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101 Things To Do In Memphis #46: Germantown Holiday Parade

by Melissa Thompson

Lining the City streets, residents watch as decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs and booming marching bands wave to neighbors as they slowly make their way along the parade route. Be sure to stay until the end to get a glimpse of Santa aboard a Germantown fire truck. 

In support of the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys-for-Tots organization, uniformed Marines will be a part of the parade in their big truck to collect new, unwrapped toys for children. Let's spread the holiday cheer by filling up their truck!

The parade begins at the corner of Kimbrough Road and Farmington Boulevard, proceeds west on Farmington Boulevard to Exeter Road and ends at Germantown Athletic Club

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM CST
Rain date: December 10th

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #45: Alchemy Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

The appropriately-named Alchemy offers the kind of dim, sexy atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails you might associate with Manhattan rather than our Midtown area.

Located right in the heart of the Cooper & Young historical district, Alchemy provides it's guests with a delightful new american style menu created and prepared by Chef Nick Scott and Chef de Cuisine Scott McQueen. Two chefs that have created some of the most appealing menus in the city time and time again. 

From behind the spacious bar, bartenders produce craft cocktails with ingredients that might be new to you, like The Alchemist (Eagle Rare, Antica, Aperol, and Peychaud bitters), and there're bourbon and scotch lists and a small plates menu. 

940 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 726-4444


11/23 through 12/31

  • Holiday Wonders at the Garden runs on select nights through December 31st featuring three distinct areas, each with a different theme but all catering to families, couples and groups.
    • Snowy Nights: Snowy Nights is the outdoor, interactive, family oriented venue. It is a continuation of the popular Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard.
    • Trees Alight: Trees Alight is sure to become a community favorite and features the City of Memphis Christmas Tree as well as a spectacular nightly LED light show. It will be located in the Conifer Garden.
    • Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge: This is a cozy location filled with welcoming couches, fire tables and holiday spirits. The lounge will be located in the heart of Holiday Wonders at the Garden and will have easy access to Trees Alight and Snowy Nights. Concessions and adult beverages will be a step away.
    • Tickets go on sale 11/12.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #43: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Thompson

11/22 through 12/28

  • Closed on Monday, November 26
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6pm-9pm | Friday-Saturday: 6pm-10pm
  • Cost: $20 per car | $50 per van | $150 per bus
  • Special Theme Nights:
    • November 29: Tacky Sweater Night ($5 off)
    • December 3: Run Walk Bike ($5 per person); Starry Nights closed to cars
    • December 6: Decorate Your Car Night ($5 off)
    • December 6:  Member Night (Free Petting Zoo entry + free s’more kit.  Must show Member ID)
    • December 10: Walkin + Woofin ($5 per person; free for four-legged friends!): Starry Nights closed to cars
    • December 13: Scout Night ($5 off)

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #42: Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo

by Melissa Thompson

     - Open select nights from November 16th through December 30th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

     - Snow is back at this year’s SunTrust Zoo Lights! You’ll see snow in the Courtyard, the return of the 90-foot LED Ferris wheel, see Santa in his shop, go ice-skating, see live reindeer, enjoy thousands of LED holiday lights and more.

  • Things to know:
    Zoo Lights are open at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
    Zoo Lights admission is $7/members, $9/nonmembers, children under 2 are free
    Ice skating is $6/person
    Ferris wheel is $5/persion
    Annual tree lighting ceremony is 11/18 (time TBA)
    Get tickets online

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #41: 21st Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Indie Memphis Film Festival returns on November 1st for five days of films, music, and good times.

Experience a broad range of independent films from both local and global filmmakers screening in four different Midtown venues over the weekend: Studio on the Square, Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre, and TheatreWorks. There are also opening and closing night festivities at the Halloran Centre downtown, and special events planned for Circuit Playhouse.   

The schedule is packed with short films, documentaries, music videos, animated films, feature-length films, and several panel discussions and workshops.

Some special attractions include the centerpiece film, If Beale Street Could Talk, the keynote address by Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You), the world premiere of the Negro Terror documentary with live scoring by the band, Hometowner blocks, and late night screenings with the After Dark Shorts program.

Indie Memphis is also known to throw a good party. Over the weekend, they’re hosting a block party on Cooper Street between Monroe and Union. You don’t have to have a festival ticket to go to the block party — it’s open to everyone! Stroll right up, order a drink from the cash bar provided by Tapbox, Crosstown Brewing Co. and Old Dominick, and enjoy the Unapologetic showcase Friday night, and the African Dance Jams dance party Saturday night with DJs Colin Butler and Eric Hermeyer.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #40: Lucky Cat Ramen

by Melissa Thompson

Zach and Sarah Nicholson’s popular ramen food truck has gone brick-and mortar. And later this year, Lucky Cat Ramen — which has been operating out of a temporary space in Midtown — is opening a permanent home on Broad Avenue for its ramen-heavy eatery that features bowls like the shoyu with pork bone broth and the yuzu veggie with a lemongrass-ginger vegetable broth. An ever-changing menu board lists the day’s offerings, which usually include a veggie bowl as well as pork and chicken offerings. The permanent location will serve alcohol as well as non-ramen selections like yakitori, tempura, and raw dishes.

247 Cooper Street, Memphis

Wednesday through Sunday: 5pm to 9pm

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #39: RiverArts Fest

by Melissa Thompson

RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! More than 180 artists from around the country and right here at home gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South. 

October 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Location! Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Union

In 2016, RiverArtsFest was named one of The Best Festivals & Fairs in Tennessee by Travel Magazine.

$5 admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. There are north and south entrances. Credit cards are accepted at all entrances, and an ATM will be stationed within the festival grounds. 

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY EVENING! In celebration of Mighty Lights, the festival will be running extended hours Saturday night with free admission beginning at 5PM. The artists market will close at 8:30P and the festival at 9P. Please visit the Mighty Lights website for more details.



Downtown Memphis offers plenty of parking within walking distance of the festival. For a full listing of garages, check out this handy map provided by the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Nearly 200 fine artists from across the nation will line Riverside Drive selling original work. A complete list of artists can be found here. 

See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing each day. The festival grounds will also feature strolling musicians and performing artists.

Our Hands On Art stations will be open Saturday and Sunday for children of all ages to tap into their inner artists by participating in our special art project. Sponsored by the Art Center, activities are creative, simple and make a great keepsake. 

Check out the artists lineup and schedule for our Artists At Work area, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft and skills. 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #38: Memphis Guide to Halloween 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Even though Halloween is on October 31, the entire month is packed full of fun ways to celebrate. Check out our list of how you can enjoy the ghostly holiday and get in the spooky spirit.

On Friday and Saturday nights in October, actors clad as ghostly apparitions haunt the herbaceous hallways of a spooky tractor ride. A giant jumping pillow launches kids skyward and gently cushions their falls, and a corn cannon fires ears of corn at targets up to 100 yards away. Anyone who hits a target wins a prize from one of the maze’s sponsors and the right to eat nothing but popcorn balls until Thanksgiving. And as always, the haunted Corn Maze is guaranteed to frighten Memphians of all ages.

This Halloween season, dare to to enter Memphis’ largest indoor Haunted House. Featuring multiple areas to explore, tickets start at $22 with VIP tickets and group rates available.

Monster Market is an annual freaky pop-up shop curated by Holtermonster, full of creepy housewares, freaky apparel, dark home decor, weird art and odd gifts, made by independent makers, artists, and small brands. The shop is only open for October and pops up in a different location every year! Crosstown Concourse is their 2018 home. Come visit the shop before it disappears (not appropriate for children)!

  • Haunted Pub Crawl
    Friday, October 5 – 27th on Fridays and Saturdays – 7:30 pm to 10 pm – $20 per person (21+ only)

Take a tour this Halloween season of some of the most haunted places in Memphis with an actual paranormal investigator. Drinks available for purchase.

See the all-time comedy classic on the Pink Palace big screen!

Ever wanted to shoot some zombies? Now is your chance! Head out to Jones Orchard on Fridays and Saturdays to take your best shot against the undead. Featuring ghoulish scenery, fully loaded paintball guns, and 5-ton army trucks, you’ll not want to miss it!

It’s the return of The Rocky Horror Drag Show, brought to you by the Zebra Lounge and Goldie Dee & Friends to benefit Friends For Life. Come in costume to win special prizes and sign up for the Time Warp competition before the show begins. Your optional $20 donation to Friends For Life gives you a chance to win raffle baskets throughout the night. Goldie takes the stage at 9:00 pm to thrill, chill and fulfill you.

It’s Frankenstein’s 200th birthday! Help the Pink Palace celebrate by exploring the fact and fiction behind Mary Shelly’s novel with intriguing learning activities.

New Moon Theatre Company presents a gory rock musical based on The Lizzie Borden Story. On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.  Lizzie is American mythology set to a blistering rock score. Lizzie is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.

Calling all ghouls and goblins, Eric C and Carla are back at Ghost River to shamelessly plug their paranormal podcast and bring you a very SPOOKTACULAR Drink-N-Draw gameshow! Plenty of spooky games and prizes. Costumes? Wear em if you got em, they’ll give out prizes for best and worst dressed.

Grab some family or a friend and pump up your holiday cheer with a BOOtiful Pumpkin Decorating Party at Muddy’s for free! Muddy’s will provide all the supplies you need to spruce up that pumpkin. All you need to do is BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). This event will be held on the Midtown Muddy’s Lawn. All ages welcome!

Enjoy spooky treats, play games to win prizes, stop by booths to shop vintage Halloween goodies, hand-made items & Art. Shop oddities and curiosities items for the strange and weird.

Join Shelby Farms Park on the Great Lawn for two spook-tacular scary movies: Casper (6:15pm) and The Shining (8pm). Food trucks will be available and parking is $10 per car.

Come dressed as your favorite character from “The Office.” Since it is October, each location is going to have a costume contest too. Both nights will feature a fresh edition of trivia about “The Office” Halloween episodes. Feel free to attend one or both. Just be sure to RSVP!

Invite your friends to play “Friends” Trivia (The One With Questions About the Halloween Episode and Other Spooky Stuff From Friends). Since it is October, Railgarten is going to have a “Friends” costume contest during trivia.

Come dressed as your favorite character from the Disney Halloween classic. Since it is October, each location is going to have a “Hocus Pocus” costume contest too. Both nights will feature a fresh edition of trivia about “Hocus Pocus.” Feel free to attend one or both. Just be sure to RSVP!

Think ghost stories are just for kids? Think again. Historical Haunt’s haunted pub crawl is just for adults! Join their knowledgeable and entertaining guides on an informative and humorous walking tour of Downtown Memphis restaurants, bars and taverns. You’ll enjoy the macabre history and spirits with the spirits, as you explore two types of Memphis traditions: ghost stories and alcohol.

A Halloween season inspired collection of short plays written by local writers. Explore Science Fiction in theatrical form! Travel in space and time to meet aliens from another dimension, sentient robots and mysterious creatures. Discover strange worlds, future technologies and alternate realities that defy comprehension!

Parents, do you want a kid free night? Send the kids to Paint a Piece to celebrate fall and create some spooky and festive pieces. Parents enjoy your own free time or stay and paint something of your own. Kids will paint an a spider canvas and complete a sugar skull plate. They will give step by step instructions, eat East of Chicago Pizza, and have tons of fun!

Come to Singleton’s popular Halloween Carnival which will take place in the Gymnasium. There will be games, contests, candy and fun. Will your costume win a prize in the Costume Contest? Judging will be divided in the following age categories: 0–3, 4–6, 7–9, 10–12, 13 and over. Admission is $1.00 for adults; children 12 and under are free.

  • Zoo Boo
    October 19-21 and 26-28, and 31st, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm – $10 to $12 for members and $13 to $15 for non-members

Join the Memphis Zoo for their annual ZOO BOO celebration. Mazes, hayrides, candy stations and more will be ready for guests to enjoy along with the exhibits!

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned contest that will feature live entertainment, activities for families and children, a variety of vendors and concessions, and much more. Over $11,000 in prize money and trophies will be awarded to winners in three MBN categories (Whole Hog, Pulled Pork, and Ribs) and ten ‘Anything But’ categories.

Celebrate the season at CMOM’s (not-so-scary) Halloween Spooktacular complete with all the fall festival trimmings: pumpkin decorating, Halloween costume parade, glow party, Magic show with Mr. Nick, Spooky Science experiments, and Treats-not-Tricks goodies.

Experience a pub crawl like no other! Complete with a multitude of attractions including a sorting ceremony, wizard games, trivia, Hogwarts acceptance letters, and of course plenty of drink specials, be sure to take the chance and dive deep into the realm of Harry Potter!

Enjoy a night of classic vampire flicks with friends and family! Bring the lawn chairs and some grub and soak in the Halloween atmosphere. Here is the full line up: The Lost Boys, Fright Night, The Hunger, Near Dark.

  • Boos + Booze
    Saturday, October 20, 5 pm to 8 am (the 21st)

Spend the night at Shelby Farms at Boos + Booze…if you dare! There, you can enjoy witch’s brew, have some spirits with the spirits, watch a scary movie, take a haunted hike, have paranormal encounters and more!

Every week, since the summer of 2012, UBFM has sought out and fed the homeless, via bicycle, on the streets of Memphis, through every type of weather, to demonstrate to them that they are loved and not forgotten. Help them keep going by attending our 6th Anniversary Fundraiser Bash/Silent Auction/Costume Party, etc. coming up on Saturday, October 20th, to be held in one of the coolest warehouses in Memphis, starting at 6 pm!

Join the Collierville Education Association for the 2nd Annual Fall Fun Fest featuring a 5K, Family Fun Run, and a festival with food trucks, vendors, activities, inflatables, petting zoo, train ride and more! This year we are adding a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest along with hot air balloon rides.

Join The Q if you dare, for the biggest zombie party in the city. (21 & UP)

Come in costume for spooky family fun and activities based on Vampirina and your favorite Disney Junior pals at Wolfchase Galleria!

Celebrate the season at CMOM’s (not-so-scary) Halloween Spooktacular complete with all the fall festival trimmings: pumpkin decorating, Halloween costume parade, glow party, Magic show with Mr. Nick, Spooky Science experiments, and Treats-not-Tricks goodies.

Forget the Walking Dead, this is the SKATING Dead. Put on your zombie best and start your #Halloween celebrations early.

Mark your calendar! Families are invited to this year’s Halloween Festival packed with fun and games. Bring your whole family for this ghoulish Sunday afternoon event. Vendors will be on hand to promote their business or organization and will be giving out treats and goodies. The kids will get a thrill out of Lakeland’s Great Pumpkin Patch filled with pumpkins for the picking. Once they pick out their favorite pumpkin, they can decorate it and take home. This is a free event for families.

We have to wait until 2019 for more new episodes of Stranger Things, but we don’t have to wait any longer for more “Stranger Things” Trivia in the Memphis area!

You’re invited to a celebration of the darker side of cinema, as they unleash an entire weekend devoted to absolute celluloid insanity and some seriously messed up flicks at CINEMATIC PANIC! – a five day film festival devoted entirely to the dangerous, the demented, and the damaging in film…

It’s a wrestling event where YOU get to be a part of the action! Head to Memphis Made Brewing for the first-ever Trivia Havoc & Costume Contest. Come dressed as your favorite wrestler for your chance to win a prize pack valued at $100 in the BIGGEST pro wrestling costume contest in the history of the territory.

Memphis is turning into Halloween Town as Pimentos Kitchen plays “Nightmare Before Christmas” Trivia!

Join Southern Vintage for their technique class for this adorable two-sided pallet. They will teach you how to paint a scarecrow and snowman step-by-step. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Come dressed in your best costumes and head to the Bartlett Recreation Center for their 4th Annual “Halloween Family Fun Fest.” Featuring a haunted hay ride and costume contest, be sure not to miss it!

Loflin Yard is celebrating Halloween by giving an extra bingo card to everyone in costume!

See ‘The Addams Family’ on Adams Avenue on the lawn of the Mallory-Neely House! Open house starts at 5:30 before the movie at 7 pm. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Tour takers will be greeted by costumed hosts and will have the chance to take peruse expanded retail options and purchase beer, wine, and snacks. Guests will follow a newly-improved path illuminated by beautiful bistro lights, meeting along the way 9 costumed characters portraying the residents of Elmwood from Memphis history. You’ll meet a Civil Rights leader, a suffragist, a city historian, a victim of the yellow fever, and other fascinating characters. Tickets available here.

Join the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus for their forth annual Halloween Party – Halloween at Hogwarts. Costume contest at midnight. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and admission includes food and an open bar. Entertainment will be surprise guests and performances throughout the night. All proceeds will benefit their 2018-19 charity, TEP Tennessee Equality Project Foundation and Special Olympics of Greater Memphis

Come and bring your kids for a Trunk or Treat at the marketplace! They will also have a make and take paint pumpkin or ghost in the craft room which will have a small fee ($12) but the trunk or treating will be free!

This Halloween weekend, come get spooky at Loflin Yard at an all-day event with food, drinks, and games. They’ll have a live DJ in the Coach House, pumpkin decorating in the Yard, and 3 costume contests.

Crosstown Brewing is hosting a murder Mystery Dinner Party and you’re all invited! Sign-up now to be part of a night of mystery and fun. There are two options for tickets and you will be assigned a character based on your ticket purchase. The cost includes a catered dinner from Next Door, dessert and two full pours of beer. This is an interactive event and they highly encourage everyone that participates to come dressed in costume.

Party all night at The Beach House this Halloween. They’ll have food and drink specials available until the wee hours.

As Night falls and Darkness descends you are cordially invited to Haunted Happenings at the Woodruff-Fontaine Mansion! Allow gypsies to foretell your future and partake in a live paranormal investigation. Live music, food trucks and dancing await, so don your costume if you wish and enjoy an evening of Victorian themed Halloween festivities.

Head to Growlers for Halloween movie trivia, live music, and happy hour in celebration of the new Halloween film releasing this October!

For this holiday edition of PubSing, The Casual Pint will throw in some spooky tunes for all to sing and also welcomes you to arrive IN COSTUME should you so desire! There will be a prize for the costume contest winner.

Last year, the 3rd annual monster mash was one of the hottest in Memphis. This year will be even better! Benefiting, party-goers will enjoy an open bar, open dance floor, a DJ, and finger foods. This is a costume party like no other and first place this year will take home $200 with the runner up will receiving $75. The crowd will be the judge at the stroke of midnight so be sure to come prepared!

Gates open 5pm. Trick or Treat through My Big Backyard 5pm to 7pm. Movie begins at 7:15. Come in your creepiest costume, grab a blanket or chair, and come to the Live Garden for a double feature of fun. Little ghosts and goblins will scream with delight at the treat stations and activities before Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown shows at 7:15 pm. At 7:45pm, go on a journey through the woods with Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Kettle corn, food truck concessions, photo ops, and adult spirits will be available throughout the evening. No outside food, please. MBG members $8/non-members $10 at the gate, includes one or both films and all activities.

The Annual Spaceface Halloween Party is approaching. Spaceface will have all their classics on Saturday October 27th at Railgarten featuring: a costume contest with prizes, local art vendors, local food, libations, and more for all of you party animals.

Booogey the night away at South Memphis Productions with drink and food specials, a costume party, and a live DJ!

Admission is $12.99 in advance or $14.99 at the door. Children ages 1-17 are welcomed. Includes pizza, drinks, glow necklace, face painting, spooky bag for trick or treating, games and prizes!

Join Idlewild Presbyterian’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat! In partnership with Grace St. Luke’s, they are holding an evening of fun, fellowship, games, and candy in the parking lot on the corner of Union & Evergreen! If you would like to volunteer or donate, please sign up here.

It’s almost Halloween so party at Rec Room with two very different…and yet eerily similar movies about some good Ol’ fashioned witchcraft. Drink and food specials all night!

Join Craft Republic for a fantastic Halloween party! $10 Cover includes a buffet & candy bar, karaoke with Dee Jay Funn, black light room with glow-in-the-dark beer pong, spooky photo booth, costume contest (No masks), scary maze, prizes and giveaways just for attending, $2 Raffle basket, creepy good drink specials, jello shot specials, and more!

Do you like scary movies? Celebrate Halloween by playing Horror Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Wed, Oct 31: @ LBOE, 7pm-9pm, @ TJ Mulligan’s Cordova, 7pm-9pm (21+),  @ Railgarten, 8pm-10pm *COSTUME CONTEST* Since it is Halloween, Railgarten is going to have a costume contest during trivia too. Make a reservation to guarantee your team’s spot.

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Crosstown Concourse this Halloween for trick-or-treating on the plaza. Volunteers will park their cars on the plaza and fill their trunks with candy.

Enjoy safe trunk or treating, spooky hikes, Pumpkin painting, music, food trucks and more!

Wear your best Halloween costume and celebrate with some candy on Wednesday, October 31st while supplies last. Look out for pumpkins in the store windows for participating retailers.


101 Things To Do In Memphis #37: Beale Street Art Crawl

by Melissa Thompson

There’s a new event in the works that wants to flood “America’s most iconic street,” with local art and art buyers.

The inaugural Beale Street Art Crawl is scheduled for October 20th.

The event is being managed by the nonprofit Dear Music with support from Downtown Memphis Commission. Dear Music’s mission is to “provide positive community events centered on cultural enrichment, performance and visual arts, and community engagement.”

Beale Street Art Crawl welcomes artists of all mediums and various styles and aesthetics from Memphis, Nashville and surrounding areas. Organizers are working to establish this as a quarterly event to help artists reach a new consumer base, increase visibility, and have the opportunity to become a merchant on historic Beale Street for a day.

For updates about the event follow Beale Street Art Crawl on Facebook.

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