Everything Fun Happening in Memphis This Summer

Updated On 07/06/2018 at 01:12PM EST Updated On 07/06/2018 at 01:12PM EST
Beale Street
Beale Street, Memphis | f11photo/shutterstock
Jul 10
Tsunami (928 S. Cooper)
Travis McConnell, Executive Chef of The Pressroom in Bentonville, AR, kicks of Tsunami’s Commemorative Plate Series to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a three-course menu, passed hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings. Other former chefs -- Christina McKeough (Graft Wine + Cider Bar, Watkins Glen, NY) and David Kind (Hutch, Oakland, CA) -- will return for their own special Tuesday night dinners, and the series culminates with current chefs Ben Smith, Donny Graham, and Kevin Sullivan (July 10, 17, 24 and 31).
Cost: $75
Jul 12
Frayser Bauhaus (3590 Thomas St.)
Most know it as the “Cool house in Frasier,” and now everyone can peek inside before restoration begins on this rare international style art moderne house. Join Memphis Heritage for the latest Preservation Posse -- an after hours happy hour series -- and hear owner Dana Gabrion’s plan to bring this beauty back to life. Doors and bar open from 6:00-8:00pm. Tour at 6:30pm.
Cost: $10-$15
Jul 19
Shelby Farms Park (6903 Great View Drive North)
Experience an unrivaled sunset with a guided evening paddle on Shelby Farms’ Hyde Lake followed by cocktails and farm-to-table treats from The Kitchen on the expansive Visitor Center front porch. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one at the event. All proceeds go to the daily operations of the park and greenline.
Cost: $40 per person/$70 per couple + Boat Rental ($10-$15)
Coliseum Coalition
Coliseum Coalition
Jul 21
Mid-South Coliseum (996 Early Maxwell)
The first Roundhouse event entered the ring three years ago and stopped the “Coliseum Crushers” from tearing down the beloved building. Hopefully this year’s event can convince the City to finally open the doors and let new life in. Roundhouse Revival 3 will have music, wrestling, basketball, robots, food trucks, community groups, water slides, voters' registration and much more from 2:00pm-10:00pm.
Cost: Free
Jul 29
Elmwood Cemetery (824 South Dudley)
This indoor, air-conditioned, seated talk, replete with cocktails, will delve into a discussion of death throughout history. Starting with the ancient Egyptian pyramids, the talk will move forward through recorded history to more recent times, taking a look at subjects like Neanderthal burials, mummification, Irish wakes, sky burials, death photography, the advent of the funeral home, green burials, and more. Cheers!
Cost: $15
Thursday - Saturday
Aug 9-18
Various locations
Elvis Week, also known as Elvis Death Week, brings in fans from around the world as they make the ultimate pilgrimage to be with us during this annual celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Locals need not turn up their noses, as this week offers fun for everyone. At the very least, mark your calendar for one tribute artist show and make your way to the Candlelight Vigil to pay your respects and bask in homemade shrines. See the full schedule of events online.
Cost: Some are free, others will cost ya. Check the events page for the deets.
Aug 18
Malco Summer Drive-In (5310 Summer Avenue)
The Time Warp Drive-In takes over the dreamy Malco Summer Drive-In for another night of old movies and good times. They are presenting the worst movies ever featuring (in order): Plan 9 From Outer Space, Troll 2, Miami Connection, Birdemic, Manos, and the Hands of Fate. Gates at 7:00pm -- movies at dusk. You can bring your own snacks or purchase some at the most affordable movie concession stand known to man.
Cost: $10
Aug 19
Bardog (73 Monroe)
Downtown’s most beloved bar, Bardog, hosts the most beloved 5K in town. In fact, it’s gotten so big that it’s not just a 5K, it’s a full on festival. They close off Monroe street so that once everyone has made their way through the 3.1 miles of downtown, they can congregate and enjoy lots and lots of beer, food, music, an all-day raffle and even a meatball eating contest. Don’t worry if you aren’t much of a runner, it’s not really that kind of race.
Cost: $35-$40
Aug 25
DKDC (964 S. Cooper)
Impala is celebrating the release of their first new album, “In the Late Hours,” in TWENTY years and you don’t want to miss it, especially in the coziest late night bar in town. The crowd is sure to be a who’s who of the local music scene. Vinyl and CDs will be for sale.
Cost: $10
Friday - Saturday
Sep 7-8
USA Stadium (4351 Babe Howard Blvd)
The International Goat Days Festival is the best reason you’ll have to drive to Millington all year. The event kicks off on Friday with The World’s Greatest Goat Parade at 5:30pm and then offers non-stop fun for the next 36 hours. Of course there will be goat yoga, and who could pass up watching a goat obstacle course? There are plenty more non-goat centric activities, food and drink. Make this the year you go to this fun and funky family festival.
Cost: $5 per carload
Sep 15
Cooper Young Historic District (2120 Young)
Festival season is in full swing in September and the Cooper Young Fest is the crown jewel. Midtown’s funnest neighborhood welcome folks from all over the city with open arms. (Residents call it their Christmas.) The streets are packed with vendors and people and there are three stages of non-stop music. Be sure to pop into the stores and restaurants too, and be on the lookout for backyards parties.
Cost: Free
Goner Fest | Bully Rook/Goner Records
Thursday - Sunday
Sep 27-30
Various locations
The 15th annual Gonerfest, hosted by Goner Records, is three days of intense music from around the world with the best people from everywhere. Gonerfest has been host to bands such as Mudhoney, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Cosmic Psychos, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Derv Gordon of the Equals, Shannon & The Clams, Gories, Oblivians, Sonny Vincent, UV Race, Deaf Wish, Toody & Fred from Dead Moon, Wreckless Eric and tons more. The event kicks off on Thursday with a free show in the Cooper Young Gazebo outside Goner Records then continues into the wee hours of the night at the Hi-Tone. Friday boasts a day show at Memphis Made Brewing before heading back to the Hi-Tone for late night action. Saturday’s day show is at Murphy’s followed by more Hi-Tone. The event culminates back on the Gazebo on Sunday afternoon.
Cost: Free - $75 depending on who you want to see