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Beautiful sunsets are a given in Memphis, but sometimes deciding on the best view them can be difficult. Read below to see which summer events we suggest to provide the optimal viewing setting.
Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell, Reoccurring
If you don’t already know, the Levitt Shell’s summer concert series is one of the best ways to get out and see the sunset this summer. This free, ongoing event presents Memphians with great music and beautiful scenery. Their next show is on June 7 at 7:30pm, but for a full line-up, check here. Altogether, you can enjoy memorable performances, food trucks, concessions and now, picnic baskets.
South Lawn Cinema, Reoccurring
Are you wanting to see the sunset all summer long? The Dixon Gallery and Gardens has you covered with their summer movie showings! Be sure to bring plenty of blankets, chairs, snacks, and friends when you enjoy a movie on the Dixon South Lawn on Thursday evenings in June! The gates to the gardens open at 7pm, and the movies start promptly at 8pm. Clear your schedules for June 14 and 21 in order to catch one of these viewings. Dixon members can enjoy free admission, and $5 for non-members, $2 for children ages 4-10 years old and free for children 3 and under.
30 Thursdays: Zen and Zinfandel, Reoccurring
30 Thursdays is a reoccurring event presented by the Memphis Botanic Garden in which you can enjoy a yoga session while taking in the space’s gardens. Their next session is on June 7, but you can also swing by July 5 and August 2. The class is free for members, and $10 for non-members. Be sure to bring your own mat and beverages. The yoga session will start at 6pm and go until sunset. This means you can relax around wonderful scenery while viewing the sunset.
Peabody Rooftop Parties, Reoccuring
Peabody Rooftop Parties take place every Thursday night, April 12 – August 16, 6pm – 10pm. Weekly admission is $10 – $15 and ladies get in free before 7pm. The parties are hosted by Q107.5 FM and DJ Epic. Each week features a snack buffet and drink specials from Rooftop Party beverage sponsors.
Anything But Common Fest, June 9
This all-day event will take place at Wiseacre Brewing Company courtesy of The Artist Commons. In addition to taking place during sunset hours, the event will also feature artistic opportunities, live music, artists booths, interactive screen printing, metal pours, local food trucks, beer and more. Not to mention, it is a free, all-ages event that lasts from 10am to 10pm. Be sure to bring your camera and snap some pictures of the sky.
Live at the Garden, Reoccurring
These historical shows are yet another incredible way to get outdoors and experience live music. Happening all summer, there’s surely a musical event that is right up your alley. You can catch their next show on June 20, which boasts Midland with Trent Harmon Wolf. Shows start around 7:30pm and feature beautiful white linen-cloth tables and a lawn perfect for picnicking. Not to mention, you have the option of bring your own food, pre-ording from their caterers or purchasing on-site. Regardless of which show you decide to attend, it will be a night (and sunset) you won’t forget!
This summer you can enjoy a musical performance by singer and songwriter Talibah at Stock&Belle. The space boasts a perfect view of South Main, which means between songs you can walk out and enjoy a scenic look at the sunset over the historic South Main area. Doors to the event will open at 6:30pm and the show starts right at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and limited, so be sure to purchase yours prior to the event. You will feel at ease supporting this local establishment while also catching a glimpse at the sunset over Downtown Memphis.
AutoZone Park will be transforming into Hogwarts on July 7 for their very own Harry Potter Night. This evening game will open its doors at 5pm, with the game starting at 6:35pm. Additionally, you can enjoy post-game fireworks after experiencing the sunset. It will be a night filled with nostalgia, butter beer, costumer parades, plenty of photo-ops and more. Be sure to purchase your ticket while they’re still available.
Trolley Night, Reoccurring
If you haven’t heard of it, Trolley Night is a street festival celebrated on the last Friday of every month. It is a night filled with live music, food and drinks specials and memorable sunsets. Memphis’ next Trolley Night will take place on June 29. While you’re visiting all of the galleries and shops that are opened late, you will get a perfect look at the sunset over South Main.
Botanical Bars, Reoccurring
In addition to seeing the sunset over the Botanic Gardens, you can also enjoy an evening of botanically inspired adult beverages. This event happens each month, with their next happening on June 28. This June event is titled gin and June-ipers, which means you can discover the hers that go into your highballs and herbal cocktails. Needless to say, this event is 21+. It is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to reserve yours today.