Ogle History Tours (FREE)
The 2013 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
Spillit Memphis (FREE)
Saturday, June 1, 2013,
Crosstown Arts Performance Space, 430 N. Cleveland, Memphis
Ages 18+ - Join Spillit for an evening of true, unscripted stories.
The theme is Lessons Learned.
Made in the Shade Food Truck Rodeo (FREE*)
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 11am – 3pm
Overton Park, East Parkway Pavilion
Entertainment may be free but the food will cost. Overton Park
Conservancy and the Memphis Food Truck Alliance present a food truck
rodeo every Sunday this spring and summer. Trucks will be on the East
Parkway side of the park, so you can grab a bite and enjoy the
playground, the pavilion, and the Old Forest trails. Vendors will
change regularly and offer a variety of Memphis’ finest mobile cuisine.
East High School
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
contact the school's office.
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
windws 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 school year will be the last that East High
is a Memphis City School. The city school system voluntarily
surrendered its charter so all city schools become part of the Shelby
County school district with the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
Bistro Music Series (FREE music, other
items with price)
Every Saturday, 6pm – 8pm
The Booksellers At Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Extended
Every Saturday night The Booksellers Bistro offers live musical
entertainment from local artists, half price bottle wine night, and
delicious entrees all surrounded by the cozy atmosphere of books.
|Jimmy Ogle’s 2013 Downtown History Walking
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.
There are two other sections of Jimmy Ogle events on this page, also.
Don't miss those listings.
- Tuesday, June 4, 11:45 a.m. Mississippi
River & The Cobblestone Wharf (meet at Confederate/Memphis Park,
Street & Court Avenue)
- Tuesday, June 11, 11:45 a.m. Madison Avenue
(meet at Front Street & Madison Avenue)
- Tuesday, June 18, 11:45 a.m. Beale Street
& Robert Church Park (meet at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 South
- Tuesday, June 25, 11:45 a.m. Court Square
& Surroundings (meet at Court Square, North Main & Court
photo is one of Jimmy Ogle's Downtown History Walking Tours with
at least 3 East High alumni in attendance!
Market at the Botanic Garden (FREE* admission, but the produce
Every Wednesday through September, 2013, 2pm – 6pm
Memphis Botanic Garden
Shop a variety of goods that are locally grown and produced, including
fresh produce, flowers, home-baked breads and sweets, vegan foods,
honey, artisan items, and more. If you see the Botanic Garden's
Executive Director, Jimmy Duncan, say hello. He's a former East High
32nd Annual Outdoors, Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race (FREE)
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 10am – 3pm
The Mississippi River at the mouth of the Wolf River
The 32nd Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race is held on the Mississippi
River in Memphis, TN. The river is the largest in the U.S., and it has
strong currents and powerful eddies. The wind can also create
additional problems for the canoeist. The start of the race will be at
the mouth of the Wolf River and will take you out of the Wolf River
into the Mississippi River, down under the I-40 bridge on past Mud
Island Park and up to Memphis Harbor to finish. It is a 5,000 meter or
3.1 mile race. Bring a picnic basket and watch from Greenbelt Park on
Mud Island if you're not racing. Free to public; $45.00 to race. All
Four Seasons Cocktail Party (FREE*)
Friday, June 21, 2013, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper
"Donations to Overton Park Conservancy appreciated." Ages: 21+
Celebrate the summer solstice with free cocktails and light hors
d'oeuvres at Playhouse on the Square in honor of Overton Park
For more information: (901) 725-0776
Main Trolley Night (FREE)
When: last Friday of every month all year
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
Pig 'n' Whistle 50's Rock 'n' Roll Party
Every 3rd Sunday of the month)
TJ Mulligan's, 362 North Main Street
DJ Alex Ward plays oldies from the 1950's. "Bring your dancing shoes."
Obviously, food and beverages are not free, but the music is.
Farmers Market (Free)
Saturdays, April thru October, 7 am to 1 pm, rain or shine
Central Station, S. Front Street at GE Patterson in the Historic South
Main District, Memphis
There are several farmers markets in the Memphis area but this one
seems more like a party than most. Live music, cooking demonstrations,
historic bicycle tours of downtown, kids activities, etc. The ambiance
is free but the produce isn't.
Memphis Tech Coffee
Every Tuesday morning, 7:30am – 9:30am
WhereRepublic Coffee, 2512 Union Avenue
A casual coffee meet up for the Memphis tech community. Come and go as
you need to.
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
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
There is room to dance, but the crowd (which is more mature than that
of some other rooftop parties) does get cozy."
|Lifeblood's Donor Fest (FREE)
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11am – 2pm
Audubon Park (corner of Park and Goodlett
The summer is often the most difficult time for Lifeblood, as the need for blood is high but donations are low. Food,
music, magic shows, balloon animals, face painting, kids activities,
donor recognition and more. Additionally, a mobile bus will be
available on Saturday, June 15 at the celebration for those who wish to
donate on that day. No pets, please.
The 32nd annual OutdoorsInc Paddle Demo (FREE)
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 10am – 2pm
Patriot Lake at Shelby Farms
Come try out Whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks, canoes, rec boats and stand-up paddle boards. All ages.
|Jimmy’s Ogle's 2013 Tours of the Historic
County Courthouse (FREE)
Meet at noon on the southwest steps of the courthouse located at Second
Street and Adams Avenue.
Ogle's 2013 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.
The spring series of bridge walks has ended. Look for an autumn series.
|How-To Festival (FREE)
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 1pm – 4pm
Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Rd. Germantown
The Germantown Community Library is bringing crafting and the community
together for the first annual How-To Festival. More than 30 crafters
and community organizations will host tables to teach their diverse
array of skills to attendees of this free family event. Adults and
children alike are invited to explore a multitude of skills from cake
decorating to beginning guitar to woodcarving and knitting.
Bill Branch Opening Reception (FREE)
Thusday, June 13, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Memphis Botanic Garden
Important note: this is not East High's Bill Branch!
Meet and greet the artists behind this month’s exhibit, as you enjoy
light complimentary refreshments and view their new works in the
Visitors Center Gallery.
For more information: (901) 636-4100
Comedy Open Mic Night (FREE*)
Thursday, June 13, 2013, (and 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
Civil Rights Museum
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
Free for TN residents w/ID Mondays after 3 p.m. (museum closes at
Notice: The museum
is undergoing renovations from November, 2012, through 2013. Certain
parts will be closed during this time but some exhibits will remain
available. Please see the web site for details.
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, you will find it is fairly
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
| Blacksmithing Demo and Hands-on Workshop (FREE)
Friday, June 7, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Court Square, Memphis
Artists and staff from the Metal Museum will demonstrate blacksmithing
techniques on their mobile forge and help you make something fun to
(the exhibits are not what remember from our childhood) - Free Tuesdays
1-5pm. (Enchanted Forest, IMAX and Planetarium shows are not included)
Lichterman Nature Center
Free Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until closing
| Mighty Souls Brass Band (FREE)
Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Court Square, Memphis
Memphis' only brass band - bridging the gap between Memphis, New Orleans, and beyond!
Museum of Art
Near free, Wednesdays, you set your own admission fee! From a penny to
any dollar amount.
|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*)
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 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+
Way Back When at The Poplar Lounge (FREE*)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 9pm
WhereThe Poplar Lounge, 2586 Poplar Avenue
Free, as in no cover charge. Food and beverages cost. Ages 21+.
Their blurb says they sound like the Grateful Dead. You can hear some
clips on the link on the page referenced below.
TSPE Engineering Art Show (FREE*)
Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling
Admission and voting for a piece of work is free, but $25 for food and
drink. All ages. The Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
is presenting our 4th Annual Engineering Art Show in conjunction with
Trolley Art Night. The TSPE Engineering Art Show is a fund raising
event that benefits the 2014 MATHCOUNTS Competition Program. The Art
Show is a competition for engineers, or aspiring engineers, to show off
their creative talents by presenting an engineering-related project in
an artistic manner. The submissions are judged by the public and by a
panel of local celebrity judges. The professional and student
submissions with the highest score for the judges will receive ""Best
in Show."" There is also a “People’s Choice Award” for the submission
that receive the most votes from Engineering Art Show attendees. It is
free to enter and vote on your favorite piece. It will cost $25 for
food and drinks. There will be musical entertainment.
If the editor isn't mistaken, the Robinson Gallery is owned by East High alumnus Dan Oppenheimer.
Gallery & Gardens
Park Avenue & Cherry Road
Tuesday: 10am-4pm: Pay-What-You-Can
Saturday: 10am-noon: Free,
galleries and gardens
Forest State Park (now know as Shelby-Meman State
Park & T.O. Fuller State Park
Tennessee state parks, free. Hiking, camping, picknicking, disk golf,
fishing, biking, cabins, horseback riding (horse rental not available),
swimming. Check individual park web sites for amenities available at
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 Natual Historic
Landmark Not free except on rare occasions but highly recommended.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul
Museum, by the Smithsonian Institution
Tennessee residents free admission any Tuesdays 2-7 p.m.with photo ID
with proof of residence.
Guitar Factory Tour
Second Street & Lt. George W. Lee Avenue,
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 muscians and
woodworkers. There is also a retail store where the guitars are
impressive and expensive!
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.
Major 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
Greenlines & Rails to Trails (FREE):
Greater Memphis Greenline - http://greatermemphisgreenline.org/
Shelby Farms Greenline - website
Wolf River Greenway - website
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
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.
April-August: Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball team in what is widely
regarded as the
best minor league baseball park in the nation. Not free. - website
Memphis Grizzlies professional basketball team in the FedEx Forum. ESPN
ranks the Memphis Grizzlies as the #5 professional sports franchise in
its overall category! Not
And of course, East High School sports: Schedules
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.