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101 Things To Do In Memphis #18: 901Fest

by Melissa Thompson

An ode to all things Memphis, the 2018 901Fest is set for May 26, 2018. The Memphis celebration will take place in the afternoon following the 2018 Great American River Run Half Marathon & 5K race.

Picture yourself enjoying the cool breeze off the Mississippi River in Tom Lee Park, listening to some local music, chowing down on your favorite local food joint and browsing through vendors. These are just a few things you can do at 901Fest. 

A wide-range of Memphis talent will be on display all day across multiple stages, with performances from Memphis soul artist Nick Black, hip hop artist Marco Pavé, iHeartMemphis, soul artist Ashton Riker, local rapper Frayser Boy, indie rockers Avon Dale, local deejay Scotty B, Southern rock of The Fast Mothers, teen rockers Under the Radar, The Grizzline, students from the School of Roc,; plus Sebastian Carson with a spoken word performance, the rock and jazz of Briarcrest Soundscape, and more.

New this year is the inaugural 901Fest Cornhole Tournament. The festival will offer (25) two-person teams the chance to show off their skills and compete for both glory and prizes in a double elimination tournament. This family-friendly event also offers a Creative Arts tent with multiple stations to make your own Memphis-inspired art, plus Knockerball.

Saturday, May 26 at 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM  

901Fest
56 S Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103


By and photo credit: http://www.memphisinmay.org/engage/calendar/2018-901fest/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #17: Feed Memphis 10k

by Melissa Thompson

Join us at the Pink Palace in Memphis, TN for a beautiful run to benefit Feed Memphis.

Roughly one in four children in Memphis and Shelby County go to bed hungry. Feed Memphis is an initiative of the Memphis Dream Center to address this significant and heartbreaking need. Each week, volunteers assemble individual red bags filled with food for over 3200 children struggling with food insecurity. These red bags of hope are distributed at 6 Title 1 Shelby County Schools in North Memphis and are often the only food resources these precious children will have until school begins again on Monday.

Running in the Feed Memphis 5k/10k is a great way to increase awareness and meet the needs of children facing the challenges and effects of poverty. All proceeds go directly to the acquisition and distribution of food for children in Memphis.

Get your tickets here.

Pink Palace Family of Museums
3050 Central Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38111

By and photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1806930909601218/

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #16: Mother’s Day Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Mother’s Day 2018 is Sunday, May 13. Here are some ideas for ways to treat your Mom to fun day or night out, followed by a list of places doing brunch.

Things To Do For Mother’s Day In Memphis

Black Love Bail Out
Memphis Official Black Lives Matter Chapter will participate in the 2nd annual National Bail Out Collective, raising funds to cover the costs of bail for mothers who have not been convicted of a crime. Read more and donate here.

Mother’s Day Plant Sale
The Memphis Botanic Garden hosts their annual plant sale on Thursday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mother’s Day Craft Playgroup
A quick, kid-friendly craft at 10:20 a.m. on May 11 in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square after that morning’s 9:15 a.m. stroller ride.

Mother’s Day Dance Classes 
Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio will host special Mother’s Day lessons on Friday, May 11 (waltz) and Tuesday May 15 (swing). It’s free to the ladies and $12 for men, and no partner is necessary. Be sure to call or email to reserve your spot. Details.

Memphis Bluff City Nationals Pro-Pulling League
Head to Memphis International Raceway for this weekend’s show of super crazy vehicles pulling other vehicles. Like a tractor pull on steroids, and totally family-friendly, this event features – and I quote “four-engine, 5000+ horsepower tractors, to flame throwing jet turbine powered semi-trucks”. Sign me up for the flame throwing! The event is on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. both nights. 

Memphis Greek Festival
Take mom to the annual Memphis Greek Fest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Highland on Friday or Saturday (open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days). The’yll have live music, entertainment, and the star of the show – Greek food and pastries. They also have a drive-through if you’re just getting grub to go.

Mother’s Day Out at Concourse
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 12th, enjoy a building-wide celebration of mom with vendors and artisans, live music, a magic show, and more.

Pink Wig Music Festival
Take mom to The Edge District on Saturday to enjoy local music from the likes of Lucky 7 Brass Band, Marcella & Her Lovers, Cassette Set and Island 45, plus food and High Cotton beer for sale. Ticket proceeds benefit the Pink Wig Project, which provides pink wigs to cancer patients and their supporters and raises awareness.

Mother’s Day Pop-Up At The Art Factory
From noon to 5 p.m. on May 12, shop pottery, sculpture, paintings, and more art from local artists at the Art Factory in Cooper Young.

Mom’s Day Pop-Up at Everbloom Designs
Pick up flowers for your mom at Broad Avenue’s new floral design studio. They’ll be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Mother’s Tea at Elmwood
Take mom to the city’s picturesque historic cemetery the Saturday before Mother’s Day for tea and treats and a short tour. Tickets are $35 and you’ll need to make reservations.

Woodruff-Fontaine Speakeasy Parlor
Dress in your best 1920s-inspired attire for this speakeasy event that requires a password for entry. Tickets include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and access to the Woodruff-Fontaine Museum, Carriage House, and Root Cellar. The event is on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pour & Explore at Saddle Creek 
If mom is a dog lover, this Pour & Explore event is just for her. Enjoy wine samples at 15 shops, live music, live art, and Streetdog Foundation pups (that will be up for adoption!) The event is Saturday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Music of Grant Green at Crosstown Arts
Local jazz artists perform tributes to Grant Green as part of the Crosstown Jazz Series, which takes place in the Concourse.

Mother’s Day With The Redbirds
Take the whole family to the ballpark on Sunday the 13th for a brunch and playtime on the field at noon and a first pitch at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are $35 for dugout and $39 for club level, which includes brunch, seats, and a pizza coupon for Papa John’s. You can bring dogs, too, but they can’t go out on the field.

Wolf River Conservancy Mother’s Day Paddle
If you’ve never paddled the Wolf River, I promise you (and your mom) will be amazed and impressed by the natural beauty we have right here in our own backyard! The Conservancy will host a free 3.5 mile paddle on May 13. You must register before Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. to attend. Details.

Ragtime Tea Party at Pontotoc Lounge
Take a music-loving mom to South Main on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., where DJ Mark Richens plays an eclectic mix of classic jazz, ragtime, swing, and more. Pontotoc serves artisan cocktails and Southern-inspired menu.

Symphony in the Gardens
Bring your picnics, blankets, and chairs to the Dixon’s South Lawn for a big band tunes with the Memphis Symphony. Mempops and Memdawgs will be on site. They have VIP options, too.

Places Serving Mother’s Day Brunch In Memphis
Call for reservations ASAP. Click on the links for price and more info. 

Old Venice will have a brunch buffet on Mother’s Day with breakfast favorites, carving station, and more.

Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis will host Mother’s Day brunch on Mezzanine, tea in Chez Philippe, and dinner in Capriccio Grill.

The Memphis Botanic Garden will serve a brunch buffet in the Japanese Garden on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Bleu Restaurant (in the Westin downtown) will serve a Mother’s Day Sunday brunch, free validated parking.

Coletta’s on Appling Road will host a Mother’s Day Luncheon.

Delta’s Kitchen (in the Guest House at Graceland) will serve an a la carte menu with breakfast and late-brunch offerings.

Amerigo Italian in East Memphis will serve their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus plus chef specials on Mother’s Day – they’re doing walk-ins only.

Patrick’s will have a classic brunch buffet with carving station, omelet station, seafood, and breakfast stuff.

Terrace at the River Inn will have a prix frixe Mother’s Day menu.

Celtic Crossing will have a special Moy Benedict in addition to their brunch menu; moms get roses.

Babalu will serve Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day with specials and tableside mimosas.

By: ilovememphisblog.com
Photo credit: almanac.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #15: Bubble Run

by Melissa Thompson

If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonka's factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun!

Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!
Bubble-teers and charity partners will also be there to help make sure you get your share of the frothy goodness. Each of the four Foam Bogs are represented by different colored foam. So what if you should accidentally “taste the whimsey?” They don’t taste as great as they are fun, but not to worry. The foam is 100% safe.

What does living in a bubble feel like?

Like a giant, effervescent party.
The race itself is amazing. But once you cross the finish line, there’s still plenty of excitement and activity.
Jam out and dance to the DJ’s, get some free swag and get ready to get a serious dose of extra foam! Then strut around like a peacock sporting your boss finisher’s status. Or perhaps you simply want to chill and take in the sight. Believe us, you’ve never seen anything like this. Whatever you do, don’t forget to shop for BUBBLE RUN™ groovy merch in our race day store.

Is Bubble Run™ a race?

Nope! That’s what’s awesome about it! There is nothing competitive about Bubble Run other than seeing who has the most color on them after the race! There’s no timing, no timing clock and no placement awards. Just a great excuse to come out and have fun with your friends, family and kids while doing something healthy!

Kids 4 and under race for free with fully paid adult registration.
Please see FAQ page for details.

May 12, 2018: Memphis International Raceway – 5500 Victory Ln, Millington, TN 38053

Heat# 1: 8:00AM

By and photo credit: bubblerun.com

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #14: Your Guide to Memphis Farmers Markets

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for a place to grab some local fresh produce, artisan crafts, food, or even live music in Memphis? Lucky for you, Memphis has several farmers markets that you’ll want to check out.

Overton Park Community Farmers Market

Memphis Farmers Market (Downtown)

  • Central Station Market
    • Every Saturday starting April 5. Summer hours are from 7am-1pm. Winter hours are 9am-1pm through December 13th.
  • Court Square Market
  • Every Wednesday (starting June 28th) from 4pm-7pm and running through September 27th.

Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market

  • When: Every Saturday. 9am-1pm.
  • Where: Parking lot of First Congregational Church (1000 Cooper St. Memphis, 38104)
  • What: Check out what/who they’ll have each week here.
  • Runs: Year round.

Germantown Farmers Market

  • June – August, Thursdays, 4pm – 7:30pm at Farm Park Market
  • Interested in volunteering as a farmhand on Thursday nights? Contact Michelle Johns at 901-757-7375 or mjohns@germantown-tn.gov.

South Memphis Farmers Market

  • May – November
  • Thursdays 9am-1pm
  • 1400 Mississippi Blvd

Cordova International Farmers Market 

  • 1150 N. Germantown Parkway
  • Monday – Sunday 9am-9pm

Agricenter Farmers Market

Go here to find more resources through the Food Landscape Map of Memphis.

By and photo credit: https://choose901.com/memphis-farmers-markets-fresh-food-fun/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #13: 16th Annual Southern Hot Wing Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Southern Hot Wing Festival® is a celebration of the chicken hot wing, the drummie, the flat, flap, and everything in between. Established in 2003 by a local Memphain who felt that the South had more to offer than just amazingly great BBQ, the Southern Hot Wing festival has become a staple event each April bringing with it the warmth and the fire to usher in the Spring!

Boasting, on average, around 70+ teams a year, the Southern Hot Wing Festival glorifies the almighty chicken (wing) in much the same way that Memphis BBQ has done with the Pig.

As in years past the event will again pack the streets with the sweet smell of hot wings, gregarious participants, terrify music, and entertainment which the whole family can enjoy. So whether you are an aficionado looking to savor some of the best wings around town or you are looking to compete for a shot to show off your best wings… this is the right event for you!

Bring your kids, bring your friends and come PIG out on some great wings from the best teams around!

The festival takes places April 21st at Tiger Lane from 11 am – 7 pm.

By and photo credit: http://www.southernhotwingfestival.com/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #12: Southern Junkers Vintage Market

by Melissa Thompson

Southern Junkers Vintage Market is "Home Grown" right here in Memphis! The One and only Vintage Market in Memphis, Tn!

Southern Junkers Vintage Market is listed in City Farmhouse Style's new book, and Flea Market Style Magazine!!

They are doing something Very SPECIAL for the Spring Market this year!!!!! Do you love Champagne? Well guess what? We do too, and we are celebrating and want YOU to join us!!! On Friday April 13 from 9am til Noon, (tickets are limited) we are having Mimosa's and a breakfast bar!

Our special guests Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse and Gale Brisa from San Diego of Vignette It, Erin E Anderson, of Erin's Art and Design are joining us for a Meet and Greet and Book signing! The Brand New City Farmhouse Style Book, by Kim Leggett.

Tickets are limited for our Early Buying and First Shop of the show from 9am til Noon, and only sold online and are 20.00 each, and gets you in all weekend! Must present printed ticket at entrance. 
General admission begins on Friday April 13 from noon to 6p on Friday, and Sat. April 14th from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are 8.00 per person and sold at the door.

TICKET LINK HERE

Vintage and Antique Market with over 65 amazing Vendors from across the country. Farmhouse Style, Vintage, MCM, Antiques, Boutique, Jewelry. Paint demo's, Food Trucks, and more!

By and photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763750160581908/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #11: Spring Market in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson


SPRING MARKET RETURNS TO THE AGRICENTER IN MEMPHIS 
FOR THE 12TH YEAR, April 6-8, 2018

Ladies it’s time! SPRING MARKET, the LARGEST Spring “boutique-shopping” event in the South, returns once again for the 12th year to the Agricenter in Memphis, TN, for three of the BIGGEST shopping days of the year. We just keep getting bigger and better because this year SPRING MARKET has hand-picked and selected over 200 of the best merchants from all over the country to showcase their latest, hottest, and trendiest fashions, accessories, décor and so much more.

SPRING MARKET is a shopping event that many anticipate and make plans to attend well in advance.. It’s the perfect girls outing with friends or Mom. Friday morning arrive early and save 10% on many of your purchases during Market Madness, from 9 a.m. to noon. After 12 p.m. regular merchant pricing applies, and you can continue shopping well into the evening till 9 p.m. 

After you’ve shopped all day Friday, it’s a night out with the girls with CupCakes & Cocktails. The excitement begins Friday 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m., where you can visit the Wine Bar for complimentary wine (in your souvenir SPRING MARKET wine glass), and enjoy a delicious cupcake. But there’s no need to hang out at the bar and miss out on shopping! SPRING MARKET has their famous Market Men walking around the show floor filling those empty glasses.

There’s also a silent auction of donated items from the merchants 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with all the proceeds going to the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee. The first 100 shoppers for girls night at 5 p.m. will receive a SPRING MARKET tote!

New this year at SPRING MARKET is Muffins & Mimosas, Saturday morning 9 a.m. to noon. Get there early, because once again we will have 100 of our super cool SPRING MARKET totes to give away, and everyone that attends Muffins & Mimosas will receive a souvenir cup to fill with a refreshing Mimosa and a tasty muffin to fuel up for a day of shopping! 

Don’t forget, SPRING MARKET is about making memories, and we want you to remember all the fun you’ve had this weekend, hop into our photo booth and have your photos taken. Photos made on the spot and ready to take home. This is all complimentary! Plenty of fun crazy props as well.

Don’t worry about leaving for lunch! SPRING MARKET Café has a variety of tasty options such as McAlister’s, Crepe Maker, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Good Scoops. 
SPRING MARKET will also offer a new Bag Check area, and as always Curbside Service to and from the parking lot in one of our many six-seated golf carts! 

Remember, SPRING MARKET is Open to the Public! It’s that much-anticipated event that marks the return of warmer weather, flip-flops, and sun kissed skin. Ladies from all over the Mid-south have shopped and experienced that SPRING MARKET Euphoria and that all too common Shopping-Till-You-Drop feeling the SPRING MARKET brings. 

Friday, April 6
Shopping - 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.  
Market Madness - 9 a.m. - 12 noon        
10% off purchases from participating     merchants.

Cupcakes & Cocktails - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Silent Auction - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.    

Saturday, April 7
Shopping - 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
Muffins & Mimosas - 9 a.m. - noon 

Sunday, April 8
Shopping - 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.   
Market Madness - 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
    10% off purchases from participating     merchants    

Admission

Adults  
$10  1-day pass
$15 3-day pass
Children 12 & Under FREE

Cupcakes & Cocktails -  Friday 5-9 $20
Complimentary wine and beer,     cupcake, wine glass, and tote to the     first 100 shoppers. 

Muffins & Mimosas - Saturday 9-noon $20
Complimentary Mimosas, muffin, and     tote to the first 100 shoppers.

Free Parking


By and photo credit: http://www.themarketshows.com/SpringMarketMemphis.html

101 Things To Do In Memphis #10 Easter Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Spring time is upon us. That means Easter is almost here and Memphis has plenty of events to keep us hopping! However, it’s happening on April Fool’s so be sure keep your ears up for any shenanigans.

Visit Carriage Crossing’s Spring Garden for a keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny and your little one! It will be located in Suite 547 between Talbots and Dillard’s.

  • Friday, March 30 – Bunny Hop 2018 – Collierville – 10:30am – 12pm

Join JA of Collierville, Main Street Collierville and Town of Collierville for dancing, games, the Easter Bunny and more. Please bring canned food to donate to those in need within the Collierville community.

Head to the Garden to enjoy a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Everyone will enjoy kids crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. You’ll also be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny and purchase concessions at an additional cost.

SRVS Kids & Families will be hosting their 22nd Bunny 5K at The Grove @ Oak Court Mall! Runners begin at 9:00 am and walkers start immediately after, followed by the 1 mile Family fun run/walk. They will also have children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Be sure to sign up by the 29th.

Saturday of Easter Weekend, spend your time at the Yard for Smoke House specialties and spring cocktails, as well as a series of specialty events like an Easter Bunny dog costume contest and an adult Easter Egg hunt at 8 pm!

Join Pumping Station for their annual Roulette! Here are the rules: Two people face each other. They pick an egg and hope it’s not raw. At the same time, they slam the egg on their forehead. The loser get’s egg on their face, the winner goes to the next round. It’s simple and great fun!

Enjoy a fantastic brunch after your Easter service this April 1st! They offer a wide variety of food spanning multiple categories, and of course have plenty of delectable desserts for you to enjoy. Be sure to reserve your spot soon.

Enjoy crab cake Benedict, Cajun omelette, french toast, chicken tenders, and more at Tug’s this coming Easter morning! View their complete menu here.

Join Owen Brennan’s for their annual Easter Brunch. This honored event will sell out, so make your reservations as soon as possible. They will also hold a few seats and make them available for walk-ins.

Enjoy filet mignon, crab cakes, pork belly & eggs, and more at the Terrace at the River Inn this Easter! Reservations are now open and filling up fast so be sure to reserve your seats by calling 901-260-3333.

Join Paulette’s in Harbor Town for their annual Easter brunch. Reserve your seat now by calling 901-260-3300.

Brunch includes an endless buffet of traditional and not-so-traditional Easter brunch menu items. Price is $55 per adult, $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

By: choose901.com
Photo credit: BeMyGuest

101 Things To Do In Memphis #9: Ag Day Celebration

by Melissa Thompson


Join Agricenter on March 29th for its Ag Day Celebration!

11am - 1pm   Lunch and Ceremony

1pm - 3pm   Exhibition drop-in

What: To celebrate the impact of agriculture in our daily lives, Agricenter will host a luncheon honoring winners of the Student Art Contest who submitted artwork with the theme of "Farm of the Future." There will be over $1,000 in prize money given away to these student artists! Attendees will hear from a panel of ag industry experts and spend time at the Exhibition viewing displays from over 20 ag businesses.

When: March 29.  Luncheon, awards ceremony with Student Art Contest winners, and a panel presentation will be from 11am-1pm.  Exhibition in a drop-in format is from 1pm-3pm. 

Where: Agricenter Farmer's Market, red barn near Germantown Parkway and Timberlake Drive

Who: Jim Jaggers, News Channel 3 meteorologist, will be the emcee for this event.

Welcome Remarks: Agricenter President John Butler
Jai Templeton, Commissioner, TN Department of Agriculture will discuss the economic impact of agriculture.

Panel discussion on innovation in Ag will feature:
Mark Pryor, CEO, The Seam.
Pete Nelson, CEO, AgLaunch.
Brad Godwin, Indigo Ag.

7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN
901.757.7777

By and photo credit: http://www.agricenter.org/agday

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