The Memphis Weekend: August 26-28 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Weekend: August 26-28

You really can't beat summer sunsets in Memphis. This is a gorgeous shot! (Source: My5/ kpeifer) You really can't beat summer sunsets in Memphis. This is a gorgeous shot! (Source: My5/ kpeifer)

Suffering from some post-Olympic blues? Don't worry, the Memphis Weekend is back, and what a weekend to come back to! Here's a list of all the amazing food and fun you can find this weekend.


South Main Trolley Night 

It's that time of the month again! Head to South Main for food, shopping, music and art. And of course, free "trolley" rides!

Friday, South Main Association members will host a cookout near Bluff City Bakery. You can also bring your pup for National Dog Day!

Pandemonium Cinema Showcase: Video Game Meltdown 

Gamers and film-fans alike get ready for a night of interactive video game-films! Watch five video game movies and explore the history of home gaming in playable mini-rooms, featuring vintage game consoles from across history.

You can also dress in costume for the contest! The whole night is free to anyone and is family friendly. Head to Cossitt Library at 4 p.m.

Riverfront Car Show 

Join the Mid-South Camaro Club for a car show benefiting the Wings Foundation. You can register your ride for $25. The show kicks off Saturday in Tom Lee Park at 8 a.m.

Monroe Avenue Street Festival

Whether or not you compete in the Breakaway Bardog 5k (see below), you can celebrate at the Monroe Avenue Street Festival, also benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Enjoy live bands, a dunk tank, food, a raffle, a meatball eating contest, and more!

Dreamgivers' Gala 

Enjoy a night of food, fun, and dancing to raise money for senior veterans in the Mid-South. Tickets are $85 per person, and funds raised will send WWII veterans to Pearl Harbor on a Trip of Honor. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Memphis.

Community Health Fair 

Enjoy fair festivities and free health screenings at Northeast Side Church of Christ's Community Health Fair. Free food and drinks, bounce houses, health screenings, financial lessons, vendor exhibits, Zumba classes, legal session, house buying tips, face painting and more will be available. The fair starts Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Art of Caring 

Help benefit the Baptist Home and Residential Hospice Programs and the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief with a night of art at Memphis Zoo. Tickets are $40 for the auction, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.


Orpheum Summer Movie Series: Gone with the Wind 

God as my witness, I will never miss the Summer Movie Series again! If you've never seen this classic, it's definitely worth the trip to the Orpheum on Friday starting at 7 p.m. Fair warning--the film is almost four hours long, so if you bring the kids, be ready for a long night. Before the show, test your knowledge with trivia in the lobby.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under.

Creative Works Talk/Shop No. 3: Storied 

Whether you're a painter, a photographer, a filmmaker or a writer, being able to tell a story is critical for any craft. Professionals from Memphis and New York discuss the power of narrative and help you find your story over two days.

Tickets start at $10. The workshop begins Friday at 7 p.m. at Emerge Memphis.

Spillit Story Slam: Family Matters  

Think up your best familial stories and head to Spill It for a storytelling competition. Come up with your five minute story to share with your fellow storytellers.

Spin your yard at Amurica Photo on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

Black Nerd Power Comedy Hour 

Get ready for some big laughs. Join the group for food, drinks, and comedy at Midtown Crossing Grill. The show starts Saturday at 9 p.m.

Sports and Fitness

Wine Down Trolley Night 

Before you hit Trolley Night, relax with some free yoga and free wine at Downtown Yoga Memphis. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Redbirds vs. Nashville Sounds 

The Redbirds are back to face off against the Nashville Sounds, with promotions all weekend long!

Friday, fans with a theme ticket will get a 2006 World Series Final Out Bobblehead. It's also Habitat for Humanity night, which means special postgame fireworks! Saturday, the first 1,500 fans will get a replica Memphis Chicks jersey. It's also Teacher Appreciation Night, and of course, Saturday night fireworks! Sunday, kids can get a replica Matt Carpenter Cardinals Jersey. It's also Bark in the Park Day--bring your dog and purchase a special theme ticket for a picture frame and leash holder! And like every Sunday, the first 2,500 kids 12 and under will get free ice cream. 

Breakaway Bardog 5k 

Lace up your sneakers and join Breakway Running and Bardog Tavern for a 5k race benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Run through downtown Memphis, then stick around for the Monroe Avenue Street Festival (above).

Register online through Friday for $35 or for $40 day of. All participants will get a t-shirt and goody bag.

How to Ride in the Street 

Confession: I don't know how to ride a bike. I have a bike, and I've had many people offer to help me learn how to ride it, but it's just never happened (hence, the premise for the short film I just completed). But if I did know how to ride a bike, I imagine I'd have a lot of questions about how to safely ride in the street. That's where Revolutions Co-Op comes in. They'll go over what to do if the bike lane disappears, where should you ride when there's no bike lane, whether to ride on the sidewalk, and other questions. Plus, field trips!

The four week class starts Sunday at 2 p.m. and costs $80, which includes a bike, a helmet, and lock.

Ninth Annual Forrest Spence Fund 5k 

The whole family can get ready to run at the Ninth Annual Forrest Spence 5k! Runs include a 100 yard dash for kids 8 and under, a 1 mile fun run for kids 12 and under, and of course, the 5k race. There will be games, bounce houses, slides, food, prizes, and more.

The Forrest Spence Fund assists with non-medical needs of critically and chronically ill children and their families in the Mid-South. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.


Friday Night Wine Tasting 

Pyramid Wine & Spirits is my go-to store. I mean, these ladies KNOW wine. So I'm absolutely positive their tasting will not disappoint! The tasting runs Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Chef 4 A Day: Luau Day Party 

Join Chef Shannon Arnold for a culinary trip to Hawaii. Enjoy authentic Hawaiian cuisine, island beverages, hula dancers, and island music.

Tickets are $25 and include two appetizer samples, fruit and dessert, and one alcoholic beverage. Get in vacation mode Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at No. 2 Vance.

Mixology: Mysteries of Egypt 

Party with the Pharoahs and celebrate the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis with food, live entertainment, art, and cocktails prepared by the city's finest mixologists. Tickets are $55 for general admission and $35 for members of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals. Tickets include unlimited food and drink. The event starts Saturday at 8 p.m. but the location is secret, so purchase your ticket to solve the mystery!

Best Memphis Burger Fest 

My mouth is watering already just thinking about it. Teams will compete throughout the day for the best veggie burger, best Memphis burger, and best specialty burger. Other events include a kids' pickle eating contest, an adult slider eating contest, and a corn hole tournament. There will also be music all day long, food trucks, kids' activities, and pet adoptions.

The event benefits Memphis Paws Inc. and tickets cost $10. Head to Tiger Lane Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. and come hungry!

Blind Wine Tasting 

More wine? Yes please! Head to Salsa Cocina Mexicana on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a blind tasting of great sparkling wines.

Beginner Sushi Class 

Did someone say sushi?! I'm in. Learn how to roll your own sushi at Memphis Made Brewing Company. Tickets are $40, plus you get to eat what you roll. Check out the class Sunday at 2 p.m.


Stock & Bell Birthday Bash 

Stock & Bell is turning 1, and to celebrate, they're offering a huge sale on Trolley Night! Enjoy 20 percent off clothes, coffee from Dr. Bean's Coffee and Tea Emporium, beer from High Cotton Brewing Company, music by Brennan Villines, and food from El Mero Taco Truck. Join them Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Crosstown 'Clectic Show and Sale 

Check out some of the best crafts Tennessee has to offer at the Tennessee Craft Southwest Chapter's two-day show at Crosstown Arts. Check it out Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.

Sweatfest II at Shangri-La 

Music fans, get ready to shop. Shangri-La records is hosting Sweatfest II. Get ready for live music and bargain records. Grab amazing deals on CDs, LPs, 45s, and DVDs all day.

The store will have tents, misting fans and water, but otherwise, you can BYOB. Head to Shangri-La Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 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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