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Summer 2018

Special Events

2nd Tuesdays, Year-Round: South Main Association: Public information and social meeting. SMA's purpose is to promote the future of the historic arts district, while remaining passionate about preserving its past. 6p social, 6:30p, program, locations vary. 578-7262,

4th Tuesdays, Year-Round: Downtown Neighborhood Association Meetings. Public information and social meeting. DNA's purpose is to promote, enhance, and protect the quality of life in Downtown Memphis, and to maintain and foster a spirit of community for Downtown Memphis businesses, and visitors. 6p social, 6:30p programs, locations vary. 521-9552,

Last Fridays, Year-Round: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. 6–9p, FREE, Main: between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Wednesday Nights, Year-Round: Earnestine and Hazel's Open Mic Night. Hosted by Amber Rae Dunn, Vice President of Memphis Songwriters Association. FREE, 8–11p, Earnestine and Hazel's, 523-9754,

Live at the Garden: May 26: Summer Symphony with conductor Robert Moody and guest artist Wynonna, 7:30p. June 1: Rascal Flatts. June 20: Midland with Trent Harmon Wolf. June 29: Train. July 13: Boy George & Culture Club with B-52s. July 28: Gladys Knight. Sep 7: Big & Rich. 750 Cherry Rd, 636-4107,

Orpheum Summer Movies: July 3: Independence Day. July 6: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. July 13: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. July 20: Selena. July 27: The Wizard of Oz. July 28: Superman/Batman Double Feature. Aug 10: Steel Magnolias. Aug 17: Love & Basketball. Aug 18: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Aug 24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 203 S Main, 525-3000,

Thru July 28: Monster Mark. Awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, and sometimes disturbing, works featured from Memphis collections make us think about how we define monsters. Art Museum of the University of Memphis, 678-2224,

May 4–6: Memphis in May Beale St Music Fest. The Beale St Music Fest is a 3-day, 4 stage event featuring 60+ top music acts from today and beyond. 525-4611,

May 6: Black Family Day. Jack & Jill of America presents an annual celebration of the black family. Food, music, and fun. FREE, 3p–7p, National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699,

May 7–13: Memphis in May Salute to Czech Republic. Brings cultural events to community centers, museums, galleries, performing arts centers and schools throughout the city. 525-2224,

May 11–12: 60th Annual Greek Festival. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church invites the Mid-South to celebrate with Greek heritage, food, music and culture. 11a–8p, 573 N. Highland, 327-8177,

May 12: Speakeasy Parlor at the Woodruff-Fontaine House. Tour the open mansion staged in 1920s  splendor then stroll to the glitzy Carriage House for drinks and hor d'oeuvres while you enjoy musical entertainment by the Side Street Steppers. If rough and grimy is more your style, the Root Cellar is the best place to remain low key as not to attract the fuzz. 7–10p, 680 Adams Avenue, 526-1469,

May 13: Movie in Health Sciences Park: Babies. Memphis Medical District Collaborative hosts a screening of the film Babies. Attendees may bring chairs and blankets. Enjoy food and drinks from food trucks. 7:30–9:30p, Madison Ave & S. Dunlap Street, 552-4781,

May 15: An Evening with Chicago. Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In Billboard Magazine’s recent list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. 8p, Orpheum, 525-3000,

May 16–19: Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. More than 230 teams come from over 25 states and several foreign countries to participate in America's most prestigious barbecue competition. 525-2224,

May 18–19: Roudnev Youth Ballet Presents Coppelia and Other Tales. Roudnev Youth Ballet proudly presents an interpretation of Arthur Saint-Léon’s Coppelia, an enchanting classic tale for the entire family. Friday 6p, Saturday 5p, Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 573-1483,

May 19: F.I.R.E. Family Fun Day. Done in conjunction with the Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E) casting conference, this Family Fun Day is all about metal casting! FREE, 10a–4p, Memphis Metal Museum, 774-6380,

May 19–20: Cooper-Young Garden Walk. An up-close look at 75+ unique urban gardens which range from tiny private spaces to robust hardscapes for outdoor entertaining. This year’s theme is native plants. Educational booths operated by master gardeners and native plant experts offer more information, as well as special guests speakers. 9a–5p,

May 20: One Memphis - A City in Harmony. Interfaith music celebration to promote and foster unity, love, acceptance, and understanding, with the goal of creating a city in harmony. Held last Sundays each month Jun–Oct. FREE, 4–6p, Handy Park Pavilion, 200 Beale, 526-0115,

May 22: MIFA at 50: Celebrating God’s Tapestry. The event pays tribute to MIFA’s interfaith legacy. The keynote speaker is The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.  Outstanding donors and volunteers will be recognized. 5:30–7:30p, Church of the Holy Communion’s Cheney Hall, 4645 Walnut Grove Rd, 529-4569,

May 26: Memphis in May Great American River Run. Half marathon and 5K races along the banks of the MS River and through downtown. Post race party includes food, drinks and live music. Find maps and sign up online. 525-2224,

May 26: Memphis in May 901Fest. 901 themed party includes an air show, fireworks, knockerball, arts, food and cornhole tournaments. 3p, 525-2224,

May 31: Botanical Bars: Stop and Smell the Rose'. Sip on a variety of wines, ales, and botanical cocktails while strolling through the Gardens highlighting the plants that give these beverages their unique tastes. 6–9p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

May 30: Bike Night on Beale. Motorcycle enthusiasts park on the most iconic street in America every Wednesday night! It's all about bragging rights and strutting your stuff with amazing motorcycles of every shape, size, brand and year. 6–11p, Beale Street,

May 31–June 2: Memphis Italian Festival. A little taste of Italy, right here in Memphis. Family-oriented fun in music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School. Marquette Park, 848-4546,

June 1: Elmwood Memphis Music Tour. Willy Bearden leads a tour where you'll be introduced to the music that echoes through the lives of the people who rest here. 6p, 824 S Dudley, 774-3212,

June 4–29: Summer Camps at Shelby Farms. Nature Camp ages 5–7, Adventure Camp ages 8–12, Equestrian Camps ages 8–15, and Advanced Camp ages 10–15. Shelby Farms, 222-7275,

June 8–10: The Illusionists - Live from Broadway. Mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on Earth. Orpheum, 525-3000,

June 15: American Promise Tour with VP Joe Biden. Series of conversations that to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. 8p, Orpheum, 525-3000,

June 15–17: Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. Free family friendly festival with live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, kid zone and more. 10a–10p, Church Park, Beale Street,

June 19: Heather Land's I Ain't Doin It Tour. A hilarious night of comedy, music and laughter with the master story teller whose online videos have delighted more than 300 million. 7p, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 576-1200,

June 20–23: 12th Annual Belvedre Chamber Music Festival. Performances from the early 20th century by such composers as Ibert, Poulenc, Messiean, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Debussy, Vaughan, and more. FREE, 7:30p, Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 272-7425,

June 23: Annie Oakley Buffalo Bill Triathlon. 1/4 mile swim, 8 mile bike, and 5 mile run or 1/2 mile swim, 16 mile bike, and 4 mile run. All proceeds benefit Shelby Farms. Volunteers needed. 6:30a–2:00p, Shelby Farms, 550-2114,

June 24: One Memphis - A City in Harmony. Interfaith music celebration to promote and foster unity, love, acceptance, and understanding, with the goal of creating a city in harmony. FREE, 4–6p, 200 Beale, 526-0115,

June 28: Botanical Bars: Gin and JUNE-ipers. Sip on a variety of wines, ales, and botanical cocktails while strolling through the Gardens highlighting the plants that give these beverages their unique tastes. 6–9p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

June 29–30: Widespread Panic. The Summer and Fall concert season begins at Mud Island Amphitheater. 7:30p, 125 N Front,,

June 30: Diana Krall's Turn Up The Quiet World Tour. Features material from her new album, Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records. 8p, Orpheum, 525-3000,

July 14: Alison Krauss. Concert at Mud Island Amphitheater. 8p, 125 N Front,,

July 16–27: 31st Annual Summer Dance Program. Dance idioms include classical ballet, pointe, jazz/hip hop, creative movement, improvisation, composition, modern, Pilates, nutrition, art and music classes for ages 7 years and up. Reservations required: 301-3262 (danc), All Saints Episcopal Church, 1508 S. White Station Rd,

July 21: 30th Annual Blues on the Bluff. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy authentic Memphis music on the banks of the Mississippi River. A fundraising project of volunteer radio WEVL FM 89.9. Gates open at 6p. 374 Metal Museum Dr.,

July 22: Butcher Board Festival. Taste your way through local meats, accompaniments such as, pickled items, fruit, sweets and cheeses while pairing them with wine, beer and cider. 4p–7:30p, South Main Market, 409 S Main,

August 4, 11, 18, & 25: Summer Dance Saturdays. Classes include Summer Ballet Barre for girls ages 8-12 and Hip Hop Dance for both boys and girls and 6-12. 10:30a–12:45p, Ballet On Wheels Dance School, 1015 S. Cooper, 870-4348,

Aug. 12: Forever On Your Side Tour with Need to Breathe accompanied by Johnny Swim and Billy Raffoul. 7p,,

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