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September-October 2016 Events

Special Events

Sep. 1: 901 Day. Meet 150+ local organizations, businesses, and hidden gems. Enjoy fireworks, live performances, local music, fun activities, libations, and the first-ever local-celebrity kickball game. September 1 means something special in Memphis. 6–9p, FREE. AutoZone Park, exposurememphis.com.

Sep. 2: Rest in Peace. Spend an evening with the spirits, as a princely mansion comes alive when there is talk of the dead. Stroll all three floors and learn about the original family members who passed away inside the mansion, and how early Memphis mourned. 5–8p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Sep. 2: Zoo Brew. Sample beers from around the world, while noshing delicacies and listening to first-class entertainers for a WILD time that benefits the Memphis Zoo. 7–10p, Memphis Zoo, memphiszoo.org/zoobrew.

Sep. 2–4: Rock for Love. A weekend of music includes recorded-in-Memphis artists, garage rockers, roots/soul, folk, and acoustic at a variety of venues to benefit Church Health Center. 272-7170, rockforlove.org.

Sep. 3: WLOK Stone Soul Picnic.More than 25 performances, featuring major local and national artists that include the Ryanwood Singers, House of Mtenzi, Supreme Harmonettes, and Lil' Roy & Revelation. 1–10p, FREE. Levitt Shell, 1928 Poplar, facebook.com.

Sep. 3–4: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. Celebrate the best music, arts, crafts, cuisine, culture, heritage talkers, dancers, workshops, and storytellers of the Memphis and Delta region. 11a–11p, Main and Peabody Place, 525-3655, southernfolklore.com.

Sep. 4: Mourning Tea. Learn about mourning customs and the bizarre traditions that made Victorians notorious for romanticizing death. Museum tour and viewing of the rare collection of mourning textiles. Tea and refreshments served to help with the grieving process. 2–4p, Woodruff-Fontaine House Carriage House, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Sep. 5: Chick-fil-A 5K. Hit the Downtown streets to benefit Junior Achievement of the Mid-South. Run the final steps in the outfield of AutoZone Park, then enjoy eats, treats, and music. 8a, AutoZone Park, 274-2202, cfa5k.racesonline.com/register.

Sep. 8–10: Southern Heritage Classic. An annual cultural celebration and premier sports and entertainment extravaganza includes concerts, VIP parties, golf tournament, college fair, business conference, tailgate parties, fashion-show brunch, and the Southern Heritage Classic football game. 398-6655, southernheritageclassic.com.

Sep. 9: 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, facebook.com.

Sep. 9–11: Mid-South Book Festival. Author panel discussions, presentations, signings, reception, street fair, and more, organized by Literacy Mid-South. FREE; Overton Square, Playhouse on the Square, and Circuit Playhouse; midsouthbookfest.org.

Sep. 10: Southern Heritage Classic Football Game. Longtime rivals Tennessee State and Jackson State settle it on the gridiron, surrounded by fanfare, pageantry, tailgating, special halftime show, and the Classic 5th Quarter. 8a tailgating, 6p kick-off, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 398-6655, southernheritageclassic.com.

Sep 10: Carnival of the Animals. Ballet Memphis brings playful imagination with lively creatures from Camille Saint-Saens' famous score to entertain families at a festival of arts, crafts, and food trucks. 6:30p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 737-7322, balletmemphis.org.

Sep. 10–11: Germantown Festival. 400 local and regional artists and crafters, live entertainment, car exhibit, children's rides and games, and the famous Running of the Weenie Dogs. Sat 9:30a–6p, Sun noon–6p, FREE. Germantown Civic Club Complex, 757-9212, germantownfest.com.

Sep. 11: Central Gardens Home & Garden Tour. Seven unique homes and an antique car show join the Grace-St. Luke's Hospitality Center, food trucks, beverages, live entertainment by Stax Music Academy, Ballet Memphis, and Opera Memphis to benefit Midtown's historic garden district. Shuttle service and bicycle touring available. 1–6p, Belvedere and Peabody, 343-6242, centralgardens.org.

Sep. 11: DNA Boat Ride. Ahoy! Meet and greet Downtown neighbors while enjoying a fact-filled cruise on the Mississippi River. Sunset included! Cash bar, historic commentary, and light snacks. 4p pre-party at Beale Street Landing; 5p boarding; 5:30p anchors aweigh! memphisdna.org.

Sep 12: The Baddour Fashion Show and Auction. Benefit luncheon features The Miracles, children's and ladies' fashions, silent auction, and program to benefit The Baddour Center. 11:30a–1p, Hilton Memphis, 888-4Baddour, baddour.org.

Sep. 16: Ol' Man River Moonshine Ball. It's B.B. King's birthday, and the Farmers Almanac predicts a full moon, harvest moon, and eclipsed moon. Dine by the light of the silvery moon, hear stories from "Moon Man" Buzz Aldrin, and support Memphis music charities. 6p, Gibson Guitar Factory, 527-5683, memphismusicmoonshineball.org.

Sep. 17: G.E. Patterson 5K for Pre-K. Walk or run a USA Track and Field–certified route through the heart of Downtown Memphis to benefit Porter-Leath's preschool programs. 8a, E.H. Crump & S. Lauderdale, 577-2500, porterleath.org.

Sep. 17: The Cooper-Young Festival. A diverse celebration of art, people, culture, and Memphis heritage includes more than 435 local and national artisans, multiple music stages, food stations and trucks, and the continuation of a decades-long tradition. 9a–7p, cooperyoungfestival.com.

Sep. 18: Stomp in the Swamp. A family-fun event includes dinner, live entertainment, square dance demo, children's activities, scarecrow display, Sister Myotis, and silent auction (featuring Craft Fair items!) to benefit Pink Palace Family of Museums. 5–8p, Lichterman Nature Center, 636-2408, memphismuseums.org.

Sep. 20: Triple-A National Championship Game. Minor League Baseball's nationally televised premier event takes place in award-winning AutoZone Park. The Pacific Coast League champions face the International League champions in a one-game, winner-take-all championship. 7p, AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com.

Sep. 22–25: Repair Days. Don't worry about a ding! Metalsmiths from across the country give repair estimates and do the repairs in this Metal Museum fundraiser. Saturday is Family Fun day, with hands-on activities, silent auction, and demos; other activities vary by day. 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Sep. 23: Live at the Garden: Sheryl Crow. With 2,500 people seated at white-linen tables and 4,000 people partying on the lawn, bring food and drinks (or purchase on site), relax, and listen to some of the hottest touring artists in the world. 6p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

Sep. 23–25: Memphis Pride Fest. Concert at Handy Park, festival at Robert Church Park, parade on Beale Street, brunch at Celtic Crossing, and more to celebrate Midsouth Pride. 352-1764, midsouthpride.org.

Sep. 23–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, midsouthfair.com.

Sep. 24: FARE Walk for Food Allergy. FAREwell to food allergy! Family-friendly entertainment, activities, vendors, and information booths to benefit Food Allergy Research & Education. 10am, Mud Island River Park, 144 Island Dr., foodallergywalk.org.

Sep 24: Spaytacular Gala. Food stations from Memphis's best restaurants, open bar, silent auction, wine pull, caricaturist, and live entertainment to benefit Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. 6–10p, ANF Architects, 1500 Union, 324-3202, spaymemphis.org.

Sep. 25: Farm Fest. Yee-haw! It's a boot-stompin', cowbell ringin', FUNdraising good time for the Memphis Farmers Market. Live and silent auctions, music by Star & Micey, local food and drink, and the hottest venue in town. 4–8p, Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina, 866-348-2226, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Sep. 28: Move It Memphis 5K. An evening race benefiting the Greater Memphis Chamber includes the Mississippi River sunset and an after-party at Downtown's newest hot spot. 6:30pm, Loflin Yard, moveitmemphis.racesonline.com.

Sep. 30: 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, gosouthmain.com.

Sep. 30: Rev. Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson Retirement Celebration. From 1979 to 1997, Rev. Jackson guided the congregation of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church to make major strides for the advancement of our city and the nation. Celebrate his and Tina Jackson's retirement in a free, open-to-the-public reception. 7p, 70 N. Bellevue, 729-6222, theblvd.org.

Oct. 1: Wine on the River Memphis World Tour Festival. Hundreds of wine varietals for sampling, souvenir wine glass, and passport designating the night's tasting regions across the globe. Live music, regional cuisine for purchase, and a venue like no other to benefit Youth Villages. 5–9p, Mud Island River Park, wineontherivermemphis.com.

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, grizzlies.com.

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, pnamidsouth.org.

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, mifa.org.

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, ticketmaster.com.

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, facebook.com.

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, memphismuseums.org.

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, thearcmidsouth.org/gala2016.

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, creativeagingmidsouth.org.

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, memphisfoodwinefestival.org.

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, cafth.org.

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, civilrightsmuseum.org.

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, riverartsmemphis.org.

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, bigrivercrossing.com.

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, elmwoodcemetery.org.

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 foodday.org.

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, gosouthmain.com.

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, woodruff-fontaine.org.

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, elmwoodcemetery.org.

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, memphis.info-komen.org.

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, memphisheritage.org.

Nov. 1–7: Indie Memphis Film Festival. Six screening venues throughout the city include 20 film categories, including narrative feature, documentary feature, experimental short, animated short, and young filmmaker, hosted by Memphis's world-class showcase for local independent film. 214-5171, indiememphis.com.

 

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