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The East High Alumni Page presents:

Things to do in Memphis!
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee

With an emphasis on free or low cost events/activities

A Best of the World Must See Place
Great Urban Weekend Escape
Among Top 20 Destinations in the World
Two of top 3 Best Iconic Attractions in USA
Fifth best USA City for Starting a Business
See the more about these accolades in the right column.


East alumnus during a visit back to his old home town and on a Jimmy Ogle history tour in downtown Memphis said it was  "... the best thing I've done in Memphis."
See tour information below.


Memphis: Best of the World 2013
National Geographic editors cite Memphis among the "Best of the World 2013," including it in the new year's 20 must-see places! ...[T]here’s something newly electric in the air."
Read the article: travel.nationalgeographic.com

Forbes names Memphis one of its "Great Urban Weekend Escapes"
- ...a fantastic choice for a weekend getaway... In fact, I had been to Memphis thrice before but was still shocked by how many stand-out attractions...  Memphis excels, and I mean really excels, in four distinct areas, each worth a visit: attractions, culture/museums, entertainment, and dining... [Read more]

Yet another source agrees, MSN Living is listing Memphis one of it's top 20 travel destinations in the world for 2013. "Today, Memphis is undergoing a revival." [Read more]

Graceland was named Best Iconic American Attraction in a 2013 USA Today and 10Best readers choice poll, garnering almost half of all votes in its category for a landslide victory. The National Civil Rights Museum took third place, making Memphis and San Francisco as the only cities with two attractions on the list. San Francisco’s cable cars just made the cut in 10th place. [read more: The Commercial Appeal or USA Today]

Beale Street voted America’s favorite iconic street in a USA Today and 10Best poll: USA Today

WalletHub.com rates Memphis as the fifth best USA city in which to start a business. wallethub.com

The list of accolades for Memphis could go on and on. Just know that your hometown of Memphis is making big waves in travel, entertainment and business.

New event(s) added September 25, 2014

   
Specific Events
Continuing Events/Exhibits
151 Madison Street Party (FREE*)
Thursday, September 26, 2014, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
151 Madison Avenue
First Tennessee Bank and Brass Door restaurant are hosting a street party to celebrate the demolition of the vacant Burger King building at 151 Madison and its conversion into a park. Music, frozen yogurt and drink specials are featured.


Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival (NOT Free)
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
AutoZone Park, 200 Union Avenue
20th Annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival. Kids of all ages look forward to this annual festival of cool treats, awesome entertainment and great outdoor fun! Includes music, face painting,  photo booth, games, ice cream, frozen yogourt, etc. Advance tickets are available at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, La Michoacana on Summer Avenue and online for $10. Tickets at the gate the day of the event will be $12. Children ages 3 and under receive free admission.
bigscoopmemphis.com


Jimmy Ogle History Tours (FREE)
The 2013 schedule of history tours is on this page, each type under its own heading

Tuesday Downtown History Walking Tours

Mississippi River Bridge Walks

Shelby County Courthouse Tours




30 Days of Opera  (FREE)
September 1- 30, 2014
Various locations and times
30 Days of Opera Presented by Evolve Bank & Trust is an innovative public-outreach initiative that we launched in fall 2012. This annual, month-long extravaganza introduces opera into the everyday routines of local residents – at farmers markets, restaurants, schools, and street corners. Over the course of 30 consecutive days, we present “pop-up” concerts, master classes, children’s operas, and more.
https://docs.google.com


Free Friday Flicks (FREE)
Every Friday through October 17, 2014, 7 p.m.
Enjoy your favorite movies on a huge, 24-foot screen at Beale Street Landing! Movies will be shown each Friday at dusk through October 17. Blankets or chairs are welcome, but no coolers, picnic baskets, or pets allowed. There will be concessions available from Beale Street Landing’s Riverfront Bar & Grill plus Parker’s Concessions Food Truck.
August 29 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
September 5 – Shorts
September 12 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
September 19 – Footloose
September 26 – Back to the Future
October 3 – Men in Black
October 10 – Spider-man
October 17 - The Incredibles
http://memphisriverfront.com


Dixon Gallery and Gardens Food Truck Friday (FREE*)
every Friday through September
Dixon
Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue
Make lunch plans for the Gardens every Friday from 11:30 am -1:30 pm and enjoy the garden view! Admission to the gardens is free during food truck hours (but the food isn't) and outdoor seating in the shade is available on the Dixon grounds.
August 8  So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar Rock ‘n’ Dough Pizza
August 15  Gourmet Grillers Good Heavens
August 22  Memphis Dawgs Stickem
August 29  Cariflavor Millie’s Garden
September 5  So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar Stickem
September 12  Fuel Fresh Gulf Shrimp
September 19   Millie’s Garden MarksGrill
September 26  Rock ‘n’ Dough Memphis Dawgs
http://www.dixon.org/foodtruckfridays



Bikes on Beale (FREE)
Every Wednesday through September
Beale Stree Entertainment District, Memphis
Motorcycles by the dozens as thousands of bikers take advantage of the opportunity to park "Where The Blues Were Born" every Wednesday through the end of September! If you're riding, it's eastbound traffic only (2nd to 4th). It's all about bragging rights and strutting your stuff! There are gorgeous and amazing motorcycles of every shape, size, brand, year...Bring your kids, your guests. Don't forget your camera -- these bikes are amazing!



Hot Rods on Beale (FREE)
4th Tuesday each month through October, 6-10 p.m.
Beale Street Entertainment District
American Muscle Car Club will be parking their Hot Rods on Beale Street each 4th Tuesday from 6pm 'til 10pm from April through October!  See the American Muscle Car Club and the Perfect Nemisis Car Club and their cool Hot Rods on Beale Street from 6pm till 10pm. 
http://www.bealestreet.com/hot-rods-on-beale.html


Sounds of Beale Street: Stunning Cunning Band (FREE)
Thursday, September 25, 2014,  7-10 pm
WC Handy Performing Arts Park, 200 Beale Street


Duncan-Williams Dragon Boat Races (Free for spectators)
Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mud Island River Park
Dating back more than 2,300 years, the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action, dragon
boat racing grows in worldwide popularity each year, and is the eighth fastest growing water sport. Teams rave about
the excitement, friendly competition and community spirit surrounding the sport. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer
and steersperson race in authentic 46-foot long dragon boats. All ages, skill levels and physiques can participate,
making it the ultimate team building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win. Off the
water, teams compete to raise the most pledges for Tennessee Clean Water Network.   

http://memphis.racedragonboats.com


Movie: The Monuments Men (FREE)
Belz Museum of Judaic and Asian Art, 119 S. Main Street, Memphis
Saturday, September 27, 2014,  12:30 p.m. & 2:45 p.m.
The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. (118 min.)
http://www.belzmuseum.org/


Jimmy Ogle’s 2014 Downtown History Walking Tours (FREE)

It's fun, it's informative, it's free, and it's not to be missed. Jimmy Ogle continues to delight his walking tour audience with history and lore of Memphis from its early days through downtown's rebirth. Each tour begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes.
 
  • September 16 - Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (meet at Cotton Museum, Union & Front)
  • September 23 - Beale Street Landing (meet at 251 Riverside Drive)
  • September 30 - South Main Street (meet at Hotel Chisca, at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue)
  • October 7 - Pinch District (meet at Westy's, 346 North Main)
  • October 14 - Adams Avenue (meet at Front & Adams)
  • October 21 - Madison Avenue (meet at Front & Madison, University of Memphis Law School)
  • October 28 - Beale Street (meet at Orpheum Theatre)
  • November 4 - Court Square & Surroundings (meet at Court Square, Hebe Fountain)
  • THURSDAY, November 6 - **SPECIAL** - The South November 6th, 1934 Street Tour (meet at Elvis Presley Plaza on Beale Street)
There are two other sections of Jimmy Ogle events on this page, also. Don't miss those listings:  courthouse tours - bridge walks

Ogle tour with 3 East alumni in attendanceThis photo is one of Jimmy Ogle's Downtown History Walking Tours with at least 3 East High alumni in attendance!



South Main Mosaic Artwalk Unveiling (FREE*)
Friday, October 03, 2014, 5 p.m.
Bocce Ball Court at South Main and Talbot Street
Get a first look at eight temporary art installations in the South Main district. Meet the artists, listen to live music, enjoy refreshments, and tour the installations!


Cordova Festival (FREE)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cordova Community Center, 1017 Sanga Road
DescriptionCordova Festival, Cordova Community Center, October 4, free Cordova may be part of Memphis now, but it's small farming town roots come out during the annual Cordova Festival. The fest is two days of vendors, crafts, demonstrations, talks, live music and history at the Cordova Community Center.
http://cordovacommunitycenter.com/cordova-festival/


Central Station's 100th Anniversary (FREE)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
Central Station, 545 South Main, Memphis
Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum's 100th anniversary celebration of the 1914 grand opening of Central Station, Oct. 4, with a ceremony at 11 a.m., rail history lecture at 1 p.m., and a free day, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Oct. 3, the Amtrak Exhibit Train and Norfolk Southern Railroad exhibit car will be open for school/group tours, 12 to 5 p.m.; to public,10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Oct. 4; and 12- 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Tours of Canadian National locomotive cab are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 4.


175th Anniversary Celebration St. Peter Catholic Church (FREE*)
Sunday, October 05, 2014, 12:30 p.m
Adams Avenue, east of Third Street

St. Peter Catholic Church is marking the beginning of its 175th year and welcomes the Memphis community to its celebration – a reception open to all, with festive banners, toasting, food, tours, music by the CBHS Historic Band, and traditional Irish step dancing by the Inis Acla Dancers. Adams Avenue will be closed from Third Street to the area east of the Magevney House to provide for the celebration.  Inside the church, “this celebration will feature the lighted outline of the original smaller church around which today’s St. Peter Church was constructed”, according to Lee Askew, 175 Chairman. All weekend Liturgies will feature special music - Saturday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
http://www.stpeterchurch.org/community/175thcelebration.html


Sounds of Beale Street: Chris Gales Band (FREE)
Thursday, October 09, 2014, 7-10 p.m.
WC Handy Performing Arts Park, 200 Beale Street


MEMFix: Edge District (FREE)
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Marshall and Monroe Avenues
A one-day, community-driven effort to imagine a reinvigorated Edge District with pop-up shops, music, family activities and lots of possibilities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1462922663959269/


The Time Catcher (FREE)
September 1 – October 31, 2014
Bartlett Performing Arts Center, 3663 Appling Road, Bartlett, TN
Photo exhibit by veteran award-winning Commercial Appeal photojournalist Karen Pulfer Focht. At the Bartlett Performing Arts Center provides glimpses of Memphis and the world through Karen’s eyes during her career here.




East High School

East High School, circa 1967At least drive by the old school and look at the impressive architecture. But if I were you, I'd at least want to see the impressive marble lobby.If you wish to visit the campus or inside the school, contact the school's office.

The school underwent a $12.7-million dollar renovation in 2007. From the outside, the only notable distinction is the appearance of the first floor windows, where a heavy screen has been added. It makes the lower windows appear dark or even completely covered when you look at it from a distance. For more information about the renovation, see the "Photo tour of $12.8 million renovation as construction rushes toward completion."

By the way, the 2012-2013 was the last that East High was a Memphis City School. The city school system voluntarily surrendered its charter so all city schools became part of the Shelby County school district in the summer of 2013.


South Main Trolley Night (FREE)
When: last Friday, every month all year, 6-9 p.m.
Where: South Main Arts District - Memphis
Every last Friday of the month in the South Main Arts District. The ring of the trolley sounds as the shops, restaurants and galleries in the area open their doors to the throngs of Memphians and visitors who make Trolley Night on Main an fun downtown event. It's a good time to browse the stores and galleries for that unique piece of art, clothing or jewelry while sipping a glass of wine and partaking of the wide array of tasty party foods. Slip onto the trolley for a free ride to the next stop and more shops. Obviously, the merchandise is not free.
Notice: trolley service has been temporarily suspended as of June 11, 2014.  Extra buses running on Front Street at the trolley fare are available during the regular trolley schedule.
http://southmainmemphis.net/trolley-nights/


Alex Ward's Pig 'n' Whistle ShowAlex Ward's Pig 'n' Whistle 50's Rock 'n' Roll Party*
Every 3rd Sunday of the month)
TJ Mulligan's, 362 North Main Street
DJ Alex Ward plays oldies from the 1950's. "Bring your dancing shoes."
Obviously, food and beverages are not free, but the music is.


Comedy Open Mic Night (FREE*)
Thursday, every Thursday night 9:00pm – 11:30pm
P&H Cafe, 1532 Madison Avenue
Free as in no cover, food and beverages cost. Open Mic Comedy features some of the best and worst comics in Memphis taking the stage every week at the famous P&H Cafe. All are welcome to test their comedy skills or just to come laugh and watch. Ages 21+
For more information:  901-726-0906 or PandHcomedy@gmail.com


Trivia Night at Huey's Downtown (FREE*)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (and every Wednesday), 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Huey's Downtown, 77 S. Second Street
Free as in no cover charge, food and beverages cost. Play trivia at Huey's Downtown. The winning team receives a Huey's gift card. All ages.
http://hueyburger.com/live-music/events-calendar/


The Memphis Jazz Orchestra at Alfreds (FREE*)
Sundays, 6pm – 9pm
Alfred's on World Famous Beale Street
Free, as in no cover, but food and beverages cots. The orchestra performs weekly on Sunday's 6pm-9pm. Ages 21+
https://www.facebook.com/MemphisJazzOrchestra


Memphis Tech Coffee
Every Tuesday morning,  7:30am – 9:30am
Republic Coffee, 2512 Union Avenue
A casual coffee meet up for the Memphis tech community. Come and go as you need to.
 http://www.facebook.com


Sunset atop the Madison
Thursdays, 7 - 11pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Madison Hotel Rooftop, 79 Madison Avenue, Memphis
Live entertainment, a special rooftop terrace menu created by eighty3 executive chef Connor O’Neill, a cash bar, and the best sunset view in Memphis!
This is not free, admission/cover $7, cash bar.
The Madison Hotel is in the renovated historic Tennessee Trust (Bank) building and is one of the city's finest hotels. This writer has never attended a rooftop party there but they sound like fun.
The rooftop parties are held every Thursday. According to one observation, "The rooftop is relatively small and has limited seating.  There is room to dance, but the crowd (which is more mature than that of some other rooftop parties) does get cozy."
Facebook site


Shelby County CourthouseJimmy’s Ogle's  2014 Tours of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse (FREE)
Meet at noon on the southwest steps of the courthouse located at Second Street and Adams Avenue. Cameras are not usually allowed inside this building. but they are permitted for those on the Jimmy Ogle tour!

  • Thursday, June 19
  • Thursday, July 17
  • Thursday, August 21
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Thursday, October 16
  • Thursday, November 20
  • Thursday, December 18

Memphis-Arkansas BridgeJimmy Ogle's 2014 Memphis & Arkansas Bridge Walks & Talks (FREE)
There is a sidewalk across this Mississippi River bridge and the group will walk it. All these events start at 2 p.m. Meet at Crump Park, just south of I-55 on Metal Museum Drive.
  • Sunday, September 14
  • Sunday, October 19
  • Sunday, November 9


Lorraine Motel, The National Civil Rights MuseumNational Civil Rights Museum
Located at the historic Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968.
Free for TN residents w/ID  Mondays after 3 p.m. (museum closes at 5 p.m.)
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/


Memphis ZooMemphis Zoo
Recognized as one of the top zoos in the nation - Free to TN residents with acceptable photo ID Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to close, except in March. If you do not attend when it is free, it is expensive and there is an additional parking fee if you park in the zoo's lot. The parking fee probably applies during the free admission period, also.
http://www.memphiszoo.org/


Pink Palace Museum
(the exhibits are not what remember from our childhood) - Free Tuesdays from 1-5pm. (Enchanted Forest, IMAX and Planetarium shows are not included)
http://www.memphismuseums.org/


Lichterman Nature Center
Free Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until closing
http://www.memphismuseums.org/lichterman-overview


Brooks Museum of ArtBrooks Museum of Art
Overton Park
Near free, Wednesdays, you set your own admission fee! From a penny to any dollar amount.
http://www.brooksmuseum.org/


Dixon Gardens & GalleryDixon Gallery & Gardens
Park Avenue & Cherry Road
Tuesday: 10am-4pm: Pay-What-You-Can
Saturday: 10am-noon: Free, galleries and gardens
http://www.dixon.org/


Hiking in Shelby ForestShelby Forest State Park (now know as Shelby-Meman State Park & T.O. Fuller State Park
Tennessee state parks, free. Hiking, camping, picnicking, disk golf, fishing, biking, cabins, horseback riding (horse rental not available), swimming. Check individual park web sites for amenities available at each park.
http://tn.gov/environment/parks/MeemanShelby/
http://tn.gov/environment/parks/TOFuller/


Sun Studio - birthplace of Rock 'n' RollSun Studio
Union Avenue & Marshall Avenue
Where the first rock 'n' roll record was ever recorded, whether you believe that was Elvis's "That's all right," or Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band's "Rocket 88". Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and once again an active recording studio. A National Historic Landmark  Not free except on rare occasions but highly recommended. The photo to the left shows the main entrance for visiting the studio, though it is and was then a restaurant, not the studio. The studio is next door.
http://www.sunstudio.com/


Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, by the Smithsonian Institution
FedEx Forum
Tennessee residents free admission any Tuesdays 2-7 p.m.with photo ID with proof of residence.
http://memphisrocknsoul.org/


Gibson Guitar Factory & StoreGibson Guitar Factory Tour
Second Street & Lt. George W. Lee Avenue, downtown Memphis, near Beale Street and the FedEx Forum. A tour is offered of the workshops where the guitars are made. Not free but it can be interesting, especially for musicians and woodworkers. There is also a retail store where the guitars are impressive and expensive!
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Locations/FactoryTours/


Cotton Museum
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
65 Union Avenue, Memphis
The main exhibit is located on the Historic trade floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange- where cotton traders once stood at the center of the global cotton economy. This space is now filled with artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of "King Cotton" and its impact on the world. Highlights include original films, detailing specific aspects of the cotton industry, oral histories from individuals involved, and exciting temporary exhibits.
http://memphiscottonmuseum.org/


GracelandGraceland
Elvis' home. Various tour packages. Expensive. Or as one person suggests, you can stand outside the pink Alabama fieldstone wall and driveway gate with the famous musical notes for free.
http://www.elvis.com/graceland/


Overton ParkMajor local parks
Overton Park (FREE) - Golf course, trail through the Old Forest State Natural Area, Rainbow Lake, Overton Park Shell, etc. Some attractions are not free (Golf, some concerts at the shell, the zoo, etc.)
 http://www.overtonpark.org/

Shelby Farms - (you remember it as the Penal Farm!) (FREE) - good but mostly flat hiking, lakes, horseback riding rentals (not free), etc.
http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/

Memphis Botanic Gardens (Not free) - managed by former East High faculty member & coach Jim Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)
http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/


Greenlines & Rails to Trails (FREE):
Greater Memphis Greenline - http://greatermemphisgreenline.org/
Shelby Farms Greenline - website
Wolf River Greenway - website


Mississippi RiverMississippi River (FREE)
Pretty impressive site. Walk along the Bluff Trail (daylight hours only) or the sidewalks in the parks along/overlooking the river.
Mississippi River parks in Memphis - http://www.memphisriverfront.com/parks
River Walk & Bluff Walk - http://www.memphisriverfront.com/parks/riverwalk


Cooper-Young Night Out (FREE)
Every 1st Thursday, 5–9 p.m.
Live music, retail specials, and assorted cuisines in Midtown's historically hip district. Obviously food, drink, and merchandise is not free, but music venues often are.
http://cooperyoung.biz/night-out/


2014 Free Music Concert Series (FREE)
Various dates
Levitt Shell, Overton Park
Every year, the Levitt Shell, formerly known as the Overton Park Shell, presents more than 50 free concerts in the heart of Midtown, Memphis. Concert start times can vary, but historically most start at 7:30 p.m. Any different start times will be noted when they are made available.
  • September 05 · 8:30pm Meanwhile in Memphis: the Sound of a Revolution
  • September 06 · 7:00pm North Mississippi Allstars
  • September 07 · 7:00pm Rock for Love 8
  • September 12 · 7:00pm Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
  • September 13 · 7:00pm Bluff City Jazz Project
  • September 14 · 7:00pm The Duhks
  • September 19 · 7:00pm  Bryan Hayes & the Retrievers
  • September 20 · 7:00pm Star & Micey
  • September 21 · 7:00pm Joyce Cobb & the Rhodes College Jazz Band
  • September 26 · 7:30pm The Memphis Dawls
  • September 27 · 7:00pm Opera Memphis
  • September 28 · 7:00pm St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • October 03 · 7:00pm Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • October 04 · 7:00pm Paul Thorn
  • October 05 · 7:00pm Ori Naftaly
  • October 10 · 7:00pm Dead Soldiers
  • October 11 · 7:00pm The Vespers
  • October 12 · 7:00pm U of M Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra


A late summer/autumn schedule of free concerts beginning Sept. 6 will be announced later in the year.
http://levittshell.org


Comedy Open Mic Night (FREE*)
Every Thursday night, 9:00pm – 11:30pm
P&H Cafe, 1532 Madison Avenue
Free as in no cover, food and beverages cost. Open Mic Comedy features some of the best and worst comics in Memphis taking the stage every week at the famous P&H Cafe. All are welcome to test their comedy skills or just to come laugh and watch. Ages 21+
For more information:  901-726-0906 or PandHcomedy@gmail.com


Trivia Night at Huey's Downtown (FREE*)
Every Wednesday, 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Huey's Downtown, 77 S. Second Street
Free as in no cover charge, food and beverages cost. Play trivia at Huey's Downtown. The winning team receives a Huey's gift card. All ages.
http://hueyburger.com/live-music/events-calendar/


The Memphis Jazz Orchestra at Alfreds (FREE*)
Sundays, 6pm – 9pm
Alfred's on World Famous Beale Street
Free, as in no cover, but food and beverages cots. The orchestra performs weekly on Sunday's 6pm-9pm. Ages 21+
https://www.facebook.com/MemphisJazzOrchestra


Yoga at the Cotton Museum (pay what you can)
Every Tuesday, 2014, 7 a.m.
Cotton Museum, 65 Union Avenue
The community is invited to Yoga at the Cotton Museum every Tuesday morning in partnership with Evergreen Yoga Studio.
http://memphiscottonmuseum.org


Mud Island River Park (FREE)
Mud Island Park, foot of Poplar Avenue at Front Street
April-October (closed Mondays)
Experience the River on The River!! See the Mighty Mississippi River up close. Hike down our 5 block long riverwalk model and see the Mississippi in miniature. Explore the 18-gallery Mississippi River Museum including two full size boat models you can board! (Museum is NOT free, tram ride is NOT free, bridge is free.)
http://www.mudisland.com/


Famers' Markets (FREE*)
Quite a few farmers' markets offer fresh and locally grown produce during the growing season and in some cases beyond. farmers' markets have become entertainment and social events as well as a food vending venue. Generally speaking, admission is free and any entertainment at the venue is also free. The produce and other products, of course, are not free. So here are a few of Memphis area farmers' markets that seem to verify via the Internet that they are, in fact, in operation as advertised. You are urged to verify the operation of any market via their Internet presence before traveling to one.

Danny Thomas / ALSAC Pavilion (FREE)
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, including holidays
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis
The life of Danny Thomas and the history of ALSAC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are commemorated in the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion, located on the campus of St. Jude. It contains memorabilia of late entertainer Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude. The Pavilion is home to Emmy Awards and accolades for Thomas’ television show Make Room for Daddy, as well as other entertainment and lifetime achievements.
Part of the Pavilion is dedicated to Thomas’ life as a humanitarian, highlighting the awards and honors he received for his work on behalf of the world’s children. A centerpiece of this exhibit is Thomas’ Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by Congress.
To ensure the Pavilion is not closed for a special event, please call 901-595-4414 or email paviliontour@stjude.org in advance.
http://www.stjude.org/


The Magevney House (FREE)
Open the first Saturday each month, 1-4 p.m.
198 Adams Avenue
This small, white clapboard cottage was built in the 1830's and was home to Irish immigrant, Eugene Magevney. The house is one of the city's oldest remaining residences, perhaps the oldest. Typical of pre-Civil War, middle-class homes, it is furnished as it might have been in 1850 and features several personal possessions of the Magevney family, including a desk bureau and other antiquities. A kitchen garden and grape arbor are found behind the house.
http://www.memphismuseums.org/magevney-overview/


U.S. Customs House, Court House, Law School Tour (FREE)
Every weekday the university is open, noon
1 North Front Street, Memphis
Law students give a tour lasting an hour or less each weekday except tours are not scheduled on school holidays including spring break, weekends, or one week before exams or during exams.
Meet in the lobby. These tours are primarily for prospective students, but are open to the public.
Now the Universiy of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, this historic building was constructed as the federal courthouse, customs house and post office in the 1880s. Over the years additions were made and the size of the building was almost doubled in 1904 with an addition to the rear of the building. In 1929 the building area was almost doubled again and the façade was altered completely. The building’s two towers, on the north and south side were removed and office wings were added at those locations.


Newby's Open Mic Comedy Night (FREE*)
Every Sunday, 9:30 p.m - midnight
Newby's, 539 South Highland Street
Newby's Open Mic Comedy Night Every Sunday Open Mic comedy where you can see the best and worst comics in Memphis perform. Hosted by Brandon Sams.  Ages 21+ and this is a smoking allowed establishment


HOTELS/MOTELS
As with any city, there are numerous places to stay if you are not staying with family or friends. This writer would likely choose a rather modest hospitality offering, but if you are here to enjoy a Memphis vacation and have the resources, you might wish to splurge. There are several very nice hotels downtown and out east in the Poplare Avenue/Ridgeway/Shady Grove area. In the East High area, there is the nice Holiday Inn University on Central Avenue across from the University of Memphis. Among the fanciest of places would be The Madision (downtown), The Peabody (downtown) and for those who would like a bed and breakfast, the James Lee House (downtown-ish, but not in the core of downtown). These are not sponsored suggestions, just places this writer has toured and by reputation are extraordinary places to stay.

* Admission is free, however, there are possible costs for some activites, i.e. food and beverages, produce, products. If you choose not to purchase those items/services, the entertainment/activity shouldn't cost you anything.

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