Events

Everything You Should Do in Memphis This Summer

Published On 06/01/2016 Published On 06/01/2016
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Merrymaking | Melissa McMasters

Don’t let the Memphis heat stop you from partaking in all of the amazing events happening this summer. This year’s offerings have something for even the most discerning event critics -- dance parties right out of the '80s, free concerts, cold drinks with wild pioneer women -- what more could you ask for? Oh, you want late-night shopping? A punk festival? AND a zombie walk? Check, check, and check. Let's get moving.

First Fridays on Broad | Creation Studios

June

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Jun 2 Thu

Join the Rhythm Nation At Rhythm Nation Thursdays, you can learn the choreography to your favorite music videos of old, plus new routines. In June they'll focus on the classics like "Vogue" and "Thriller," and July features NSYNC and Missy Elliott.

Living Hope Church

Join the Rhythm Nation Living Hope Church At Rhythm Nation Thursdays, you can learn the choreography to your favorite music videos of old, plus new routines. In June they'll focus on the classics like "Vogue" and "Thriller," and July features NSYNC and Missy Elliott.

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Jun 3 Fri

Partake in a late-night shopping spree Broad Avenue’s ever-increasing list of fun shops will stay open late all summer on long on the first Friday of the month.

Broad Avenue Arts District

Partake in a late-night shopping spree Broad Avenue Arts District Broad Avenue’s ever-increasing list of fun shops will stay open late all summer on long on the first Friday of the month.

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Jun 3-5

Bang your head for three days Memphis Punk Rock Fest brings together 30 punk, ska, metal, and hardcore acts to play at seven different Memphis venues for three days of shows. Most shows are 21+ and the cost for each show ranges from pay-what-you-can to $20.

Various locations

Bang your head for three days Various locations Memphis Punk Rock Fest brings together 30 punk, ska, metal, and hardcore acts to play at seven different Memphis venues for three days of shows. Most shows are 21+ and the cost for each show ranges from pay-what-you-can to $20.

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Jun 4 Sat

Make merry in the park Bring the kids, the dogs, and a $5 donation. There will be tons of vendors, music, activities, and food trucks from 10am-3pm.

Overton Park

Make merry in the park Overton Park Bring the kids, the dogs, and a $5 donation. There will be tons of vendors, music, activities, and food trucks from 10am-3pm.

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Jun 4 Sat

Shut your cornhole! The Memphis Made Tap Room is hosting a monthly cornhole tournament. The first one is June 4th at 2 pm. It's free for two-people teams, and there will be 32 teams total. Prizes include $50 gift card for first place, $25 for second, and $10 for third.

Memphis Made Tap Room

Shut your cornhole! Memphis Made Tap Room The Memphis Made Tap Room is hosting a monthly cornhole tournament. The first one is June 4th at 2 pm. It's free for two-people teams, and there will be 32 teams total. Prizes include $50 gift card for first place, $25 for second, and $10 for third.

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Jun 4 Sat

Go watch the Big Ass Reunion Big Ass Truck is an American rock band which incorporates elements of hip-hop, rock, funk, and psychedelia in their music. The group disbanded sometime after the release of the 2001 album, The Rug, but you can see em' now. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Levitt Shell

Go watch the Big Ass Reunion Levitt Shell Big Ass Truck is an American rock band which incorporates elements of hip-hop, rock, funk, and psychedelia in their music. The group disbanded sometime after the release of the 2001 album, The Rug, but you can see em' now. Show starts at 7:30pm.

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Jun 10-Jul 9

Say hello to America! Don’t miss the opening reception for “Say Hello to America!” The group show of visual art, music, or performance art related to the current political landscape (or anything to do with politics, America, etc.) is sure to be thought-provoking and fun.

Crosstown Arts (422 N. Cleveland)

Say hello to America! Crosstown Arts (422 N. Cleveland) Don’t miss the opening reception for “Say Hello to America!” The group show of visual art, music, or performance art related to the current political landscape (or anything to do with politics, America, etc.) is sure to be thought-provoking and fun.

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Jun 12 Sun

Give a dog a beer Streetdog Foundation and High Cotton Brewing Co. are back together for another installment of Dog Day at the Brewery. The entire brewery will be open to all dogs along with family and friends. Come meet dogs ready for adoption while drinking discounted pints. There’s also a silent auction to benefit Streetdog Foundation.

High Cotton Taproom

Give a dog a beer High Cotton Taproom Streetdog Foundation and High Cotton Brewing Co. are back together for another installment of Dog Day at the Brewery. The entire brewery will be open to all dogs along with family and friends. Come meet dogs ready for adoption while drinking discounted pints. There’s also a silent auction to benefit Streetdog Foundation.

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Jun 16 Thu

Stick a fork in it Project Green Fork’s annual Loving Local event will run from 5:30-8:30pm at the hugely popular Loflin Yard this year. The $50 tickets include local food provided by PGF-certified restaurants including Central BBQ, City & State, Cooper Street 20/20, Cosmic Coconut, Ecco, Huey’s Midtown, MEMPops, Robata, Sekisui Midtown, Sweet Grass, Tsunami, and Ultimate Foods. Wiseacre and Memphis Made beers will be flowing and tunes provided by Sons of Mudboy.

Loflin Yard

Stick a fork in it Loflin Yard Project Green Fork’s annual Loving Local event will run from 5:30-8:30pm at the hugely popular Loflin Yard this year. The $50 tickets include local food provided by PGF-certified restaurants including Central BBQ, City & State, Cooper Street 20/20, Cosmic Coconut, Ecco, Huey’s Midtown, MEMPops, Robata, Sekisui Midtown, Sweet Grass, Tsunami, and Ultimate Foods. Wiseacre and Memphis Made beers will be flowing and tunes provided by Sons of Mudboy.

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Jun 18 Sat

Load up on LPs and 45s Record dealers from Memphis and around the US will be here with all kinds of records for your listening pleasure. $5 regular admission to the swap at 11am; $10 for early birds (10am). Event goes 'til 5pm.

Stax Museum

Load up on LPs and 45s Stax Museum Record dealers from Memphis and around the US will be here with all kinds of records for your listening pleasure. $5 regular admission to the swap at 11am; $10 for early birds (10am). Event goes 'til 5pm.

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Jun 18 Sat

Get 12 hours of serious thinking During this intense, high-energy event running from 9am-9pm, techies and non-techies will come together to learn the process of developing tech-enabled solutions centered on tackling recidivism. Then teams will work with developers to build basic prototypes for their solutions and pitch their ideas to other attendees.

Civil Rights Museum

Get 12 hours of serious thinking Civil Rights Museum During this intense, high-energy event running from 9am-9pm, techies and non-techies will come together to learn the process of developing tech-enabled solutions centered on tackling recidivism. Then teams will work with developers to build basic prototypes for their solutions and pitch their ideas to other attendees.

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Jun 21 Tue

Cheers to history! Planned Parenthood’s Beers with Pioneers is a new event that allows ordinary folks to sit and drink beer while local pioneers in the women’s movement recount their tales and tribulations. This intimate gathering is monthly. Next up is Joyce Blackmon. Free admission, free beer, and free photos in the Amurica photobooth. Event starts at 6pm.

Amurica

Cheers to history! Amurica Planned Parenthood’s Beers with Pioneers is a new event that allows ordinary folks to sit and drink beer while local pioneers in the women’s movement recount their tales and tribulations. This intimate gathering is monthly. Next up is Joyce Blackmon. Free admission, free beer, and free photos in the Amurica photobooth. Event starts at 6pm.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings | Flickr/Carl Lender

July

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Jul 1-3

Go cosplaying! Now in its sixth year, the Anime Blues Con will host thousands of anime, fantasy, and comic fans for panels, shopping, and of course, lots and lots of cosplay (costume play) from 11am-3pm.

Cook Convention Center

Go cosplaying! Cook Convention Center Now in its sixth year, the Anime Blues Con will host thousands of anime, fantasy, and comic fans for panels, shopping, and of course, lots and lots of cosplay (costume play) from 11am-3pm.

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Jul 9 Sat

Watch the stars align Stars at the Shell is a fundraiser for the Levitt Shell’s free concert series. Tickets are $20 a ticket in advance, or $25 a ticket at the door. Enjoy the soul-shaking R&B sounds of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on the expansive, lush green lawn. Doors at 6:30pm; show at 8:00pm.

Levitt Shell

Watch the stars align Levitt Shell Stars at the Shell is a fundraiser for the Levitt Shell’s free concert series. Tickets are $20 a ticket in advance, or $25 a ticket at the door. Enjoy the soul-shaking R&B sounds of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on the expansive, lush green lawn. Doors at 6:30pm; show at 8:00pm.

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Jul 12 Tue

Don’t sell yourself short Hustle focuses on professional development for artists, and this installment is on “Pricing your Artwork.” This is a must for anyone trying to make a living in the arts. Free, 6-8pm.

Storybooth

Don’t sell yourself short Storybooth Hustle focuses on professional development for artists, and this installment is on “Pricing your Artwork.” This is a must for anyone trying to make a living in the arts. Free, 6-8pm.

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Jul 22 Fri

Experience the world of fish Fish was designed specifically for the gallery at Crosstown Arts by local filmmakers Laura Jean Hocking, Sarah Fleming, and Christopher Reyes. Experience a magical underwater world with this immersive display combining traditional audio, visual, and sculptural mediums with technology. On view through August 13th.

Crosstown Arts

Experience the world of fish Crosstown Arts Fish was designed specifically for the gallery at Crosstown Arts by local filmmakers Laura Jean Hocking, Sarah Fleming, and Christopher Reyes. Experience a magical underwater world with this immersive display combining traditional audio, visual, and sculptural mediums with technology. On view through August 13th.

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Jul 23 Sat

No bluffin', just blues Bring a chair and some friends to WEVL’s 28th annual Blues on the Bluff concert. Proceeds benefit Memphis’ only volunteer radio station.

Metal Museum

No bluffin', just blues Metal Museum Bring a chair and some friends to WEVL’s 28th annual Blues on the Bluff concert. Proceeds benefit Memphis’ only volunteer radio station.

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Stacey Greenberg lives for summer. She's the author of the award-winning blog, Dining with Monkeys

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