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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 #89: RiversArtsFest

by Melissa Thompson

In 2016, RiverArtsFest was named one of The Best Festivals & Fairs in Tennessee by Travel Magazine!

RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts with attractions and activities for all ages! Nearly 200 artists from around the country gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor-juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South.

A successor to Arts-in-the-Park, RiverArtsFest is in its tenth year located in the heart of the Historic South Main Arts District in Downtown Memphis, TN. This area is an ideal location since it is easily accessible from major streets and expressways and is home to many of the city’s finest galleries and restaurants with lots of free parking to be found.

RiverArtsFest 2017 will feature:

  • A juried artist market featuring 190+ gallery quality artists in an open air setting
  • An invitational art show held off-site at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects gallery
  • Live musical entertainment featuring 30+ acts across three stages
  • Live street performances daily throughout the festival grounds
  • Culinary delights in two food court areas and beer and wine throughout the grounds
  • Local artists introducing new and innovative artistic techniques while interacting with the public
  • Hands On Art projects for kids of all ages encouraging them to explore their creative energies at interactive art stations

Don’t forget the tasty Southern food!

Visit the website for FAQ, the music line up, sponsors, ways to get involved and so much more!

Friday-Sunday, October 27, 28 & 29. 

Admission and Hours of Operation:
FREE Friday evening only, 6p to 9p Rockin' RiverArts Show concert and limited market
$5 Saturday, 10a to 6p
$5 Sunday, 10a to 5p
Children under 10 free.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #56: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 Guide

by Melissa Thompson

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, 2017. Here are a handful of ways to enjoy the festivities.

– Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Beale Street, March 11, 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
When your bar claims to make every day like St. Patrick’s Day, you’d better go buck wild for the real thing. In this case, Silky O’Sullivan’s delivers. A few years ago I caught a cabbage. It’s festive and people are drinking, but overall it’s family friendly.

– Celtic Crossing’s St. Patrick’s Festival, March 17-19, prices vary, 21+
Celtic is going all out for a three-day, green-tinted throwdown in midtown. Details forthcoming but judging by years past, I would expect a big tent, beer and booze specials, live Irish music, lots of Irish food, and cover charge.

– Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Cooper St., March 17, 10:30 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celtic Crossing and the Memphis Irish Society will co-host the 2nd annual Cooper Young St. Paddy’s Day Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., they’re shutting down Cooper from York to First Congo. Expect “floats” from the Grizzlies’ Claw Crew, Wolf River Pipes and Drums, bands, mounted police, and more.

–  St. Patrick’s Day Party, Flying Saucer Downtown, March 17, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., free to enter, 21+
Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day at the downtown Flying Saucer with $3.50 beer specials, Irish food menu, 5 p.m. “blessing of the kegs”, and live music like the Gallowglass bagpipers and Snozzberry.

 St. Patrick’s Day at Huey’s
Huey’s usually has plenty of drink specials at all/most of their locations for this esteemed holiday. Last year it was a dollar off all Bud Light pints, Guinness, Killian’s, Jameson shots, and Irish Car Bombs.

– Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Beale Street, March 17, 5 p.m., prices vary, 21+
Start off the party with the Raising of the Goat and Blessing of the Kegs in Handy Park at 5 p.m., followed by a pub crawl on Beale Street and general debauchery at Silky’s all night. Silky’s actually has several St. patrick’s events throughout the month. Check out hte list here.

– Tweed Ride on St. Patty’s Day, Peddler Bike Shop, March 17, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Don your tweed and go on a bike ride from the Peddler Bike Shop (Walker) downtown to High Cotton Taproom for beer and food, then back. Lights and helmets required.

– The MD’s St. Patrick’s Show, Local on the Square, March 17, 10 p.m. – midnight, no cover that I know of, 18+
The MD’s perform their first show at Local on St. Patrick’s Day.

– Suds & Stories, Elmwood Cemetery, March 18, 1 p.m., $15 per person, all ages/kid-friendly
Get a history lesson on the Scots-Irish who rest at Elmwood Cemetery, plus beer and snacks. You must register in advance: call (901) 774-3212.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #52: Half Pints for Half Pints

by Melissa Thompson

Drink Memphis Made beer. Eat Midtown food. Bid on cool stuff from local businesses. And the best part? It all benefits Cooper-Young’s Peabody Elementary PTA to support the arts and technology at our favorite neighborhood school!

Wait — there’s more. It’s all happening inside one of Cooper-Young’s favorite haunts — Memphis Made Brewing Company’s Tap Room!

Your ticket will get you Memphis Made brews and food from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, Mulan, Aldo’s and Celtic Crossing. Silent auction items from local businesses. Music by DJ Zac Ives of Goner Records.

Check out our Facebook Event Page to see the latest silent auction items.



Get your tickets now. Just click this Eventbrite link to order!

This is an age 21 and up event. 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #24: Open Arms Care Jazz & Wine Event

by Melissa Thompson

WUMR Radio Personality, Tony Nichelson, is hosting the Open Arms Care (OAC) 5th Annual Jazz & Wine Event, Friday August 5th, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Event features the jazz styling of saxophonist, Mark Baker. There will also be appearances by other artists including Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman, and Lyrics Band featuring Bird Williams. Mark Baker, a local Memphis saxophonist and composer, has been performing his inspired music all over the world for over 20 years.

The wine reception will kick off the event from 6pm until 6:45pm; the reception will include music, appetizers, a wonderful silent auction and networking opportunities. The performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door. Tables and group rates are also available

Open Arms Care is a local nonprofit organization serving individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities in the state of Tennessee; the Jazz & Wine Event is the annual fundraiser. By contributing to the event, individuals are supporting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities help reach their maximum potential and enabling them to lead dignified and meaningful lives.

The Robinson Gallery, 400 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103
901-371-9774 or visit their 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #79: International Goat Days Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Get your goat and make your way to the 26th annual International Goat Days Festival! Millington's annual celebration of the noble goat is this Friday, September 11th 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, September 12th 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. FREE admission and FUN for the whole family!

The festival features Goat Shows, Goat Chariot Races, KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Contest, Lumberjack Shows, Antique Tractor Show, Fishing Rodeo, Tractor Pull, Arts & Crafts, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Horseshoe Tournament, Hayrides, Games and Inflatables, Car Show, and GOATS, GOATS AND MORE GOATS! 

International Goat Days draws over 30,000 participants and spectators from throughout the United States for this multi-day community festival. This year, Millington is thrilled to welcome back the nationally acclaimed Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. This action-packed lumberjack show features World Champion Lumberjacks log rolling, chopping, sawing, axe throwing and more! The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is a historical, educational, humorous show, filled with audience participation. This is a must see event!

Whether it be the KCBS Championship BBQ contest, arts and crafts, equestrian events or the tractor show that brings you to Goat Days, the goats remain the main attraction. In addition to the Babe Howard and Robin Cotten Memorial MGR Goat Shows, the TN Dairy Goat Association will be on hand with demonstrations, milking contests and more. You are welcome to bring your own “Billy” or “Nanny” and enter the KIDS ON PARADE with prizes for the silliest goat, best goat look-a-like and funniest goat. What? You don’t have your own goat? No worries! You can “rent” one from the TN Dairy Goat Association that is already trained to walk on a lead.

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. Visit the website or call 901.873.5770 for additional information.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #61: Memphis Greek Festival

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Come out and celebrate culture, cuisine and community at the 57th annual Memphis Greek Festival this Friday and Saturday, May 8th and 9th from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., rain or shine! Enjoy authentic, homemade Greek food and the beauty and jubilant spirit of Greek music, heritage and culture. This is a true family festival!

The festival offers a variety of entertainment options. The Kostas Kastanis Band will be playing all day both days. Watch traditional dances in authentic costumes by The Athenian Dance Troupe. After the show and throughout the festival you are encouraged to join them on the dance floor! See the finest in Greek wares and discover terrific gifts as you stroll through the marketplace. Tour the beautiful church sanctuary and see the stunning stained glass windows and exquisite Byzantine icons while learning the history. And, of course, enjoy the delicious food in the dining hall, tented marketplace, Tasso Taverna or grab your Creek Cuisine to go. Hit up the drive through! Fresh, yummy Greek food to go!

Located at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 573 N. Highland, Memphis, TN  38122. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children (ages 6-11). Bring your canned goods for a discounted rate.  Visit the website or call 901.327.8177 for additional information.



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Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
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