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101 Things To Do In Memphis #4: Mid-South Sports and Boat Show

by Melissa Thompson

Bring the whole family to the Number One Sports & Boat Show in the state - we have something for everyone!

Great deal son ski gear, wake-boards, water toys, fishing tackle, lures & much more! 

All the TOP DEALERS will be showcasing the newest Ski Boats!  Fishing Boats!  Pontoons! Runabouts and more!  All with special pricing and financing!​

It’s a Boat Buyin’ Bonanza and FUN for everyone!

Adults $10
Children 12 and under - Free

Friday, Feb 16th, 2 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 17th, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 18th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120
Tel: 901-867-7007

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #3: Valentine’s Day Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you’re taken or single as a pringle this month of Valentine, there are plenty of events around Memphis that can help you feel the love.

Single? Head out to Tin Roof for a wild party, complete with a photo-booth and musical guests TBA, with 1000 other singles from around Memphis.

Enjoy lots of sweet treats and cute items. They’ll make great gifts for yourself and your significant other!

Everyone enjoys a good love story, don’t they? Take a tour of the cemetery learn about those who have loved and lost. This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. The tour begins at the Elmwood Cottage. This walking tour takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately and be prepared to learn about the history of Memphis in a totally entertaining way. Registration is $20 per person. Adults only, please! 18 and over.

Louder than Bombs is set to perform at Bar DKDC. Singles and couples are both welcome to enjoy the show!

Need a date for Valentines Day? Well here is your chance to bid for one! Each person will start off at $25 and higher bids can be placed in $5 increments. If you would like to bid anonymously, you can send a direct message to Mid-South Pride and they will post your bid to the picture. All proceeds will benefit Mid-South Pride.

Show yourself some love this Galentine’s Day by sipping on a rosé cocktail while you shop Paper & Clay + Question the Answer. They will have yummy treats (it’s Brit’s birthday, too!), a giveaway & something for each and every one of your Valentines (most importantly, yourself)! We will also be here to help you make a wishlist to pass on to *your* special someone if you’d like.

Chocolatier Phillip Ashley creates an array of designer chocolates and confections for you to pair with select whiskey, wines, and cocktails.

Enjoy some romance with your Valentine aboard the Memphis Riverboats! Cruise includes 2 hours on the Mighty Mississippi, music from their House Jazz Band and a buffet consisting of beef brisket, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and dessert.

  • Saturday, February 10th – GRB’s Valentine’s Market – 12 pm to 4 pm

Stop by Ghost River Brewing’s tap room on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day to enjoy a drink while shopping for great local items that’ll make the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

The Memphis Cook Convention Center will be hosting a magical ball for the kids across the city! They’ll be able to dance with Cinderella, read with Rapunzel, share sweet treats with Tinkerbell, and create a tiara with Elena.

Shop local ceramics, art, and meet the artists of the Art Factory!

Learn to make a textured sterling silver ring with a partner in just one class. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, you and your loved one will texture, solder, form, and finish silver rings for each other. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Everbloom Designs is hosting a Valentine Pop-Up shop with special arrangements and treats available all day.

Visit the Historical Covington Square for the annual chocolate tour with over 20 stops filled with great items and tasty treats.

If you visit the Metal Museum on the 11th, you’ll enjoy tasty treats while you shop through their store filled with one-of-a-kind, Memphis made items that’ll impress your loved one on the big day.

Ghost River Brewing Company is throwing you and your favorite gals a brunch party. Reserve your seats to celebrate an early Galentines with Flying Sobies Hen House Food Truck. $10/person includes a Two Girls and a Whip cupcake, a pour of their Chocolate Orgasm Chocolate Ale (or beer of choice) plus some other personalized items.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Celtic Crossing with a special three course dinner, including a gift of Irish Butler’s Heart Chocolates.

If you’re blue because of being single on Valentine’s Day, don’t fret! Two Rivers bookstore is hosting a singles event filled with refreshments, games, trivia, and plenty of singles with which to mingle.

A singles speed dating event that is open to all letters of the identity spectrum! The event will be held at First Congregational Church.

Enjoy a candle-lit acoustic performance in the Coach House, featuring Susan MarshallRebecca AlmondJana Misener, and Misti Rae Holton.  Guests will can enjoy happy hour-priced Smoke House specialties, half-off bottles of wine, and discounted beer and cocktails.

Sing the night away with your loved one. Enjoy food, prizes, and more.

Looking to shake up your Valentine’s Day tradition? Head to one of the Grizzlies marquee match-ups versus the OKC Thunder. In this rivalry, the teams usually exude the complete opposite of love so be sure to head to the Forum to catch the action.

Couples and singles are invited to an all-black attire soiree’ Valentine’s evening for a night filled with comedy, music, a great dinner, and unlimited cocktails in an adult atmosphere. Tickets are available now.

Celebrate the day of love with a concert featuring games, prizes, and live entertainment from Carla Barnes, Bird Williams, Lil Rounds, and Courtney Little.

Contestants will have a chance to win prizes as well so be sure to bring your A-game.

Shake it up a little this year and spend some quality time with your loved one, or if you’re single, with your could-be-loved-one. Cupid’s arrows will be reigning down in the form of live-band karaoke!

You can’t have Valentines day without some classic romantic comedies! So celebrate the day of love by testing your knowledge and playing Romantic Comedy Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Valentine’s Day (you must RSVP in order to participate):

Daisyland Presents Big Gigantic on the Got The Love Tour with support from Shallou. If you’re searching for a concert this Valentine’s Day, look no further.

Head to the Trolley Stop Market and celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family! They’ll have heart shaped pizzas, kids crafts, cupcake and cookie decorating, door prizes every 30 minutes, and will be showing a family friendly movie that night.

Get away from the traditional restaurant and enjoy a unique valentines dinning experience. Event photos, bottle service, 4 course meal, flowers, and live entertainment. Limited to 25 couples.

The “You Look Like” comedy show returns, but with a twist. Performers will now be competing against their significant others! The P&H Cafe will host.

Paradox Underground is an exclusive dining club, a sort of culinary speakeasy in Memphis that offers dining experiences of a lifetime. For just one night they transform a seemingly obscure location in the city into a unique event venue where Chef Jimmy Gentry along with his Paradox team, serve five masterfully created courses that are paired with the perfect libations, an all around experience sure to excite all the senses. The menu and location of each event remain undisclosed until 48 hours prior to the dinner, ticket holders will then receive an email or text revealing all the final details. 

Wednesday, February 14 Dinner Options:

Join Rumba Room Memphis for a night of Hip-Hop, Poetry, and Comedy fusion. Artists will also answer questions about love before taking the mic. Whether you’re single or taken, it’ll be a great night all-around.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #2: Oil Painting at Memphis College of Art

by Melissa Thompson

Learn the basics of oil painting in the tradition of the old masters. We'll study the behavior of light and learn to accurately identify the interaction between light, shadow, texture and pattern while refining the painterly gestures to express what we see with oil. By focusing on the foundations, we will apply these skills to create visually rich oil paintings. This class is a good introduction for those new to painting with oil, as well as a great refresher for those who are already familiar with this medium.

Feb 2, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Friday 10:30 am to 1 pm

Sign up here.

Memphis College of Art
1930 Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN  38104

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #1: Muddy’s Kitchen & Tasting

by Melissa Thompson

Due to popular demand, Muddy's presents the long awaited... EVENING Kitchen Tour!

That's right! Get ready for a not so typical Friday night! Whether it's a girls night, date night, or family night out, one thing is for sure, a behind the scenes Muddy's experience will not disappoint!

Peek behind the curtain to learn how it all works and have a blast with our team. Their tours are open to the public and occur once a month at the Broad Avenue baking kitchen.

For an action-packed 2 hours, you'll watch the baking team create cupcakes, pies, and other treats while learning some secrets of their trade.

Meet the real people who make the Muddy's treats you love, and try your hand at a few baking tasks. But don't worry, they won't make you wash dishes!

Decorate cupcakes and try your hand at cake inscriptions...But we know what you'll really come for: the tastings! But we're not just going to let you grab a Frankly Scarlett cupcake and run. You'll learn the difference between eating and tasting to experience how our team assesses product quality.

Note, ticket sales end midnight on the Wednesday before the tour.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #101: Crosstown Arts

by Melissa Thompson

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. Formed in 2010 with two goals: to create a vision for the redevelopment of the historic Sears Crosstown building and to help cultivate Memphis creative community. 

They provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.

The spaces and programs they manage integrate varying components of exhibition, performance, production, education, and retail.  They welcome anyone in the community to join any of their events or projects, regardless of prior experience or expertise with creative interests.

Crosstown Arts is a founding partner, co-developer, and future tenant of Crosstown Concourse, the former Sears Crosstown building. Learn more about the development project here.

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1350 Concourse Ave, #280, Memphis, TN  38104

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #100: MLK Day at Civil Rights Museum

by Melissa Thompson

On the national holiday Monday, January 15, the National Civil Rights Museum will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement.  The focus of the celebration is community service and social justice in honor of Dr. King’s impact on the global society.

Activities include daylong performances, youth-centered "edutainment," a health pavilion and the National Civil Rights Museum experience. In the spirit of service, the Museum will hold its annual drives for Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood, and serve as a center for community resources and engagement. 

Monday, January 15th – 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

$5 All Ages
$3 with Food Donation to Mid-South Food Bank
FREE for you + 3 people with a blood donation


  • Visitors can tour the museum from 8am–6pm. Included in the tour is the exhibit From the Vault: Art in Action, where visitors can view original art from some of the Museum’s rarely seen work with a common theme of resistance through demonstrations and collective action.
  • The Community Pavilion will be staged in the museum’s visitor parking lot that includes resources and screenings from a dozen local health organizations like Methodist Mammography Mobile, St. Jude Sickle Cell Program, Church Health, Baptist Women’s Health Center, Southern College of Optometry, CHOICES, LeBonheur Community Health & Well-Being, Early Success Coalition, Healthy Kids and Teens Memphis, and others.
  • The Pavilion will also provide resources and information by organizations including Just City, New Memphis Institute, Latino Memphis, NAACP, Memphis Challenge, Sister Reach, Wolf River Conservancy, Girls Inc. of Memphis, Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, and Girl Scouts-Heart of the South.
  • Entertainment throughout the day on the Founders Park Main Stage will feature a variety of performances including Will Graves & Soul, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Stax Music Academy, Watoto Academy of Performing Arts-Meeting Street Academy (Charleston, SC), Ekpe Abioto African drummers, and spoken word artists. Special guests, media personalities and food trucks will also be onsite.
  • Children’s Activity Tent will open 10am–4pm and include storytelling, face painting, music, balloon artists, puppeteers, arts and crafts (decorating a birthday cake celebrating Dr. King and creating their own message buttons.)
  • The Museum is a sanctioned site of Volunteer Memphis’ Four Days of Service where volunteer corps will conduct clean-up projects across the city. On Monday, January 15, it will work in partnership with United Way, Clean Memphis, Memphis City Beautiful and several organizations.

National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN  38103

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #99: Dreamfest Weekend

by Melissa Thompson

Dreamfest celebrates 7 years highlighting the diversity of talent on the Memphis music scene! This year CLE Events has partnered with Dope On Arrival and Jason Da Hater to create this 3-day event that will feature a diverse lineup of talented artist from a variety of genres. 

Event schedule of DreamFest Weekend 7

Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:00pm
CLE Events Presents DreamFest: The Concert (A concert dedicated to promoting unity)

Performances by: C-Stilla, Izzy Moore, Tha Kidd From Marz, SvmDvde, Gerald Morgan, Jr, Queen Tyki X, Beata, Akronym Est 1990, Ron Greer, Marque Boyd, RobenX and Tia Songbird Henderson. 

Host: P.A. Bomani

DJ: DJ Kairys

Band: Rio and friends

Admission: $10

Location: 1884 Lounge, 1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:00pm
CLE Events and Dope On Arrival Presents DOA Draft: DreamFest Edition

Performances by; TBA

Admission: $10

Location: TBA
Sunday, January 14, 2018, Time TBA
CLE Events and Jason Da Hater Presents Dream Bowl (charity flag football game)
Team Jason Da Hater vs Team CO of UndenYable

Performances by: TBA

Admission: Donation towards Memphis Artists For Change

Location: 456 Tillman St

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #98: Old Dominick Distillery

by Melissa Thompson

Locally owned and operated, Old Dominick Distillery is a distillery with tours, tastings, retail shop and event space. It makes a full line of fine whiskeys and vodkas.

They have waited almost 100 years to revitalize the making of Old Dominick Spirits, and now they are ready to share them with you. Born of an immigrant’s passion in booming pre-prohibition Memphis, Old Dominick’s fine Memphis spirits and stories are once again made to be shared. 

And, consumers all over the world have spoken. In Spring 2017 they took home 2 SIP Awards: 
Old Dominick Memphis Toddy - Gold, Flavored/Infused
Old Dominick Memphis Vodka - Silver, Vodka

Come share a sip of Pure Memphis.

You can find the spirits in selected Memphis stores and venues, and soon across the state of Tennessee.

They are open the following times for tours, tastings, and retail: 
Thursdays: 12-7PM (last tour at 6)
Fridays: 12-8PM (last tour at 7)
Saturdays: 12-8PM (last tour at )
Sundays: 11-5PM (last tour at 4)

And, they are now open for cocktails in the upstairs tasting room and rooftop patio: 
Thursdays: 2-7PM
Fridays: 2-8PM
Saturdays: 2-8PM
Sundays: 11-5PM

These hours are subject to change based on private event rentals. 

305 S Front St., Memphis, TN  38103 – – 901.260.1250

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #97: New Years Eve on Beale

by Melissa Thompson

Ring in the New Year at one of the many events taking place on exciting Beale Street!

New Year's Eve on Beale Street Featuring B.B. King's Blues Band & Tito Jackson 
Corner of Fourth St. & Beale St.
FREE Concert Starting at 8:45 pm - December 31, 2017

It's the biggest party of the year!  Say good-bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your closest friends!  Beale Street’s big New Year’s Eve Celebration will be even more spectacular this year due to the addition of some serious star-power with headliner B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring pop music icon Tito Jackson. Together, superstar Tito Jackson and the B.B. King’s Blues Band will continue the mighty legacies of B.B. King and the Jackson 5 in an NYE set that will have music-lovers from around the planet vying for a spot on historic Beale Street this December 31.

For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined a genre, averaging over 250 sold-out shows per year. Combine that heritage with the inspired genius of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson and you get a powerful must-see musical act that will be shared with Memphis audiences first.

The NYE concert, which is free and open to all 21 years old and older, is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music, including sets from multiple Memphis performers and a big fireworks finale. All bands will play at the corner of Fourth Street and Beale, and the event will be broadcast live via the street’s social media channels.

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December 31, 2017, Lineup details:
Beale Street will be open from 11:00 am.
8:45 pm – The Fabulous Exclusive Soul Review Band
10:35 pm - Karma
11:00 pm – B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson
11:59 pm – Countdown to 2018
12:00 am - Fireworks

Beale Street is 21+ after dark and individual establishments may enforce a 21+ entry at their discretion during other times.

10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop
Starting at 5pm - December 31, 2017 
General Admission: $35, VIP tickets start at $150

The Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, home of the 10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop for NYE is one of best parties in Memphis and rocks all of Beale Street!

This event is 10 years strong, bringing all of Beale together to celebrate the New Year with hours of live music all culminating at the stroke of Midnight when a 10 ft. tall D'Angelico Guitar is dropped from the Sky to Ring in the New Year!

 A variety of ticket opportunities are available with live music inside and outside of the cafe. Click here to purchase tickets.

NYE at B.B. King's Blues Club
143 Beale Street
Seating begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served between 7 pm – 10 pm.

Ring in the New Year at BB King’s Blues Club on the world-famous Beale Street! Enjoy dinner, live music, and dancing all night long!

$80 per person + tax & gratuity
Includes reserved seating in the mezzanine, three-Course prix-fixe dinner, party favors, champagne toast and live music! Seating begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served between 7 pm – 10 pm.

$20 General Admission (In advance)
$25 General Admission (Day of at the door)

Tickets on sale now at the BB King’s Blues Club Retail Store. For more information call 901.524.5464.

2018 NYE Party at the Tin Roof
315 Beale Street
Dec 31, 2017 9:00 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM)

Live music by the Mad Hatters and DJ String Bean spinning in the Green Room. Champagne toast, party favors & more! Entry will be $30 at the door based on space & availability and includes full venue access to the live music side and the DJ in the Green Room.

Hate standing in line and want to get in ASAP? Purchase onE of the limited Fast Passes for $50 which includes entry and the ability to skip the line from 9 PM-Midnight! 

Daisyland presents NYE BLACKOUT 2018 feat. BT
New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale
Dec. 31, 2017 - Doors at 9pm til 5am. Lights out at midnight. 

Featuring music by BT 
plus Tree, Defcon Engaged, Scotty B, FreeWill, Brian Hamilton and N8 as special guests!
18 and up only

Tickets: $20 – $100. VIP Packages available from $50 to $100.

Click here to purchase tickets

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #96: New Years Eve Gala at Graceland

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate the ringing in of another year at The Guest House at Graceland this December. The resort has a special package available for those wishing to say farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018 in grand style along with other Graceland family and friends. The Guest House at Graceland will have plenty of live entertainment and activities going on for your enjoyment.  In addition, the resort will have its holiday décor on display to help celebrate the holiday festivities.

The Guest Room Package includes a bottle of champagne delivered to your choice of King or Queen Room, along with a Grand Buffet dinner in the Grand Ballroom on New Year’s Eve – starting at $299 per night.  Or you can just spend the evening with us and enjoy the Grand Buffet dinner and other festivities starting at $95 per person.

Reserve your tickets here.

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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
Fax: (901) 435-0620