October 30 - November 4
The Indie Memphis Film Festival, now in its 22nd year, 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 six different venues, the festival features a free block party with live music plus talks, food and booze all weekend long. There’s also live music before every screening, a filmmaker Q&A, a black creators forum, parties and receptions.
Cost: $100-$250 for festival passes
Tom Lee Park
Spanning two states, the Big River Crossing Half Marathon is our most breathtaking race course -- and is also the only race of its kind to allow racers to cross the mighty Mississippi on its longest pedestrian bridge, Big River Crossing. You'll also get to trek through the Big River Trail, a paved path through the Arkansas floodplains with amazing riverside views, all the way to Dacus Lake. There is also a 5K for runners who want to stay in downtown Memphis.
Cost: $80-$90 for half marathon; $30-$35 for 5K
Broad Avenue Arts District
It’s street party time! The annual Broad Avenue Art Walk is an all-day celebration of all things Broad Avenue (City & State coffee, Wiseacre beer, Lucky Cat ramen, T. Clifton art, to name a few) along with additional vendors, food trucks and entertainment. Sounds like fun, right?
Memphis Crafts and Drafts (sponsored by the Memphis Flyer) is once again bringing together a curated assortment of local artisans and craft beers for a fun day of sipping and shopping, taking place both inside and outside of Crosstown Concourse.
Hi Tone Cafe
Now in its fifth year, Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest is a lean, mean, cheese-packed machine. Which is good, because you’ll feel anything but lean after sampling cheesy breads all afternoon. A very reasonably priced VIP ticket gets you unlimited samples and two beverages.