Need some last-minute ideas for fun? It's a weekend full of firsts, with the inaugural Memphis Dining Week and the Redbirds' first ever Ribs Weekend. Throw in some free fishing lessons and an art crawl, and you've got yourself a well-rounded weekend!
1. Memphis Dining Week 2021
With Memphis Dining Week, every time you eat out this weekend you'll help feed your fellow Memphians. To participate, all you need to do is decide where you want to eat, then make your reservations and ask for 'Memphis Dining Week'.
There are twenty local restaurants across the city participating in the first-ever Memphis Dining Week. Enjoy three-course meals from special menus, with prices ranging from $35 to $45 per meal. Restaurants will donate $1 from every tab to Refuge Memphis, a local nonprofit supporting people in need of food and shelter. The meal prices do not include tax, tip, or beverages, and a twenty percent gratuity will be automatically added to each tab.
Reservations are open now, so start planning! Contact individual restaurants by phone or their usual online booking methods to reserve your spot. Don’t forget to tell them that you’re booking for Memphis Dining Week when you make the reservation. See here for a list of all participating restaurants.
2. Bring Your Dog to Bingo
Friday, August 20th @ 8:00 pm - Overton Square
Bring your dog to bingo in Overton Square for a special edition of Cerrito Bingo. All players who bring their pup will get a bonus bingo card for their canine companion. Hollywood Feed will be on hand with prizes and treats. This event is free to play and there will be prizes every round. So bring your chairs and grab some take-out from your favorite restaurant in the square, then meet up in Chimes Square for some fun and games with your pooch! Visit cerritobingo.com for more information.
3. Memphis Ribs Weekend with the Redbirds
Friday & Saturday, August 20th through 21st - Autozone Park
The Memphis Redbirds are hosting the first-ever Backyard BBQ Championship at AutoZone Park, and they say it's time to settle the great debate between dry ribs and wet ribs. So whether you like your ribs spiced up with your favorite dry rub or smothered in your favorite sauce, they need your help.
The Redbirds have teamed up with World BBQ Champion and Owner of Memphis Barbecue Company, Melissa Cookston for the weekend. All fans at Saturday's game will have their choice of giveaway from a sample of Memphis Redbirds Signature Rub or Sauce developed in conjunction with Cookston. Along with ribs, the buffet will include pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, cookies and two drinks per guest.
Take your tickets to the next level with the Meat and Greet Specialty Ticket. This upgrade will get you the opportunity to meet Melissa Cookston, seven-time World Barbecue Champion and host of the American Barbecue Showdown on Netflix! Cast your vote, purchase merchandise to support your side, and buy your tickets for Ribs Weekend now.
4. Fishing 101 with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Saturday, August 21st @ 8:00 am until 12:00 pm - Cameron-Brown Park
Brought to you by the Germantown Parks & Recreation Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Fishing 101 days are being offered on select weekends at Cameron Brown Park between July and October. These events are free to the public and are intended for all ages. Cameron Brown lake is regularly stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Pre-registration is not required, and participants do not need any equipment or experience, but all participants must have a valid Tennessee fishing license. For more information, please call (901) 757-7375
5. Beale Street Artcrawl Festival
Saturday August 21st @ 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm
The Beale Street Artcrawl Festival is an Arts Activation Project funded by the Downtown Memphis Commission and hosted by Dear Music. Head downtown for a full afternoon of local art at this Pop Up Vendor Festival. The Beale Street Artcrawl Festival started in 2018 with great success, and has been growing in popularity. Last year, the festival went virtual, but they're back this year with a hybrid version, offering an online presence and the live event on Saturday.
Dear Music Nonprofit not only supports traditional artists but also encourages young artists and those with disabilities. Take some time Saturday to discover some of Memphis's local artistic talent, and support a great cause.
Follow me to keep up to date with all things Memphis. I write about travel, community events, live music and festivals, and all the best food and drink!
What to read next:
This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program. Join today to publish and share your own content.