There's so much to do in Memphis this weekend that I couldn't narrow it down to only 10 things! We've got wandering art, zoo lights, the Grizzlies, and whiskey to warm you up on Friday. If you're feeling dramatic, you've got The Lion King at the Orpheum and the Little Shop of Horros at Playhouse on the Square. Saturday, start your day with a nature walk, then take your pick of crafts and drafts at Crosstown, U of M Football, or dance lessons by the river. Are your kids feeling left out of the weekend fun? Take them to Frost Bake Shop for a cookie decorating class! Now get out there and have some fun, Memphis!
1. Wanderings Art Exhibit - Boger, Free, and Stern: Memphis Botanic Garden
Friday, November 12th through Sunday, November 14th @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Wanderings Art Exhibit is on display now in the Visitors Center Gallery. Follow the wanderings of three artists during the pandemic year. One artist wandered her garden for objects to imprint on fabric. One artist wandered through every medium in her studio to create collages. One artist allowed her inks to wander at will. By wandering, each found wonder.
2. Zoo Lights: Memphis Zoo
Friday, November 12th through Sunday, November 14th @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
* Not included with daytime admission. Ages 2 and up require a ticket to this event.
It's the brightest holiday event of the year! Truist Zoo Lights is back this year with more light displays than ever, and some of your favorite holiday activities. Visit with Santa, cozy up to the s'mores stations, or test your balance at the ice rink. All tickets must be purchased online in advance.
3. Memphis Whiskey Warmer: Overton Square
Friday, November 12th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bundle up with some great whiskey to welcome in the cooler weather. This event benefits Volunteer Memphis, and will present 40 different labels of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch, as well as fresh local food, a cigar lounge, and a live DJ. Food will be available for purchase on-site, and there will also be a cash bar with full-size cocktails and beer available. Don't miss Memphis' very own whiskey wonderland!
4. Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns: FedEx Forum
Friday, November 12th @ 7:00pm
Cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies as they take on the Phoenix Suns! Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m., but early arrival is always encouraged. All tickets will be delivered to guests by text or email at time of purchase and guests will self-scan their mobile device at entry.
5. Disney's The Lion King: Orpheum Theater
Tickets: The Orpheum Theatre
Witness the Serengeti come to life on stage during Disney’s The Lion King, as it makes its triumphant return to the Orpheum Theatre. There is simply nothing else like it!
6. Little Shop of Horrors: Playhouse on the Square
Friday, November 12th @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
When a man-eating plant lands in your flower shop, what do you do? Feed it people of course! The classic on-stage story of a blood-sucking plant is a guaranteed good time. This production will run from November 12th to December 22nd as part of Playhouse on the Square's Holiday Series of Shows. Performances will run Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. For tickets, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or on their website.
7. Saturday Morning Nature Talk & Walk: Lichterman Nature Center
Saturday, November 12th @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Weekly talk and walk events will focus on a seasonal topic followed by a guided walk exploring the trails of Lichterman Nature Center. The topic for November is "Fall color: Why do leaves change color and what trees produce the most fall color?" Find the answers to these questions and enjoy a hike through the forest during this talk and walk series. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 901-636-2211.
8. Crafts & Drafts Holiday Market: Crosstown Concourse
Saturday, November 13th & Sunday, November 14th @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Crosstown is putting on the top Shop Local market experience in Memphis, at the annual Crafts & Drafts market. The market will take place outdoors on the Crosstown Plaza and indoors in the Crosstown Atrium. Crafts & Drafts is a unique FREE shopping experience that showcases a curated group of local artists, makers, and crafters. This is a two-day event, with different makers and artists being showcased each day. There will be a selection of unique drafts available for purchase, as well as tasty eats and more Crosstown fun! This is a family-friendly event.
9. University of Memphis Football vs. East Carolina: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Saturday, November 13th @ 11:00 am
Tickets: $25 - $65
Parking lots open at 6 a.m. with Tiger Lane activities starting at 8:00, and Tiger Walk at 8:30. The gates will open at 9:30, with kickoff at 11:00!
Tickets to Tigers games in 2021-22 are fully digital to allow ease and convenience in accessing tickets, entering venues, and transferring tickets to family and friends. Fans are encouraged to download tickets ahead of time leading up to gameday to best avoid any delays entering the stadium.
Click here for tickets, and for information on tailgating, parking, and the Memphis Tiger Tailgate Concert Series! The concert series continues this week with 1-900 Band. Resource Entertainment Group will provide DJ music at 11:30 a.m. After Tiger Walk, 1-900 Band will take the stage at approximately 9:00.
10. Kids Fall Themed Cookie Class: Frost Bake Shop
Saturday, November 13th @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7876 Stage Hills Boulevard #108, Bartlett
Frost Bake Shop is offering this class for ages 8-14. They encourage parents to stay, but supervision is not required. Parents must fill out a liability form for the day of the class. There will be seating available and parents are also welcome to pay to decorate cookies of their own! Call one of their retail stores to register: 901-682-4545.
All the necessary tools and equipment for the class will be supplied for you to use during the class. At the end of class, you will get to take home a dozen butter cookies that you decorated, which is a $36 value! This is an operational bakery and is not held at any of the retail locations in East Memphis or Collierville. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before class begins.
11. Fall-Back Fall Dance Series: Fourth Bluff Park
Saturday, November 13th @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dance classes at Fourth Bluff Park are back for more fun this fall! Learn dances you can do to your favorite old-school music by artists like Al Green, The Drifters, and Smokey Robinson. This month's class features the basics of Rumba, and will get you ready to dance the night away at your next party!
12. Pop Up for Pups: The Cove
Sunday, November 14th @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 per entree
Head down to the Cove on Sunday night for an evening of good food and fun times that will benefit New Beginnings Animal Rescue. Enjoy Chef Kunal’s menu of Indian-inspired takes on classic bar food like pizza and burritos. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available as well. As always, The Cove has some of the best cocktails in town. Don't miss out on your chance to help some animals in need by participating in the silent auction!
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