With all the great things going on in the 901 these days, have you ever been overwhelmed with choices? Well, you’re in luck! Every week we curate The Weekender, a post filled with a handy list to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.
The Weekender is not meant to be exhaustive but will include our suggestions to help you plan the weekend ahead. In the case of inclement weather, check with each event’s page for updates. See all upcoming events here.
Friday, January 31
- The Lucky 7 Brass Band is debuting new music with a free show at Young Avenue.
- Quantavious Worship, a.k.a. “Toonky” Berry is showing off his work during the Opening Reception: “Toonkification in Progress.”
- Crosstown Art’s ow Paul Taylor is assembling a cast of music characters for his New Memphis Colorways Album Release Show.
- Rock out with Tool at FedEx Forum.
- Give us a lil Mariah Carey during the Karaoke Competition at Rec Room.
- Don’t let things get to toasted at Free S’mores Celebration at Railgarten.
- People have come from near and far to perform during the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge.
- Introduction to the Enneagram will teach you a little something about who you are.
- Gamers will unite at Global Game Jam for a weekend of innovation, collaboration, and experimentation.
- Hear how music has evolved since the 19th century to now during The Orchestra Unplugged: The Complete History of Music: Abridged.
- Bid on what you love at the Incognito Art Auction and Party at the Garden.
- Witness the unbe-weave-able talents of six contemporary Guatemalan artists and poets at the Opening Reception: To Weave Blue (Poema al tejido).”
- Shamarr Allen is tooting his own horn at Railgarten, seriously.
- Prepare to be mystified in The Magic Basement at Woodruff Fontaine House.
- The South Main Sounds 5th Anniversary Show is bringing out Bree Ogden, Dan Montgomery, Andrew Ryan,Amy Jamison and Scott Southworth Music to celebrate.
- Explore the galactic and psychedelic nature of music itself during The Grass is Dead at Growlers.
- Ladies Night In: A Red Tent Event is a safe space for womxn to come together to talk about issues you find solidarity in.
- Travel back in time, circus style, with Big Top Tease: Vol IX: Back to the Future!
- There’s no right or wrong way of doing things when experimenting with color at Acrylic Painting Social Night with Maritza Davila.
Saturday, February 1
- Move and groove with Qemist, Strooly, DJ Dance Along at Hi Tone.
- Break out the acid washed jeans for the 90’s Party at Rec Room.
- Cut Chemist will be spinning at Central Station.
- The Onesie Pub Crawl is the coziest crawl ever.
- If you’re not registered to vote, make your way to the Rock the Vote Free Show at Shangri-La where you can do that and enjoy free live music.
- Come dress to dance for VIBE: An Afro/Island House Party.
- See Memphis’ own John Paul Keith at Hernando’s Hideaway.
- If you’re crazy enough to jump into the cold Mississippi, then the Bluff City Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook Off is for you.
- Enjoy a morning of creativity at the Family Workshop: What’s Your Favorite Color at Crosstown Arts.
- If you’re a local business or organization that values inclusion, you’re invited to the Brave, Safe, and Educated Interest Meeting.
- Join Chalkbeat for an evening of storytelling at Spillit Center Stage: What I Bring.
- Catch the Harlem Globetrotters at FedEx Forum
- Start Black History month off in style thanks to the African Fashion Pop Up Shop.
- Snuggle up under the stars in Overton Square for Movie Night: Ground Hog Day.
- Spiritual Gathering For Spiritual Beings is a safe space to express your spiritual or religious thoughts without judgement.
- The MidSouth Justice and Peace Center invites you to learn about their opportunities at the Board and Volunteer Interest Meeting.
- Hit the ground running for the Crosstown 10K & 5K.
- James & the Ultrasounds are doing their thing at BSIDE.
- Songwriters Showcase presented by MissiHippie Music is bringing four local songwriters together to jam at Brass Door.
- Learn about the history and cultural significance of Ethiopian coffee during the Ethopian Coffee Ceremony.
- I’m not sure what crappie fishing is, but your kids can learn about it at Bass Pro Shop during Crappie Madness Kids Weekend.
- Hop aboard the Haunted Memphis Bus Tour to learn more about why Memphis may be cursed.
- Get rid of pesky plants during the Volunteer Invasive Plant Pull in Old Forest.
- Spring is coming and that’s reason enough to celebrate at the Imbolg Ball: An Irish Céilí Experience.
- Spend a day with the girls while benefitting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at the GenerosiTEA Party 2020.
- Prove that you can werk the runway at the Model Call for Memphis Fashion Week.
- Explore the use of printmaking while Drawing Through Monotype Printing With Maritza Davila.
Sunday, February 2
- It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and there are watch parties happening at High Cotton, the Casual Pint, Railgarten, Coyote Ugly Saloon, The Bluff, Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe, Wild Bill’s, Celtic Crossing, Hi Tone and more.
- Connect through the power of musical improvisation in the Universal Language Room at Novel.
- The 1st Drag Bingo of 2020 is going down at Dru’s Place.
- Craft your heart out at the Valentine’s Door Hanger Workshop at Paint-a-Piece.
- Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon filled with cocktails and queens during Drag Brunch at Alchemy.
- It’s going to be impawsible to only cheer for one pup during the Puppy Bowl Watch Party at Loflin Yard.