Events

Everything You Have to Do in Memphis This Summer

Updated On 06/12/2017 at 05:15PM EST Updated On 06/12/2017 at 05:15PM EST
June
Amurica
Amurica

June

Monday - Sunday
Jun 12-Nov 5
Tsunami
A wave of renovations and updates has arrived at Tsunami, including a new Happy Hour called Pau Hana Time. In Hawaii, the term pau hana literally translates to "done working.” On a deeper level, it means time to unwind with your friends after work over a few frosty boys and some tasty bites. Hit the bar for a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails at friendly prices and new dishes inspired by Chef Ben Smith's time spent living and working in Hawaii.
Tuesday - Monday
Jun 13-Oct 30
The Front Porch
The summer long pop-up by the owners of the popular Majestic Grille, Patrick and Deni Reilly, is reimagining the existing restaurant space at Beale Street Landing. The Front Porch will feature rocking chairs facing the Mighty Mississippi, lunch, dinner, river inspired cocktails, special events, and eventually, brunch.
Wednesday
Jun 14
The 2017 Big Dam Bridge 100 Mile Victory Training Team will be hosting a Couch-to-50 miler training group for newbie riders. It will focus on increasing mileage and efficiency on the bike, learning proper rules of the road, on/off the bike nutrition (including hydration and fueling tips/tricks), and group ride skills, like drafting. Come to this free informational session to sign up.
Thursday
Jun 15
Beers with Pioneers is back by popular demand! This summer, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region will host three monthly happy hour events (6/15, 7/13, and 8/17), which will feature individuals who are pioneers in their fields, each taking an intersectional approach to reproductive health and justice. The first event will feature Rev. Dr. Courtney Pace (Memphis Theological Seminary) and The Rev. Broderick Greer (Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church) moderated by Whitney Hardy (Out901.com & Young Arts Patrons). The events are FREE and open to the public, and will include complimentary beverages.
Thursday
Jun 15
Clayborn Temple has long been considered Memphis’ third most important Civil Rights location. It was at Clayborn that the “I Am a Man” signs were distributed. Clayborn Reborn is partnering with On Location: Memphis this summer to bring The 15 Film Series focusing on Memphis history, art, and spatial justice. They’ll be screening 15 films over the course of 15 weeks, beginning June 15th with the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station.
Tuesday
Jun 20
Bruce Elementary
New Orleans did it, and Memphis wants to be next. This is a community meeting to discuss action steps to remove confederate statues in Memphis. While the City of Memphis awaits news on the waiver request for Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, attendees will brainstorm and act upon ideas brought by the public. For more information on the Tennessee statute that governs the statues, review the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act online.
Saturday
Jun 23
Carpenter Art Garden
The fifth annual Carpenter Art Garden show features artwork for sale by the kids from Binghampton and the local artists who have taught them. Tour Carpenter Art Garden properties and be encouraged as you witness firsthand the impact community art programs are having on the Binghampton neighborhood. Twenty dollar donation at the door -- appetizers, beer, and wine will be served as well!
Saturday
Jun 24
Every week, Ghost River hosts a local vendor/artist/maker in the tap room for Small Shop Saturday. Don’t miss Babycreep, an extensive line of creepy/cool ceramic and mixed media jewelry and miniature art objects.
Friday
Jun 30
Crosstown Arts
Wu Fei is a genre-bending composer, guzheng virtuoso, and vocalist from Nashville by way of Beijing. This interactive performance blends her Western and Chinese traditional sensibilities with a contemporary, idiosyncratic, experimental dialect as she performs original compositions on the guzheng, an ancient 21-string Chinese zither. Tickets are $15. Cash bar.
July
City & State
City & State

July

Saturday
Jul 1
Sweat Fest III features thousands of bargain LPs, 45s, CDs, and more. Store opens at noon and free music starts at 2:00pm in the parking lot. The amazing lineup features Yesse Yavis (formerly known as Chickasaw Mound), Turnstyles (featuring Graham Winchester and Seth Moody), and the Woolly Bushmen (insane Garage Rock from Florida), Crystal Shrine (Kelley Anderson's full band), Crockett Hall (Memphis pop-rock songwriter), and BOINK! (brainchild of former F*CK members).
Friday
Jul 7
The Cold Brew Throw Down isn't just for baristas. Competitors will serve up a straight cold brew, and then a signature drink (non-alcoholic) made with the same cold brew. There are 20 competitor slots and the first 80 attendees will get to taste the drinks and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will be beer from Wiseacre Brewing Company, and food from El Mero Taco and Say Cheese.
Thursday - Sunday
Jul 27-30
Tom Lee Park
The Memphis Afro-Carnival’s first annual weekend festival will take place Downtown from July 27 to July 30. On July 29 Beale Street will host a parade of ethnicities from all around the world dressed in beautiful costumes. Throughout the weekend there will be live performances from top Caribbean, Indian, Afro, and Latino artists. Tom Lee Park will be transformed into the first-ever Afro-Carnival village and it will be filled with thousands and thousands of people from all different walks of life.
August
Rock For Love
Rock For Love

August

Saturday
Aug 12
Spottswood
Battle of the Bands CLUB 4, hosted by the uber fabulous Rickie & Aimee provides a fun forum for wannabe rock stars to show off their stuff and win prizes. No musical skill or experience required and all musical genres/styles accepted. This is for 13 brand-new bands only, each gets a 15 minute set, and each band must make a trophy for an assigned category. To sign up, find out location and to get more information, email rickieandaimee@gmail.com with your band's name and list of members by Friday, June 30, 5:00pm.
Friday - Saturday
Aug 18-19
Crosstown
The 11th annual Rock for Love benefit concert for the Church Health Center is bigger and better than ever, and coincides with the grand opening of the Crosstown Concourse. Friday, at the Hi-Tone, from 7:00pm-1:00am, nearly a dozen acts (many of which are Church Health patients) will showcase the diversity, breadth, and scope of Memphis music talent. It's $10 at the door and a cash bar. Saturday, from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Crosstown Concourse, a number of acoustic musical acts will play in the Community Room, located between the Central and West Atria  ($10 suggested donation). Saturday night from 7:00pm-1:00am it’s back to the Hi-Tone to celebrate a huge day for the Crosstown neighborhood with even more bands and performances. ($10 at the door.)
Saturday - Wednesday
Aug 19-Jun 27
The Mid-South Renaissance Festival features two weekends of bagpipes, lutes, storytelling, jousting, and archery which should alone be worth the drive to Millington. This public family-friendly outdoor gathering emulates the Renaissance historical period for the amusement of its guests. The festival's theme is the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Adults: $10; Children ages 6-12: $5; Children ages 5 and under: Free.
Saturday
Aug 26
Tiger Lane
The 18th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour & Moonlight Tailgate is a leisurely 15 mile ride by the light of the moon. It starts at Tiger Lane and tours through the Overton Square and Cooper-Young entertainment areas of Memphis. All ages and abilities are encouraged to join the ride. The Moonlight Tailgate features live music from City Mix, food, bike shops, and the Beale Street Flippers. All proceeds will benefit Meritan, Inc.
September
Broad Ave Arts District
Broad Ave Arts District

September

Friday
Sep 8
Broad Avenue Arts District
The 3rd Annual Health and Fitness Magazine Broad Ave 5K features a flat out and back course, raffle prizes, and of course free Wiseacre beer. There will also lots of free food from Ultimate Foods and Moe’s. But the real kicker is the Mile 1 water station filled with zombies.