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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.



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.



New event(s) added May 1, 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
A note about May events: a lot happens in May but it is dominated by the Memphis In May festival, for which most major events are not free. This major festival is difficult competition, so other there may be fewer non-MIM events during this month.

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




Laurelwood Unplugged Concert Series (FREE)
Laurelwood Shopping Center, courtyard
Thursday nights in April, 2015, 6-8pm
  • April 23-Vanessa and Scott Sudbury
  • April 30-Side Street Steppers
http://www.laurelwoodmemphis.com/sales-events


Party in the Park (FREE)
Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 11am
Court Square, Memphis
Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week and enjoy a mini "staycation" featuring fun displays and activities from more than 30 area attractions courtesy of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Bikes on Beale (FREE)
Every Wednesday through September, 2015, 6pm
This event reportedly draws a large crowd to see gorgeous and amazing motorcycles of every shape, size, brand, and year. During the run of the summer, thousands of bikers take advantage of the opportunity to park "Where The Blues Were Born." If you're riding, it's eastbound traffic only (2nd to 4th). It's all about bragging rights and strutting your stuff! T...Bring your kids, your guests for this FREE family-friendly event. And don't forget your camera -- these bikes are amazing!


Metal Museum's Whet Thursday (FREE)
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:30-8pm
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


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.
 
  • 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!


Summerglen Trombone and Marimba Duo (FREE*)
Thusday, May 7, 2015, 11am-2pm
Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Avenue, Memphis
Summerglen returns to the Caritas Village in Memphis for an afternoon of soothing original trombone, marimba, and vocal music. Unwind from a stressful week with a fresh lunch and Summerglen's delicately-wrought musical textures. The show is free (presumably the lunch is not free).
https://www.facebook.com/events/917624211582456/


2015 Free Music Concert Series (FREE)
Various dates - see the listing in the right column
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.


Bell Bottom Blues Band (FREE)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 11:45am
Court Square, Memphis
The Great Lakes Navy Band brings its blues ensemble to Court Square for a free lunchtime concert.


Orpheum Movie Series (not free)
Various dates (see below)
Orpheum Theater, 203 South Main Street
Tickets: adults: $7; children under 12: $5 for children under 12; ticket packages and group rates are available.
  • Thursday, June 4, 7pm -Top Gun (1986)
  • Friday, June 5, 7pm - Back to the Future (1985)
  • Thursday, June 11, 7pm - Grease (1978)
  • Friday, June 12, 1:30pm - Space Jam (1996)
  • Friday, June 12, 7pm - Casablanca (1942)
  • Thursday, June 25, 7pm - Clueless (1995)
  • Friday, June 26, 1:30pm - James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • Friday, June 26, 7pm - Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban (2004)
  • Thursday, July 9, 7pm - The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Friday, July 10, 7pm - Airplane! (1980)
  • Thursday, July 23, 7pm - The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Friday, July 24, 7pm - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Friday the 13th (1980)
  • Thursday, July 30, 7pm - Hook (1991)
  • Friday, July 31, 7pm - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Friday, Aug. 14, 7pm - Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Friday, Aug. 28, 7pm - Gone with the Wind (1939)
http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/


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:
  • 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).
http://www.malco.com/subpage.php?page_id=171


Roundhouse Revival (FREE*)
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10am-6pm
Mid-South Coliseum, 996 Early Maxwell Blvd.
A group attempting to save the Mid-South Coliseum and put it back into use sponsors a event for the community. Celebrate our public land and city brand with live music, basketball and pro wrestling! All this plus local beer, food trucks, guided tours inside the building (pending approval from the City of Memphis), vendors and all sorts of family fun.  The "main event" is to feature wrestlers Jerry "the King" Lawler and Superstar Bill Dundee!
https://www.facebook.com/events/803897429707256/


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.
http://www.metalmuseum.org/upcoming_events


Hot Rods on Beale (FREE)
Last Tuesday of each month, April-October, 2015, 6-10pm
Come see the American Muscle Car Club and the Perfect Nemisis Car Club and their cool Hot Rods on Beale Street. Participation is limited to those who have parking passes but anyone can come down and check out the Hot Rods for free.
http://www.bealestreet.com/hot-rods-on-beale.html#


For Our Freedom and Yours (FREE)
Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7:30pm
Friday, May 29, 2015, 12:30pm
Southwest Tennessee Community College, Union Campus, 737 Union Avenue, Verties Sails Building, Room 113
Bearing a title recognized as an unofficial motto of Poland, For Our Freedom and Yours is a moving play surrounding the story of African-American producer, director, and expatriate Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge.
Parking is available along Walnut Street and Martin Luther King Avenue. Parking is also available in the Allied Health Center parking lot located on the southwest corner of Walnut Street and Martin Luther King Avenue across the street from the gym.



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.


2015 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 7:30 p.m. Any different start times will be noted when they are made available.
  • Saturday, May 16 , 7:30pm-Memphis Renaissance Show
  • Friday, May 22 , 7:30pm-Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue
  • Saturday, May 23 , 7:30pm-The Roosevelts
  • Sunday, May 24 , 7:30pm-Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
  • Thursday, May 28 , 7:30pm-Hurray for the Riff Raff
  • Friday, May 29 , 7:30pm-Aj Ghent Band
  • Saturday, May 30 , 7:30pm-Glen David Andrews
  • Sunday, May 31 , 7:30pm-The Rocketboys
  • Thursday, June 4 , 7:30pm-Kristina Train
  • Friday, June 5 , 7:30pm-Jakubi
  • Saturday, June 6 , 7:30pm-Seryn
  • Sunday, June 7 , 7:30pm-March Fourth Marching Band
  • Thursday, June 11 , 7:30pm-Davina & the Vagabonds
  • Friday, June 12 , 7:30pm-Red Baraat
  • Saturday, June 13 , 7:30pm-Black Violin
  • Sunday, June 14 , 7:30pm-Fruition
  • Thursday, June 18 , 7:30pm-Tab Benoit
  • Friday, June 19 , 7:30pm-Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
  • Saturday, June 20 , 7:30pm-Gedeon Luke & the People
  • Sunday, June 21 , 7:30pm-New Country Rehab
  • Thursday, June 25 , 7:30pm-Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
  • Friday, June 26 , 7:30pm-Pokey Lafarge
  • Saturday, June 27 , 7:30pm-Stax Academy
  • Thursday, July 2 , 7:30pm-Patriotic Pops
  • Friday, July 3 , 7:30pm-Knox Hamilton
  • Saturday, July 4 , 7:30pm-Cory Branan
  • Sunday, July 5 , 7:30pm-Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Thursday, July 9 , 7:30pm-Ray Oyster Cult
  • Friday, July 10 , 7:30pm-Mighty Souls Brass Band
  • Saturday, July 11 , 6pm-Todd Snider's What the Folk Show
  • Sunday, July 12 , 7:30pm-Carolina Story
  • Thursday, July 16 , 7:30pm-Dead Soldiers
  • Friday, July 17 , 7:30pm-Motel Mirrors
  • Saturday, July 18 , 7:30pm-St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Sunday, July 19 , 7:30pm-Victor Wainwright
  • Thursday, July 23 , 7:30pm-Cha Wa
  • Friday, July 24 , 7:30pm-Jason Mckinney Band
  • Saturday, July 25 , 7:30pm-Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
  • Sunday, July 26 , 7:30pm-Mark Edgar Stuart
  • Thursday, July 30 , 7:30pm-Leftover Cuties
  • Friday, July 31 , 7:30pm-TBA
  • Saturday, Aug 1 , 7:30pm-The Oh Hellos
  • Sunday, Aug 2 , 7:30pm-Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real
http://levittshell.org
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, 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 2015 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, May 17
  •  Sunday, June 21
  •  Sunday, September 20
  •  Sunday, October 18
  •  Sunday, November 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-October (closed Mondays)
2015 Season opens April 11, 2015
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
Republic Coffee, 2512 Union Avenue
A casual coffee meet up for the Memphis tech community. Come and go as you need to.
 http://www.facebook.com


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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