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101 Things To Do In Memphis #22: Memphis Concrete Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Memphis Concrete is an experimental electronic music festival featuring a variety of musicians performing over the course of two nights.

Tickets are $15 a day or $40 for a weekend pass
All performances will take place at Crosstown Arts inside Crosstown Concourse.

Full schedule:
Friday 6/22
Listening Room

5:00-5:30 Noiserpuss
5:40-6:10 M. Geddes Gengras
6:20-6:50 Cloudland Canyon
7:00-7:45 Mike Honeycutt
9:00-10:00 Circuit des Yeux

5:10-5:40 signalsundertests
5:50-6:20 Kristina Warren
6:30-7:00 Mike Doughty
7:15-9:15 The Legend of Hell House (movie with live score)


Saturday 6/23
Listening Room

4:40-5:10 The Pop Ritual
5:20-5:50 Leslie Deere
6:00-6:30 Aesthetic Barrier
6:40-7:10 Tavishi
7:20-8:05 George Clanton
8:15-9:00 Gel Set
9:15-10:00 Negative Gemini

4:10-4:40 A Minor Motion Picture
4:50-5:20 Andrew Raffo Dewar
5:30-6:00 Freak Effect
6:10-6:55 Sci Fi Industries
7:15-9:15 The Day the Earth Stood Still (movie with live score)


Sunday 6/24
Listening Room

3:00-3:30 Disco Volante
3:40-4:10 Alyssa Moore
4:20-4:50 Spookstina
5:00-5:30 ???
5:40-6:25 LInda Heck
6:35-7:20 Optic Sink
7:35-8:20 Alex Zhang Hungtai
8:30-9:00 Pharmakon

3:10-3:40 Avery Vaughn
3:50-4:20 Jack the Giant Killer
4:30-5:00 The E.G.G.G.
5:30-8:30 Woman in the Moon (movie with live score)

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The Center for Southern Literary Arts proudly invites you to the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | All Day Long
Free and open to the public.

The Edge District, Downtown Memphis
Premiere Palace Ballroom, Marshall Arts Gallery and more venues to be announced.

Siphne AayeHanif Abdurraqib, EKPE ABIOTO, Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, COURTNEY ALEXANDER, ELOISA AMEZCUA, Alice BolinHeather Dobbins, Alice Faye Duncan, Osayi EndolynArthur Rickydoc Flowers, KAITLYN GREENIDGE, Ravi HowardBarb Johnson, JENNY JOHNSON, LAURA FAITH KEBEDE, Kiese LaymonSarah Nicole LemonAndrea MoralesDaniel José OlderChristina OlivaresKaitlyn Sage PattersonMarco Pavé, ASHANTÉ M. REESE, Maurice RuffinSam SaxRion Amilcar ScottMychal Denzel SmithAdia VictoriaCrystal Wilkinson

With event partners: Literacy Mid-South (hosts of the original Mid-South Book Fair (2013-2016); Novel MemphisChalkbeat Tennessee; the Southern Foodways Alliance; and many many more to be announced.

Official #MLAF After Party 7pm - 10pm at Premiere Palace Ballroom
With DJ Siphne Aaye
RSVP here (FREE!)

Street Fair (9am-5pm), hosted by Literacy Mid-South, to include dozens of local and traveling organizations, vendors, live entertainment, food, and drink.
Register to exhibit.

The evening before the Festival . . .
Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon: A Benefit for #MLAF18
Friday, June 15 | 6pm - 7pm
Premiere Palace Ballroom
$85 General Admission 
$250 VIP includes 2018-2019 Lyceum Subscription
Tickets here! 

Join them for an intimate, interdisciplinary dinner on the eve of the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival in the Edge District. We celebrate and honor the intersections of multiple disciplines and Southern storytellers of all sorts at the Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon. Author Kiese Laymon, musician Adia Victoria, chef Desmond Robinson and documentary photographer Andrea Morales will showcase their work.

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This event will take place at Cobb Parr Memorial Park in Covington, Tennessee, May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2018.

We would like to invite you to bring your entire family and enjoy live music lots of barbeque cooking and much more. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday night, June 1, at 7pm.   
There will be lots of things to do for everyone, so come to Covington and spend your weekend with us.

Live Entertainment
Family Fun Zone
Cornhole Tournament
Aircraft Flyover

Cobb Parr Park, Covington, Tennessee 38019

May 31 at 5:00 PM to Jun 2 at 8:00 PM CDT

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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  

56 S Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

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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.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #86: Memphis Food and Wine Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Memphis is celebrating its culinary excellence by showcasing our exceptional local
chef talent along with acclaimed regional and national chefs. Enhancing this lineup will be vintners, certified sommeliers and enlightening wine enthusiasts.

OCTOBER 14, 2017 – 6pm-10pm
​THE LIVE GARDEN at Memphis Botanic Garden

Buy your tickets here!
All ticket options will have access to the entire festival.
Individual tickets:  $200
Reserved Table: includes 8 tickets - $2,000
Reserved Table Seats:  $250 per ticket (sold in pairs only — 2, 4 or 6 tickets)

Standard ticket price is $200. Reserved table seating includes 8 table seats for $2000 ($250/ticket). A limited number of reserved table seats will be sold in blocks of 2, 4, or 6 seats at the reserved seat price of $250 per ticket.
Smaller high-top tables will be available throughout the venue for the convenience of holders of all ticket classes.

Presented by FedEx – Benefiting FedExFamilyHouse
FedExFamilyHouse offers housing for out-of-town families with sick children at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. The dedicated efforts and generosity of many made it possible for the inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival to present FedExFamilyHouse with a $100,000.00 donation.  

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #85: Memphis Tequila Festival

by Melissa Thompson

One Tequila - Two Tequila - Three Tequila - MORE!

Join in on the Memphis Flyer's first annual Memphis Tequila Festival.  Friday, October 13th from 6-9 PM. Kick off the Halloween party season in one *spirited* evening! 

Sample 15 variations of tequila and chat with distillers while you enjoy tasty food choices including Babalu Tapas & Tacos, fun party activities, local DJ's rock the block, and lots of spooky surprises.

Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis, so every sip counts!

Buy Tickets here!

This is a 21+ event, and it is rain or shine!

Overton Square Courtyard, 2101 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #78: Delta Fair & Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Delta Fair is a classic. It's a week, September 1st10th, of midway games, rides, livestock and homemaking competitions, exhibits, and more.

The Delta Fair & Music Festival brings the communities of Memphis together to celebrate the area’s rich art, music and culture. In addition to the lineup of homegrown musicians performing across a diverse range of genres, the festival offers a wide variety of entertaining attractions like a motorcycle stunt show, live chainsaw sculpting, a Mexican rodeo, a mini tractor pull, laser tag, magic shows, a demolition derby and more. The 4-H and FFA Children’s Barnyard features kid-friendly exhibits and an opportunity to feed live farm animals, and one of the festival’s highlights is the Banana Derby, where Capuchin monkeys are the jockeys in an adorable dog race.

Did you know that the Delta Fair & Music Festival has more LIVE music than any other event in Memphis?  Over 150 acts on 3 stages!  From regional legends to local super talent, Memphis means music. The event will showcase world-class talent with roots in the Delta. Some of this year’s entertainers include:

  • Cat Beach Band
  • 90 Proof Twang
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Soundscape
  • Filter
  • Hannah Belle Band
  • Johnathan East Band
  • Van Wild
  • High Valley
  • Jake Clayton Band
  • Crossroad Station
  • Hillbilly Vegas
  • Click here for the full line up.


If the rides, concerts, and games aren't enough for you, check out these other attractions…

  • Livestock
  • Children's Barnyard
  • Monkey Show
  • Ostrich Racing
  • The Delta Fair Beauty Pageant
  • Petting Zoo
  • Fireworks
  • Classic Car Displays
  • Magic Show
  • Demolition Derby
  • Rodeos

What would a visit to the fair be without filling up on the good old-fashioned fair food! You’ll find everything from Pronto Pups to Funnel Cakes and everything in between! Whatever you decide, we can all agree that state fair foods are the best!

Located at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120. Call (901) 213-7469 or visit for additional information.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #75: 29th Annual WEVL Blues on the Bluff

by Melissa Thompson

Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate 29 years of fun on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in a beautiful park-like setting on the grounds of The Metal Museum.
Giant shady oaks, cool river breezes, the smell of BBQ, fantastic music, and absolutely the best view of the Mississippi in the entire mid-South!

Schlafly Beer is the beer sponsor.
Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks being sold
Award-winning BBQ and more from Central BBQ Food Truck being sold
No pets or outside food or beverage permitted
Kids welcome when accompanied by watchful parents
Silent auction
WEVL Merchandise and Blues on the Bluff posters for sale
Free guarded parking

The line-up:
The MD’s
6:30 p.m.

The Ghost Town Blues Band
8 p.m.

Marcella & Her Lovers
9:35 p.m.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate
Kids 11 and under are $12 at the gate

Saturday, July 22nd
Gates open at 6 p.m.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #72: 4th of July Guide To Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for things to do this July 4th? You are in luck! There are plenty of places to watch fireworks, watch a parade, listen to music and enjoy delicious food in the Memphis area!


Shelby Farms Star-Spangled Celebration
Shelby Farms Park
6903 Great View Drive N
12:00 PM
Free under 10
Blankets & chairs recommended. Picnic baskets allowed, but no coolers. No alcohol can be brought into the event but can be purchased on site. Bathing suits suggested for kids splashing in Water Fun Inflatables. Jeans not permitted on inflatables. This is a newer one of the July 4th Events in Memphis.

Arlington Fireworks
Arlington Sports Complex
11307 Memphis Arlington Rd
6:00 PM
Festivities begin at 6:00pm with fireworks starting at approximately 9:15pm. Contact for more details and information.


Flag Collage Craft
2525 Central Avenue
10:00 AM
Free with museum admission.
Craft schedule is subject to change 

Independence Celebration
Overton Square
2101 Madison
7:00 PM
Free with drinks for purchase.
Join Overton Square for a family-friendly Independence Celebration concert in the Tower Courtyard on Sunday, July 2! Enjoy the rockin’ sounds of the Jackson Regiment from Mississippi’s 41st Army Band as they tell the Army story through their toe-tapping, upbeat music.


Fireworks Art with Cupcake Liners
2525 Central Avenue
10:00 AM
Free with museum admission.
Craft schedule is subject to change

Millington Freedom Celebration
Navy Lake
6231 Kerrville Rosemark Rd, Millington
5:00 PM
$5 for parking
Bring your picnic basket, blankets, coolers, and lawn chairs! Food and beverage concessions will be available. Alcohol will be sold. Please for the safety of everyone no pets, no fireworks, no open fires, no grills, no tents, no soliciting and no political campaigning. Faithfully Journey will be performing. Come join us for the most spectacular fireworks display in the area.

City of Bartlett Fireworks
Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center
Hwy 70 & Appling Road
6:00 PM
Plan to start the night with live musical entertainment provided by the Bartlett Community Concert Band starting at 6:00 followed by Jamie Baker & the VIP’s at 7:15, activities for all ages including a car display, children’s activities, concessions and more. When the sun goes down the night sky will light up with a spectacular fireworks show!

Fitz Casino Fireworks
Fitz Casino
711 Lucky Ln, Robinsonville, MS 38664
6:00 PM
Watch a spectacular fireworks showcase light up the night sky on the Fitz front lawn. Bring your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets as you enjoy live entertainment starting at 6pm.

Collierville Indepence Day Celebration
Cox Park
440 West Powell Rd
6:30 PM
Food vendors will be open at 6:00pm, entertainment will begin at 6:30p, & the grand finale fireworks show will start at 9:30p.

Redbirds’ Indepence Celebration
AutoZone Park
200 Union Ave
6:35 PM
$9 and up
The Memphis Redbirds’ Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 3, presented by AutoZone, includes the biggest postgame fireworks display in AutoZone Park history and a specialty ticket option that includes an All-American baseball picnic!

Memphis Stars & Stripes Kids Run
Memphis Botanic Gardens
750 Cherry Rd
7:00 PM
The race will celebrate the American Red Cross and its Ready Shelby Program and honor our local heroes including military, fire, law enforcement, and first responders.


Central Gardens Parade
Central Gardens
Carr & Willett
8:00 AM
Held on July 4th, the parade is a Central Gardens tradition for more than 30 years. This event attracts 300-400 attendees to the 1500 block of Carr Ave. (between Willett and Rozelle). Join us on Independence Day morning for free refreshments, children’s and pets’ patriotic costume competitions, music and more.

High Point Terrace Parade
High Point
Aurora Circle
9:00 AM
The High Point Terrace neighborhood celebrates its annual Fourth of July parade, as floats, cars and bicycles are decked out in stars and stripes. Probably the longest running of the July 4th Events in Memphis!

Cordova CC Parade
Community Center Grounds
1017 Sanga
9:30 AM
Parade, Judging & Awarding of Prizes. Enjoy Free Refreshments Following the Parade

Cooper Young Parade
Peabody Elementary
2086 Young Ave
10:00 AM
Join us for our annual 4th of July Family Parade! We’re getting excited for this fantastic event and we hope you are, too. This year we’ll feature facepainting from Paint it Cool Body Art, pobsicles, and a contest for the best-decorated wagon, bike, or person!

Fireworks Art with Cupcake Liners
2525 Central Avenue
10:00 AM
Free with museum admission.
Craft schedule is subject to change

Germantown Fireworks
Municipal Park
5:00 PM
Events begins at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:10 p. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music, moon bounces, games, crafts, refreshments and a spectacular fireworks display. No rain date.

July 4th at the Peabody
149 Union Ave
5:00 PM
Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Open to the public. No cover charge. A great view to see all the July 4th Events in Memphis!

Celebrate Your Independence Fireworks
Olive Branch City Park
8267 Goodman Rd
6:00 PM
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Olive Branch City Park or this free event. Enjoy Kids Zone, great food vendors and more. World class fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Live music entertainment by Skyelor Anderson, followed by a HUGE fireworks display set to music.

Southaven July 4th Celebration
BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
6285 Snowden Lane
6:30 PM
Looking for a fun place to watch 4th of July fireworks? The City of Southaven invites you to its annual July 4th Celebration at Snowden Grove Park, BankPlus Amphitheater. Free admission and picnics and coolers are welcome.

July 4th at Mud Island Park
Mud Island
125 North Front Street
7:00 PM
Bring your family and friends to Mud Island River Park for the 2017 Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular! Grab your blanket, picnic basket, and lawn chairs for a day of family fun!

Riverboat Dinner Cruise
Memphis Riverboats
251 Riverside Dr
7:00 PM
Come enjoy a 2 hour cruise on Ol Man River featuring our Live House Blues and Jazz Band, one trip buffet-style meal, and cash/credit bar. Advance reservations suggested.

Big River Crossing Lights
Harahan Bridge
Downtown Memphis
The bridge will definitely be lit up in red, white and blue, so make plans to watch the lights from Martyr’s Park, Tom Lee Park, or any rooftop. You might want to walk across it and watch during the fireworks show. This will be a one of kind experience.

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