The Memphis Weekend: May 13-15 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Weekend: May 13-15

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Memphis never seems to disappoint throughout the month of May. If you're a fan of sports, music, books, or food, it's going to be a great weekend for you!


World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 

Get hungry, Memphis. It's that time of the year when downtown smells like the inside of Central BBQ, and we're all OK with it. Teams will compete for the best ribs, shoulder, whole hog, and more. While you can't sample food from each competitor, there will be world-class BBQ for sale.

The festival runs all weekend long at Tom Lee Park.

Ruby Bridges Reading Fest 

If you're looking for something to do with a young child this weekend, this is the perfect event. Acclaimed author and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges is co-hosting this reading festival with Kathy Bates. The festival aims to bring together people from all backgrounds to sit and read together.

Authors, including Bridges, will sign books for children. In addition, local and national celebrities will take some time to read to kids. But it won't be all quiet-time--other activities include music, balloon animals, and face painting. But the best part? Every child can select one or two free books to take home with them.

The festival kicks off Saturday at the National Civil Rights Museum at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

Redbirds Star Wars Night 

See the Redbirds, you must! Head to AutoZone Park for a night in a galaxy far, far away. Saturday, you can dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and take part in the festivities.

Plus, the first 1,500 fans will get a St. Louis Cardinals bobblehead, and the night will wrap up with a post-game fireworks extravaganza.  And if that wasn't enough, $4 from each theme ticket purchase will be donated to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. 

Insane Inflatable 5k 

If bouncy houses were your jam as a child, you'll love the Insane Inflatable 5K! It's a 5K race meets inflatable obstacle course--aka, awesome.  

Register before May 13 for $65, or on the day of the event Saturday for $75. Spots are open for every wave of the race, so you can sign up at any time convenient for you to have a great time. My suggestion--go early! It's going to be hot!

Poker for Pooches 

I like to think of this event as that painting with all the dogs playing poker. While that's not exactly what this is, it's still an awesome fundraiser for SOAR Doggy Rescue.

Your ticket gets you food, beer, and a bourbon bar. The grand prize is a 50 inch TV, with other prizes throughout the night. Tickets cost $21, and you must be 21 years old to attend.

If you're feeling lucky, head to Agricenter International Saturday at 6 p.m. to bet on a better life for these sweet pups!

March to the 19th Meet and Greet 

In 2020, the US is going to celebrate an anniversary that I personally cannot wait for--the 100th year that women could vote! In 1920, the US passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. While we've had the right to vote for almost 100 years, women's voices are largely unheard and their stories largely untold.

March to the 19th is an effort to address this issue and rebuild women's history in Tennessee to commemorate the amendment's anniversary. If this sounds like your kind of project, head to Bari Ristorante to network and become a part of the campaign.

The free event starts Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bari on Cooper Street.

YES Gala 

Who wouldn't say YES! to early childhood education? This gala, benefiting the Youth Education Scholarship fund for preschool children, will include live performances, delicious food, and prizes. Plus, the theme is "Oh the Places We'll Go," named  after the Dr. Seuss novel that has inspired many a high school graduation speech.

Tickets start at $75. The event starts Friday at 7 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden and goes until 10 p.m. Semi-formal attire is requested.

Mother's Day 5k 

So this event isn't specific to this weekend, but with the beautiful weather ahead, it's a great time to take part. Any time in May, you can run (or walk) a 5K in honor of all the moms out there!  A portion of each registration fee will go to Vitamin Angels, an organization that provides vitamins to mothers and babies.

Registration is $27, which includes two custom medals and bibs--one for you and one for a strong mom in your life.


Time Warp Drive-In 

Boom Pow! It's a night jam packed with comic-book action. Head to the Malco Summer Drive-In for FOUR legendary dark pulp films--Sin City, The Crow, Tank Girl, and Blade. The mega marathon is just $10 per person.

The curtain rises at 8 p.m.-- make sure you have the popcorn ready!

UpRise Arts Fest 

Get a taste of the Memphis Art community, all in one convenient location! UpRise Arts aims to promote greater appreciation of the arts through exposure and education and connect artists, businesses, and communities with one another.

The day of film, food, art, and performances kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Court Square Park.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra 

Looking for a classy night with your friends? Look no further than Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Canon Center. The orchestra will be performing Mahler's First with the Memphis Symphony Chorus.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

World Belly Dance Day at Overton Square 

Get loose in Overton Square with Shimmy Mob Memphis!  This family friendly belly dancing event will raise awareness about domestic violence in Memphis and around the globe. Watch troupes and soloists perform in one of the largest events of this kind.

The Memphis event benefits The Family Safety Center. Take part in the fun 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Overton Square.

Visible in May Festival 

Food! Music! Art! Free!

Head to Visible Music College on Madison Avenue for their third annual Visible in May Festival on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy live music of all genres and learn more about the college, committed to educating students through accountability and discipleship.

Ansani the Spider 

Have you heard of Ansani the Spider? The rogue mischief maker is one of the great folk heroes of the world. In this traditional Ashanti tale, the spider sets out on a long journey, triumphing over larger foes.

The show, produced by students in River City (TN) Links' Arts 2 Life program, starts Saturday at 3 p.m at Hattiloo Theatre. Arts 2 Life is an arts integration program that engages students in the arts with experienced mentors.


Sips Memphis 

Is it bad luck to have a boring night on Friday the 13th? I think so. Sips Memphis is combining World Cocktail Day with superstitious, spooky spirits. And by spirits, I mean alcohol.

If you're over 21, head to Sips Memphis on Friday and sample their Hocus Pocus Punch...just don't let any black cats cross your path on the way there.

Downtown Food Tour 

Walking tours of Memphis are great. Walking tours of Memphis food are better.

Join City Tasting Tours for an afternoon of food and fun. Go behind-the-scenes with chefs and artisan food producers, learn about the people, places, and dishes that make this city so unique, and get a detailed listing of the tour stops so you can bring your friends back with you.

The 2.5 hour, 1.5 mile tour starts at 1:30 p.m. and stops at five different restaurants. You must be 21 years old to join. Tickets are $55, and the meeting location will be disclosed when you purchase your ticket.

Know of more events happening this weekend? Send an email to and we'll add it to our list. Did you snap a picture at one of these events? Email it to or tag #wmc5 on Twitter or Instagram!

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