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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, and submissions are now open for artists to participate as vendors.

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.

Submission Requirements
To be considered, email your full name,  phone number, and images of your work along with descriptions of art and process, social links and website if applicable to

The deadline for submissions is September 15th.

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

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #36: Bartlett Festival, BBQ and Car Show

by Melissa Thompson

Make plans now to be a part of the 2018 Bartlett Festival on Friday evening, September 28 from 6 - 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at W. J. Freeman Park located at 2629 Bartlett Blvd.

This fun-filled family event will kick-off on Friday evening with a midway carnival, vendors and live musical entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m. 

The Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5k run will kick things off at 8:00am on Saturday morning, followed by some great local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children's activities, the awards for the MBN sanctioned BBQ cooking contest, concessions and much, much more.The perfect place to spend an autumn weekend.

  • Friday evening, September 28, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Live music starts at 6pm
  • Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
  • Saturday, September 29, Judge Freeman Marr 5K starts at 9:00 a.m. 
  • For more information email the office of Community Relations 

2018 Music Stages 
Friday Night Live Music
 6:00 - 7:00pm-   The Amber McCain Band  The Amber McCain FB page
 7:30-9:30pm -   Almost Famous   Almost Famous Web Site    

Saturday Stage Line-Up 
8:00 - 10:30am - Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K (race starts at 9am, race results at 10am)  5K Web Site
10:30 -11:15am -  Bartlett High School Marching Band  Bartlett HS Band Web Site
11:30am - 12:15pm -   Jamie Baker   Jamie Baker Bio
12:30 - 1:15pm -   Bartlett Community Concert Band   BCCB Web Site
1:30 - 2:30pm -   The Dantones   The Dantones Web Site 
2:30 - 3:00pm - BBQ Judging Results and Awards 
3:30 - 4:30pm -   Webb Dalton   Webb Dalton FB page


The Rockin' Robin DJ's Stage

Featuring various musical entertainment, games and lots of fun! They will be giving away a free party, so make sure to go by and register. Rockin' Robin DJ Web Site

Car Show

Participants can register on-site between 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Fee is $25 per car. Car judging will be held begin at noon. The awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.

Categories include: production cars from 1900-1989, street rods, modified cars from 1949 to present, mini cars and trucks, motorcycles and vehicles that are currently under construction. There are a total of 37 categories.

All cars must enter the park from the new entrance on Bartlett Blvd across from Ivanhoe, look for the signs.

For updated information join the City of Bartlett Facebook page  

For more information on the Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K run 5K Web Site/register on line

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #35: 1st Annual Memphis Yoga Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Memphis Yoga Festival is an invitation to salute our remarkable city, our amazing yoga community and a partnership with Memphis Rox through yoga practice, music, discussion and celebration.

A portion of the proceeds from the Memphis Yoga Festival will benefit Memphis Rox, a Memphis nonprofit which brings rehabilitation, healing and hope to our community. Located in the Soulsville neighborhood, the Memphis Rox climbing facility is the first climbing gym in Memphis.  It strives to build relationships across different cultural, racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. No one is excluded from using the facility, regardless of ability to pay.

30+ yoga classes | kid’s zone |vendors | food trucks | tea garden | walking meditation | + more!

$35 in advance or $45 at the door

Saturday, September 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rhodes College
2000 North Parkway, Memphis

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #34: Potterfest 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Make your way to the Rec Room for a grand celebration of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter just in time for the new Fantastic Beasts movie.

This Fall, apparat, take a portkey, break out your Nimbus 2000, or fly your car to the Rec Room because you’re not going to want to miss their annual PotterFest! Engross yourself in the wonderfully whimsical world of Harry Potter and get sorted, enjoy a costume contest, trivia, dueling, delicious food, and more. Happening just two months before the Crimes of Grindelwald is released, build up your anticipation for the film and revel along with your fellow witches and wizards this September.


  • When: September 22, 12pm to 12am (all ages until 8pm)
  • Where: Rec Room, 3000 Broad Avenue
  • Tickets are $15 and available here.


  • Live Onstage Sorting
  • Costume Contest
  • Trivia
  • Pong
  • Dueling
  • Transfiguration
  • Divination
  • Potions
  • Wandmaking
  • and more

Join the event page for updates and giveaways.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #33: 29th Annual International Goat Days Festivals

by Melissa Thompson

Get your goat and make your way to the 29th annual International Goat Days Festival!

Bigger and better than ever, Goat Days kicks off with the World's Greatest Goat Parade at 5:30 PM on Friday, September 7th and the family fun continues non-stop until the end at 10:00 PM on Saturday, September 8th. 

Tractor pulls, antique tractor show, equestrian events, car show and swap meet, KCBS Championship BBQ Contest, Arts & Crafts, games and rides, fishing rodeo, horseshoe and corn hole tournaments, battle of the bands, incredible food, live music and goats, goats and MORE GOATS!

Benefiting many charitable organization, Goat Days is presented by the City of Millington in memory of the event founder, W. S. "Babe" Howard, sponsored by Republic Services, Ritter Communications, Homer Skelton Ford and Homer Skelton Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep.  

You don't want to miss this incredible family-friendly festival that celebrates our agricultural history and raises money for a variety of non-profit organizations in the area.

Venue – USA Stadium, 4351 Babe Howard Blvd., Millington, TN  38053

Parking is $5 per load, festival admission FREE.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #32: Memphis Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

by Melissa Thompson

A festival dedicated to delicious food and beer? Sign us up!

Food Truck Festivals of America is officially bringing their festival to the Mid-South, featuring Memphis’ favorite food trucks along with regional and national craft breweries. From MEMPops to Smokin Hot BBQ and Quasi Halal Asian to Voodoo Cafe, there’s something to satisfy all of your cravings. 

  • When: Saturday, September 1st (12PM-5PM)
  • Where: Tanger Outlets (5205 Airways Blvd,Southaven)
  • Cost: $6-$25// FREE admission for Children 12 and under.

Food Truck Festivals of America was started back in 2011 with the goal of introducing communities to food trucks and supporting the local business owners who run them. As the food truck phenomenon continues to take over and food truck festivals across the US gain more and more attention, we’re excited to see more Bluff City grub getting the attention it deserves.

Purchase your tickets here.

Keep an eye out for updates and more info on the Facebook event page.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #31: Primas Bakery & Boutique

by Melissa Thompson

Have your cake and do some shopping, too!

Primas means cousins and that’s just what they are. Rachel Mullen and Angelique Sloan joined forces to provide a great space filled with delicious treats and unique boutique finds.

Rachel owns RM Petit Cakes, an artisan bakery specializing in custom cakes and pastries. Angelique owns ShopMucho, a Mexican inspired boutique that embraces all makers, markets and brands with the main focus on Latin-owned businesses and products. They are now operating their individual businesses under one roof called Primas.

523 South Main St, Memphis, TN
Bakery contact: 901.352.4193,
Boutique contact: 901.563.2917,

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #30: Memphis Book Clubs

by Melissa Thompson

Joining a book club is one of the best ways to meet likeminded individuals, get exposure to new ideas, share your thoughts, and make friends. Check out our list of local book clubs in Memphis that vary depending on topics, members, and more.

On top of bringing in multiple authors to speak in store, Laurelwood also hosts a monthly bookclub called “In Case You Missed It” featuring books of all genres. In their words, if you’re looking for a sharp, offbeat, open-minded book club, ICYMI may be your thing.

14 of the Library’s locations have active book clubs that each have different meeting times, topics, and audiences. Go here for a full list of dates, times, and contacts who can give you more information about joining and the books that are currently being read.

The Wolfchase Barnes & Noble location hosts Book Lovers’ Book Club, Morning Coffee Readers, and Whodunit Mystery Book Club with various meeting dates and times. For more information on upcoming events, go here.

The WKNO Book Club chooses a new book each month to read, meet about, and discuss. For more information on joining, as well as current and upcoming selections, email or visit their website here.

Follow Muddy’s on Facebook to keep up with the monthly book club events. Each month a new book is chosen, and if you buy from Laurelwood Booksellers and mention it’s for Muddy’s book club, you’ll receive 10% off. Their selections are typically based on books that open our minds, enlighten us, and teach us new things.

OUTMemphis hosts a monthly Meristem Women’s Book Club where membership is open to women (LBT and straight-identified) in the Memphis area who want to read and discuss books by women and LGBT authors. For more information on the books chosen or to join, email

Memphis Freethought Alliance hosts several bookclubs each month, with some based in East Memphis and some in Cordova. Their selection process is detailed here, and they welcome book suggestions. The group is composed of atheists, agnostics, skeptics, non-theistic naturalists, secular humanists and others who share their vision.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region hosts a Feminist Book Club that meets monthly at various locations around the city and discusses the book of the month. Members are encouraged to buy each book from AmazonSmile in order to benefit Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region with each purchase.

A collaboration between Christian Brothers University, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Facing History and Ourselves, the City of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, and the University of Memphis, Memphis Reads chooses one book annually for the entire community to read and analyze. The culminating events brings the author in to present and answer questions.

Head to Memphis Reads for even more book clubs in Memphis.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #29: Germantown International Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The annual Germantown International Festival will host tasty foods, exciting live performances, and more from cultures around the world. Over 35 different countries are expected to participate this year. Each participating country will have a booth showcasing arts, crafts, authentic food and more. There will be a stage for music, dance and cultural programs from some of the countries.

FREE Admission!

Saturday, August 18

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN

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Wings, tenders, and thighs. IPA’s, lagers, and stouts. Finally a festival dedicated to all things above, and even better, it benefits a good cause.

If you’re wanting a unique experience to end your summer, look no further than the Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival, benefiting the Dorothy Day House, an organization dedicated to creating a safe haven and community for homeless families.

The festival will feature a variety of beers and a ton of local vendors. For $40, each guest will be granted admission as well as a souvenir glass and access to sample all of the beers. Food will be available in meal sizes at regular menu price, or snack sizes for $2-$3. Live music will also be playing throughout the event so it’s guaranteed to be a good time! Check out the details and get your tickets below.


  • When: August 11th, 4PM to 8PM
  • Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Tickets: $40 and are available here.


  • Mister P’s Buffalo Wings
  • The Grille
  • Cupcake Cutie Etc.
  • The Dirty Crow Inn
  • Oshi Asian Kitchen
  • Smackers
  • All Star Wings
  • Laura’s Kitchen
  • Grecian Gourmet
  • Wing Stop
  • Look At That Butt BBQ
  • Southern Hands
  • Hooters
  • More TBA

Beer List

  • Clubtails
  • Lagunitas
  • Goldcrest
  • Sam Adams
  • Truly Hard Seltzer
  • Twisted Tea
  • Meddlesome
  • Lazy Magnolia
  • Einstok Icelandic
  • Shinerbock
  • Seagrams
  • Smirnoff SMASHED
  • Smirnoff Sparkling Seltzer
  • White Claw
  • Leinekugel
  • Pabst
  • Angry Orchard
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Stiegl
  • Dos Equis
  • Heineken
  • Jackalope
  • Cayman Jack
  • Southern Prohibition
  • Terrapin
  • More TBA

Learn more about the festival by visiting their website and by following them on their Facebook page.

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