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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

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."

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.

The winter must be nearing an end, the number of events in the coming days has increased dramatically.

New event(s) added March 23, 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]

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

 Memphis was listed in 2012 as #4 on the list of Happiest Cities For Job-Seeking College Grads by Forbes and CareerBliss.com.

Memphis was named the  5th “Best City for Young Artists” in 2014 by Bustle

Global Trade magazine picks Memphis for Best Logistics Infrastructure in USA. There’s a reason FedEx established its global “Super Hub” at Memphis’ International Airport.

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
Author Talk & Book Signing: Stacey Wiedower "30 First Dates" (FREE*)
March 24, 2014, 6:30pm
The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended
Stacey Wiedower is a former reporter and interior designer. She lives in Tennessee. The book is about fictional character Erin Crawford who is a relationship blogger with a bucket list and a vendetta. After years of horrible luck in relationships, she decides to start a blog called "30 First Dates." Her mission: go out with 30 men before her 30th birthday, all to find a non-jerk in 30 dates or less. She combines her date activities with her bucket list of 30 things she wants to do before she turns 30.

Gallery Talk: Marina Pacini on  (FREE)
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2pm
National Civil Rights Museuam,, 450 Mulberry Street
As curator of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and curator of the exhibit “Pictures Tell the Story,” Marina Pacini shares her perspective on the exhibition that honors Ernest Withers’ dedication to documenting the vibrant life and culture of Memphis’ black citizenry. This small collection of images come from an archive of thousands.

Whet Thursday (FREE*)
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Part of a seasonal series, Whet Thursdays invite community members to enjoy the Metal Museum after hours for free. You can participate in the foundry class, explore the Metal Museum's galleries, purchase a specialty drink from the cash bar or refreshments from a food truck, listen to live music and meet other friends at the Museum. Hands on activity: Cuttlebone Jewelry.

Mud Island River Park Season Opener (FREE*)
April 11, 2015, 10am - 5pm
Mud Island River Park
America's premier Mississippi River park and museum open with a splash. Walk the half-mile scale model, enjoy green spaces, and join in on family-fun events.

Sultana 150th Anniversary Commemoration
April 23-25, 2015
Marion, Arkansas Hampton Inn & various locations (see schedule)
The Sultana was a Mississippi River steamboat paddle wheeler destroyed in an explosion on April 27, 1865. This resulted in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. An estimated 1,800 of the 2,400 passengers were killed when three of the boat’s four boilers exploded and the Sultana sank near Memphis. The Sultana Historic Preservation Society has designed a weekend packed with activities April 23-25, 2015, to educate you on the Sultana disaster.
These events may not be free, some certainly are not.

International Blacksmiths' Day (FREE)
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10 am - 4 pm
The Metal Museum will celebrate blacksmiths everywhere with free admission and forging demonstrations throughout the day.

Jimmy Ogle History Tours (FREE)
The 2015 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

Jimmy Ogle’s 2015 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. Unless otherwise noted, each tour begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Most, but  not all, are Tuesday tours.
  • Sunday, March 22 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Series:  Chickasaw Heritage Park to Crump Park (meet at Chickasaw Heritage Park, Exit 12C on Metal Museum Drive)
  •  April 7 - The Original Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (meet at Union & Front)
  •  April 14 - Cotton Row (meet at Union & Front)
  •  April 21 - Mud Island Walk Bridge (meet at 125 North Front Street)
  •  Sunday, April 26 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Series: Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana (meet at Foot of Monroe Avenue & Riverside Drive)
  •  April 28 - Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana (meet at Foot of Monroe at Riverside)
  •  May 5 - Beale Street (meet at Main & Beale)
  •  May 19 - South Main Street (meet at Main & Dr. MLK, Jr. Avenue)
  •  May 26 - Pinch District (meet at Main & Jackson)
  •  Sunday, May 31 - 2:00 p.m.
    Riverfront Park Series: Martyrs Park to Ashburn-Coppock Park
    (meet at Martyrs Park, Channel 3 Drive)
  •  June 2 -Beale Street Landing (meet at 125 Riverside Drive)
  •  June 9 - River Bluff Walk (meet at Butler Park on the South Bluffs, Tennessee Street)
  •  June 16 - Adams Avenue (meet at Front & Adams)
  •  June 23 - Madison Avenue (meet at Front & Madison)
  •  Sunday, June 28 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Series:  Greenbelt Park (meet at Greenbelt Park South Parking Lot, 000 Island Drive North)
  •  June 30 - Court Square & surroundings (meet at Court Square)
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!

Memphis Exalts Jesus (FREE)
April 4, 2015, 1-5pm
AutoZone Park (Redbirds baseball stadium),
A Gathering of the Body of Christ in Memphis to Worship the Lord Jesus

Time Warp Drive-In (not free)
Monthly during 2015 summer  (see schedule below)
Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In , 5310 Summer Ave.
Drive-in movies are so rare these days this seems a worthy entry even though this certainly is not a free event. The Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In is featuring movies from the past dusk to dawn on specific nights during 2015. Schedule:
  • March 28 - IT CAME FROM THE DRIVE-IN! Movies That Inspired Rocky Horror: "King Kong" (1933); "It Came from Outer Space" (1953); "When Worlds Collide" (1951); "The Invisible Man" (1933)
  • April 18 - QUINTESSENTIAL QUENTIN! "Pulp Fiction" (1994); "True Romance" (1993); "Reservoir Dogs" (1992); "Death Proof" (2007).
  • May 16 - SWINGING SIXTIES SUPER SHOW! "Barbarella" (1968); "Danger: Diabolik" (1968); "The Trip" (1967); "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" (1965).
  • July 18 - FUTURE SHOCKFEST! "Escape from New York" (1981); "The Road Warrior" (1981); "Repo Man" (1984); "The Warriors" (1979).
  • Aug. 15 - DUSK TO DAWN SPAGHETTI WESTERN BUFFET! "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966); "Charro!" (1969); "Death Rides a Horse" (1967); "Duck You Sucker!" (1971).
  • Sept. 7 - CAR-TUNE-O-RAMA RETRO-ANIMATION! "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988); "The Iron Giant" (1999); "Heavy Metal" (1981); "Fritz the Cat" (1972).
  • Sept. 23 (Wednesday) - ROCK & ROLL DRIVE-IN! "Don't Knock the Rock" (1956); "Rock 'N' Roll High School" (1979); "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984); Mike McCarthy's "The Sore Losers" (1997).
  • Oct. 24 - LATE NIGHT SCIENCE FICTION PICTURE SHOW! "Frankenstein" (1931); "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935); "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975); "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948).

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival (FREE*)
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 11am - 6pm
Wagner Place and Riverside Drive,
between Union Avenue and Beale Street
The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival returns for its 23rd year in Memphis. The festival, which benefits Porter-Leath, will serve up 18,000 pounds of crawfish to Mid-Southerners and supporters of the organization.  In addition to over 18,000 pounds of crawfish, the event hosts a variety of vendors selling food, drinks, art and more! This year, we're adding a new item: spicy boiled shrimp! As usual, no pets, coolers, tents, handouts, or parking inside the festival area.

Sunday, April 26, 2015, noon
Beale Street Entertainment District
An annual event that brings together restaurant employees from across the city for an afternoon of friendly competition and spirited fun. The festivities include a parade in which each restaurant dons creative costumes in theme with the event, a Queen of the Vine contest, the wine stomp, and -- of course -- the Great Wine Race itself This should be not only fun to watch, but messy too.
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.

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 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.

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."
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Shelby County CourthouseJimmy’s Ogle's  2015 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, January 15
  •  Thursday, February 19
  •  Thursday, March 19
  •  Thursday, April 16
  •  Thursday, May 21
  •  Thursday, June 18
  •  Thursday, July 16
  •  Thursday, August 20
  •  Thursday, September 17
  •  Thursday, October 15
  •  Thursday, November 19
  •  Thursday, December 17

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, March 15
  •  Sunday, April 12
  •  Sunday, May 17
  •  Sunday, June 21
  •  Sunday, September 20
  •  Sunday, October 18
  •  Sunday, November 15

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 Museum of Art
Overton Park
Near free, Wednesdays, you set your own admission fee! From a penny to any dollar amount.

Dixon Gardens & GalleryDixon Gallery & Gardens
Park Avenue & Cherry Road
Tuesday: 10am-4pm: Pay-What-You-Can
Saturday: 10am-noon: Free, galleries and gardens
Note: the interior of the gallery will be closed from May 1 to September, 2015 for renovation. Outdoor exhibits will be featured in the gardens.

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.

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.

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) - managed by former East High faculty member & coach Jim Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)

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.

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.
  • The 2014 schedule has completed. A spring and autumn 2015 schedule is expected to be announced at a later date.

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+

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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

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.

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