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September-October 2017

Special Events

Thursdays thru Sep. 28: The 15 Film Series. Weekly screenings kick off with an outdoor block party featuring food trucks, vendors, and DJ. Films engage with three Memphis themes: history, art, and spatial justice. FREE, 6p. Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando, claybornreborn.org/the-15.

First Thursdays thru Oct. 5: Whet Thursdays. An after-hours, family-friendly event with museum and grounds tours, live local music, food truck fare, demos, gallery talk, and the best sunset in Memphis. 5–8p, Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Saturdays thru Oct. 28: Memphis Farmers Market. Locally grown produce, producers, prepared foods, artisans, music, food trucks, demos, and special activities.  7a–1p, Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Last Tuesdays thru Oct. 31: Wine to Vine. Each month, a different theme — and different wines and cocktails! — along with hors d'oeuvres and camaraderie to benefit education and horticulture programs. 6–8p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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, gosouthmain.com.

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 residents, businesses, and visitors. 6p social, 6:30p program, locations vary. 521-9552, memphisdna.org.

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, gosouthmain.com.

Sep. 1: Rest in Peace. The princely mansion comes alive when there is talk of the dead. Hear the tales of original family members who passed away, view Victorian mourning clothes, see the proper Victorian embalming technique, see "Memento Mori" collection of funeralia and post-mortem photography, and learn about the burial profession during the Victorian Era. A repast-style reception offers something for every soul. 6p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Sep. 1: 901 Day. Turn your love of Memphis into action. Get involved and give back. Meet more than 150 local organizations and businesses, join the cheering section, and discover Memphis magic around every corner. FREE, 6–8p. AutoZone Park, exposurememphis.com.

Sep. 2: WLOK Stone Soul Picnic. More than 25 performances, featuring major artists that include House of Mtenzi, The Bell Singers, Uncle Richard's Puppets, Cedric King and the King Sisters, and Melrose Baptist Church Choir, to benefit the second Memphis radio station to offer programming directed entirely to black audiences. Noon–7p, Levitt Shell in Overton Park, wlok.com.

Sep. 2–3: Memphis Music Heritage Festival. A 2-block celebration of the best music, arts, crafts, cuisine, culture, storytellers, dancers, and workshops of the Memphis and Delta region. Four outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and an abundance of pure talent. 11a–11p, Main and Peabody Place, 525-3655, southernfolklore.com.

Sep. 4: Chick-fil-A 5K. Hit the Downtown streets to benefit Junior Achievement, and end your run in the outfield of AutoZone Park. Eats, treats, and music. 8a, AutoZone Park, cfa5k.racesonline.com.

Sep. 7–9: Southern Heritage Classic. An annual cultural celebration and premier sports and entertainment extravaganza includes concerts, VIP parties, golf tournament, tailgating, college career fair, and the Southern Heritage Classic football game. 398-6655, southernheritageclassic.com.

Sep. 8: Live at the Garden: Little Big Town. This inspired family of artists, together since 1998, brings its award-winning talents for an evening under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

Sep. 8–29: Quark Theatre Performance Debut. A new, independent theater seeks to produce edgy, thoughtful, and challenging works that have not been produced in Memphis. "Years to the Day" is about two old friends who begin to question the strength of their friendship. 8p Fri–Sat, 2p Sun. 7 N. Main, quarktheatre.com.

Sep. 9: Zoo Rendezvous. It's wild! The zoo's largest single-night fundraiser features fare from 80+ Midsouth restaurants and bars, as well as entertainment on four stages. 7–10:30p, 21 years and up, Memphis Zoo, 333-6757, memphiszoo.org.

Sep. 9: Art on Tap. Memphis's original beer festival, set in a garden setting, includes beer samplings from around the world, favorite food, live music, and open art galleries. 6–9p, Dixon Gardens, dixon.org.

Sep. 9–10: Germantown Festival. 400 artists and crafters, live entertainment, children's rides and games, cornhole contest, auto show, and the famous Running of the Weenie Dogs. Germantown Civic Club Complex, 757-9212, germantownfest.com.

Sep. 10: Central Gardens Home & Garden Tour. Six home sites, two institutional sites, and one gorgeous garden await your exploration, along with food trucks and live performances to benefit Midtown's historic garden district. 1–6p, centralgardens.org.

Sep. 13: The Voices of Yellow Fever. The Elmwood Players present first-person narrative accounts of what life was like during the yellow fever. Meet costumed characters with stories of triumph and tragedy. Noon (lunch included), Elmwood Cemetery Chapel, rsvp 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.

Sep. 15: Live at the Garden: Steve Miller Band. Hello, 1970s! Classic rock band revisits its familiar hits for an evening under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

Sep. 16: Opening Night at the Scheidt. Preview of the 2017–2018 concert season, performed by students and faculty. FREE, 7:30p. Harris Hall, rsvp 678-2541, memphis.edu/concerttix.

Sep. 16: G.E. Patterson 5K for Pre-K. Walk or run a USA Track and Field–certified route through the heart of Downtown to benefit Porter-Leath's preschool programs. 8a, E.H. Crump & S. Lauderdale, 577-2500, porterleath.org.

Sep. 16: Cooper-Young Festival. A diverse celebration of art, people, culture, and Memphis heritage includes 435+ artisans, multiple music stages, food stations and trucks, and the continuation of a decades-long tradition. 9a–7p, cooperyoungfestival.com.

Sep. 17: DNA Boat Ride. Ahoy! Meet and greet Downtown neighbors while enjoying a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River. Pre-boarding party at The Front Porch. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, Josh Cosby of Star & Micey, silent auction, and an exhilarating paddle-boat ride to benefit the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Sunset included! 4p, pre-boarding party. Boat sails at 5:30p. Beale Street Landing, eventbrite.com.

Sep. 18: The Baddour Fashion Show and Auction.Benefit luncheon features The Miracles, children's and ladies' fashions, silent auction, and program. 10:30a–1p, Hilton Memphis, 888-4Baddour, baddour.org.

Sep. 21: Project Homeless Connect. A citywide effort to provide necessary services to homeless and disadvantaged individuals includes offering vital resources that include health evaluations, referrals, counseling, donated goods, and legal assistance, organized by Community Alliance for the Homeless. 9a–3p, Cook Convention Center, cafth.org.

Sep. 21–24: Repair Days. Don't worry about a ding! Metalsmiths from across the country give repair estimates and fix your metal treasures by casting, soldering, and welding broken metal objects, at this Metal Museum fundraiser. Saturday is the Repairs Day Dinner & Auction. Family-friendly events, workshops, demos. 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Sep. 21–Oct. 1: Midsouth Fair. Rodeo, youth talent competitions, exhibitors, concessions, livestock, judging, entertainment, Midway rides, and areas filled with cultural experiences. Landers Center, Southaven, 274-8800, midsouthfair.com.

Sep. 23–24: Zoo Harvest Fest. Family-friendly event celebrates the simple life. Learn from local crafters, hear folk music, churn your own butter, and stamp your own leather. It's a down-home good time, included with general admission. 10a–4p, Memphis Zoo, memphiszoo.org.

Sep. 24: Memphis Japan Festival. Island nation's celebration of people, tradition, and contemporary culture includes food, dance performances, garden tours, taiko drummers, family circus, sumo-suit wrestling, and authentic Japanese puppetry. 10a–5p, Memphis Botanic Garden, memphisjapanfestival.org.

Sep. 24: Farm Fest. Yee-haw! It's a boot-stompin', cowbell ringin', FUNdraising good time for the Memphis Farmers Market. Music by Star & Micey, wine, Wiseacre beer, signature cocktails by Old Dominick Distillery, Kendra Scott Jewelry pull, silent auction, and one of the hottest venues in town. 5–8p, Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Sep. 28: Move It Memphis 4-Miler. Running on the river at sunset, and an after-party that includes cold beverages, a unique Memphis mix of arts, awards ceremony, and premium swag bags to benefit the Greater Memphis Chamber. 6:30p, Loflin Yard, 543-3571, moveitmemphis.racesonline.com.

Sep. 29: Wine & Dine at the Tower Center. Master chefs serve food samples paired with fine wines. Silent auction includes vacation packages and cooking classes, all to benefit Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. 6:30p, 5100 Poplar, 33rd Floor, 683-1271, specialolympicsmem.org.

Sep 29–30: Southern Junkers Fall Vintage Market. The best in vintage, antiques, farmhouse, and cool junk. Food trucks, paint demos, and more. Agricenter Int'l, southernjunkers.com.

Sep. 29–Oct. 1: Memphis Pride Fest Weekend. The largest Pride Fest in the tri-state area is a diverse, family-friendly event that brings together the LGBTQIA community and its community partners. Parade, concert, brunch, and unity. midsouthpride.org.

Sep. 30: Wine on the River. Take the world tour and taste cultural regions spanning the globe, with wine and food, souvenir glass, live music, and entertainment to benefit Youth Villages. 5–9p, Mud Island River Walk, wineontheriver.com.

Oct. 5: Taste of Cooper-Young. Visit 11 restaurants to enjoy small plates of signature dishes. Silent auction and an "aftertaste performance" by The Bouffants help benefit First Congo Church. 5:30p, 1000 S. Cooper, firstcongo.com/taste.

Oct. 6–7: Mempho Music Festival. Inaugural two-day event with special tribute to the music of Memphis featuring legendary artists Steve Cropper & Friends and Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue and a Journey thru Soul, Blues, and R&B, along with a combination of great new artists. Offering an abundance of great music, food and nature. Shelby Farms Park, memphofest.com.

Oct. 6–8: Mistletoe Merchants. One-of-a-kind finds to make the holidays merry and bright. Nearly 200 shops include home furnishings, gourmet foods, jewelry, kids' gear, and more. Agricenter Int'l, themarketshows.com.

Oct. 7: Spaytacular Gala. Food from Memphis's best restaurants, open bar, silent auction, wine pull, and live music from John Michael Clowers to benefit Spay Memphis. 6–10p, ANF Architects, 1500 Union, spaymemphis.org.

Oct. 7: Growers' Choice Fall Plant Sale. A one-day opportunity to shop a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and edibles grown on-site in the nursery and greenhouse. Expert staff and volunteers are on-hand to help. FREE, 9a–4p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Oct. 13–15: Pink Palace Crafts Fair. For 45 years, this popular, award-winning Memphis tradition has provided entertainment with a purpose: historic crafts demonstrated, enjoyable stage performances, hands-on learning, kids at play, museum exhibits, and lots of one-of-a-kind shopping treasures. The largest juried arts and crafts fair in the Midsouth benefits the Pink Palace Museum. Fri–Sat: 10a–6p, Sun: 10a–5p, Audubon Park, memphismuseums.org.

Oct. 14: Costume Twilight Tour. History comes alive! Costumed actors portray cemetery residents, from the wild to the wicked to the wise, in this all-walking tour. 3:30–5p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.

Oct. 14: Memphis Food & Wine Festival. Sample libations from more than 35 chefs and 40 wineries, benefitting FedExFamilyHouse. 6–10p, Memphis Botanic Garden, memphisfoodwinefestival.org.

Oct. 18: NBA Grizzlies Season Opener. Grit and grind! Power into the 2017–2018 basketball season with the Memphis Grizzlies. The first game is against the New Orleans Pelicans. Wimps! Get your Growl towels ready to raise the roof! 7p, FedExForum, 888-HOOP, nba.com/grizzlies.

Oct. 19: Freedom Award. This annual event for the National Civil Rights Museum honors individuals who have made significant contributions in civil rights and who have laid the foundation for present and future leaders in the battle for human rights. 5p, red-carpet and award ceremony; 8p, gala dinner. Locations TBD. 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org.

Oct. 21: Big River Crossing Half Marathon & 5K. The first race to make the interstate trek across the Mississippi River's longest public pedestrian bridge includes inspiring views and funding for Peer Power. 8–11a, Tom Lee Park, runsignup.com.

Oct. 27: Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The evening presents a music-packed concert and tribute to musical icons and visionaries who have inspired and influenced people worldwide. This year’s honorees are: Roy Orbison, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, Frank Stokes, Memphis Horns, Irvin Salky, Cassietta George, and Maurice White. 7p, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 205-2532, memphismusichalloffame.org.

Oct. 27: Haunted Happenings. An evening of mischief unfolds in the darkened halls. The dead become living for one night only, as spectral docents lead the way. Partake in gypsy fortune telling, paranormal investigation, and turn-of-the-century Halloween treats. 6–10p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Oct. 27–29: River Arts Fest. A street celebration of fine arts and first-class local music, with live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Nearly 200 artists from around the country gather to exhibit and sell their latest creations of original art. South Main Historic District, between Huling and Webster, riverartsmemphis.org.

Oct. 28: Scandals & Scoundrels. Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous, sinners and saints, mayors and madams, politicians and perfectly ordinary people. Each has a story to tell ... and some don't have happy endings. All-walking tour, adults only. 1p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.

Oct. 28: Komen Memphis-Midsouth Race for the Cure.The world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer awareness and research. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to the mission, and 75% stays in Memphis. Expo, entertainment, brunch, and awards. 7a, AutoZone Park, memphis.info-komen.org.

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