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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

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
See the more about these accolades in the right column.


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."
See tour information below.


Memphis: Best of the World 2013
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

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.

New event(s) added July 22, 2014

   
Specific Events
Continuing Events/Exhibits
Jimmy 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




Memphis Jams on Beale (FREE)
Fridays, June-August, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
W.C. Handy Park, Beale Street
Free Memphis music presented on the World Famous Beale Street in Handy Park!
June 27-SMarcella and Her Lovers
July 11- Dead Soldiers
July 18- Visible Music College Showcase
July 25-The Grifters
August 1- Nancy Apple Rhythm & Roots Revival
http://www.bealestreet.com/memphisjams.html


Dixon Gallery and Gardens Food Truck Friday (FREE*)
every Friday through September
Dixon
Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue
Make lunch plans for the Gardens every Friday from 11:30 am -1:30 pm and enjoy the garden view! Admission to the gardens is free during food truck hours (but the food isn't) and outdoor seating in the shade is available on the Dixon grounds.
May 23 Central BBQ & Memphis Dawgs & So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar
May 30 Millie’s Garden & David’s Catering Tandoori Cuisine & Rock 'n' Dough Pizza
http://www.dixon.org/foodtruckfridays


Christine Best Art Exhibit (FREE)
July 2-31, 2014
Memphis Botanic Garden, Audubon Park
Christine Best Art Exhibit on display and available for purchase in the Visitors Center Gallery. Opening reception July 17, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. A portion of proceeds benefits Memphis Botanic Garden’s education and horticulture programs. Open to public, free admission.


Bikes on Beale (FREE)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6 p.m. & every Wednesday through September
Beale Stree Entertainment District, Memphis
Motorcycles by the dozens as thousands of bikers take advantage of the opportunity to park "Where The Blues Were Born" every Wednesday through the end of September! If you're riding, it's eastbound traffic only (2nd to 4th). It's all about bragging rights and strutting your stuff! There are gorgeous and amazing motorcycles of every shape, size, brand, year...Bring your kids, your guests. Don't forget your camera -- these bikes are amazing!



Adventure of Love Wine Reception (FREE*)
Friday, July 25, 2014, 6 p.m.
Local artist Sue Layman Lightman will be hosting a wine reception during South Main Trolley Night for guests to view her newest collection of paintings titled "Adventure of Love." Sue Layman Designs features original oil paintings made from bold colors in contemporary designs
https://www.facebook.com/events/879861682042229/


Memphis Concert Film Series (FREE)
Fridays, July 25-September 5, 2014
Levitt Shell, Overton Park
The fourth season of Indie Memphis’ popular free summer Concert Film Series featuring a wide range of music at the Levitt Shell will begin July 25 with the historic 1958 Newport Jazz festival and end September 5 with the award-winning documentary Meanwhile in Memphis. In between those two nights there will be classic performances by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Sigur Rós, and Isaac Hayes, among others. Admission to all the screenings will be free and begin at dusk. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
http://indiememphis.com/news/


The Metropolitan Bank Filling Station - Help ArtsAccelerator Keep On Truckin' (FREE*)
Friday, Jul 25, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Broad Ave Water Tower Pavilion
The Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion is being turned into a truck stop for the 2nd Annual ArtsAccelerator Launch Party on Friday, July 25. The event will showcase Memphis artists, raise awareness for ArtsAccelerator, ArtsMemphis’ grant program for artists and bring the community together for a good time. Coined “The Filling Station,” this year’s event will be a showcase of great art with a truck stop theme. Memphis artists Coriana Close, Alex Paulus, Matthew Thomas and Niles Wallace will use large trailers to create inviting environments for party-goers to enter and experience. Entertainment will feature ramblin’ songs by DJ Zac Ives with a dance party vibe.

http://www.artsmemphis.org/


Parting Shots & a look back Opening Reception (FREE)
Friday, August 01, 2014, 6 p.m.
Cotton Musuem, 65 Union Avenue
Opening reception for an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Dolph Smith. Winner of the Penland School of Craft’s 2014 Outstanding Artist Educator award, Smith’s exhibit at the Cotton Museum will include his final introspective works as well a retrospective selection of past works that trace his experience as a renowned Southern artist. During the opening night celebration, guests will enjoy live music from folk duo Kitty Dearing and Adam Brooks, craft beer from High Cotton Brewery, and meet the artist himself.
http://memphiscottonmuseum.org/news-and-events/events


Loveland Duren Concert (FREE)
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
Court Square, Memphis
Enjoy a free concert of pop/soul/Americana in the park!    Vicki Loveland has been a singer her entire life, and has built a reputation as one of the most sought-after vocalists around.  Paired with her abilities as a writer and producer, Vicki is a powerhouse of talent with a wicked sense of humor and a commanding presence as a performer.  Van Duren has a survivor's story to tell through his 5 decades of recording.  A prodigious vocalist and champion of song crafting, Van has released 10 albums, always following his own muse, and the result has been a long career of writing and collaborating on great songs.
http://www.lovelandduren.com/index.html


Downtown Bicycle Ride (FREE)
Saturday, August 02, 2014, 9 a.m.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 06, 2014, 9 a.m.
Central Station Pavilion, 545 South Main Street, Memphis
A 90-minute, leisurely paced ride from the Memphis Farmers Market through Downtown led by Bill Draper of the Memphis Hightailers. Helmets required. Ride starts at 9am sharp.



Memphis Music & Heritage Festival (FREE*)
Saturday, August 30-31, 2014
Center for Southern Folklore, 119 South Main Street, Memphis.
The Center for Southern Folklore invites Memphians and visitors of all ages to join hundreds of musicians, dancers, cooks, talkers, and craftspeople for the annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival - three blocks of Downtown Memphis transformed into a spectacle of Southern music, culture, and arts with performances, workshops, and cooking demonstrations on four outdoor stages and two more indoors. Visit the website for the complete schedule. The Center is the brainchild of its director, East High Alumnus Judy Peiser ('63).
http://www.southernfolklore.com/#!festival/c22sw


 WLOK Stone Soul Picnic (FREE)
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1 p.m.
Tom Lee Park
Annual music festival featuring local and national gospel artists


 Conversation+Cocktails with Beth Edwards (FREE)
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6 p.m.
511 South Main Street, Memphis
AIA Memphis hosts a series of informal discussions with Memphis artists as they explore how the built environment has affected their work- and how their work has affected the architectural fabric of the city. Guest speakers have included filmmakers, dancers, writers, painters and designers. The Conversation+Cocktails series is free and open to the public. RSVP preferred by contacting AIA Memphis.
http://www.aiamemphis.org/event-detail/conversationcocktails-4/


Jimmy Ogle’s 2014 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. Each tour begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes.
 
  • September 16 - Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (meet at Cotton Museum, Union & Front)
  • September 23 - Beale Street Landing (meet at 251 Riverside Drive)
  • September 30 - South Main Street (meet at Hotel Chisca, at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue)
  • October 7 - Pinch District (meet at Westy's, 346 North Main)
  • October 14 - Adams Avenue (meet at Front & Adams)
  • October 21 - Madison Avenue (meet at Front & Madison, University of Memphis Law School)
  • October 28 - Beale Street (meet at Orpheum Theatre)
  • November 4 - Court Square & Surroundings (meet at Court Square, Hebe Fountain)
  • THURSDAY, November 6 - **SPECIAL** - The South November 6th, 1934 Street Tour (meet at Elvis Presley Plaza on Beale Street)
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!




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.



At last check, an intricate scale model of East High School (pictured to the right) is on temporary exhibit at the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum located in Central Station,  545 South Main, Suite 121. The model was commissioned by McVean Trading and Investments, LLC [Chas McVean ('61)] and built by  Jerry Michnewicz.
There is a fee for admission to the museum (except, perhaps, on Downtown Museum Day).


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/


Alex Ward's Pig 'n' Whistle ShowAlex Ward's 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.


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


Shelby County CourthouseJimmy’s Ogle's  2014 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, June 19
  • Thursday, July 17
  • Thursday, August 21
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Thursday, October 16
  • Thursday, November 20
  • Thursday, December 18

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, September 14
  • Sunday, October 19
  • Sunday, November 9


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
http://www.dixon.org/


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/


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/


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) - managed by former East High faculty member & coach Jim Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)
http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/


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


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.
  • May 23: Big Star’s Third
  • May 24: The Hillbenders
  • May 25: Gedeon Luke & the People
  • May 29: Green River Ordinance
  • May 30: New Country Rehab
  • May 31: Ester Rada
  • June 1: SHEL
  • June 5: Katie Herzig
  • June 6: Kopecky Family Band
  • June 8: Amy LaVere & Friends
  • June 12: Davina & the Vagabonds
  • June 13: The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
  • June 14: Rosanne Cash
  • June 15: The Dunwells
  • June 19: School of Rock
  • June 20: Playing for Change
  • June 21: Cedric Burnside
  • June 22: California Honeydrops
  • June 26: TBA
  • June 27: Cloud Cult
  • June 28: TBA
  • June 29: Stax Music Academy
  • July 3: Second Presbyterian Church presents: Patriotic Pops Concert
  • July 4: No Show
  • July 5: TBA
  • July 6: Black Cadillacs
  • July 10: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
  • July 11: Cumberland Collective
  • July 12: TBA
  • July 13: Earphunk
  • July 17: TBA
  • July 18: Mike Farris & Roseland Rhythm Revue
  • July 19: Baskery
  • July 20: The Old 97’s
  • September 05 · 8:30pm Meanwhile in Memphis: the Sound of a Revolution
  • September 06 · 7:00pm North Mississippi Allstars
  • September 07 · 7:00pm Rock for Love 8
  • September 12 · 7:00pm Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
  • September 13 · 7:00pm Bluff City Jazz Project
  • September 14 · 7:00pm The Duhks
  • September 19 · 7:00pm  Bryan Hayes & the Retrievers
  • September 20 · 7:00pm Star & Micey
  • September 21 · 7:00pm Joyce Cobb & the Rhodes College Jazz Band
  • September 26 · 7:30pm The Memphis Dawls
  • September 27 · 7:00pm Opera Memphis
  • September 28 · 7:00pm St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • October 03 · 7:00pm Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • October 04 · 7:00pm Paul Thorn
  • October 05 · 7:00pm Ori Naftaly
  • October 10 · 7:00pm Dead Soldiers
  • October 11 · 7:00pm The Vespers
  • October 12 · 7:00pm U of M Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra


A late summer/autumn schedule of free concerts beginning Sept. 6 will be announced later in the year.
http://levittshell.org


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


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.
http://memphiscottonmuseum.org


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.)
http://www.mudisland.com/


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.
http://www.stjude.org/


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/


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


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 Poplare 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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