The Memphis Weekend: July 22-24

The Memphis Weekend: July 22-24

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The July heat is in full force, and this weekend's going to be a hot one. But if you're not going to spend the whole time lounging by the pool, here's a big list of events you might want to check out.


Dare 2 Dream Conference 

This conference is taking a jab financial responsibility, juvenile justice, and more. Middle school and high school students and their parents can come together to learn about branding themselves, how to be financially responsible, how to stand up against bullying, and seeking justice for teens.

Parents will have their own workshops presented by The College Initiative and The Destiny Coach. The free workshops begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memphis Office of Youth Services.

Speak Up for Special Needs Fashion Show 

Head to West Memphis, Arkansas, for an afternoon of fashion, entertainment, raffles, and fun! The Speak Up for Special Needs Fashion Show honors individuals with special needs. A Mr. Fashionisto and Ms. Fashionista will be crowned, and all participants will get a prize.

Tickets are $15 at the door. The show starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Auditorium.

Memphis Made Cornhole Tournament 

Hope you practiced those cornhole skills during your Fourth of July BBQ, because you'll want to show them off Saturday! Grab a partner and register to compete for free.

Register online for your chance to take home the $50 gift card trophy, then head to Memphis Made Brewing Company for the start time at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Free HUGS Memphis 

Last weekend, I was so excited to learn about the Free Hugs Memphis event. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning than spreading joy! So if you want to cheer on racers at the Love Well 5k (see below!), head to Semmes-Murphey Clinic Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and get ready to give some hugs.

Sports and Fitness

Redbirds vs. Iowa Cubs 

Our team is back in town for a weekend of great baseball! Catch the Redbirds play Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:35 p.m., and Sunday at 6:05 p.m.

Saturday, you can celebrate former Redbirds All-Star Stephen Piscotty with a bobble head, and of course, enjoy the fireworks. Then on Sunday, the first 1,500 kids 12 and under will get a free lunch box. Plus, ticket sales on Sunday support Volunteer Odyssey!

Just us 4 Jerod 5k: Stop the Violence

The Jerod House hopes to reduce or even end violence in Shelby County and the surrounding area by bringing together communities, businesses, and government leaders to create resources for classrooms, communities, and individuals. So lace up your shoes in support of their mission!

The run starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at American Way Park. Registration starts at 6 a.m., and a $25 donation is requested.

Love Well 5k & Festival 

Pick up the pace and head to Semmes-Murphey Clinic for a race for a great cause. This 5k benefits the Old Path Homeless Shelter for Women and Children. Afterwards, enjoy food, art, and performances.

The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, and you can register online.

CycleBar 'Ride Your Heart Out'  

Spin your way to a good cause! Join CycleBar Germantown for a pop-up fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Your $50 donation buys you a seat at the fundraising ride, plus three free CycleBar Germantown rides and a limited edition tank top. You can join one of two rides (or both!), at 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Bendy Boozy at Loflin Yard 

I wasn't sure whether to put this under fitness or food, but I think yoga is a pretty good Sunday workout. Head to Loflin Yard on Sunday for an hour long private all-levels class and cocktails.

Registration is $20. The class starts at 11 a.m.

Memphis Zoo Backstage Pass 

Have you ever wondered what happens in the background at the Memphis Zoo? Well, now you don't have to wonder! For $50 (or $35 for kids 5-11), you can go on a backstage tour of the Zambezi River Hippo Camp and the newly remodeled Herpetarium.

The tour starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and includes hands on animal experiences!


Orpheum Summer Movie Series: The Karate Kid 

Get some much needed Mr. Miyagi wisdom at the Orpheum on Friday with a showing of the 1984 classic "The Karate Kid."

The show starts at 7 p.m., but if you come early you can learn some martial arts at a pre-show demonstration. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Morgan Casting Actors Workshop 

If you're an aspiring actor, you definitely don't want to miss this workshop. Matthew Morgan and his team will reveal industry tips and tricks and give you the inside scoop on exactly what casting directors are looking for.

The event is open to actors ages 12 and up. Prepare a 60 to 90 second monologue and head to La Quinta Inn & Suites on Primacy Parkway at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $125.

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents Planet of the Apes 

If you're in the mood for a sci-fi classic, grab your tickets for the 1968 masterpiece, showing at Malco Paradiso on Sunday at 2 p.m. and next Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Ever since I came back from my trip to the Bay Area a few weeks ago, I've been pretending to be a bonafide California wine snob. And now you can too! Join Quench Wine & Spirits for a sampling of California wines.

Since the tasting is purely educational (aka, the best kind of class), it's free! Head to Quench between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday.

Vegan Soul Food Cookout 

Join Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter at the 901 Evolution Community Garden for a soul food cookout--vegan style! If you've never tried vegan food--trust me, you're gonna love it.  And in my opinion, nothing pairs better with a good meal than social justice.

Restaurants including Two Vegan Sistas, Ras Irie Vegan, and Pink Diva Cupcakery will be on hand serving up their best dishes while you join in some fun and good conversation about recent issues in Memphis. Head to the corner of Pearce and Keel starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, and come hungry!

Beginner Sushi Class 

I've been thinking about learning to make sushi for a while...because sushi is literally the best food ever created. And now I can!

For just $40, learn how to roll your own sushi with Birmingham Sushi Class on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Memphis Made Brewing Company.


Regalia Shopping Center: Summer Sidewalk Sale 

After a tough couple of weeks, I could definitely use some retail therapy. And there's no better day for retail therapy than a sale day!

Enjoy special promotions at  Regalia Shopping Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Laurelwood Sidewalk Sale 

Celebrate summer and grab some new back to school looks Friday and Saturday at Laurelwood Shopping Center. Participating stores will offer sales, and the Dream Machine Ice Cream Truck and MemPops will be on hand to keep you cool while you grab hot deals.

Saddle Creek Sidewalk Sale 

After you hit up Regalia and Laurelwood, don't forget to check out the shops at Saddle Creek for their sidewalk sale. Grab great deals on spring and summer fashion Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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 #WMCandme on Twitter or Instagram!

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