art/ists not only act as a connection point to these artists, but also reveal the multiple facets of these artists’ practices in the community. UrbanArt Commission will host part III of Public/Art/ists, sharing the outdoor installation of 3 artists who have made contributions to Memphis’ urban landscape: Vitus Shell, Terri Jones, Christopher Reyes.

This annual fundraiser includes great food and beverages, live music, live & silent auctions, a photobooth, and more. Get your tickets here.

For one night only adults will be allowed in Cloud901. The event will include a DJ on the Performance Stage, gaming in the Gaming Zone, bar at Tool Check out (beer, wine, specialty drink), food by Felcia Suzanne’s in the Play Café and Dream Store, palm reading in the Dream Catcher space, film screening in the Lounge, a selfie station and vlogging in the Video Production Lab, music in the Audio Lab, art project in the Studio, 3D printers/laser cutter demos at the Maker Space, and more. All proceeds will benefit the Memphis Public Library.

Participating restaurants during Downtown Dining Week will have $10.15 lunch specials and dinner specials for $20.15 (not including gratuity). The variety of restaurants is pretty amazing so any foodie or any human being for that matter will be in heaven during this festive week of dining out. Go here for more info.

  • Tuesday, Nov 10 – Corrections – 6pm-8pm – Free

Join Just City in partnership with Advance Memphis for their second show of the season, “Corrections.” This performance will seek to broaden the framework through which our society is restored and/or corrected. Admission is free, but donations for Just City’s Clean Slate Fund are welcomed and encouraged at the door.

November 11th is Veteran’s Day and to celebrate, we want to deck out the FedEx Forum in camo. We have limited edition Choose901 camo shirts for PRESALE. They will need to be picked up the week of the 11th. We will be in touch with options for pickup. Presale shirts will not be shipped. Proceeds from these shirts will be donated to assisting veterans.

This annual event is a great place to pick up a unique handmade gift for someone on your holiday shopping list. They are celebrating their 15th year of being the only exclusive shopping experience that makes an impact in the Memphis community. Every ticket purchased promotes the Junior League of Memphis mission to support the community by improving the lives of women and children in need. General shopping is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket on Friday, November 13th & Saturday, November 14th 9am-5pm. Three special events

  • Girls Night Out : Thursday, November 12th from 6-9PM
    – Spend the night shopping with your friends. Live music, exclusive Southern boutique shopping, and some sips and noshes to get you through the night. Be the first to shop among all the great vendors!
  • Marketplace Morning : Friday, November 13th 9-10:30AM
    – Enjoy a Shopping Power Hour. This event features many of our vendors offering their exclusive items at 10% off. It won’t last long so shop early! And to keep your energy high, we will feature mimosa and small sweets.
  • Saturday with Santa : Saturday, November 14th 9-11AM
    – This is a must for your Holiday cards, sharing on Facebook, and to send to the grandparents. Bring your little ones to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa and stay to shop! Your ticket is good for all day shopping, so you can even drop the kids off and come back to shop!
  • Merry Marketplace features more than 60 merchants from the local and surrounding communities selling high-end gift items such as clothing, art, jewelry, housewares, holiday decorations, gourmet food items and much more.

Join the 387 Pantry and Wilson Gardens for a mid-week popup farmers market! Fuel Food Truck will be onsite slinging their goodness too. Pick up some beautiful produce, have dinner with Fuel Food Truck, and browse all of the goodies in the pantry.

Enjoy this free collaboration tasting with Memphis Made and Ghost River.

Enjoy this free curated exhibition and sale of handmade arts and crafts talented craft vendors located on Autumn Ave and N. Watkins Street in the parking lot behind Crosstown Arts. Vendors, showcase your wares for a fun afternoon of holiday shopping. Guests will enjoy handmade arts and crafts shopping opportunities as well as a great selection of beers available for purchase to stoke shopping spirits. Food will also be available for purchase. They’ll have a special kids play area as well. This event supports Crosstown Arts.

This annual event benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and will be held through December 31st at the Pink Palace Museum. Children of all ages will be charmed by the animated characters set in the magical snowy setting of Enchanted Forest. Teddy bears beckon, elves are busy at work and penguins play in the snow.  Santa cheerfully greets guests at the end of the Forest and poses for holiday photos. You’ll love strolling through the avenues of beautifully decorated trees which glisten throughout the Pink Palace Museum. The trees have been generously sponsored by area businesses and individuals and you’re sure to find a favorite. Thousands of twinkling lights will dazzle your youngster as will the miniature train chugging through the Gingerbread Village and the charming array of furry Penguin Pals in the Penguin Pond. Santa Claus will be attending the grand opening, and it’s a spectacle you won’t want to miss. Santa is flown in by Pedi-Flite and lands on the front lawn of the Pink Palace. Hours are: Monday – Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm.

It’s time for Shangri-La’s final purge of the year! There will be thousands of bargain LPs and CDs (many for $1 or less), live music starting at 2pm, and specials all day in the store.

The auction will take place at Amurica (410 N. Cleveland). Tables will be open for bids until 8:30. Music starts at 9pm. Every fall since 1997 this event has celebrated diversity and has raised funds to offset tuition dollars awarded in scholarships.

Taste the Flavors was founded by University of Memphis student and Whitney Entertainment Brokers co-owner Stephen Whitney in 2014. This innovative charity event is an enjoyable vehicle to increase the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee’s outreach in a new market, showcase craft beer to a new market, while also educating the community about this painful and deadly disease. The event will debut a wide variety of craft beer brands and styles along with food from some of Memphis’ finest restaurants, creating an all-you-can-eat-and-drink pairing for the ages. See all the beer and food donors and get tickets here.

The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters© Jamie & Adam Unleashed,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters©, promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. Fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science. “MythBusters© Jamie & Adam Unleashed” brings you face to face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. Get tickets here.

Ring in a new era at Christian Brothers University by enjoying a festive charitable event in tribute to the history of Lasallian and Catholic education in Memphis. Since all proceeds support CBU’s academic programs and scholarships, it’s a great way to invest in the future of the students and community. As the first college established in Memphis, CBU is dedicated to improving the city through its programs and academic opportunities. On average, 76% of graduates stay in the Memphis-area to work, serve, and lead after earning a degree from Christian Brothers University. Part of the program will also be set aside to honor several Memphis leaders who have spent much of their lives trying to advance education for students in the Bluff City.

Enjoy a Sunday Funday at the High Cotton Brewery and shop from talented local artists: Amy Hartelust Fine Art, Billy Moore Folk Art, David Butler Art, Don’t Blink, Dorothy Art, ebw artwork, Get Arch’d, Hillary Butler Fine Art, Liana Kangas, M.Russell Art, Mary Claire White Candle Co., Paper&Clay, and Question the Answer. This event is curated by Dorothy Art. Also enjoy $3.50 pint specials and Gourmade Food Truck.

Headliner Monty Mitchell, host Derek D-roc Smith, and featuring Tommy F. Oler, Valerie Alive, James Powell, Thaddeus TJ Jones, and Hunter Also Sandlin.

Calling all who work in the beer and restaurant industry:  Wiseacre is opening just for you and offering a free education class with beer discounts.  The education portion will include a tour and presentation outlining how beer gas effects beer flavor and your bottom line, as well as troubleshooting draft systems.  The tour and presentation will begin at 5:30 pm but be sure to stick around for the showing of the Grizz game at 7.  They will have a food truck on-site and accept both cash and credit for the evening. This class is free for those who work in the beer or restaurant industry.  Walk-in are welcome, however, tours are capped at 4o, so priority will be given to those who sign-up online.

Illustrator and animator, Christian Robinson, will be visiting the Carpenter Art Garden November 17-18. It’s the perfect time for this super talented guest to visit the Mid-South because November is Picture Book Month. This celebrated artist has worked with the likes of Pixar and Sesame Street. The goal of the Carpenter Art Garden is to to transform a blighted lot into a place of beauty by teaming up with some of the children, adults and local artists of the Binghampton community. Go here for more info.

Help assemble care packets for the homeless and kick off the Holiday season by not being a Scrooge.

This year’s event will be held at Propcellar and will feature a cocktail hour during the auction portion of the evening. I have attached our graphic which contains more details about the event. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here.

For decades after the abolition of slavery, business interests conspired with the Southern criminal justice system to imprison African Americans through immoral practices as a means of filling the labor void. Hear how this practice continues to shape our nation today. Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Location: Michael D. Rose Theatre (470 University St. 38152).

United Housing is hosting a public event at High Cotton Brewing Co. to commemorate its 21st anniversary of providing homeownership services to Memphians. Doors open at 5pm when you’ll be able to purchase a beer for $3.50 and enjoy food from Gourmade Food Truck. The best part? 100% of the beer proceeds and 10% of food sales will benefit United Housing. A short program will begin at 6pm when UHI Executive Director Tim Bolding and Board Chair Venita Doggett will say a few words about the organization’s successful two decades in the Memphis area. IBERIABANK is the presenting sponsor.

Enjoy 3 days of total comic overload. Don’t miss your chance to meet John deLancie, the Legendary Q from Star Trek, and the voice of Discord from My Little Pony. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

It’s the GRAND SLAM of 2015! Winners from each Spillit Story Slam from 2015 take the stage to share their six minute Memphis themed story and compete for the title of Spillit Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis, 2015. The stellar lineup of storytellers include: Elaine Blanchard, Fitz Dearmore, Sarla Nichols, Kyle Statham, Floyd Brummett, Paul Arnett, Sean Mosley, Sarah Glaser. $10 Admission is paid at the door. No advance tickets. Doors at 6:30, Stories at 7:00.

In this modern day ballet, set on Beale Street, the traditional Tchaikovsky score bends and bows to multi-cultural and contemporary rhythms as an exciting Hip Hop battle erupts, resolving peacefully as snow descends on Memphis. The Memphis Symphony plays a LIVE Tchaikovsky Hip Hop Battle, scored by Memphis artist, Sam Shoup, original Flamenco and adapted Irish music by Roy Brewer AND Booker T’s GREEN ONIONS! Who could ask for more? Performances are: Friday 11/20 at 7:30pm, Saturday 11/21 at 5:30pm and Sunday 11/22 at 2:30pm.

See Shelby Farms Park shine at the biggest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South from November 20-December 27! To save time in line, pre-purchase tickets online. All proceeds benefit Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.

This month’s contenders: Coming back after a dominate win in October is Amanda Walker, can she be the first 2-time winner? From Nashville, killer comic Brad Sativa. Coming all the way from Atlanta is Memphis Comedy Fest Alum, Oliva Cathcart. Funniest Person in Memphis 2013 winner Rob Love. Another Nashville comedian joins the ranks as well, Narado Moore. And finally Memphis Improvisor and Chuckles Comedy House regular, LaToya Polk.

Join the 387 Pantry and Pigasus Meats for an evening dedicated to the beauty of cured pork and aged whiskey. Jonathan Burlison of Memphis’ own Pigasus Cured Meats will teach the basics of cured meats, and more specifically, the secrets to his incredible bacon. With the knowledge learned, those in attendance should be able to successfully cure their own bacon at home to give as gifts for the holidays, impress dinner guests, and enjoy the hobby of home curing. The class will begin sharply at 6:30 pm with a bourbon tasting and discussion of the pairing qualities between bourbon whiskey and cured pork. Each attendee will receive a pound of Pigasus bacon to take home. This event is limited to 18 participants and advance ticket purchase is required.

Gather your friends and family for a trip to Tom’s Farm in Rossville, TN. They’re giving back and giving thanks with an items drive for those in need. You can also enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, and bonfires with roasted marshmallows and hot dogs. You are encouraged to bring a camping chair and any other drinks or snacks your family will need. RSVPs are encouraged.

Ignite returns with the same passion, enlightenment, and entertainment. Twelve Memphians will talk on different subjects. The talks last 5-minutes each and are sure to capture your attention. This event will take place at the newly renovated Halloran center. More details to come.

  • Thursday, Nov. 26th – Thanksgiving Day

Stay tuned for more info on special events.

North Mississippi Allstars with special guest Jim Lauderdale and The South Memphis Allstars. Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm. All ages.

Santa Rick will once again be visiting the beautiful City of Collierville, TN on Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, Dec. 12th and Dec. 19th, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm each date. Bring the children of all ages, along with your Christmas wishlist to give to Santa. This will be in the pavilion on the Historic Town Square so feel free to take all the photos you want so bring your camera and don’t forget to visit the shops around the square.

This 5k will benefit Memphis Recovery Centers’ Youth Program and In-House School, Transitions Learning Center. Pre-Register by November 15th for your Brooks Long-Sleeve Podium Tech Shirt (Cotton Shirts only after 11/15).

Enjoy an afternoon of burlesque! Arrive early for some outdoor pre show entertainment. Raffle will be available with proceeds to benefit the Mid South Food Bank and a Shimmy Contest at intermission. Featuring performances by: Cherie Cheezcake, Kissame Suga, Requi Emma, Bre Von Buxom, Mai Oui, Riveting Rosie, Vivica Noir, Somerset O’Neil, Rie Wine and hosted by Katrina Coleman.

Looking for holiday events? Here is our ultimate holiday guide.

See an event we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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