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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 March 29, 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


Instant Memphian (FREE, but RSVP required)
March 29, 2017, 6-8pm
Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando Street
Instant Memphian is an uptempo run-through of essential Memphis info, built by those who know the city best — locals.The presentation is packed with interesting, useful, and downright strange stuff about Memphis to help transform you into a true Memphian in about an hour. Want to know the safest zip code in the city? Or the best hidden spots to kill a Saturday afternoon? Whether you’ve lived in Memphis for two weeks, two years, or two decades, we’ve got you covered. From food to entertainment to recreation to just getting around, you’ll leave knowing what the locals know — and maybe even more. H’orderves and Drinks will be served!
Instant Memphian is free but RSVP is required.
RSVP at http://bit.ly/2nfYdqM


Klondike Smokey City Block Party (FREE)
March 31, 5pm-7pm
Dave Wells Community Center, 915 Chelsea Avenue
You are invited to join High Ground News and residents of Klondike and Smokey City for a fun and free community expo. Over 20 neighborhood businesses as well as North Memphis artists, dancers and spoken word performers will be on hand to celebrate what makes Klondike Smokey City a great place to live. Refreshments and children’s activities will be provided.
http://www.highgroundnews.com/features/KSCCommunityExpo.aspx


Whitehaven Community Tennis Demonstration  (FREE)
April 1, 2017, 10:45am-12:15pm
Eldon Roark Tennis Center, 1500 Finley Road
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to find out about how tennis is impacting the Whitehaven community! This event includes a free 1 hour tennis clinic for kids ages 5-18. The first 25 kids to arrive receive a free tennis racquet. Parents, bring your kids for free tennis activities, the opportunity to learn about Spring and Summer tennis opportunities for youth, and to see Tennis Memphis students demonstrating tennis techniques and hear how tennis has impacted their lives.
http://tennismemphis.org/whitehaven-community-tennis-demonstration/


Annual Daffodil Show (FREE)
April 1, 2017, 2-5pm
Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue
The Dixon hosts its seventh annual Daffodil Show! Identified species may be entered in the American Daffodil Society accredited exhibition and competition. Daffodils whose names are not known are welcome in the "just for fun" section. Entries will be received Friday, March 31, 12:00 - 4:00pm and Saturday, April 1, 8:00 - 9:30am. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide educational information about daffodils.
http://www.dixon.org/default.aspx?p=120688&evtid=563142:4/1/2017


20th Annual Rites to Play! (FREE)
April 1, 2017, 10am-3pm
Rhodes College, 2000 N Parkway
Join the Kinney Community Service Program Saturday April 1st from 10am-3pm for Rites to Play, a free carnival complete with bounce houses, a petting zoo, games, crafts, and lunch!
Rhodes College, 2000 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112.


Shoot & Splice: Stage to Screen with Katori Hall  (FREE)
April 4, 6:30pm-9pm
Crosstown Arts, 430 N Cleveland Street
Connect, converse, listen and learn at Shoot & Splice, our monthly filmmaking forum. Arrive early to hang out with fellow attendees, then grab a drink and kick back for the evening’s presentation. A wide variety of technical, educational, and fun topics of interest to the Memphis filmmaking community will be featured. Don’t miss this monthly opportunity to be a part of the Memphis filmmaking community and learn things you probably didn’t know you wanted to know.
http://crosstownarts.org/programs-projects/shoot-splice/


Metal Museum's Whet Thursday (FREE)
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5-8pm
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive
Part of a seasonal series, Whet Thursdays invite community members to enjoy the Metal Museum after hours for free. You can participate in the hands-on workshop, explore the Metal Museum's galleries, purchase a specialty drink from the cash bar or refreshments from Paul's Cariflavor food truck, listen to live music by The Candy Company and meet other friends at the Museum. Hands on activity: stamped washer bottle openers.
http://www.metalmuseum.org/upcoming_events


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.


Overton Square Crawfish Festival (FREE*)
Apr 8, 2017, noon-6pm
Overton Square, 2100 block of Madison Avenue
Fun festival that takes over Over Square. Enjoy a day filled with great music, large arts and crafts market by regional artists and, of course, crawfish! Sorry, no pets, no coolers, or outside food or beverages.
https://www.facebook.com/


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.
http://www.dixon.org/kids-families



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.
  • Tentative: Thursday, April 6, 11:45am - Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour  (Jimmy Ogle's weekly Downtown History Walking Tours may resume, this year on a Thursday.)
http://jimmyogle.com


NCUR 2017 Visual Arts Exhibition BFA Thesis Exhibition (FREE)
April 6–7, 2017, (Opening Reception
April 6, 4-6pm)
University of Memphis, 3175 Central Avenue, Art & Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 & 240
The University of Memphis welcomes over 4,400 undergraduate students from across the country as the 2017 host of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. In conjunction with the conference, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art is pleased to host an exhibition featuring the work of students in the visual arts and graphic design. Students will also present their research in oral presentations held in ACB on Friday, April 7. Free and open to the public. http://www.memphis.edu/fogelmangalleries/


Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk (FREE*)
April 7, 2017, 5-10pm
Broad Avenue Arts District, Broad Avenue between Hollywood and Cumberland
Broad Avenue’s semi-annual art walk/street party invites you to enjoy a celebration of visual, performing and public art. Five blocks featuring eclectic art exhibits, funky musicians, and Memphis’ greatest concentration of public art.
https://www.broadavearts.com/events/2017/4/7/spring-art-walk


Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition (FREE)
April 7-April 28, 2017, Thursdays through Sundays, noon–6pm
Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Avenue
Memphis College of Art presents Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of ten MFA candidates. This year’s spring MFA exhibition features a wide range of work, from large-scale paintings to nontraditional installations—including a constructed interior space with digital projections, and a walk-in environmental installation. A reception will be held on Friday, April 7 from 6–8 p.m.
http://mca.edu/tag/mfa-thesis-exhibition/


















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!
http://www.bigrivercrossing.com/


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 can vary, but historically most start at 7 p.m. Any different start times will be noted when they are made available.
  • The 2016 seasons of the Free Music Concert Series has concluded. Look for a Spring, 2017 series. The announcement of dates and artists typically is released in April.
http://levittshell.org


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!
  • March 15, 10am, South hallway
    Gen. Andrew Jackson 250th Birthday Commemoration
  • March 16
  • April 20

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/


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/


Mud Island River Park (FREE)
Mud Island Park, foot of Poplar Avenue at Front Street
April 8-Oct. 31, 2017, 10am-5pm (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/


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.
http://tn.gov/environment/parks/MeemanShelby/
http://tn.gov/environment/parks/TOFuller/


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)
http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/


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.
http://cooperyoung.biz/night-out/


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.
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 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.
http://memphismusichalloffame.com/museum/


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.)
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 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. 
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/


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/


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


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/


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.
http://www.memphisinmay.org/

Memphis Open
February
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.
http://www.memphisopen.com/

FedEx St. Jude Classic
May/June
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.
https://stjudeclassic.com/

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.
http://www.libertybowl.org/

Elvis Birthday Celebration (some events are free)
January 7-10
Graceland, 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis
http://www.graceland.com/events/birthday.aspx

Elvis Week (some events are free)
August
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.
http://www.graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule/

Africa in April (some events are free)
April
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.
http://www.africainapril.org



Major Serial Sporting Events (NOT Free)

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA professional basketball)
FedEx Forum, 191 Beale Street, Memphis
http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/

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

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


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 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.
** Pam Tillis, "Maybe it was Memphis"

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egvraT1oBH0

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