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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."

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.



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 July 24, 2015
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

Global Trade magazine picks Memphis for Best Logistics Infrastructure

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

Memphis Jams on Beale
Friday nights through July, 6-9pm
Handy Park, 200 Beale Street
A free summer concert series every Friday night in the Coca-Cola Pavilion at Handy Park featuring a variety of genres performed by top local talent.
  • July 24 - Kingfish (Whitney Entertainment Brokers)
  • July 31 - Under The Radar, Southern Halo


Twilight Tuesday Movies  (FREE)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015,  and every Tuesday through August 4, 8:30pm
Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive
Enjoy free movies on the grass roof at Beale Street Landing every Tuesday through August 4.No coolers, picnic baskets, or pets allowed. Call ahead a to go order from Beale Street Landing’s Riverfront Bar & Grill or feel free to grab a bite from a nearby food truck.
Schedule:
  • July 21 : Frozen (PG)
  • July 28: The Princess Bride
  • August 4: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade


Blues Tuesday (FREE)
Every Tuesday through Sept. 28, 2015
6:30-9:30pm
Bluesday Tuesday is a FREE blues concert series presented by the Memphis Blues Society in conjunction with Loeb Properties and Overton Square.
  • Jul 21, 2015 - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, Memphis Mike Forrest;  David Daniels Blues Band
  • Jul 28, 2015 - Dr. David Evans;  Eric Hughes Band
  • Aug 04, 2015 - Guy Venable/Brad Webb Duo; 901 Blues Band
  • Aug 11, 2015 - Jimmy Taylor & Steve Patterson. 7:30pm, Mississippi Bigfoot
  • Aug 18, 2015 - Davis Cohen; Fuzzy Jefferies & The Kings of Memphis
  • Aug 25, 2015 - Robert & Candace Mache; Don Valentine
  • Sep 01, 2015 - Sturgis & Mandy Duo; Chris Stephenson Band
  • Sep 08, 2015 - Scrap & James Duo; Mark "Muleman" Massey
  • Sep 15, 2015 - Danny Green; Sista Lucille
  • Sep 22, 2015 - Moses Crouch; Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms & the Wampus Cats
  • Sep 29, 2015 - Dan Charette & Matt Lomeo Duo; Jack Rowell, Jr. Band


Cooper Young Art Tour (FREE*)
August 7, 2015 & every first Friday, 6-9pm
Crosstown Arts, 422 N Cleveland Street
Every first Friday of the month starting at 6:00 p.m. Jay Etkin, owner of Jay Etkin Gallery, creates special art exhibitions at Pop-Up Galleries at numerous business locations throughout our unique hip neighborhood. Among the featured artists on Friday, July 3, are Pamela Hassler at Jay Etkin Gallery and Jeff Scott’s, the Elvis Archives, at Young Avenue Deli. Artists Carol Sams, Bobby Spillman, Jimpsie Ayres, Roy Tamboli, Gwendolyn Barnes
http://cooperyoung.com/events/cy-art-tour-friday-april-3/


Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art Summer Movie Series (FREE)
See dates below, showing at 12:15 and 2:30 pm
119 South Main Street, Memphis
  •  Saturday, July 18 2015 - The Rape of Europa-
  • Sunday, July 19 2015 - Waltz with Bashir
  • Saturday, July 25 2015 - Fill the Void
  • Sunday, July 26 2015 (Parents' Day) - The Secrets
  • Saturday, August 01, 2015 - Infernal Affairs
  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 - City of Life and Death
  • Saturday, August 08, 2015  Ip Man
  • Sunday, August 09, 2015 - Game of Death
http://www.belzmuseum.org/web/118/EventCalendar.aspx


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




Mud Island River Park Riverwalk Tour (Free)
Every Tuesday through October 27, 2015, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Mud Island Park, 125 North Front Street, Memphis
An informal walking tour to learn some of the history, geography and fascinating facts about the Mississippi River along the scale model of the 954 miles of the Lower Mississippi River. The model is a 2,000 foot long exhibit with the water flowing past twenty cities mapped alongside it.
Admission to the Mud Island River Park is free, however, there is a fee to ride the monorail to it. Walking over on the bridge (approximately 1/3 mile) is free. The Mississippi River Museum, located on Mud Island River Park, is also a ticketed attraction.
http://memphisriverfront.com/event/riverwalk-tour-3/all/


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!


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 an hour. Most, but  not all, are Tuesday tours.
 
  • Tuesday, September 15 - Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour, Meet at Front Street & Union Avenue (Cotton Museum)
  • Tuesday, September 22 - Beale Street Landing, Meet at 251 Riverside Drive
  • Tuesday, September 29 - Pinch District, Meet at Westy's, 346 North Main Street (at Jackson Avenue)
  • Tuesday, October 6 - South Main Street, Meet at Hotel Chisca, South Main Street & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
  • Saturday, October 10 – 10:00 a.m. (to 8:00 p.m. “The 10-Hour Tour,” Meet at Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive
  • Tuesday, October 13 - Adams Avenue, Meet at Quiltsurround, Northeast Corner of Front Street & Adams Avenue
  • Tuesday, October 20 - Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana, Meet at Foot of Monroe Avenue & Riverside Drive
  • Tuesday, October 27 - Beale Street, Meet at the Orpheum Theatre, Main Street & Beale Street
  • Tuesday, November 3 - Madison Avenue, Meet at University Of Memphis Law School, Front Street & Madison Avenue
  • Friday, November 6 - 11:45 a.m. - November 6th, 1934 Street Tour, Meet at Elvis Presley Plaza, Beale Street between Main & Second Street (check back, location to meet could change)
  • Tuesday, November 10 - Court Square & Surroundings, Meet at the Hebe Fountain, Court Square
There are three other sections of Jimmy Ogle events on this page, also. Don't miss those listings:  courthouse tours - bridge walks - Riverfront Parks

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!



Jimmy Ogle's Riverfront Parks Tours (FREE)
See schedule and locations below
  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 2:00 p.m., Mud Island River Park & River Walk, Meet at Mud Island Station, 125 North Front Street
  • Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 2:00 p.m., Beale Street Landing to Tom Lee Park, Meet at 251 Riverside Drive
jimmyogle.com


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.


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.
  • 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:


  • 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


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#


Historical Markers Dedications: Lauderdale Courts & Poplar Tunes (FREE)
Two music oriented historical markers will be
dedicated in ceremonies in downtown Memphis August 11. 2015.
  • Poplar Tunes Record Store, 308 Poplar Avenue, 10 a.m.
  • Lauderdale Courts (Elvis Presley's residence during his high school year), 3rd Street at Winchester Avenue (downtown)


Elvis Week (some free events, many not free)
August 8-16, 2015

Candlelight Vigil (FREE), Aug.15, 8:30pm
Graceland,  3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard

See additional events listed at link below.

Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather for Elvis Week. Memphis sees an influx of Elvis fans for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. The cornerstone event of Elvis Week each year is the free Candlelight Vigil. The Elvis Candlelight Vigil always begins on the evening of August 15 and lasts well into the morning of August 16, as fans walk up the driveway to Meditation Garden holding a candle in quiet remembrance of Elvis. Candlelight Vigil participants numbering in the tens of thousands gather on Elvis Presley Blvd. during the evening to listen to music, remember Elvis and enjoy the memorials that are created by fans along the street. Free secured parking for the Candlelight Vigil August 15 at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 p.m.
http://www.graceland.com/elvisweek/aboutelvisweek/







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, July 19
  • 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


Memphis Music Hall of Fame (not free)
Opening July 27, 2015
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 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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