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Things To Do In Memphis: Tequila Festival

by Melissa Thompson


Join in for the Memphis Flyer's third annual Memphis Tequila Festival as they party it up in Overton Square with over 30 different types of tequila! This festival is guaranteed to get you in the *spirit* of the season with dance music from our local DJs, spooky face painting, a costume photo booth and more!

Hungry? Food will be available for purchase from local food vendors. Each ticket purchaser will be able to choose 15 tequilas to sample from, so choose wisely! Still thirsty? We will have a cash bar with beer, wine and mixed drinks available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis, so every sip counts!

We encourage everyone to designate a driver or take a rideshare to this event. This event is rain or shine and very strictly 21+. Bonus points if you come in costume!

For more info, please head over to memphistequilafestival.com!

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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 #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

By and photo credit: www.memphistequilafestival.com

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #31: Restaurant Iris

by Melissa Thompson

If you are looking for the perfect setting for a romantic date-night, special occasion, or private party, plus an exquisite meal, Restaurant Iris is just the spot! A charming French-Creole restaurant, Restaurant Iris has taken the Memphis dining scene by storm. Among its many accolades, Restaurant Iris has received a four-star review from the Commercial Appeal and was voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Date Night” in the publication’s “Memphis Most” Reader’s Poll, and was voted Memphis’ “Best Restaurant”, “Best Chef” and “Best Service” four years in a row by Memphis Magazine. In 2014, Restaurant Iris was also voted one of “OpenTable Diner’s Choice Most Romantic Restaurants in America.”

Chef Kelly English’s steadfast approach to contemporary southern cuisine, deeply rooted in his Louisiana upbringing and heavily influenced by his travels around the globe, has earned him one of the most recognized culinary names in the South. One is sure to reap the benefits of Chef English’s rich culinary background and his endless creativity and passion for food in each dish featuring local and seasonal ingredients.

Restaurant Iris is located at 2146 Monroe Avenue in historic Overton Square of midtown Memphis. A classic Southern rowhouse that has been transformed into a beautiful restaurant. Private rooms are also available, or maybe you want the whole restaurant to yourself… Restaurant Iris can accommodate.

Visit their website for more information and be sure to make your reservations as early as possible, 901.590.2828, they are known to book up at least 2 weeks in advance! We invite you to experience one of the city’s most popular restaurants, “Restaurant Iris, simplicity at its most elegant.” 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #30: Bona Fide Blues Festival

by Melissa Thompson

There’s no better way to enjoy the Blues than in the city where it was born. For two days Memphis hosts an electrifying Blues Festival in Overton Square, celebrating the Mid-South’s blues heritage by showcasing today’s blues and blues-influenced musicians. With a free all-day stage in Overton Square and nightclub performances in midtown, the second annual Bona Fide Blues Festival could only happen in one city: Memphis. No light shows. No Auto-Tune. Just down and dirty, authentic blues music played by local area musicians. Created by the Memphis Blues Society for one reason – Bona Fide showcases the music of the delta, played for you by artists who call it home.

The festival features 30 performers from the Memphis region in three different settings: the square’s outdoor stage, the showcase stage at Lafayette’s Music Room and a smaller stage at the Blue Monkey. Here is this year’s lineup…

  • Barbara Blue
  • Booker Brown
  • Cedric Burnside
  • David Evans
  • Davis Coen
  • Earl the Pearl
  • Eric Hughes Band
  • Guy Venable
  • Heather Crosse Band
  • John Nemeth
  • Kenny Brown
  • Leo Bud Welch
  • Little Boys Blue
  • Marcella and Her Lovers
  • Mark “Muleman” Massey
  • MBS Jam Band
  • Reba Russell
  • Richard Johnston
  • Ruby Wilson
  • Sharde and the Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band
  • Sons of Mudboy
  • Southern Avenue
  • Stax Music Academy Band
  • Super Chikan
  • Sweet Angel
  • Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman
  • Terry “Harmonica” Bean
  • Vince Johnson and The Plantation AllStars
  • Wampus Cats
  • Watermelon Slim
  • Zeke Johnson

Ticket info:

  • $25 Pre-Sale Wristband
    • Fri & Sat evening inside venues. Price increases to $30 after August 31st.
  • $50 Wristband
  • Fri & Sat evening inside venues AND a 1 year Memphis Blues Society Membership
  • Memphis Blues Society Members (must show Membership ID) for Fri & Sat evening inside venues.
  • Price increases to $25 after August 31st.
  • 1 wristband for VIP Party at Bar Louie Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Access to Overton Square VIP Area and all evening venues for the weekend
  • 1 year Memphis Blues Society Membership
  • $50 is tax‑deductible
  • $20 Presale MBS Member Wristband
  • $100 VIP Wristband

Buy your tickets here.

As excitement grows, so too does engagement in the Memphis Blues Society. Over the last four years, the organization has grown from holding a membership of 30 to boasting over 400. The 501(c)3 promotes local blues artists and regular events and jam sessions on Beale Street. For example, every Sunday evening, Free World plays a free show in the side room of Blues City Cafe, offering locals and tourists an opportunity to taste Memphis blues music.

The Blues isn’t just alive in Memphis – it’s aching to be heard.

 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #95: 35 Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

by Melissa Thompson

Another year is almost over and Memphis is ready to celebrate the amazing things that have happened and to welcome in a new year with opportunities to make this city greater. There are many ways to celebrate, commemorate, and enjoy New Year’s Eve in the 901. Here are a few suggestions:

Beale Street New Year’s Eve Celebration
Watch the Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Drop on Beale Street at midnight and enjoy a free concert in W.C. Handy Park with musical performances by Gloriana and The Jeff Jensen Band. You can enjoy the celebrations and specials on food and drinks inside Beale Street restaurants such as B.B. Kings Blues Club starting at 7 pm, Itta Bena with 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm prices, and Hard Rock Café with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Get a Fast Pass for $100 to skip to the front of the line and get free admission into over 12 clubs on Beale Street.

·         Rum Boogie Cafe – 182 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Vince Johnson & The Boogie Blues Band (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

·         Blues Hall Juke Joint – 174 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Mississippi Big Foot  (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)

·         Kings Palace Cafe – 162 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band  (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

·         Tap Room (next door to Kings Palace Cafe) – 168 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Delta Project   (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

·         Spindini – 383 South Main Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Loveland Duren  (9:00 PM – 12:00 AM)

·         Mesquite Chop House – 3165 Forest Hill Irene Road (Germantown, TN)

  • Band:  Julianne Thomas & Dom Fosco Duo  (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

Daisyland New Year’s Eve at the New Daisy Theatre
You can go to the New Daisy Theatre to enjoy a featured performance by 12th Planet on New Year’s Eve. 12th Planet brings dubstep to Beale Street for an out-of-this-world performance. The party starts at 9 pm December 31 and at 4 am January 1, 2016. Ticket prices start at $15.

New Year’s Eve Party at the Peabody
Enjoy New Year’s with style throughout the Grand Lobby and Mezzanine of the Peabody Hotel with musical guests Almost Famous, Hollywood, and DJ Mark Anderson. You can also hear classics in the Corner Bar by Rene Koopman Duo. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend and general tickets are on sale online for $40 or $50 at the door. Stella Artois VIP Lounge tickets are available online and offer Hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and Valet Parking in addition to access to the VIP lounge.

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash
The party starts the afternoon of December 31st! Join Chris Jarmin, with 98.1 The Max broadcasting live from the second story patio of Lafayette’s Music Room from 2:00pm – midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed from 9:00pm – 2:00am New Year’s Eve, from Cooper St. to Diana St. including Florence from Trimble Pl. to Madison Ave. Many Overton Square restaurants will be open featuring New Year’s Eve yummy beverages, food and fun until 3am. To keep you hydrated while you travel from stop to stop, enjoy a cold beer from one of the beer vendors on Madison Ave. from 9:00pm – 1:00am.  Outside live entertainment features The NUB, all the way from the South side of Union Ave from 10:00pm-midnight. WMC Action News 5 reporter Kontji.Anthony will emcee the finale of the event and help countdown to midnight. At exactly midnight, there is a special surprise! In addition to the excitement on the street, there will be plenty of parties within Overton Square bars and restaurants: 

  • Lafayette’s is offering an exciting New Year’s Eve extravaganza with music and 3 different dining and drink packages. General admission costs $35 and includes champagne toast, party favors, and live entertainment. Midtown Dinner Package and the VIP NYE Dinner Package both reserve a seat at a table with 4 course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, and live entertainment. Musical performances include David Coen at 6:30 pm and American Fiction starting at 10:30 pm. Tickets are available here.
  • Babalu Tacos & Tapas – Memphis will have a specialty NYE cocktail made with Blackberry and Thyme simple syrup, Hendricks Gin, and topped with Prosecco and an an edible glitter rim.
  • Bar Louie will have live entertainment, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and late night specials.
  • Boscos Squared proudly presents the legendary Joyce Cobb at 8:00pm. There is no cover, plus there’s a champagne toast and party favors at midnight. A regular and price fixed dinner menu will be available.
  • Local Gastropub Overton Square is going all out with a DJ, complimentary midnight brunch buffet, and champagne toast.
  • Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar offers a complimentary champagne toast for all those present for the countdown.
  • Schweinehaus is throwing down with their party. There is no cover and there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Zebra Lounge Memphis will have a dance party with Austin Carroll on piano from 8pm-2am and as always, there is no cover.

 

Children’s Museum of Memphis’ New Year’s at Noon
If you have kids who might not stay up until midnight or enjoy a New Year’s bash on Beale Street, the Children’s Museum of Memphis wants you to bring them for a party that will send the New Year “to infinity and beyond.” The Buzz Lightyear themed party invites children to wear their favorite costumes from the movies for a chance to win a museum membership and a special prize! The clock will tick down to noon and beforehand there will be a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, and balloon art. After the countdown ends, there will be a goodie toss, balloon drop, and dance party! Admission is free to members and $15 for non-members.

Tux & Chucks New Year’s Eve Celebration
Ring in the New Year with style! Don ravish apparel such as a tuxedo accompanied with Chuck Taylor Converse. Starting at 9 pm at 1524 Events on Madison, celebrate New Year’s with champagne, complimentary refreshments, a cash bar, and live entertainment.

Madison Hotel Whiteout New Year’s Party
Wear as much white attire as you want at Madison Hotel’s New Year’s party from 10 pm December 31 – 2 am January 1, 2016. A live DJ will provide music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Chef Max will delight your appetite, and custom pours on Shot Skis and Pyramid Vodka Ice Luge will give you delicious drinks. General admission cost $50 per person. Want a discount code? Check out Yelp.

New Year’s Eve with Marcella & Her Lovers at Bar DKDC
Party the night away with music by Marcella & Her Lovers at this Cooper Young hangout.

New Year’s Eve Party at Huey’s
All locations will have complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Cordova, Midtown, and Germantown will all have live music from 9:00pm – 1:00am Collierville is closing early at 10pm. Downtown is staying open late until 3am. Everyone else is open normal hours.

New Year’s Eve Fire Ball
Party with the Phoenix Club of Memphis while fundraising for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Come dressed to impress at 8 pm and enjoy a gorgeous New Year in the Memphis Botanic Gardens with live music by City Mix, a photo booth, and of course champagne. Tickets cost $65 in advance and $75 at the door with all-inclusive beer, champagne, cocktails, and how d’oevres. A cash bar will also be available.

New Year’s Eve with Twin Soul
RockHouse Live brings you an evening of Twin Soul to rock in the new year like never before. Free champagne and party favors, and great rock-n-roll with friends. Just $10 per person. Get your tickets here.

Hi-Tone NYE w/Dead Soldiers, China Gate, and Heels
Heels, China Gate, and Dead Soldiers ring in the new year with extra Ranch and even cooler cool-ranch seasons greetings. Champagne toast at midnight, bbq, debauchery, and your first glimpse at 2016, the long awaited year of the end to the Great Salad Wars.

Black Lodge presents: The New Years Evil Party with Devil Train, The Incredible Hook, and Shamefinger
Join The Black Lodge, Devil Train, and The Incredible Hook as they ring in 2016 with a whirlwind of music, dance, drinks, food, go-go girls, fire-spinning, acrobatics, and a sordid collection of midtown freaks, punks, hippies, and heads, with special guests Shamefinger. $10/person and all door fees go to performers and bands.

Throwback Thursday New Year’s at Amurica
Ring in the new year at Amurica as your favorite #TBT! $20 cover, BYOB, DJ Eggroll, karoake, and unlimited photobooth.

New Year’s Eve at The Flying Saucer Downtown
They’ll be digging up some past tunes from those long lost Thursday nights and dealing out some new ones for the new year as well. Doors open at 7:00pm, band starts at 9:30. Cover is $10/person and you can reserve a table in advance by calling (901) 523-8536.

New Year’s Eve at Celtic Crossing
Celtic Crossing New Year’s Eve Champagne Super Nova benefiting the Humane Society will feature Features: a full appetizer menu available throughout the evening, DJ Taz playing the latest hits, starting @ 10PM, Party Favors, Midnight countdown and champagne toast, $10 cover – cover can be paid in advance to reserve a table (included with dinner reservation), Prefix Menu $50 per person plus tax and tip.

Countdown on Broad
This is the inaugural Countdown on Broad event to ring in the new year on Broad Avenue! The fun starts at 8pm with bands, bars, a lighting of the Water Tower at midnight and more.

New Year’s Eve at the Rec Room
Looking for a chill way to spend New Year’s Eve? Go to the Rec Room on Broad and enjoy video games, a full bar, ball dropping on all six screens and a bubbly drink at midnight. No cover.

The Mighty Souls “Funky New Years Eve” Brass Band Blow Out
The Mighty Souls and Bayou have an especially funky New Year’s Eve Celebration ready for you. Featuring Sean Murphy, Tom Clary, Jason Yasinsky, Logan Hanna, J Period Thomas and special guest Terence F. Clark. No cover.

New Year’s Eve at Itta Bena
There will be 3 seatings available so you have the option of coming in early and beating the crowd or partying the night away as you watch the guitar drop on Beale Street at the stroke of midnight. Seats are filling up so make sure to call 901-578-3031 to make your reservation.

NYE @ Mollie’s
Enjoy a night of food, drink, live music with a special performance by Marcella Simien beginning at 7pm till 9. Then DJs Mike McConnell and Justin Hand bring back their beloved 80’s vs 90’s set for a NYE retro party. Costumes highly encouraged. The doors open at 5pm so come early for some great food and cocktails as your night begins. Only $10 cover for the evening – 21 and up with valid ID.

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Father's Day 2012

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Do not forget Father's Day is this Sunday, June 17. Take the time to honor your father and celebrate all he has done for you. Spend the day with your father and tell him how much you appreciate him. If you are looking for something to do with your father or a gift idea, we have put together a few ideas. 

Father’s Day Events

Friday, June 15th

Saturday, June 16th

  • Go to a Farmers' Market and cook a fabulous meal!  (or let dad grill it all!)
  • Garden Family Day at the Dixon from 10am-2pm, free.  Create original works of art, participate in unique contests and dance to live music.
  • Splish Splash Birthday Bash at CMOM, 10am-1pm.  Celebrate the museum's 22nd birthday with a wet and wild party!
  • Chalk It Up for Le Bonheur at The Shops of Saddle Creek from 10am-6pm.  Chalk-drawing competition, artists' market, food trucks, children's art activities.
  • The Memphis Redbirds play at 6:05pm, with fireworks after the game
  • Levitt Shell free outdoor concert at 7:30pm

Sunday, June 17th

Make Something for Dad

  • Head over to Bass Pro Shops for a craft on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Michael's is offering dad-focused crafts on Friday and Saturday
  • Pick up a hand-print kit at Michael's or Hobby Lobby
  • Make dad a photo album of the past year

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