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Things To Do In Memphis: Memphis Italian Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Memphis Italian Festival demonstrates the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition. The Memphis Italian Festival presents family-oriented fun in music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
​Gates open 4:00 PM - Close at 11:00 PM
Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1st
Gates open 11:00 AM - Close at 11:00 PM
Musical lineups:
Thursday: Ben Abney & The Hurts, Ghost Town Blues Band
Friday: School of Rock, Land Divided, Riverside Drive, 5 O'Clock Shadow, Mighty Electric St. Jude Band, Trouble No More, Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimmage
Saturday: Delta Paisanos, Devil Train, Ingram Hill
All events open to the public; register at
Luigi 5K, Thursday May 30th, 7pm start time
Bocce Pallino Challenge, Saturday, June 1st
Cornhole Tournament, Saturday June 1st
MIF Volleyball Tournament, Saturday June 1st

$10 Admission
Kids 10 and under get in FREE!
​Active Military with ID gets in FREE!
Get your tickets here!

Marquette Park
4946 Alrose Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Things To Do In Memphis: Levitt Shell Summer Line-up 2019

by Melissa Thompson

Making a comeback for it’s 11th year in a row, the free Summer Orion Music Concert Series at the Levitt Shell is bringing together families, friends, food, and local and traveling musicians, all in the spirit of good vibes and good times.

Starting May 30th and running through July 21st, the 50+ free concert series will be in full swing, showcasing a variety of talented acts with sounds ranging from R&B and soul to folk, Americana, and more. That’s only half of it! This season, there will also be new features, such as a selection of lifestyle merch offered at the ShellShop, more food and beverage options in the ShellEats area, and multiple opportunities for community engagement. 
  • Where: Levitt Shell (1928 Poplar Ave.)
  • Time: All shows begin at 7:30PM
  • Cost: 100% free (ticketed shows excluded)
  • Thursday, May 30 — North Mississippi Allstars
  • Friday, May 31 — Revel in Dimes
  • Saturday, June 1 — River Whyless
  • Sunday, June 2 — Talibah Safiyah & Beale Street Flippers
  • Thursday, June 6 — Sam Lewis
  • Friday, June 7 — The Commonheart
  • Saturday, June 8 — Freddie McGregor
  • Sunday, June 9 — BoDeans
  • Thursday, June 13 — OSOG
  • Saturday, June 15 — Jenny & The Mexicats
  • Sunday, June 16 — Bluff City Backsliders Anniversary Show
  • Thursday, June 20 — Hayes Carll
  • Friday, June 21 Nicole Atkins
  • Saturday, June 22 — Ekpe & the African Jazz Ensemble
  • Sunday, June 23 — Los Colognes
  • Thursday, June 27 — Patriotic Pops
  • Friday, June 28 — Flor De Toloache
  • Saturday, June 29  — Stax Music Academy
  • Sunday, June 30 — Donna the Buffalo
  • Thursday, July 4 No Show (Holiday)
  • Friday, July 5 — Walden
  • Saturday, July 6 — Orquesta Akokan
  • Sunday, July 7 — The Petersen Brothers
  • Thursday, July 11 — Israel Nash
  • Friday, July 12 — The Marias
  • Saturday, July 13 — John Paul White
  • Sunday, July 14 — Los Coast
  • Thursday, July 18 — Black Joe Lewis
  • Friday, July 19 — New Breed Brass Band
  • Saturday, July 20 — The Slackers
  • Sunday, July 21 — Devon Gilfillian
We wouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these concerts without the incredible fundraising efforts from the Levitt Shell. I mean, 50 free shows is a lot and I know we’re all grateful. This year’s series will include two ticketed “Shell Yeah!” fundraising concerts with all proceeds going back towards providing more free music experiences for all to enjoy!
  • Friday, June 14 — Shell, YEAH! Robert Randolph & The Family band (ticketed show)
  • September 6th — TBA
Learn more about the performers and the schedule here.
Follow Levitt Shell on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for show updates.
If you can’t attend a show but want to support, shell out a few bucks for a donation here or check out the variety of volunteer opportunities.
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Things To Do In Memphis: Great America River Run

by Melissa Thompson

The Great American River Run is a half marathon and 5K race taking place in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day weekend. The half marathon course leads racers along the banks of the Mississippi River while 5K runners experience a route through downtown Memphis. The fun all culminates with a massive post-race party that includes food, drinks and live music.

Registration for the 2019 Great American River Run is open. Sign up for either the 5K or half marathon by clicking here.

The race will be held May 25, 2019 and the course will take participants along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis, with live entertainment along the run route. The race culminates with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner.

  • Our post-race party is a great chance to savor downtown Memphis while you enjoy live music, beer and food! 
  • Every runner who finishes their race will receive a medal. 
  • Each registrant will be given a soft-style race shirt (pictured below)!
  • The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 am CST, while the 5K will take off at 7:30 am CST.
  • Race maps for both races can be viewed here but please note that the 2019 routes has not been finalized and could look different.
  • Cash prizes are up for grabs at the 2019 race. Complete information will be listed soon.
  • This year's race expo will be held in downtown Memphis on Friday, May 24. Date and time TBD.

We can't wait to see you this Memorial Day weekend!

Lace up your running shoes, we'll see you at the #MIMGARR start line on May 25, 2019! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the details leading up to May.

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Things To Do In Memphis: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

by Melissa Thompson

Recognized by USAToday as the “Most Prestigious Barbecue Contest,” the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a four-day competition held in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis, TN.

Nearly 250 teams travel from around the world and across the U.S. to compete for the title of World Champion and a share of the more than $115,000 in prize money. The Contest draws more than 75,000 attendees, including teams from twenty-six states and six countries, from as far away as Japan and the Czech Republic to compete in the championship pork categories of Ribs, Shoulder, and Whole Hog, as well as the ancillary competitions of Hot Wings, Sauce, and “Anything But Pork.” The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest also offers an amateur category, the Patio Porkers, which allows the backyard grillers the opportunity to test their skills against best in barbecue.

The VIPit Pass is the head honcho of World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest experiences. From cooking demonstrations to tours of competitor's team spaces, you'll be shown the things that everyone wishes they could see. The #WCBCC19 VIPit schedule for each day is listed below!

Wednesday, May 15

  • 5:30 pm - Welcome by Hosts Frank and Mary Horner, enjoy complimentary beverages

  • 6:00 pm - Light Bite food offering compliments of Big Green Egg

  • 6:30 pm - Watch Sauce Wrestling presented by McVean Trading on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Thursday, May 16

  • 3:00 pm - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 3:45 pm - Distribute VIP BBQ Team Bios and depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 1)

  • 4:45 pm - Depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 2)

  • 5:45 pm - Depart to Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 6:00 pm - Watch Ms. Piggy Idol on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 6:15 pm - Dessert food offering compliments of Big Green Egg 

  • 8:30 pm - Watch The Dan Band on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Friday, May 17

  • 12:30 pm - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 1:00 pm - Depart to BBQ Alley

  • 1:15 pm - Meet BBQ Alley Participants and Eat BBQ Samplings

  • 2:00 pm - Cooking Demonstration with Big Green Egg 

  • 3:45 pm - Distribute VIP BBQ Team Bios and depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 3)

  • 4:45 pm - Depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 4)

  • 5:45 pm - Depart to Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 6:00 pm - Watch Rib Rumble on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 6:15 pm - Cooking Demonstration with Big Green Egg 

  • 6:30 pm - Food offering compliments of Big Green Egg & Awards Ceremony on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm - Watch MINI KISS on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Saturday, May 18

  • 11:30 am - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • Noon - Judging Class by Certified Judge Ron Childers

  • 1:30 pm - Depart for Blind Judging in Judges Tent

  • 2:00 pm - Depart for Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality & eat Blind Judging Samples

  • 3:00 pm - Operation BBQ Relief – Stan Hays

  • 5:00 pm - Food Offering compliments of Big Green Egg 

  • 6:30 pm - Awards Ceremony on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 8:30 pm - Watch Bobby Rush on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

#WCBCC19 tickets are on sale and team applications are available by clicking here.

The 42nd competition is set for May 15-18, 2019! Visit the event details page or check out our Facebook page for more information as May approaches. 

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Things To Do In Memphis: Beale Street Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day, four-stage event in Memphis, TN featuring 60+ top musical acts from today and beyond. The #BSMF19 dates are set for May 3-5, 2019 and with the Memphis in May honored salute highlighting Memphis, the weekend is sure to be the biggest one yet.

Three-day passes, single-day tickets and a limited number of VIP Experiences are now on sale and can be purchased here.

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Things To Do In Memphis: Lucky's Social Club

by Melissa Thompson

Dog parks— a magical wonderland where fur babies can frolic and sniff butts while their humans take a step back and let them enjoy their limelight. But who says the pups are the only ones allowed to party? Lucky’s Social Club opens May 1 as the first local dog park bar and it’s pretty much an outdoor pub with pups.

Co-owned by Chelsea Glass, Brian Ellsworth, and Mac Hopper, Lucky’s will be a membership-based dog park bar, located at 730 S. Main, that is a fun and safe environment for your best bud and whoev-fur comes along! 

Membership options include:

  • $10 day pass

  • $25 monthly membership

  • $275 annual membership

  • A limited time exclusive lifetime membership opportunity is also available.

*All pups are welcome, but owners will be required to show proof of updated vaccines, proof of being spayed/neutered, and a signed admission of a non-aggression*

The park will include amenities such as tetherball, obstacle courses, water features, and an outdoor dog wash station, and the bar will be serving up gourmet hot dogs and an assortment of beer.

Public bar hours:

  • Tuesday-Thursday (4PM-10PM)

  • Friday (4PM-12AM)

  • Saturday (Noon-12AM)

  • Sunday (Noon-10PM)

For more information visit the Lucky’s Social Club websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Things To Do In Memphis: Dog Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

by Melissa Thompson

Easter Egg Hunts, Face Painting, Pet Parade & Photos

This isn’t your typical Easter Egg Hunt event - it’s for both kids and friendly, well-behaved leashed dogs! They'll have eggs hidden all over the spacious Humane Society property and some fun prizes for those lucky children and dogs that find the Glitter Eggs during each hunt! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Don't forget to bring your Easter baskets!

April 20th from 11 am – 3 pm

$15 - Children's Egg Hunt (limit 10 eggs per child)
$15 - Dog Egg Hunt (limit 10 eggs per child)
$10 - Face Painting
$15 - One Photo with the Easter Bunny
$30 - Easter Package: Egg Hunt, Face Painting & Easter Photo

Human Society of Memphis and Shelby County
935 Farm Road, Memphis

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #64: 2019 Peabody Rooftop Party

by Melissa Thompson

Say “so long” to your plan-less Thursday nights! Peabody Rooftop Parties are back to give you weekly good vibes, starting April 11th.


  • April 11: Almost Famous *
  • April 18: Cruisin’ Heavy with special guest Fletcher *
  • April 25: Aquanet
  • May 2: Motel Mirrors with special guest Drax Project *
  • May 9: Frankie Hollie & The Noise
  • May 16: Party Planet
  • May 23: DJ Epic
  • May 30: Drunk Uncle
  • June 6: Garry Goin Group
  • June 13: Seeing Red
  • June 20: DJ Epic
  • June 27: Soul Shockers
  • July 4: Bluff City Bandits
  • July 11: VooDoo Gumbo
  • July 18: City Mix
  • July 25: DJ Epic
  • August 1: The M-80s
  • August 8: Ghost Town Blues Band
  • August 15: Burning Las Vegas *

Starting April 11th and happening every Thursday night from 6PM-10PM, Nugget from Q107.5 FM DJ Epic will be keeping the party going underneath the stars. Weekly admission is $10-$15 and ladies get in free before 7PM. In addition to the good vibes, there’ll also themed snacks and drinks provided.

*The April 11 Season Opener will be a $15 admission price*

VIP Passes for the 2019 season are available at the door for $150 (a $550 value). The passes include admission to all 19 parties and the VIP Lounge with weekly event valet parking. VIPs will be treated to special food tastings from Peabody Chefs and also receive a Peabody swag bag, and a 20% discount in Chez Philippe, Capriccio Grill, Peabody Deli & Desserts throughout the 2019 Rooftop Party season. Very important peeps can also take advantgae of the new VIP Lounge that maximizes views or the sun setting above the Mississippi River as well as the party entertainment.

Keep an eye out of the official Peabody Rooftop Party Facebook page for updates and more info!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #63: Crawfish Festival

by Melissa Thompson

This event is nuts. It’s a million people, a million pounds of crawfish, streets full of vendors, art, music, and activities. It’s chaotic (especially later in the day) but in a fun way. Think of it as the official start to Spring in midtown. This year the event benefits A Betor Way non-profit.

They will tow your car if you leave it in a lot in Overton the night before.

Saturday April 13, 2019
noon to 6 p.m.

Chimes Square 2101 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104

Overton Square and surrounding streets
free to enter, food and drink for sale

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #62: The Midtown Opera Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Opera Memphis’ annual MIDTOWN OPERA FESTIVAL takes place over ten days at Playhouse on the Square. The 2019 Festival will feature the regional premiere of The Falling and The Rising, a new American opera co-commissioned with the U.S. Department of Defense. The opera celebrates the stories of service men and women, and our Festival will do so as well. Add a concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, aerial performers, panel discussions, cabaret and cocktails, and we have the makings of an incredible seventh year in the heart of Memphis! 

04/05/2019 - 04/14/2019

Location: Playhouse on the Square map

Contact: Opera Memphis - 901.202.4533

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