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October 2016 Events

Special Events

Thru Oct. 2: Mid-South Fair. Rodeo, youth talent competitions, exhibitors, concessions, livestock judging, entertainment, Midway rides, and arenas filled with cultural experiences. Landers Center, Southaven MS, 274-8800,

Oct. 3: NBA Grizzlies Preseason Opener. Grit and grind! Power into the 2016–2017 season with the Memphis Grizzlies! Their first game, against the Orlando Magic, will raise the roof. Growl towels ready! 7p, FedExForum, 888-HOOP,

Oct. 5: Senior Safari Day at the Zoo. A day of fun and education for the 55+ crowd includes a leisurely walk through the zoo, activities, and more than 50 vendors with information on hospice, insurance, housing, financial planning, and other related services. Sponsored by Professional Network on Aging. 9a–2p, Memphis Zoo, 505-0946,

Oct. 6: Feed the Soul. It's the final year for this MIFA fundraiser, which features a casual evening of food, friends, and music, inside the warehouse and outside on the patio, in the eclectic South Main District. Rum and bourbon tastings, oxygen bars, and raffles.  6–10p, The Warehouse, 36 E. G.E. Patterson, 529-4569,

Oct. 7–8: Porktoberfest. Soouie! BBQ-cooking contest, sampling menus with pork-inspired dishes, football games on the jumbo stage screen, kids area, food trucks, live music, and a squealing good time! Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Oct. 8: The South in Color. An evening with William Ferris, acclaimed folklorist and author, with light hors d'oeuvres, local craft beer, and live music by The Side Street Steppers. 6–9p, Cotton Museum, 531-7826,

Oct. 8: Oktoberfest. Bavarian fare by Central BBQ, live, local music, and limited beer releases — Oktoberfest Lager, Pilsner, and Barrel-aged Gose. Noon–5p, High Cotton Brewing, 598 Monroe,

Oct. 8: WEVL 40 Fest. It's a 40th birthday bash for Memphis's only independent, listener-supported, volunteer radio station, WEVL FM 89.9. Live music and celebration goodies. 3–10pm, Loflin Yard, 528-0560,

Oct. 14: Fourth Bluff Friday. Pop-up, family-friendly beer garden with local craft beers, live music, local food trucks, games, and seating with a perfect view of the Memphis sunset. 4:30–8p, FREE. Memphis Park, next to the UofM Law School on Front,

Oct. 14–16: Pink Palace Crafts Fair. Largest juried arts and crafts fair in the Mid-South includes music, live demos, interactive family activities, food, exhibits, and rides to benefit the Pink Palace Museum. Audubon Park, 636-2362,

Oct. 15: Bass Pro Duck Dash 5K. Majestic views of the Mississippi River along the entire course, post-race party, Moon Pie–eating contest, duck-calling contest, and refreshments. "Fun Fowl Attire" welcome! 7:30a, Bass Pro Shops south entrance,

Oct. 15: The Arc Mid-South Awards and Benefit Gala. Lunch, silent and live auctions, and community recognition awards, moderated by WMC Action News 5 chief meteorologist Ron Childers. to benefit empowerment programs for people with disabilities. 2–4p, Crowne Plaza East, 327-2473,

Oct. 15: Gala at the Gallery. Dinner, live music from Joyce Cobb, Breeze Cayolle, and the Den of Strings, dancing, wine pull, and silent auction to benefit Creative Aging Midsouth. 6–10p, Jack Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling, 272-3434,

Oct. 15: Memphis Food Wine Festival. Memphis's culinary excellence is showcased with acclaimed national, regional, and local chef talent, along with vintners, certified sommeliers, and enlightening wine enthusiasts to benefit FedExFamilyHouse. 6–10p, Memphis Botanic Garden,

Oct. 20: Project Homeless Connect Memphis. A citywide effort to provide necessary services to homeless and disadvantaged individuals includes vital resources that include health evaluations referrals, counseling, donated goods, screenings, and legal assistance, organized by Community Alliance for the Homeless. 9a–3p, Cook Convention Center, 527-1302,

Oct. 20: 25th Freedom Award. The National Civil Rights Museum's signature event honors outstanding individuals for significant contributions to civil and human rights. This year's awards, themed "And Justice for All," honors five who dedicated their lives to ensuring justice for all in disenfranchised communities. 10am public forum at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church; 5p red carpet and award ceremony at Cannon Center; 8p gala dinner at Cook Convention Center. 521-9699,

Oct. 21–22: Fall Book Sale. Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and sheet music — all priced to move at $2 and less. 10a–4:30p, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 415-2700,

Oct. 21–23: River Arts Fest. A street celebration of original fine arts, real Memphis music, and great Southern food, with attractions and activities for all ages. More than 180 fine artists from around the country gather in the South Main Historic Arts District. South Main between Huling and Webster,

Oct. 22: Big River Crossing Grand Opening. The historic Harahan Bridge opens as a new pedestrian- and bike-friendly span connecting Downtown Memphis to West Memphis, AR. At a length of 1 mile, the Big River is the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. Walk, run, or bike across and enjoy food trucks, entertainment, and music on either end. 1p grand opening, 7p bridge lighting and fireworks, FREE,

Oct. 22: Costume Twilight Tour. History comes alive through costumed actors who portray cemetery residents, from the wild to the wicked to the wise. All-walking tours depart every 10 minutes, 3:30–5p. Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Oct. 22–23: Pandemonium at Cossitt Library! A kids' Halloween marathon includes spooky fun for the entire family, including a haunted night with The Addams Family, The Monster Squad, Gremlins, Hocus Pocus, and Monster House, along with face painting, candy giveaways, costume contests, and an interactive haunted house. 1p–11:30p, FREE. Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front, 415-2766,

Oct. 22–23: Memphis Comic Expo.  Meet guest artists, learn about upcoming video games/movies/tv series, and geek out in a totally new dimension. Memphis Cook Convention Center, 683-7171,

Oct. 24: Food Day. Take action to discuss food-related problems in the community by hosting an event, inviting food experts and policymakers to an awareness gathering, organizing a potluck dinner, or developing other food-centric activities. Free publicity tools, fact sheets, tips for living and eating healthfully, and ideas for events at

Oct. 25: Vine to Wine: Spooky Spirits! A ghoulishly great time at this popular finale includes adult "spirits" and frighteningly delicious hors d'oeuvres. Come in costume, if you dare. Prizes await ... 6–8pm, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131,

Oct. 27: Power of the Purse Auction. Purchase your passport to fun, food, and fashion with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. 6:30–8:30pm, University Club of Memphis, 578-9346,

Oct. 28: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Oct. 28: Haunted Happenings. As night falls and darkness descends, walk the darkened halls and hear stories of people long past, when the dead become the living for one night only. Fortune-telling gypsies, paranormal investigation, and Halloween treats. 6–10p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams, 526-1469,

Oct. 28: Spirits with the Spirits. Save the date for eternity, when glasses are raised and spirits rise at a party in the cemetery. Miss this, and you'll be sorry. Forever. 7p till the caskets close. Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Oct. 28: Boo! Ball. Adults-only Halloween gala — costumes, please! — with heavy hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages (including a witch's brew), and live entertainment in the ballroom to benefit Pink Palace Family of Museums. 7–11p, Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362,

Oct. 29: Komen Memphis-Midsouth Race for the Cure. Race for the Cure series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for the breast cancer movement. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to the mission, and 75% stays in Memphis. Expo, entertainment, brunch, and awards. 8a, AutoZone Park,

Oct. 29: Adapt-A-Door. This open-and-shut fundraiser for Memphis Heritage features re-purposed doors and windows by artists, architects, woodworkers, designers, and creatives. Silent auction, food, drink, and entertainment. You'll be amazed what a door can become! 7p, Howard Hall, 272-2727,


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