Thanksgiving came in late this year and compressed the holiday season, but that just means you’ll have plenty of energy for the rest of winter come January. Here’s a list of events to bring 2019 to a festive end while getting 2020 off to a rollicking start. Parade down Beale with Santa, become a regular at the farmers market, hear some great music, run in an off-road series, and become an expert on coffee, wine, and beer. Here’s everything you need to do in Memphis this winter (and here's everything you should do in Memphis no matter the season).
The biggest holiday parade in Memphis happens on “world famous” Beale Street from 3:00-4:30pm Expect Santa and his reindeer to lead marching bands, car clubs, community groups and cheerleaders. Wear an ugly sweater, get a big frozen drink, and get the holidays started off right.
December 14 - March 28
Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning this winter, you can get your fill of fresh vegetables, microgreens, baked bread, pasta, pastured pork, chicken and more at the Winter Market in Cooper-Young. It’s a great time to meet and talk to farmers and artisans, drop off your compost, support the local food system, and feed yourself the very best.
Music lovers, rejoice! Then get on over to the amazing Crosstown Theater for a performance of Big Star's 1974 album Third featuring Jody Stephens and conducted by Carl Marsh, the album’s original arranger. But wait, there’s more! Mike Mills of R.E.M., Chris Stamey of The dB’s, and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will be on hand as well during this star-studded affair.
Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association
If you’re in the market for a volunteer project between Christmas and New Year’s, look no further than the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers are needed to deliver pre-made meals to homebound senior clients. Christmas morning is an especially festive time to volunteer with loved ones.
The Blue Monkey
Local Smiths cover band, Louder Than Bombs, will once again be playing at the Blue Monkey in Overton Square on New Year’s Eve in what has become a bit of a Midtown New Year’s tradition. With a champagne toast at midnight, lead singer Scott Miles brings just the right amount of emo for the audience to stay upbeat so you can start 2020 feeling fine.
Cost: $10-$20 cover