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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 November 11, 2016      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

The Consortium: MMT's Music Bonanza (FREE)
Friday, November 11, 2016, 8pm
New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale
Artists selected from the music training program The Consortium: MMT will perform for national record label representatives and song publishers. Showcasing their talent will be Ashley Betts, the Objekt 12 band, Tim "Coldway" Moore, Crown Vox, and LaShonté Anderson. David Porter, famous Memphis music producer and songwriter heads the Consortium and is quoted in The Commercial Appeal saying, "the artists chosen to appear on Friday’s showcase had to earn their way in."


South Main Sounds Songwriter Night #42 (FREE)
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7-9pm
550 South Main Street
The 41st rendition of this popular songwriter series features Stephen Chopek returning for his second trip to this stage and joins newcomers Chris Milam,Teodoro Alvarez and Chris Matula. It's always a special time down here as you hear original music in an intimate setting.


G.I.R.L. Event (FREE)
November 12, 2016, 10am-2pm
Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N Main
This FREE event is open to all Girl Scouts, and girls in grades K-12, to celebrate all that you can do in Girl Scouts.We're celebrating all go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders at the inaugural G.I.R.L. Event with a day of fun, friends, inflatables, challenges, SWAPS, games and more! When you’re a Girl Scout you open up a whole new world of firsts! And we can’t wait to get started.
http://www.girlscoutshs.org/en/events/g-i-r-l--event---nov--12.html


Fall Into Art    (FREE)
November 12, 10am4pm
Morton Museum of Collierville, 196 N. Main Street, Collierville, TN
Watch art happen as artists create their work in and around the museum. Explore your own creativity at 4 differet art stations, including the chance to make your very own "901Rocks!" Enjoy an all day reception for Retrospective, an exhibit featuring art from our 2016 Community Artists. Refreshments provided.
http://colliervillemuseum.org/


Memphis Minimalism Photograph Exhibit Opening Reception (FREE)
November 12, 2016, 5pm-8pm
 pop-up gallery space on the second floor of 600 Monroe Avenue
Memphis Minimalism is a group exhibition of five photographers living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. The work in the show considers both the iconic and the lonesome while grounding itself in Memphis’ urban and rural landscapes. Artists in the exhibition include: Stephanie Wexler, Jon W Sparks, Joey Miller, Houston Cofield & Tim Barker.


Pandemonium Cinema Showcase: World of Wonka! (FREE)
November 12, 2016, 4pm
Cossitt/Downtown Library, 33 South Front Street
Craig Brewer and The Black Lodge invite you to a monthly series of FREE interactive film screenings that invite you to go beyond the movies.
Screening: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, Willy Wonka (2nd screening)
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the original film with a unique moviegoing experience. Get lost and explore a psychedelic candyland theater with the charming cimena masterpiece that's delighted kids for almost half a century. Participate in live sing-a-longs, shadow casts, light shows, shifting sets, visual tricks and interactive candy! Oompa-Loompas will bring candy you see in the movie when the scenes happen in the movie, so everyone can share each bite on the Wonka journey!


Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree! Downtown Tree Lighting (FREE)
November 18, 2016, 5pm-7pm
Main Street at Peabody Place
Help ring in the holiday season with the official lighting of the Downtown Holiday Tree. Music by the MDs, caroling by Downtown Elementary School, lighting ceremony by Mayor Jim Strickland. Tap Box beer truck, face painting, holiday treats - fun times for the whole family.
https://www.facebook.com/events/573274442873843/


Wild Family Day (FREE)
November 19, 2016, 10am-2pm
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue
The Dixon’s biggest family event, Family Day, is November 19 and this one will be WILD! See the exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons and enjoy lots of fun activities and performances. There will be music, games, art and garden activities and performances by the dancers of Ballet Memphis.
All ages welcome
http://www.dixon.org


Memphis 101 (FREE*)
November 29, 2016
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street
Registration may be required (see link)
This high-energy, educational session offers an interactive crash course in Memphis culture, people, and politics revealing why Memphis is the place it is today and how our history impacts where we are headed.
A great experience for newcomers and longtime Memphians alike.  Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served!
http://www.downtownmemphis.com/things-to-do/events/memphis-101/


2016 Downtown Memphis Holiday Parade (FREE)
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4pm
Beale Street Entertainment District, 200 Beale Street
Be a part of the grandest holiday parade in the region!  Join in the fun on America's most iconic street as we ring in the holiday season with marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats, and all sort of sights!
http://www.bealestreet.com/memphis-holiday-parade.html


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 2016 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:
  • Sunday, October 23 - 4:30 p.m., Overton Square Walking Tour
    Meet at the Tower Courtyard Stage on Trimble
  • Sunday, November 6 - 6:06 p.m.November 6th, 1934 Street Tour
    Meet at Elvis Presley Plaza, between Main & Second Street
  • The Third Thursday Shelby County Courthouse Tours continue each month. See the separate listing in the right column.
http://jimmyogle.com


Mini-Tours in the Gardens: Tracing 40 Years in the Woodland Garden (FREE)
Every Saturday, January 31 - December 31, 2016, 10am-noon
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avene
Free admission Saturdays till noon.
Tours run every 30 minutes between 10:00 am and noon.
To celebrate its 40th year the Dixon we will focus its Saturday Tours on the Woodland Garden. Garden docents will be available at the admissions booth to discuss specific highlights in the fabulous, ever-changing Woodland garden. Don’t miss the special emphasis on plants and design that are representative of our Memphis shade garden conditions.
Each month we will lead the group into our Woodland with a special horticultural focus.  Get a frequent Woodland Garden Visitor Card, get your card punched for each visit, and receive a free gift at the end of the year if you come to 4 or more tours.
http://events.artsmemphis.org/













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/


2016 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  2016 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!
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17 - CANCELLED
  • December 15

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 9-Oct. 31, 2016, 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 Tech Coffee
Every Tuesday morning,  7:30am – 9:30am
Unknown (see below)
Republic Coffee, where this has been held, is closing Feb. 8, 2016. Unknown at this time if/where Memphis Tech Coffee may meet in the coming weeks.
A casual coffee meet up for the Memphis tech community. Come and go as you need to.
 http://www.facebook.com


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
Closed until April 29, 2016 for renovations
Overton Park
Near free. Wednesdays admission is per donation only. From a penny to any dollar amount, you decide what you pay. If you're part of a group of 10 or more please call our 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 façade was altered completely. The building’s two towers, on the north and south side were removed and office wings were added at those locations.


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


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.
** Marc Cohn, "Walking in Memphis" recorded 1990
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5JCaUFxNKE

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