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Save the Dates: October Events in Memphis

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October in Memphis means fall is 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:

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Upcoming Events:

The Memphis Firehaus-turned-beer-garden will be open from 4pm-11pm on Thursdays, 4pm-midnight on Fridays, 11am-midnight on Saturdays, and noon-10pm on Sundays.  The venue will also be open for all Grizzlies games to watch in their screening room. There will be food trucks on site, live music, and local beer of course.

We will be sponsoring this free show at the Levitt Shell and since the Grizzlies opener is only a month away, we’ll have a booth selling shirts and koozies to get you ready. The Suffers will be performing.

With 2 free outdoor stages, you can enjoy the first blues festival in Memphis since 1969 with more than 40 acts from the mid south.

Vendors will offer antiques, handmade goods, and vintage items of all kinds to you during this market. Music, food, and workshops will also be offered.

  • Friday, October 2 – Vin-A-Que – 6pm-9pm

Wine, barbecue, and music will fill Brooks Museum during the Vin-A-Que. You can enjoy wine and swine during this fall event.

Cycle 15, 45, 62 or 100 mile routes to benefit the West Cancer Center. Celebration Village in Robert R. Church Park will be open to the public and will include a Health and Wellness Festival featuring Food, Music, and Education.

Join High Cotton Brewing Company for their Second Annual Oktoberfest which will be taking place at the brand new Firehaus Station 3. They will be sharing beer and Bavarian Fare brought to you by Central BBQ while the the Dead Soldiers provide the music. Tickets are $40.

  • Saturday, October 3 – Playback Memphis presents Memphis Matters – 7:30pm
  • Tickets are $15 for general admission, Students and Seniors are $12. Location: TheatreSouth stage at First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young

Playback Memphis brings stories to life and life to communities. In the Memphis Matters series, the audience volunteers to share personal stories of their lives in Memphis and the Mid-South, and then watch as the Playback company of actors interprets the story through experimental theatre, movement, and improvised live music. This means that each night’s performance is wholly unique and gives both cast and audience an opportunity to reflect, together, on our identity as citizens of our community. Stories shared may be funny or serious, but they always reflect the dynamic, complex, and unique experience of Memphis and the Mid-South.

Wiseacre has built a new outdoor space to better host music and events called Chautauqua. To celebrate Andy and Michael from Hog and Hominy/Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen/ Porcellino’s Craft Butcher will be on site making food in a food truck. We will be selling our leftover shirt inventory, giving away stickers, and just hanging out. The Mighty Souls Brass Band will be playing live music and DJ Pressure World will be spinning records when they’re not playing. There’s also going to be a market day in the new space with some other folks who make Memphis great. From clothes to sundries to those who enhance our great city, bizzes like Oxn, The Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, Found Memphis, and Shotwell Candy Co. and a few more will be on site showcasing their wares. Best of all? The event is free and open to everyone.

The 2015 Best Memphis Burger Fest will set up competitions between teams to benefit the Memphis Paws, a non-profit company dedicated to encouraging responsible pet ownership and raising support for animal care and rescue organizations in Memphis.

The River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater is a series of shows open to the public and functions as a fund raiser for the school. The event is curated by Goner Records and Shoulder Tap Records and sponsored by Memphis Downtown Commission, The Memphis Flyer, Wiseacre Brewing and Miss Cordelia’s. This is the second of three fall shows. They ask for a $5 minimum donation.

The Break-Up Show is back with the fifth installment of 100% true stories of heartbreak, rejection and insanity…all performed for your amusement. The pitfalls of modern dating are universal – though they might feel just a little too personal. The Break-Up Show transforms the indignities of bad dates and breakup drama into the sort of comedy that may make you feel like it was worth the pain. Videos, dramatic recitations of text-message breakups, and onstage meltdowns are simply par for the course. The stories, while totally anonymous, are pulled ahead of time from the audience’s experiences. Show dates: October 3rd, Water Tower Pavilion, 8:00pm; October 9th, Studio688, 7:00pm; October 10th, Studio688, 7:00pm & 10:00pm. Fair warning: This is a VERY R-rated show! If you have sensitive ears or are under the age of 21, this maaaay not be the kinda show for you.) Get your tickets at breakupshow.com.

MRD is recruiting! Potential skaters, referees, NSOs and volunteers are invited to a crash course in Memphis Roller Derby. They will have roller derby demonstrations and will be answering questions and explaining what MRD is all about, as well as gear available for prospective skaters and referees to try on. No need to register, just get yourself to the Pipkin Building and they’ll walk you through the rest.

Roundhouse Revival is back for Round 2! This is a free, family friendly event celebrating the Mid-South Coliseum with music, wrestling, basketball, antique cars and a kid zone. The event is free and open to the public but donations will be accepted. Roundhouse Revival T-shirts will be on sale with all proceeds going to offset event costs. Food trucks, local beer, plus a variety of other merchandise will be on sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to offset costs.

Tickets are $30 and include local food, drinks, beer, wine, live music, and raffles for over $500 of PGF certified restaurant gift cards. Other fun includes Plinko, frisbee, cornhole, and a silent auction. This event is to benefit Project Green Fork and is 21+.

The 4th annual Unreal Film Festival will once again be bringing sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films from around the world to Memphis, TN as well creating a new venue for local filmmakers to show their work. This year, the Unreal Film Festival will be expanding to a full 7 nights of films. One Day and Weekly Festival Passes are now on sale and you can check out the screening schedule, film trailers, info and more here.

The first in a series of panel discussions on entrepreneurism in Memphis. Moderated by Leslie Smith of the EPIcenter, the discussion will feature representatives of local tech businesses including Technology Happens, Sweet Bio, Code Crew, and S2 Interactive. Come learn where tech entrepreneurship is headed in Memphis, the opportunities this city has to offer, and what is being done to close the “digital divide.” Reception at 5:30pm with discussion to begin at 6pm. For more information, please contact amy@highgroundnews.com

The Foo Fighters will play their latest album “Sonic Highways” in Memphis for one amazing performance.

You are invited to join the Pink Palace Museum while they present craft demonstrations, food, music, a petting zoo, and shopping at the Crafts Fair.

Sample wine from national and international vineyards with an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions with wine and food in each selected area. There will be live music and this event is to benefit Youth Villages. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 on the day. 21+

  • Saturday, October 10 – Bristerfest – 11am – 6pm

The Brister Street Music Festival is back to bring music, love, and gardening to you this fall. It will also benefit GrowMemphis, a local non-profit urban farming initiative.

Now in its 3rd year, the Million Calorie Burn has become known as the premier 5k walk/run supporting calorie reduction and physical activity for children and families in the Greater Memphis area. Started by Common Table Health Alliance in 2013, the Million Calorie Burn has encouraged hundreds of people to embrace better, smarter ways of healthy eating and active living. Choose from one of nine nonprofit running teams to support their organizational mission and their efforts in combating the obesity epidemic. Proceeds will support each of the running teams’ commitment to making Memphis and Shelby County a healthier place to live, work and play. The first 500 participants to register will receive premium goody bags.

This year 98.5 New Mix FM will be hosting the first-ever Southern Salsa Festival in Memphis! This event will benefit Citizens Against Unfair Financial Practices. It takes place at the Water Tower Pavilion Space (2532 Broad Ave) and tickets are $5. This festival will offer modern adaptations of traditional, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western cuisine, and celebrity judges will choose from a selection of specialists who will be competing for the crown as top salsa maker at the Salsa Cook-Off Competition. Local restaurants and contestants will be showcasing their salsa for all to sample for free. Food and drinks (including margaritas) will be available for purchase at the festival from food trucks and regional vendors. Live music and dancing will also take place.

This is a family-friendly fiesta where you can taste great Latin themed appetizers from organizations across Memphis and beer from Wiseacre Brewery. Vote for the best! All proceeds to benefit 5 Memphis non-profits.

Featuring Ben Callicott, Mary Owens, Drew Erwin, and the Bluff City Soul Collective. The spirit of Memphis music is a powerful influence on the young generation of local musicians, as evident in the sounds of these artists. This Is Memphis aims to support local music with this showcase, offering a hearty serving of Memphis-made music, bringing back the traditional sound of the city.

Backed by her band, “The Rebellion,”Anitra Jay’s music is a conscious, down-to-earth sultry blend of soul and pop. This will be an unforgettable night of music, art, and interactive comedy also featuring the rugged soul of Memphis-based musical artist Fred X as well as LIVE ART by Rodan, a Memphis-based visual artist whose work focuses on culture, entertainment, and the Black American experience. The show takes place at Crosstown Arts (430 Cleveland St) and tickets are $15 VIP (which includes reserved priority seating, dessert, and a VIP Gift Bag), $5 Advance General Admission, and $10 at the door.  Get tickets here.

The Blues Birthday Bash takes place at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate the Decorative Arts Trust. The STAX Academy Band will entertain throughout the night with soul, Motown, blues and jazz music to keep you moving to the beat. The galleries of Brooks Museum will be open to display the many gifts Decorative Arts Trust has donated to help build one of the premier decorative arts collections in the country. Food and drinks will keep the party going.  Tickets are $95 per person and all proceeds benefit DAT and Brooks Museum.

The Noyes Brain Tumor Foundation will benefit St. Jude and Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake during this gala featuring 25 Memphis restaurants, a silent auction, and live entertainment.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid will host the largest hunting and waterfowl event ever with a huge lineup of activities and special events. There will be celebrities, fireworks, local food, and much more. See the full schedule here.

This 5K presented by Hollywood Feed is a dog friendly run/walk benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.  This year they’re also offering a non-competitive one-mile fun walk so that people and dogs of all ability levels can participate.  This event features a flat course in the area around the Humane Society friendly for running, walking, and strollers. It will include a chip start and chip finish with two heats: The first heat will be for runners without dogs, the second will be for those with dogs. The awards will be based on fastest net/chip time so you don’t have to start in the first heat to be considered for overall/age group awards. There will be a post-race celebration that the entire family can enjoy with food from Colletta’s, Dunkin Donuts, Humdingers, beer, music, and more. You can also meet and play with some of their adoptable pets. No retractable/flexi leashes will be allowed. For information about being a sponsor or vendor call Debbie Newsom at 901-937-3917 or email dnewsom@memphishumane.org.

Be a part of the first Soulsville USA Festival! The festival will feature 3 stages of live entertainment, children’s activities, food/craft vendors and more.

Enjoy regional brewers’ fresh beer at this annual festival to benefit the Cooper Young Association.

Overton Park Conservancy’s 4th annual fundraiser with music, food, and drinks to make a magical evening.

Celebrate the outdoors with mountain biking, trail running, and disc golf along side beer, food trucks, and dock dogs during the second Memphis Outdoor Festival.

The Malco Paradiso Cinema will be showing all three films back-to-back: Back to the Future 5:00pm, Back to the Future II 7:15pm, Back to the Future III 9:20pm

This 24-hour relay cycling event will help St. Jude raise funds to fight childhood cancer and take care of the children being cared for at the research hospital.

Celebrate visual, performing, and culinary arts at the River Arts Fest on historic South Main with live music, tasty food, and beautiful artwork.

Steamroller printing season is here! You’re invited to make your very own print. For the uninitiated, Steamroller Printing is an absurd and fun process by which you create 4 foot by 8 foot woodcuts and print them in the street with a steamroller. It’s a great opportunity to work large, make new friends and use heavy machinery to make art. They will be printing the blocks October 23-25, and hosting a watch party on October 24th – that’s the day to invite your friends out to witness the spectacle.

Do you like food? Celebrate the hard work of our local food growers with the Inaugural Good Food Revival. The farm-focused event will include a three-course table spread curated by Chef Ana Gonzales of Bleu, hill-country delta blues, and dancing under the stars at Home Place Pastures in Como, MS. $40/ticket. Same day shuttle and camping available. BYOB. Benefits Roots Memphis Farm Academy.

Memphis native Kathryn Rogers, author of “Memphis Hoodoo Murders,” will have a book signing at Books-a-Million in Southhaven.

Eden’s Run 5K is part of the Endure Campaign, the only ongoing fundraising effort to support fledgling schools in refugee camps hosting children from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. In 2009, high-school student Eden Siskind started this special race to benefit war orphans in Sudan. Eden is off to college, but her legacy of helping children in Sudan is still going strong through this annual event. Go here for more info and to register.

Sponsored by Evolve Bank & Trust and LandRover, the Art on Fire event at Dixon Gallery & Gardens will host restaurants and live entertainment for your enjoyment.

Monsterama night featuring: “Frankenstein” (1931); “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935); “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975); “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948).

The Memphis Wind Symphony is presenting a free concert at the First Baptist Church of Memphis for children and their families. Music lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy a variety of upbeat popular tunes, classic marches, fun symphonic wind band pieces, and light-hearted solos.  Visit memphiswindsymphony.org to reserve your free tickets.

Enjoy an evening with David Sedaris at the Rose Theater featuring all-new readings of his work & a book signing.

A celebration of the Day of Dead holiday with dancing, drinks, and skeletons for an amazing cultural traditional.

All the shops and restaurants on South Main stay open late so you can enjoy goods, music, and more! Trolley Night is every last Friday of the month.

The festival will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and features a great music lineup by Fawn Larson, Jon Dillard, Robert & Theresa Alexander, Rice Drewry & 3 Degrees, Faith Evans Ruch, Carolina Story, Idle & Wild, Bryan Hayes & The Retrievers. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the gate. The event is limited to 150 guests, so get your tickets before they sell out. This event is outside and food, coolers, chairs and drinks are all welcome. Food, bottled water, & craft beer will also be available for a donation to WWP.  All ages are welcome.

On October 31st, a projected 15,000 runners will descend on Downtown Memphis to take part in the Memphis-Mid South Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research. After twenty-two years of holding the 5K in Germantown and then Collierville, this year’s route will snake through the heart of Downtown Memphis. With AutoZone Park as the race’s bookends, the route will lead runners to Front Street, through South Main, up Beale Street, and by several other Memphis landmarks. Go here for all the info.

  • Saturday, October 31 – Halloween

Go here to see all of our Halloween event posts for the whole month (28+ MORE events).

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