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November in Memphis 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:

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This is the Memphis Farmer’s Market’s largest fundraiser of the year, and this year’s event is going be extraordinary. There will be delicious food from area restaurants and MFM vendors, live and silent auctions, a Boots & Buckles contest, a cake and wine walk and live music from Star & Micey. Tickets are $50 at the door, Kids 13 and younger are $20, Kids 6 and younger are free.

Join the Overton Park Conservancy on November 1 from 6-9pm for the third annual A Magical Night at Overton Park. You will experience treats and libations, live music and dancing, and see the park at night with dramatic lighting and decor. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Overton Park Conservancy and have, in the past, supported projects such as the Bike Gate, the Rainbow Lake Playground, and ongoing park maintenance. Get tickets here.

Join in the traditional celebration honoring passed loved ones at El Mercadito de Memphis (3766 Ridgeway Rd) from 1-7pm. There is no cover and all ages are welcome. There will be music, poetry, art, dancing, and more.

This will be an entertaining and educational afternoon for the entire family. Learn about mourning rituals practiced in early Memphis. You will also take a special tour of the mansion’s mourning exhibits and hear stories of the family members who lived and passed away in the mansion. The mansion will be set for teatime during the mourning period in the traditional manner. Suggested donation $20. Reserve your place by calling 901-526-1469 or for more information email wfhouse@bellsouth.net  Advance reservations are required.

This is the fourth installment of a fun ukulele lesson series. These group ukulele lessons are held at Amurica in Crosstown. These lessons are progressive lessons over a 4 week period. At the end of the lesson series, there will be optional performance opportunities. These lessons are for grown folk, teens & tweens. $40 up front gets you 4 weeks of lessons. Pay week by week and it’s $12 per lesson. Go here for more info.

For $7 you can see some this comedy show hosted by Katrina Coleman and Joshua McLane. This show is 21+. More info here.

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum will host the annual induction ceremony on November 6th, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts starting at 7pm. Tribute performances by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of Sam & Dave will tribute Ann Peebles; six-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally will honor Jesse Winchester; Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle will pay tribute to Carl Perkins; Grand Ole Opry member B.J. Thomas will tribute Chips Moman; Big Star revival members Jon Auer of The Posies, Ken Stringfellow of R.E.M., and the only living original member of the band Jody Stephens will tribute both Big Star and Ardent Studios founder John Fry; Al Kapone and William Bell will honor former Stax Records chief Al Bell; and to top it all of the ceremony will be hosted by comedy great, Marlon Wayans! More info here.

Thursday November 6, the businesses of Cooper Young will host November’s Thursday Night Out. The fun begins at 5PM with music, art shows, free refreshments, drawings, discounts, and more. Go here for the full lineup.

The artists of the Art Factory (777 S Cox St, 38104) are opening their doors for an evening of perusing, conversation, and sharing. Check out what they’ve been working on, purchase some work, and support a great combination of local, Memphis artists!

The annual Fall Art Walk on Broad Ave is a celebration of art and neighborhood featuring works by more than 100 visual artists, music, dance and spoken word performances, and artists’ demonstrations.  Check out the newest businesses to open on Broad (20Twelve and Bounty, and preview City & State which will open in January).  Collage Dance Youth Ensemble, who call Broad Avenue home, will be performing at the Water Tower Pavilion (7:30PM.). This event is free and open to the public. Free parking available at the Power & Tel parking lot, Northwest corner of Broad at Bingham.  Email sara@broadavearts.com for volunteer opportunities.

Memphis’ most exciting party of the year is coming November 7th to Playhouse on the Square! This year, Playhouse’s annual fundraiser is celebrating our home, Memphis. Curtain Up will feature all things Memphis. Tickets are $75 and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Playhouse on the Square. More info here.

Entrepreneurial Women & Men come together to pitch their ideas & build new startups. Get tickets and more info here.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova will host the Third Annual Firefighters Mustache Bash, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the American Lung Association. Entry is free, and there will be a silent auction, door prizes and – of course – a mustache competition! (The event stems from a tradition in which firefighters grew mustaches to protect themselves from smoke inhalation before the invention of the masks and other gear they have today.)

Old, adopted doors are given a new life as works of art, coffee tables, wine chests, and whatever else creative minds envision to benefit Memphis Heritage. This event takes place at Howard Hall (2282 Madison). Go here for more info and tickets.

Pyramid Vodka is allowing this event’s attendees to be among the first to partake and party in their new distillery. The drinks will be flowing while being infused with vodka made of the sweetest water on Earth, with music,dancing, food and fellowship! Active duty, veterans, Guardsmen, Reservists and civilians are welcome. All proceeds will go to FRAGO. Tickets are $20 and be purchased here.

Streetdog Foundation presents the 2nd annual HOWL at the MOON. 100% of the money raised at this event goes to help support Streetdog’s mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the stray and abandoned dogs on the streets of the Memphis area! This event is 18+ only. Get tickets here.

Take an exclusive tour of the mansion, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, two complimentary drinks, and auction items.  Admission is $25. Go here for more info and a list of auction items.

This is the longest-running cyclocross bike race in the US and includes challenging off-road terrain and barricades that require dismounts and expert maneuvering. You can watch for free. Registration is at 8am. More info here.

The Harahan Bridge has been a beloved fixture of the TN/Arkansas riverfront for nearly 100 years. Although time and progress have diminished its role, we now have the opportunity to bring new life to this icon. Come out to celebrate the beginning of this renovation as part of the Big River Crossing and Main-to-Main project. The bridge will be transformed into a bike/pedestrian path connecting downtown Memphis to West Memphis.

Memphis Made Brewing Company will host a little sneak preview of their new tap room at 768 Cooper St. on Nov. 10. from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. with the Church Health Center at an event called Progress on Tap. Everyone will get the chance to vote as soon as they arrive on three potential projects to make a difference in Memphis.  You’ll be doing good for the city while drinking a beer.  What more can you ask for? RSVP here.

Celebrate Movember with the 2nd Annual J.R. Willett’s Banjos & Bonfires, in honor of James Romuald “Ron” Willett. Ron was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in his late fifties, but managed to beat it and went cancer free for several years. Unfortunately, the cancer came back, and he passed away on October 3rd, 2008. In his honor, proceeds from the evening will benefit The Prostate Cancer Foundation. From 7-10 pm, you can enjoy beers, bourbon & bites, out on the patio. There will also be prizes for the best flannel shirt, longest beard, and best mustache. Get tickets here.

The Cotton Museum invites the community to join their 7th Annual Harvest Party, a fundraiser benefitting The Cotton Museum at Earnestine & Hazel’s (531 S. Main). Guests will enjoy live music from the Earnestine & Hazel’s House Band and The Side Street Steppers, famous soul burgers and seasonal treats, piano sing-a-longs upstairs, a photo booth, a raffle of exciting prizes, and of course, an open bar. More info and tickets here.

Come out on Saturday, November 15 at 9AM to see Santa land in his Pedi-Flight helicopter and officially open the 2014 Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees! There will be a Gingerbread Village, Model Train, Pictures with Santa, 3D Polar Express movies, and more lasting through December. Get info here.

  • Saturday, November 15 – Santa’s Frozen Arrival at Carriage Crossing – 9am-12pm
    • 9AM-9:30AM Complimentary crafts & giveaways between Charming Charlie & W by Azwell.
    • 9:30AM Santa arrives by horse-drawn sleigh and reads a holiday story.
    • 9:45AM-11AM Photos with characters from your favorite winter fairy tale
    • 11AM Free showing of Frozen in Suite 563

Need a new photo for your Christmas cards this year? Here’s your chance! The Amurica photo booth trailer will be open with several holiday-themed vignettes for family photos inside. No appointments needed. Just first come, first serve. Saturday November 15 12pm-7pm. Sunday November 16 12pm-7pm. Flash drive containing digital files included. Pricing TBA.

This is Short in the Sleeve’s first show at Otherlands Coffee Bar since their EP-release show. Up-and-coming songstress Taylor Bothwell will kick the night off with a solo set at 8:00, followed by Rice Drewry and Three Degrees with acoustic rock. They’ll wrap up the night with a full-band set, mixing old and new originals with a few new cover songs. Event cover is $7.

Come prepared to get your sugar buzz on! This week in the clubhouse you’ll create our own food safe molds using Five in One’s vacuuform machine! They’ll have chocolate in lots of holiday colors for casting and crunchy additives to make those treats extra delicious. Reserve your spot at the table today: Saturday, November 15 or Monday, November 17.

Dozens of restaurants downtown will offer three-course dinner specials ($20.14) and two-for-one lunches ($10.14). Discounted parking and special menus. More info here.

The Cooper Young Community Farmers Market is celebrating 3 years of year-round access to fresh food and local products with a kid-friendly afternoon party at Memphis Made’s brand new taproom! Help them raise money for the sustainable rehabilitation and beautification of their market site at the First Congregational Church parking lot. The fun-filled afternoon will include an open beer bar, a whole hog from Renaissance Farms, slow cooked local veggies, kid’s games, a silent auction, the unveiling of their preliminary sketches for the new lot, Deering and Down playing live and more. Tickets are $25, children under 10 get in free.

Join The Black Lillies at Minglewood Hall for a night of dancing and incredible music. The authentic country tone combined with gospel, rock, jazz, and a hint of blues embodies the unique sound of the band. More info here.

Celebrated as one of The NY Times most beloved Nutcrackers (as seen on Good Morning America), Nut ReMix is a 21st Century ballet reconfigured with a combination of Hip-Hop and authentic multicultural dance. Graduate stars, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Maxx Reed return to star alongside the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Tchaikovsky, Ellington, Booker T., Flamenco singers and a remixed Hip Hop “battle” with Breakin’, Jookin’ and Krump. Showtimes are: Nov 21-23, Friday 7:30pm | Saturday 5:30pm | Sunday 2:30pm. Tickets $15-$50, can be purchased here, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at the Cannon Center Box Office (with no extra charge)

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is opening its doors to the public with the official launch of its taproom (and will also be hosting our Choose901 t-shirt pick-up party from 11am-6pm.) The tap room will stay open until 9pm serving pints inside and growlers to go. Hot Mess food truck will be providing the food, selling burritos in the brewery parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural.

Graceland will officially begin the holiday season when celebrated actor and Elvis fan John Stamos will “flip the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony. Patients from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis will assist Stamos in lighting up the King’s castle for the season. Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa and his red jumpsuit-inspired suit will arrive by limousine and police escort. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids following the lighting ceremony. Ceremony begins at 6pm.

Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Memphis with live music, hot chocolate and cider, and the lighting of the 35-foot tree at 5 pm. Event takes place at Beale and Rufus Thomas Blvd.

This is it! The best of the best, bringing the heat. Winners of each Spillit Story Slam from 2014 come together on this special night to compete for the title of Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis 2014. Seating is limited, arrive early.  $10 at the door, 18+

  • Friday, November 21 through Sat November 22 – MCA Holiday Bazaar – Fri 6-9pm/Sat 10am-5pm – Free

Get your unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts by MCA students, faculty, staff, and alumni to benefit the scholarship fund.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is opening its doors to the public with the official launch of its tap room on Friday, Nov. 21 (and will also be hosting our Choose901 t-shirt pick-up party from 11am-6pm.) The tap room will stay open until 9pm serving pints inside and growlers to go. Hot Mess food truck will be providing the food, selling burritos in the brewery parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural. Memphis Made Brewing’s tap room will be open 4pm-9pm each Friday. The tap room’s hours and days of operation will be expanded later. They will be serving 20 ounce pints, 10 ounce half pints and growlers.

This festival will bring everything ‘Memphis’ to the New Daisy. Blue TOM artists, as well as local artists, will be playing on one stage.  The music at this event, transitions from roots and folk to rock, to hip hop and rap to create the cohesive sound that is Memphis music. There will be Memphis food, beverages, apparel and photo booths. The proceeds from this event will go directly to the performing artists because we believe, as a record label, in the importance of recognizing and appreciating the performing Memphis artists to support the culture of Memphis music

On Saturday, November 22, supporters in more than 65 communities across the country will participate in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. This exciting, family-friendly event helps raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Registration for this family-friendly event is free. All participants are encouraged to raise money to help save kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Register today to get started. Check-In is at 7am with an opening ceremony at 8:30am. The walk will start at 9am in the parking lot between Macy’s and the Courtyard by Marriott. You can also volunteer for the event by signing up here before Nov 19th (who wouldn’t want to join a Cheer Station to cheer on these awesome people?)

The American Queen Steamboat is hosting a hiring event on Saturday, Nov 22, from 10am-1pm, at Beale Street Landing (251 Riverside Dr). Bring your resume and dress to impress! They are hiring for Waiters, Assistant Waiters, Cabin Attendants, Laundry Attendants, Galley Porters, Porters, Bar Servers, Cooks, and more. You will tour the boat and meet with fellow staff members. More info here.

  • Saturday, November 22 – Annual Whitehaven Holiday Festival Parade – 10am

This parade will start at Southland Mall and end at Graceland. Dress warm! For more info you can contact Mrs. Hazel Moore at 901.489.0073.

Whether you’re hoping for a Red Ryder BB gun, a leg lamp, or some pink bunny pajamas for Christmas this year, start your holiday season at the Orpheum Theatre’s inaugural Break-A-Leg 5k! They’re theming this fun new 5k around everyone’s holiday favorite, A Christmas Story, The Musical, which takes the stage at the Orpheum on November 25. The 5k course will start and end at the Orpheum and there will be a post race block party. So, dust off your Christmas sweaters & Santa hats (or your pink bunny pajamas) & put your best foot forward to see if you can win a “major award” in their costume contest. Sign up here.

Join the North MS Allstars at Minglewood Hall for some modern Mississippi hill country blues. Cost is $20 in advance/$22 at the door. Doors open at 7pm. Get tickets here.

Shop local this Black Friday at the monthly Trolley Night event. Galleries and shops will be open late with live music and more. Info here.

The Peabody Hotel kicks off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa Claus and lighting of the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby. Local choirs will perform holiday classics and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform. Santa’s elves will also pass out holiday candy.

Join the North MS Allstars for their Annual Thanksgiving Bash at Minglewood Hall. Get tickets here.

The 3rd Annual Christmas Popup Shop will be held November 28th – December 27th in Overton Square. Hosted by Modern Handmade Memphis and the Memphis Etsy Team, the popup shop is a month-long celebration of handcrafted gifting. Visitors to the shop will have an extensive collection of handmade bath & body products, stylish jewelry and accessories, vintage fashion, children’s clothing, specialty food items, home décor, art, and paper goods. More info here.

  • Saturday, November 30 – Small Business Saturday 

Shop local and support all the small businesses in Memphis when you think of all those Christmas gifts you gotta buy! Go here for a list of businesses to support.

Spend an afternoon at The Peabody Hotel where your little prince and princesses will be treated to a fairytale experience. Call 901-737-7322 or email Carolyn McCormick for information on sponsoring this event.

Ongoing Holiday Light Displays:

  • Friday, November 21 through December 30 – Zoo Lights – 5:30pm-9:30pm 

Zoo Lights starts on November 21st and will be closed during Thanksgiving Day, but will open at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving Night. The cost is $6 for zoo members and $8 for nonmembers. Ice skating is $6, Ferris Wheel is $5. Ice skating is available starting at 9:30am with the last admission at 4pm. Please check here for the full schedule.

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park is an annual tradition. More than 1.5 million lights illuminate the night sky in the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. This year’s show features 14 new displays that celebrate some of the most iconic places in Memphis, as well as revamped versions of annual favorites. Hours are: Sun-Thurs: 6-9pm, Fri-Sat: 6-10pm. Cost is $20/car/minivan/truck, $50/large van/limo and $150/charter bus. Want to save time? You can purchase your tickets online and skip the line at the main entrance (Walnut Grove) and enter through the VIP gate on Mullins Station Road. More info here.

Welcome the holiday season with spectacular lights, holiday displays, and special decorations that Elvis originally displayed, both inside and outside the mansion. Flip-the-switch lighting ceremony will be led by John Stamos on Nov. 21 at 6:30pm. More info here.

Themed lighting along Playhouse Lane and a musical light show throughout My Big Backyard set the stage as you stroll in through “falling snow,” play in the giant Snow Globe, decorate cookie dough ornaments, search for hidden snowflakes in the Snowflake Forest, play Mitten Toss and Tic-Tac-Snow, and plug your own design into our Giant Light Bright! Don’t worry about a little chill in the air…you’ll keep toasty warm around campfire pits on the patio – perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. MBG members $7/Non-members $10/Children under 2 are free. S’mores kits, hot cocoa, and other concessions are available at additional cost. Go here for more info.

See an event missing? Let us know in the comments!

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