The Indie Memphis Film Festival transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. The festival brings a broad range of independent features, documentaries, and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country. In addition to 200 movies in seven different venues (Malco Studio on the Square, Halloran Centre at the Orpheum, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theatre, Theatreworks, and Malco Ridgeway), the festival features a free block party with live music, live talks, food, and booze all weekend long. There’s also live music before every screening, filmmaker Q&A, parties, and receptions. New this year is the inaugural Black Creators Forum. Whether you buy a single ticket or a festival pass, you are sure to get your money’s worth. There are also ample volunteer opportunities.
Cost: $10-$250 (with individual tickets, festival passes, and VIP passes available)
Shelby Farms Park (6903 Great View Drive North)
Tired of hitting the streets? Hit the trails at the brand new Shelby Farms Park 10-miler + Buffalo 5K from 8am until noon. These races will take you through some of the most scenic and challenging areas of Shelby Farms Park, and all proceeds will help support the trails, lakes, and green spaces we all love. After the race, participants are invited to stick around for food and live music.
Cost: $45 for 10-miler
A Tour of Tasteabilities is a combination of City Tasting Tours, which takes participants to tastings at three authentically Memphis restaurants all a short walk from each other, and A Tour of Possibilities, which takes participants on a journey through Memphis’s civil rights history (Slave Haven, Mason Temple, National Civil Rights Museum, and Stax). This tour, from 9:30am to 1:30pm, is delicious, eye-opening, enlightening, as well as entertaining. (Tours are available most Saturdays, but you need at least four to book.)