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The East High Alumni Page presents:
 Things to do in Memphis!
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee
   Music credit**
With an emphasis on free or low cost events/activities
New events added May 12, 2017      Skip to Events        Read About Memphis Tourism/Event Honors

Booming City: nations best for music buffs
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
Forth Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads
Fifth Best City for Young Artists
Best Logistics Infrastructure in USA
See the more about these accolades in the right column.

Visitors may want to move here!
If you're visiting be aware that Memphis may make you want to live here! Read about "the 'perfect day' in Memphis and the "I want to live here" response in a Memphis Flyer letter from the editor.

"...recent years have been good to Memphis and made it a city worth visiting... -Chicago Tribune, 2015

"Having lived in plenty of other places — Boston, Manhattan, Washington, D.C., Australia, South Florida, Alabama — I have an outsider's appreciation for the casual warmth and authenticity that defines life in this town...After 20 years, this is home. Geoff Calkins, 2016

Money: 3rd Best Domestic Destination, 2016
"The time has come to take singer Marc Cohn’s musical suggestion and go walking in Memphis," according to Money Magazine which rates Memphis as the third best domestic destination.

USAToday: Memphis is a "Booming City"
"Arguably the world’s most notable and unique hotel opening of 2015, the pyramid...But there is a lot more going on. The city already has the nation’s finest collection of attractions for music buffs...But now there are two more noteworthy newcomers" the Blues Hall of Fame Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. And Overton Square "is suddenly thriving again." USAToday, June 5, 2015

Memphis: Best of the World
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]

Fodor’s Travel names Memphis Zoo a Top 10 Zoo in the nation (2015)

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.  [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
 Memphis #4 on the list of Happiest Cities For Job-Seeking College Grads  Forbes and CareerBliss.com.

5th “Best City for Young Artists” in 2014 by Bustle

Forbes: Big Cypresss Lodge in the Bass Pro Pyramid is one of the 10 Best (international) Hotels Of The Year 2015

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.

Specific Events
Continuing Events/Exhibits
‘Fearless First’ Stax Concert to Celebrate First Responders  (FREE)
May 12, 2017, 7:30pm-11pm
Levitt Shell, Overton Park, 1928 Poplar Ave
OR Nurses Nationwide, a Memphis-based healthcare staffing business, is hosting a dedication concert for first responders at the Levitt Shell in May. The concert, called, “Fearless First,” will honor Mid-South nurses, police, firefighters and EMTs. The Stax Music Academy Alumni Band will perform.

On the Edge: Cars & Coffee (FREE*)
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9am-noon
Floyd Alley, 627 Monroe Ave
On the Edge with Cars & Coffee occurs on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 8am - Noon. Upon arrival, please park your car in one of the rows in the parking lot across from High Cotton, right next to the old Kudzu’s Bar & Grill. At the pop-up tent near the street, you’ll find a hot cup of coffee, some donuts.

First Annual Memphis Local Music Festival (FREE)
Saturday, May 13, 2017, noon-11pm
Downtown Elementary School
10 N 4th Street
First Annual Downtown Memphis Local Music Festival is a Celebration of Memphis’ Greatest Natural Resource… “Local Talent. Come out and enjoy a day of fun – food friends – and great local music. The line up includes  Comedian Ambrose Jones - Darius "PHATMAK" Clayton - ContreteSoul - Agori Tribe - Chinese Connection Dub Embassy - LoudPac - Vince Johnson & The Plantation AllStars - Heavy Pull - Baye - Jacqueline Gladness - Amun 'N.O.T.E.' El Bey - Moses Crouch - Queen Tyki X - Mike Starnes Jr. - Dj Skrilla - Dj SpaceAge - Dj Gutta Kick - Dj Don Twon.

Collierville Youth Fishing Rodeo  (FREE)
May 13, 2017, 8am-11am
W. C. Johnson Park, 419 Johnson, Collierville, TN
This is a free children’s fishing rodeo open to children ages 12 and under. Prizes and trophies will be awarded for winners in each age category: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. All participants must bring his/her fishing pole, bait, and drinking water; a fishing license is not required. Hosted by the Town of Collierville Parks and Recreation Department

U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Brass Quintet Concert (FREE)
May 13, 2017, noon-1pm
Brooks Museum of Art, Overton Park, 1934 Poplar Aveue
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is honored to be participating in Navy Week Memphis by partnering with the U.S. Fleet Forces Band for a free musical performance of patriotic selections outside the museum. A brass quintet from the U.S. Navy will entertain museum guests on the Brooks plaza. Our latest Brooks Outside installation will be taking place during the performance. Guests are invited to listen to the music and watch the Tape Art Crew create a massive mural on the Brooks fašade.

Spring Slow Bicycle Ride – Clayborn Temple & Downtown (FREE)
May 17, 6pm-7pm
603 Monroe Avenue
Grab your bike (or one of ours) for a leisurely exploration of the Medical District. On May 17, we’ll explore the Clayborn Temple & Downtown. Freewheel is FREE and open to all. The slow ride will depart from 603 Monroe Avenue (across from High Cotton Brewing Co.) at 6 p.m. Feel free to arrive early to claim your reserved bike or grab a discounted beer at High Cotton Brewing Co..

SoundOff: From Studio to Turntable (FREE)
May 18, 2017, 6:30pm
430 N Cleveland Street
Crosstown Arts and The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter present a discussion with GRAMMY award-winning producer and recording engineer Matt Ross-Spang and recording engineer, mixer, producer, and vinyl mastering engineer Jeff Powell. Matt and Jeff will discuss the recording process from start to finish, beginning with tracking and mixing and ending with mastering songs for vinyl. Moderated by The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter President Scott Bomar. SoundOff is a quarterly forum for exploring the art and the science of audio recording and its storied and innovative history in Memphis. Learn the craft from the producers and engineers that helped to create and continue to shape the Memphis Sound. SoundOff is for musicians, professional recording engineers, producers, and anyone interested in better understanding audio recording. Doors open at 6:30; program begins at 7 pm. Complimentary food & drinks. Free and open to the public.

Movie Mania – Finding Dory (FREE)
May 19, 2017, 6:30pm-10pm
4674 Merchants Park Circle Collierville
Every other Friday through August 25th, there is Movie Mania at Carriage Crossing. Free, family-friendly movies in Central Park, with pre-movie fun including music and giveaways.

Fourth Bluff Fridays: Pop Up Beer Garden (FREE*)
May 19, 2017 and every Friday through June 30, 4-10pm
Memphis Park, North Front Street between Court Ave & Jefferson
Enjoy live music from a special guest musician, craft beer from The TapBox (featuring a wide selection of great craft beers from Wiseacre Brewing, High Cotton Brewing Co., Memphis Made Brewing, and Ghost River Brewing,) numerous games for children and families including cornhole, jenga, giant beer pong, frisbees, chaulk, and ping pong, and abundant seating to enjoy the music, watch the sunset, and enjoy the party. Various food trucks will be on hand all night each week. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, but extra seating and tables will be available. Each event is free to attend for all ages, with drinks and food available for purchase.

Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest (FREE)
May 20, 2017, noon-7pm
Cherry Street Pavilion, 116 Cherry Street Helena, Arkansas
The 17th annual Gospel Fest is a family event features the best in local and regional gospel music. This year’s lineup has a variety of musical style, from traditional quartet to contemporary. The lineup includes:

  • 12:10 p.m. Fullness of Joy Choir (Jonesboro, Ark.)
  • 12:45 p.m. Vernon Davis and Friends (Little Rock, Ark.)
  • 1:20 p.m. Gospel Wonder Quartet (Brinkley, Ark.)
  • 1:45 p.m. The Ready Boys (West Helena, Ark.)
  • 2:05 p.m. Eternal Light Singers (Marianna, Ark.)
  • 3:00 p.m. Bishop Kenny Robinson and Chosen (Little Rock, Ark.)
  • 3:45 p.m. Shenna Walker (Palestine, Ark.)
  • 4:25 p.m. The Ramp’s Chosen (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • 5:05 p.m. Canton Jones (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • 6:00 p.m. Erica Campell (Inglewood, Ca.)

How-To-Festival (FREE)
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1-4pm
Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road Germantown
Celebrate creativity and DIY skills during the 5th annual How-To Festival. At the How-To Festival, dozens of local DIY experts gather at the library to share a diverse array of talents, including both demonstrations and hands-on learning for all ages. Attendees at this free event will have the opportunity to explore everything from musicians demonstrating guitar and mountain dulcimer to hand crafters presenting jewelry making and woodworking. For the outdoor enthusiast, experts will be on hand with offerings including beekeeping, raising backyard chickens, and much more. Concessions will be available for purchase. Extra parking for the event is available across the street in the Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Movie Under the Stars (FREE)
May 26, 2017, 7:30pm
196 N. Main Street, Collierville
Kick-off summer at the Morton Museum’s annual outdoor movie night. This year’s feature is Hidden Figures. Guided star gazing will be offered during the film by The Memphis Astronomical Society. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided.Please bring a chair and/or blanket.

Food Truck Rodeo (food not free)
Every Thursday, 11am-2pm
Court Square, Memphis
Court Square is a cool place and if the weather is decent, it's a nice place to have lunch for downtown workers and visitors on Thursdays when there is a Food Truck Rodeo.

Family Studio at the Dixon (FREE)
First Saturday of Each Month, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Ave.
Bring the entire family to the Dixon for Family Studio where everyone can create unique works of art, open studio-style. Each month there will be new projects and a large assortment of supplies to produce artwork as a family. Drop-in program. Free.

Jimmy Ogle’s 2017 Downtown History Events  (FREE)

It's fun, it's informative, it's free, and it's not to be missed. Jimmy Ogle continues to delight his audience with history and lore of Memphis from its early days through the city's current upswing. For several years Jimmy Ogle has conducted downtown walking history tours but as he has become the Peabody Hotel's Duckmaster his availability for those tours is limited and that schedule has been substantially cut back. But history goes on and so does Jimmy Ogle with these events:

  • The Third Thursday Shelby County Courthouse Tours continue each month. See the separate listing in the right column.
  • April 27, 11:45 a.m. - The Great Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (meet at Cotton Museum, Union & Front) This is a changed date from the original tentative announcement!
  • May 4, 11:45 a.m. - B.B. King Boulevard (meet at Sterick Building, Madison & B.B. King Blvd.)
  • May 11, 11:45 a.m. - Pinch District (meet  at Westy's, 346 North Main & Jackson)
  • May 25, 11:45 a.m. - South Front Street (meet at Orpheum Theatre, South Main & Beale Street)

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.

Big River Crossing (FREE)
Daily, Sunrise to 10pm
Harahan Bridge, access from Channel 3 Drive/Virginia Avenue West
At nearly a mile in length, big river crossing is the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi. Big River Crossing is also the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. It serves as the connection point of Main Street to Main Street, a 10-mile multi-modal corridor that also features the Delta Regional River Park and Big River Trail, creating ties to attractions between Memphis, Tennessee and West Memphis, Arkansas. No matter how you travel it, Big River Crossing provides opportunities for recreation and fitness with a whole new point of view.
Access from Memphis, TN: (Channel 3 Drive/Virginia Ave. W.) or from West Memphis, AR  (Bridgeport/Dacus Lake Rd., I-55 exit 1).  Only non-motorized equipment is allowed, with the exception of ADA-compliant wheelchairs. Bridge is monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day. Two emergency call boxes are located on the bridge. All pets must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet. There are no garbage cans on the bridge - if you carry it on, carry it off.
Special note: Charles "Chas" McVean (East High Class of '61) is credited with being a major force in bringing this amenity to reality!

2017 Free Music Concert Series (FREE)
Various dates (see schedule below)
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 may vary, but most at 7:30 p.m. Follow the link at the bottom of the listing for more details.
  • Thursday, June 1, Gedeon Luke & the People
  • Friday, June 2, Legendary Shack Shakers 
  • Saturday, June 3, Shannon Mcnally
  • Sunday, June 4, Jakubi
  • Thursday, June 8, Delhi 2 Dublin
  • Friday, June 9 TBA - should be determined by May 8
  • Saturday, June 10, Humming House 
  • Sunday, June 11, Marcia Ball 
  • Thursday, June 15, Ruthie Foster 
  • Friday, June 16, Cecile Doo-kingue
  • Saturday, June 17, TBA
  •  Sunday, June 18, The Grahams
  • Thursday, June 22, We Banjo 3 
  • Friday, June 23, The Steel Wheels
  • Saturday, June 24, Stax Academy (Sunday, June 25, Stax Academy Rain Date)
  • Thursday, June 29, Patriotic Pops
  • Friday, June 30, Don Bryant 
  • Saturday, July 1, Ultimate Family Reunion
  •  Sunday, July 2, Kelsey Waldon
  • Thursday, July 6, Otis Taylor
  • Friday, July 7, Reckless Kelly 
  • Saturday, July 8, Squirrel Nut Zippers 
  • Sunday, July 9. Susto
  • Thursday, July 13, The Suffers
  • Friday, July 14, Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers
  • Saturday, July 15, Foxygen
  • Sunday, July 16, Making Movies

Shelby County CourthouseJimmy’s Ogle's  2017 Tours of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse (FREE)
Unless noted otherwise below, 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!
  • April 20
  • May 18

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.

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.

Mud Island River Park (FREE)
Mud Island Park, foot of Poplar Avenue at Front Street
10am-5pm (Closed Mondays)
(closes for the season Oct. 31, 2017)
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.)

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

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.

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.)

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

Memphis Botanic Gardens (Not free)

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

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.

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.

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.

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+

Memphis Music Hall of Fame (not free)
Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Beale Street and Second Street, Memphis
$8 adult; $6 youth ages 5-17
Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum and exhibition will introduce guests to the greatest musicians of all time – each responsible for shaping modern music and changing the world forever, and each an inductee of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. This fun, fascinating and educational exhibition will feature never-before-seen memorabilia, rare video performances and interviews, interactive exhibits, and more.

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

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.)

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.

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)

Lichterman Nature Center
Free Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until closing

Brooks Museum of ArtBrooks Memphis Museum of Art
Overton Park, 1934 Poplar Avenue
Near free on Wednesdays with admission is per donation only. From a penny to any dollar amount, you decide what you pay. Otherwise, the highest regular admission price is $7 for adults. If you're part of a group of 10 or more please call the Tour Coordinator at 901.544.6215. 

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


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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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+

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.

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 fašade 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

Bikes on Beale (FREE)
Every Wednesday April 5-October 25, 2017
Beale Stree Entertainment District, Memphis
Like motorcycles? Then you'll probably like Bike on Beale. 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 October! 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.

Major Annual Events (NOT Free)

Memphis in May
Month of May
Downtown mostly (Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive)
A month long series of events, including the Beale Street Music Fest, the International Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the Sunset Symphony. Most of the major events occur on or near the weekends.

Memphis Open
Racquet Club of Memphis
The Memphis Open is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour and the only indoor ATP event contested in the United States.

FedEx St. Jude Classic
Southwind Country Club, 3325 Club at Southwind, Memphis
The FedEx St. Jude Classic is a professional golf tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, a regular event on the PGA Tour. It has been held annually since 1958 and typically hosts many of the top players.

Liberty Bowl
Late December/early January
Liberty Bowl Stadium, Fairgrounds, Memphis
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is held annually at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The Bowl is the seventh oldest college football bowl game and is one of the most tradition-rich and patriotic bowl games in America.

Elvis Birthday Celebration (some events are free)
January 7-10
Graceland, 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis

Elvis Week (some events are free)
Graceland, 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis
Elvis Week is a celebration of the music, movies and life of Elvis Presley positioned on and around the date of Elvis Presley's death, August 16. Events often expand beyond a single week. Thousands of people from around the world will attend the Candlelight Vigil which is held the evening of August 15, and it is free.

Africa in April (some events are free)
Robert R. Church Park, Historic Beale Street
The festival was designed to improve communication between different ethnic groups, fostering respect and academic excellence.  Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc., a non-profit organization, sponsors year round activities and the Africa In April Cultural Awarenss Festival during the month of April designed to celebrate the arts,  history, culture, and diversity of the African Diaspora.

Major Serial Sporting Events (NOT Free)

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA professional basketball)
FedEx Forum, 191 Beale Street, Memphis

University of Memphis Athletics
Various times of the year, depending on sport
Various locations (home games, football: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, basketball: FedEx Forum).

Memphis Redbirds
Spring and Summer
Autozone Park, 200 Union Avenue, Memphis
AAA professional baseball farm club of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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 Poplar 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.
** Rhett & Link, "The BBQ Song"
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egvraT1oBH0

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