The Memphis Weekend: May 27-30

The Memphis Weekend: May 27-30

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - School is out and Memorial Day weekend is here! Just in case you don't have plans to spend the entire weekend eating burgers by the lake, here's a list of awesome events happening in Memphis.


901 Fest 

I have been pumped about 901 Fest for months. I'm so excited to see what the newest member of the Memphis in May family is like! Check out this celebration of all things Memphis--food, art, music and more! Plus, an airshow and a fireworks finale to close out Memphis In May with a bang.

The lineup is amazing--check it out and don't miss out on the festivities! Gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9 in advance or $10 at the gate.

South Main Trolley Night 

It's that time of the month again! Doors will be open, music will be playing, and art will be abundant on South Main Street. Walk up and down and check out the galleries, or take one of the rubber-wheeled trolleys. Bring an umbrella--there's a chance for rain!

International Blacksmiths Day 

I think blacksmithing is one of those jobs that's taken entirely too much for granted, but is totally cool. Pretty sure the last time I saw a blacksmith in action was in one of those colonial towns when I was in elementary school. But I'll have another chance to be wowed by these craftspeople on Saturday!

Head to the Metal Museum for the International Blacksmiths Day event. Watch demonstrations and competitions, including a demonstration by their current featured artist Stephen Yusko. Plus, you'll get free admission to the museum all day! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Red Panty Party

It's a party for all our sisters. Head to Art Village Gallery for Bloody Marys, blood orange mimosas, red velvet cupcakes, and other, uh, food of a particular color in honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day.

The event kicks off Saturday at 1 p.m. and costs $20 at the door, or a donation of underwear, pads, or tampons.

2016 Sundresses & Linen 

Bring your sundress and linen suit A-game! Sundresses & Linen is back with entertainment, food, and drink specials.

MetroPCS is hosting their annual event at the Historic Pink Palace Museum. More than 1,600 patrons will be able to enjoy a fashion show, live music, and specialty cocktails made for the event. Tickets are $40 for the event starting at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Breaking the Barriers of Mental Health Brunch 

Mental health is all too common, and all too stigmatized. This brunch hopes to allow participants to share their experiences with peers and mental health professionals through guided conversations.

The brunch starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Racquet Club of Memphis and costs $25.

Church Health Fair 

Join the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith for a free community health fair Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn about your health from vendors including Men's Health Network, Firestone Dental, Church Health Center, and LeBonheur Children's Hospital. You can also get free health screenings, such as blood pressure, glucose, diabetes tests, HIV testing, dental screening, and more.

Social Therapy Summer Kick-Off 

The Memorial Day weekend partying continues at Hard Rock Cafe with the Social Therapy team!

Music, food, and drinks on two floors and the patio. Head to the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street starting at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Geek Day 5k! 

Did you know Geek Pride Day is May 25? If you already know what that date's significance is, we'll be best friends. For those of you who don't know, it's the anniversary of the day Star Wars was released (and I'm talking what we currently know as Episode IV). This 5k celebrates all of us who geek out over whatever it is we love, especially if that thing is running.

At any point in May, you can run, walk, or jog your 5k. Then, the organizers will send you a medal! Plus, 20 percent of every registration goes to Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools for kids around the world. Registration costs $20 for participants in the United States.

The Collabo 

It's not just a party. It's not just a concert. It's so much more. Celebrate 90's soul music with live entertainment, a cigar lounge, drink specials, and more.

The party starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at New Daisy Theatre. Tickets start at $20 for general admission.


High on the Hog: Ten Years in the Pits 

Are you nostalgic for BBQ fest? Is smell of hickory still lingering in your nostrils? Check out this amazing photo gallery that chronicles 10 years of Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Championship.

The exhibit by Lawrence Jasud will be on display at the Circuitous Succession Gallery in South Main, Friday from 6-9 p.m. Check it out during Trolley Night!

Tennessee Ballet Theatre 

Want to be a part of art history? Then head to the Tennessee Ballet Theatre's first ever spring show. The professional dance group, associated with Children's Ballet Theatre, is hosting the contemporary dance performance CONNECTED as a fundraiser to pay for a sprung floor--which will protect the dancers from long-term injury (speaking from experience, doing split leaps onto concrete for years really takes a toll on your body).

Head to the Jay Etkin Gallery in Cooper Young on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $10.44 and $15.17 per person.

The Art Project Memphis 

There is no better summer party than a tie-dye party. The Art Project Memphis wants to celebrate summer with you by tie dyeing shirts and pillowcases Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own, or purchase one of the available kids tees or pillowcases.


Babalu Tacos & Tapas 

Bartenders from each Babalu location will concoct their own margarita recipe using a secret ingredient. The drink will be revealed Sunday!

Belly Acres

All servicemen and women, past and present, and their extended families will get a 25 percent discount on their meal on Memorial Day.

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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