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Summer 2019

Special Events

Thursday nights thru Sep: Twilight Thursdays at the Garden. Enjoy nature until after sunset at Memphis Botanic Gardens’ 96 acres. No cost to members. Guests pay daily fee. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Thursdays thru Sundays June–July: Levitt Shell Free Concerts. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. Food and beverage for sale in ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Visit website for performance schedule. 7:30p,

Saturdays thru Oct.: Memphis Farmers Market. Locally grown produce, producers, prepared foods, artisans, music, food trucks, demos, and special activities.  8a–1p, S. Front and G.E. Patterson,

1st Thursdays thru Oct. 3: 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. FREE, 5–8p, Metal Museum, 774-6380,

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 Tuesdays, Year-Round: The Mystic. A catalyst; through music, story, silence and dialogue, to strengthen attachment to hopes and dreams.  The goal of The Mystic is to not feel better but get better at feeling. The Mystic is hosted by a rotating panel including Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Chris Miner, Dr. Scott Morris, Dr. Sonia Walker and Kirk Whalum. 6–7p, Crosstown Arts, 1350 Concourse Ave Ste 280.

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,

Jun. 23: Craft Food and Wine Festival. Includes tastings of artisan breads, cheeses, fruit preserves, cured meats, oils and more paired with beer, wine and cider. Benefits Church Health.! The Festival is comprised of two Tasting Sessions. Each Tasting Session runs for 2 hours. Tasting Sessions start at 4:00PM and 6:30PM. 21 yrs and up, Columns at One Commerce Square, 40 S Main, 552-4732,

Jun. 27, Jul. 11, Jul. 25: Canoes + Cocktails. Sunset fun benefiting Shelby Farms Park. Take a guided paddle around Hyde Lake before enjoying cocktails and music overlooking the lake. BYOBoat or rent one on a first come, first served basis through registration. This event is 21+. Must present valid ID at check-in. 6pm-9pm,

Jul. 4–6: Velvetina's Blue Moon Revue. Catch a glimpse of ultra-glamorous, classic burlesque by the most sensational showgirls from across the country. Food and beverages, sold separately from ticket price. Shows Thu–Sat in Jul and Aug. 7–9p, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, 679 Adams,

Jul.5–6: Deborah Swiney Live. Swiney performs songs from her recent ablum, I Remember Rio, among her other hits. 7–10p, Spindini, 383 S Main,

Jul. 6: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606,

Jul. 7: Kafé Kirk at Crosstown Theater. Monthly jazz series with grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. featuring musical and spiritual collaborations with special guest artist Jonathan Butler. 6 p, Crosstown Theater, 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280,

Jul. 9–28: Hamilton. The outstanding musical story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Orpheum, 525-3000,

Jul. 14: Sunset Jazz @ Court Square. Jeremy Shrader Quartet brings swing dancing to the park. 6–8p, 62 N Main at Jefferson, Court Square.

Jul. 12: Cemetery Cinema: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Enjoy the beauty of the cemetery with a fun, unique film series. Films are shown outdoors. Lawn chairs and coolers are allowed. Food truck wares and other libations available. 8:45p, 824 S Dudley, 774-3212,

Jul. 13: Live at the Garden: Doobie Brothers.  Enjoy their rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Jul. 13: A. D. Smith presents Uncle Curly's Call Center The Stage Play!. Gossip. Lies. Secret Relationships. And a Dude With a Jheri-Curl. Just Your Typical Call Center. Your Favorite Uncle Is Back! 7p, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915,

Jul. 18: Joe's Passport to France. More than 100 wines to taste. A rare opportunity to journey through France's amazing and varied wine regions. Importers and representatives available to help guide you though. 5p VIP, 6–8p, 409 S Main,

Jul. 20: 31st 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.,

Jul. 20: Kirk Franklin. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. 8p, Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606,

Jul. 23–27: The Ultimate Arts Movement. A five-day ultimate arts experience presented by a collective of performance and visual artists. It is a collaborative effort among creative and arts organizations. 10a–6p, Crosstown Arts,

Jul. 27: Jimmy Ogle's Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. At 9am, Historian Jimmy Ogle will begin the day with a walking tour of Elmwood of his favorite sites at the cemetery. At 11:00 am in the Lord's Chapel, he offers an indoor presentation, Cotton Men of Elmwood. At 1:00 pm, he presents The Historic Memphis Riverfront.  Learn more about this fascinating part of Memphis history. Each event sold separately and sell out is expected. 824 S Dudley, 774-3212,

Jul 27–28: A Wine Festival on The Farm. The Chardonnay Experience presents a wine tasting with live performances by Angie Stone and Morris Day & The Time. There will be food, liquor, wine and vendors. Noon, 585-1198, Shelby Farms Park.

Jul. 28: 85 South: The 85 South Show has been shaking up the podcasting scene with improvs and freestyles by some of the fastest rising comedic talent from the South. 7p, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915,

Aug 2: Live at the Garden: Lionel Richie. His music is part of the fabric of pop music. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Aug. 2, Aug. 23: Orpheum Summer Movie Series: Angels in the Outfield and Sunset Boulevard. Enjoy classic movies on the big Orpheum screen. 7p, Orpheum Theatre,

Aug. 3: Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival. Tickets include admission, souvenir glass, all beverage samples. A portion benefits the Dorothy Day House. Live entertainment, yard games, inflatables, and more. Must be 21+. 6–10p, Liberty Bowl Stadium Field, 335 S Hollywood,

Aug. 9–17: Elvis Week. Celebrate the music, movies, and life of Elvis Presley with a full week of events that includes concerts, contests, auctions, talks, and the Candlelight Vigil on Aug. 15. 332-3322,

Aug. 9–Sep. 1: Kinky Boots. Based on the 2005 British film and scored by Cyndi Lauper, Charlie has inherited a shoe factory from his father. It sounds like a great deal, except the factory is failing and on the way to being shut down. Enter Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen, who sees what Charlie can’t. 726-4656, Playhouse on the Square, 66 S Cooper,

Aug. 11: Sunset Jazz @ Court Square. Jamille “Jam” Hunter performs. 6–8p, 62 N Main at Jefferson, Court Square.

Aug. 16: Gilded Twilight Tours. This tour will transport you to the gilded age of 19th century Memphis. Enjoy a light reception in the lavish dining room, then stroll the historic mansion halls while docents share its stories. 21+. 7p, Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, 680 Adams,

Aug. 17: Jim Gaffigan. Four-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer and producer brings his Secrets and Pies tour to Memphis. 8p, FedExForum, 191 Beale, 800-745-3000,

Aug. 18: The Marvelous Women of Elmwood Cemetery. An indoor, seated, and thoroughly air-conditioned presentation by Elmwood's Executive Director Kim Bearden. This presentation last about 45 minutes and wine, other beverages, and snacks are included. 3p, 774-3212,

Aug. 21: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot with James Hunter. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. 8p, Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606,

Aug. 23: The Bar-Kays Reloaded: 55th Anniversary Celebration. The Halloran Center’s Music Series kicks off by honoring these legendary musicians. Fire, smoke, and vibrant costumes are just part of what’s in store for the audience with these funk and soul pioneers. 7:30p, Halloran Center, 225 S Main, 535-3000,

Aug. 24: Memphis Flyer Bacon & Bourbon Festival. Pig out on creative, bacon-inspired dishes from some of Memphis’s best restaurants, and partake in a vast array of distilled spirits, music, merriment, and entertainment — benefiting the Memphis Farmers Market. 6p–9p, Beale Street Landing, Riverside Dr,

Aug 31: Live at the Garden: Tobey Keith. Country singer, songwriter and musician serenades the crowd under the stars. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Aug 30–Sep. 8: Delta Fair & Music Festival. More than 50 carnival rides, fair food, live music, crafts, contests and much more. Argricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd,

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