The Memphis Weekend: September 16-18 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Weekend: September 16-18

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Even with a forecast for scattered storms this weekend, the days are jam packed with events for everyone--rain or shine!


Cooper Young Festival 

This is my favorite fest of the year! I love walking up and down and peering into every booth. I always find some incredible art and wish I could take so much more home with me.

Enjoy music, food, and art Saturday starting at 9 a.m. It's also a great day for people watching! Bring your friends and have an awesome time exploring. Fair warning--there are usually so many people around that cell phones tend not to work. If you're planning to meet someone there, do it the old-fashioned way and pick a meeting time and place, then stick to that plan.

Team Bridges ClimBlock 

Welcome in the weekend 30 feet in the air! Head to Bridges USA to enjoy open climbing time on their rock wall Friday starting at 4 p.m.

If you'd like to belay, their certification class is $25. Otherwise, you can buy a single session or a punch card for multiple ClimBlock sessions.

PARK(ing) Day 

This looks so cool...and so incredibly creative. On-street parking spaces are reimagined and transformed into public parks! Find spots for your pup, street art, sidewalk cafes, and more.

Check it out Friday starting at 11 a.m. on Monroe Avenue and Union Avenue between Front Street and 2nd Street.

Deaf Family Reunion 

Join DeafConnect on Saturday for a day at Mud Island River Park. Bring a picnic, bring bicycles, bring bathing suits, and enjoy the fun!

The party starts at 10 a.m.

Literacy Rocks Book Festival 

Meet 100 authors from all over the US in this festival celebrating all things literary! Food, prizes, kids' games, music and more will be on hand Saturday at the Cook Convention Center, starting at 10 a.m. It's all sponsored by the Black Writers & Book Clubs Literacy Foundation.

Interfaith Peace Vigil 

Come together to campaign for peace and nonviolence in Memphis. Meet at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday at 3 p.m. for music, readings, and a Nonviolence Pledge.

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum 160th Anniversary 

Join ministers from the Memphis community as they come together for the 160th Anniversary of this site. The presentations will happen every Sunday this month starting at 3 p.m.

How I Met Your Mother Trivia 

Kids, did I ever tell you the story of how I'm going to totally dominate this trivia brunch? I'm all about some HIMYM, and this quiz is not to be missed. Head to Bleu for the free event Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Reserve spots in advance and arrive early to get a good seat.

TEAM UP Training Institute 

Do you want to be a good role model and create a positive impact in the Memphis community? Of course you do.

Join the Team Up Training Institute to be a mentor with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. The class starts Saturday at 9 a.m. The class is free, but please arrive a few minutes early.

Yes! Study Abroad Info Session 

One of my fondest college memories was my summer abroad in Prague, studying at the film institute. I absolutely fell in love with everything about the city and the people I met. That's why Yes! Study Abroad wants to give you the opportunity to experience that feeling too! Join them for lunch to learn more about how studying abroad can shape your future with a panel discussion.

The discussion starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fellowship Memphis.

Stomp in the Swamp 

It's the perfect time of year for a night at the Lichterman Nature Center! Join them for a BBQ dinner from Germantown Commissary and a silent auction featuring art and gift certificates.

Bring the family Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Adults are $15, but children 6 to 10 years old get in for $7. Children younger than 5 are free!

Cooper and York Festival 

Just up the street from the Cooper Young Festival, enjoy yet another celebration. Food trucks, bands, and of course, lots of special brews will be on hand at Memphis Made on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little party hopping, right? Hit up Cooper Young and Cooper York, or vice versa. 

What Had Happened Storytelling Live 

We all have those big moments in our lives--our BEST stories. Well, come tell that story to a room full of fellow storytellers! Share your funny, insightful, or dramatic experiences in seven minutes or less.

Admission is $10 at The Den on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Cloud901 Teen Showcase

I was so excited when Cloud901 opened, and I can't wait to see what's come out of this amazing space at the library. Check out the film, music, and art these teens have created over the past year.

The party is Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.


Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage 

If you like the movie, you'll absolutely LOVE the Broadway show. Check it out at the Orpheum for the "Time of Your Life," Friday night, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon and evening.

Tickets cost between $25 and $125. And remember, nobody puts Baby in the corner!

A.D.E. Performing Arts Festival 

It's time to dance! Dancers from all over the country will come out to compete and perform for industry moguls and corporate sponsors. Tickets are $8 for the jam on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m.

Memphis Street Photography Workshop 

Have you ever seen those gorgeous photos of Memphis streets and thought, "Hey, I could do that!" Well, now you can, with a little guidance.

Learn how to capture the best shot, master the light, and take the picture at the right moment to best encapsulate the Memphis streets.

The class starts Saturday at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Arcade Restaurant to start taking some photos. Then, head to Collierville Chamber for an afternoon session of edition. Registration is $159.

Art Paired! 

What goes better with fine art than fine wine? Enjoy this art fair featuring artists from across the country coupled with wine tastings and distilled spirits.

The event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Racquet Club. Tickets are $10.

Painted Pink 

All women know that makeup is a fine art, and it takes painstaking practice. Learn how to blend eye makeup and shape eyebrows in just two hours.

The class is $85. The class starts Friday at 3 p.m.

You Look Like 

It's another night of insult comedy, and these competitors are ready to fight. The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday at P&H Cafe. Tickets are $8.

R. Kelly: The Buffet Tour 

Fans, don't miss this concert that's sure to stun. Tickets are still available for the show at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Pops in the Park 

Join the Germantown Symphony Orchestra for a night of "Music Around the Globe." Bring lawn chairs and blankets as they perform their final concert of the summer.

The concert starts Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Germantown Municipal Park.

Sports and Fitness

Sand/Grass Volleyball Tournament 

Join 901Volleyball for an all-day volleyball tournament on the sand and in the grass at RiverFit in Tom Lee Park.

The first match starts Saturday at 8 a.m. with a grand prize of $300 on the line. Registration is $20 for co-ed grass players or $25 for sand division.

Sensory World Autism Awareness 5k 

Lace up your sneakers and get running for a great cause. Runners and non-runners can enjoy live music, food, a Kid-Zone, and an Autism information and resource fair.

Head to Bert Ferguson Community Center Park on Saturday at 8 a.m. for your chance to compete. Proceeds go to Joy Prom Inc.

Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk 

Cyclists, runners, and walkers can come together for a number of different events, all of which raise money in the fight against cancer.

Head to Shelby Park to join the fun and benefit West Cancer Institute. The races start Saturday at 9 a.m.

Book It 5k 

This run benefits Books From Birth and the Emmanuel Center. The race starts and stops at the Church of the Holy Communion. Come out and run or walk to support a great cause! Food and balloon animals will be on hand. The race starts Saturday at 9 a.m.

Memphis Tigers vs. Kansas 

I'm so excited to go to my first ever Tigers game this weekend! The game kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Bowl. Go Tigers Go!


Cheers to Charity!  

That's something I can drink to. Join this annual charity fundraising event for a night of fun, food, and of course, wine on Friday starting at 6 p.m. 

The $40 ticket covers wine and food from Chef Fran of the HM Dessert Lounge. Each attendee is asked to bring baby food, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, construction paper, crayons, markers, or toys as well. All proceeds support Hope House for HIV-affected women and children.

Juice Bar 1st Anniversary 

Celebrate Juice Bar's first birthday on your way to the Cooper Young festival! Enjoy juice, smoothie, and snack samples with giveaways every hour. A portion of the day's proceeds will go towards Mid-South Food Bank. Juice Bar opens at 7 a.m.

Hair of the Dog Brunch at Celtic Crossing 

Last year, this event was so sweet. Pups everywhere! Bring your dog to Celtic Crossing on Sunday to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

Enjoy a canine-themed menu with traditional Irish breakfasts, as well as vegetarian options. And of course, Irish music!


Memphis Flea Market 

This is called "The Big One" for a reason! For just $4, sift through tons of stuff all weekend long. The market is open at the Agricenter on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You know what they say--one man's trash is another man's treasure!

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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