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 schedule to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.
You can follow this schedule to a T, or use it as a launching point to plan your own adventure! 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.
Friday, September 28th
- Noon – Have lunch at Food Truck Friday at The Dixon or join IRIS Orchestra for their Fall Lunch Concert Series
- 4:00pm – Sneak away to shop the Southern Junkers Vintage Market , or hit up the Choose901 Merch Market at Crosstown Concourse.
- 5pm – Head to the Community Day plaza party for Brooks Outside: The Outings Project
- 6pm – Join the Daily Memphian Celebration at Overton Square, listen to Garry Parrish and Keith Easterwood talk Memphis basketball live and uncensored at The Bluff, or enjoy free music at the MLK Soul Concert Series
- 7pm – Stroll down South Main for Trolley Night’s 18th Birthday, grab a seat early for Comma Comedians at Crosstown Brewing, go to the Crosstown Arts opening reception for Give A Damn! Music + Activism at Stax Records, or cheer for the Tigers at Memphis at Tulane at Railgarten.
- 8pm – See The Latin Soul In You, or Between Her and the Ground: A Staged Reading with Our Own Voice, check out GonerFest 15 shows at Memphis Made
- 10pm – Run the dance floor at the Big Gay Dance Party to kickoff Pride Weekend.
Saturday, September 29th
- 9am- Go Junking at the Southern Junkers Vintage Market
- 10am – Take a spin class with a view of the river at So Long Summer with Spincult, head to Tom Lee Park for 15th Annual Memphis Pride Fest, shop for bold and vibrant African fashions at the African Fashions Pop Up and hear free opera downtown.
- 11am- Snag a tee or two at the Choose901 Merch Market and celebrate Memphis’ diversity at Unite Memphis Martin 50.
- 12pm- Rock out at GonerFest15 and carry the flag at Pride!
- 1pm- Eat all the wings at Bluff City Hot Wing Fest, and putt putt your way to victory downtown.
- 3pm- Pay-what-you-can for good tunes at Sounds Good Memphis and celebrate Alice Faye Duncan‘s new book at South Main Book Juggler.
- 4pm- Sip and sing along with the Beer Choir at Wiseacre.
- 5pm- Party on the porch during the Uptown Porch Series experience the life of Paula Watson during The Cover Up, and party for Pride Week at Dru’s Bar.
- 6pm- Find your balance at Delta Groove Yoga.
- 6:30pm- Enjoy some “phat sounds” at the 1884 Lounge.
- 7pm- Celebrate 20 years of Memphis Athletic Ministries at Tuxes and Tennies, purchase dope art at Trap.Drank.Paint901, see some wrastlin’ at Railgarten, scream and run through the Mid-South Haunted Maze, and listen to some local pop, R&B, jazz and more at the Madison Ave Mini Music Fest.
- 7:30pm- Hunt some ghosties at Maley Manor, and listen to Carmen Hicks in Melvin’s Backyard and Life, Explicit at Slice of Soul.
- 8pm- Hum along to video game music covers at Press Start feat PXLS + Hey, Listen!, hear Lake Street Dive at the Levitt Shell fundraiser and Tow’rs LIVE at Growlers, laugh at Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Orpheum, take part in WAVFest w/ Crosstown Arts, and laugh along with Positive Black Role Models at P&H Cafe.
- 9pm- Shake a little somethin’ at Club Spectrum and enjoy rhythm and brews at the Bluff.
- 10pm- Do more booty-poppin at the one-night-only queer party and see DJ Siphne Aaye spinning at Crosstown Arts.
Sunday, September 30th
- 8am – Rise and shine for Coffee + Yoga at City & State
- Noon – Continue Pride celebrations at Sunday Brunch & Drag at Dru’s, or roam around Memphis Japan Festival at the Garden for most of the day
- 2:00pm – Get schooled in Vegan Cooking with Omi, or drop in on Rockstock IV with School of Rock
- 5pm – Go party in support of Memphis Farmers Market at Farm Fest
- 6pm – Wind down with Sunset Yoga Downtown
- 7pm – Get some jazz at the Madison Avenue Mini Music Fest, see Lauren Daigle at The Orpheum, or enjoy 30 Days of Opera at Clayborn Temple.
Need more ideas?
- See more of what’s happening this weekend in our September Events Guide.
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- Enjoy Memphis for free
- Explore our foodie bucket list
- Discover where to make friends in Memphis
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- Try a food truck around town
- Go bowling with friends or family
- Find ways you can volunteer in Memphis