Memphis in August is jam-packed with all kinds of activities, festivals, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends.
Ongoing Weekly Events:
- Redbirds Schedule
- Indie Memphis Concert Film Series at Levitt Shell (Free)
- Peabody Rooftop Parties (Thursdays)
- Thursdays Squared at Overton Square
- Orpheum Summer Movie Series
- Farmer’s Markets
- 5ks in the 901
- Cooper Young Red Hot Music Series (free)
- Jimmy Ogle’s Walking Tours (free)
- Downtown Alive– (Thursdays, free)
- Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon
- Food Truck Fridays at Fedex Forum
- 3Artists1Yard Music Shows (free)
- Live at the Garden
- Memphis Jams on Beale (Fridays, free)
- Circus Saturdays at Co-Motion
- August 1-3 – TN Tax Free Weekend
This year’s holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, August 1, and ends on Sunday, August 3, at 11:59 p.m. Some stores have extended their hours, so you may want to call before you shop. If you want to beat the crowds, Holly with I Love Memphis recommends going during the day on Friday or later on Sunday. More info here.
- August 1 – Art Show by Maggie Russell at Eclectic Eye – 6-8pm
Maggie Russell is a Memphis based artist working primarily in charcoal and paint on hand built canvases. She holds an MFA from the Memphis College of Art and a BA from Hendrix College. In 2006, during her junior year of college, she was awarded a grant to study in Manhattan at New York Studio School’s Summer Painting and Drawing Marathon. The experience was life changing. She went to New York as a painter and left with a deep love for drawing. She now showcases her art all over Memphis and currently works out of the Art Factory in Cooper Young.
- August 1 – Wealth and Death – Millionaire’s Row Meets Yellow Jack at Woodruff Fontaine – 6-9pm
Sample the life of the wealthy at the historic Woodruff-Fontaine home. Enjoy a relaxing beverage as you wander through the home. Sample hors d’oeuvres and discover how the gilded cages of Millionaire’s Row were attacked by yellow fever and what the people in those gilded cages did to restore Memphis after Yellow Jack was gone. Cost is $15 per person to benefit the continued preservation of the Woodruff Fontaine House Museum managed by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities.
- August 1 – Parting Shots & a look back, new and past works by Dolph Smith – 6-9pm
Come to the opening of Parting Shots & a look back, a final exhibit of new and past works by Dolph Smith. During the opening night celebration from 6-9pm guests will enjoy live music from folk duo Kitty Dearing and Adam Brooks, craft beer from High Cotton Brewing Company, and meet the artist himself. The museum will also host a reception and Gallery Discussion on August 14 from 6-8pm. At the Gallery Discussion, Dr. Smith will reflect upon his career, discuss the exhibit, and answer questions about his work.
- August 1 – SummerWeen Summertime Halloween Costume Party – 10pm-2am
Brister Street Productions presents…SummerWeen! This year SummerWeen is taking place at Black Lodge Video (831 S. Cooper St. Memphis TN 38104). There is free parking all around Cooper and Evelyn. They’ll have DJs and Live Hip-Hop, Reggae and more. Cost is $5 with a costume to get in or $10 without a costume. This event is 18.
- August 2 – Samba Axe & Yoga at Overton Park – 6-7pm – Free
Join others for a free and relaxing evening at Overton Park. Bring your yoga mat and water bottle.
- August 3 – Intro to Electronics: Soldering at Five in One Social Club – 6pm
In this class you will learn how to solder a point-to-point LED flasher. Instructor Gino Barzizza will show you tips and tricks to get you started on your journey into DIY electronics. Class includes a brief intro to electrical theory, and hands-on building of a LED flasher circuit using capacitors, resistors, integrated circuits (IC), switches, LEDs and batteries. Finally, you will modify a toy to act as an enclosure for your circuit. This class is first in a series in which participants will build on their skills. Future classes will include various DIY synthesizer and circuit bending projects including an Atari Punk Console and Baby 8 analog sequencer.
This festival will include 3 days of plays, workshops, comedy, spoken word and dance. Tickets are $0 – $15. For info, to volunteer, or order tickets go here.
- August 8 – South Main Food Truck Friday – 11am-1:30pm
Emerge Memphis is hosting their first ever Food Truck Friday this Friday, August 8th. Stickem Food Truck will be onsite from serving a wonderful lunch right outside the building.
- August 8 – Anchal Summer Roadshow – 6-9pm
Being:Art hosts Anchal Project’s Summer Roadshow in Memphis. Don’t miss your chance to shop exclusive new products, meet the team & create true impact in the lives of Anchal artisans in India by shopping with purpose. The Summer Roadshow is the perfect opportunity to not only discover Anchal’s beautiful products in-person, but also learn about ways we can end the cycle of exploitation and poverty worldwide. For more info go here.
- August 9th – Elvis Lookalike Contest at Memphis Farmer’s Market – 10:30am
The MFM is having an Elvis look alike contest from 10:30 – 10:45 on August 9th. Elvis look-alikes will “compete” for $50 Market bucks (meaning: tokens to spend on anything). Audience applause will decide the winner. Anyone is welcome to join!
This is the last bout of the MRD 2014 home season: PrissKilla Prezleys versus the Angels of Death! Doors open at 6, bout starts at 7. Adults 13 years & up $12, kids 5 to 12 are $6, children 4 and younger are free admission. Buy your ticket in advance here for 10$ or pick up at Goner Records or from your favorite rollergirl.
- August 9th – The Break Up Show at Broad Ave Water Tower Pavilion – 8pm
The pitfalls of modern dating are universal – though they might feel just a little too personal. The Break-Up Show transforms the indignities of bad dates and breakup drama into the sort of comedy that may make you feel like it was worth the pain. Videos, dramatic recitations of text-message breakups, and onstage meltdowns are simply par for the course. The stories, while totally anonymous, are pulled ahead of time from the audience’s experiences. Go to www.breakupshow.com for more info and to reserve tickets. Note: THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE FILMED, so bring a big group and have some fun. There is a $10 suggested donation, but you can pay what you can. Beer & wine will be available for purchase, and food trucks will be present.
- August 9 – Mighty Souls Brass Band at the Bayou – 10pm-midnight
The Mighty Souls Brass Band played its first gig at a Funeral and the Party has yet to stop! MSBB is Memphis’ only brass band. Best come get yo funk on!
- August 9 – Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl – 7pm
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is hosting their eighth annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. This will benefit the FedExFamilyHouse at its Downtown Memphis location. The Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl festivities will start at Flying Saucer at 7 p.m. The night will continue to several other downtown bars, and participants are invited to come dressed in their best Elvis or Priscilla attire. This is your chance to get creative and honor the “King”. Festivities will close with Elvis-themed music and specialty craft beer. Sign up is free at the door, but you are encouraged to give a monetary donation to the FedExFamilyHouse. Additionally, participants are asked to bring non-perishable snack food items (like snack crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.) and/or a new, stuffed animal to donate to the organization, which offers free accommodations for out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The pub crawl is only for those 21 and older.
- August 9 – 17th – Elvis Week Activities
Memphis is the home of The King and every year the city devotes not only a day but a whole week music, movies, and life of one of the biggest entertainment icons the world has ever known. The week is always one of excitement and fun for Elvis fans here in the city and those who come from far and wide. Tickets for any and all of the week’s events can be purchased on the Elvis Week website.
- August 10 – Grooves on the River II – Free
The event will take place at Tom Lee Park from 12 pm-8 pm and is free and open to the public, it is simply asked that all rules of the park are kept. Feel free to bring snacks. This time around anyone who attends will be eligible to win tickets to MEMFest. There will DJ’s on rotation throughout the event as well.
- August 10 – Live @ Farmhouse Studio feat Memphis duos Short In The Sleeve and Idle & Wild – 3-6pm
Bryan Hayes will host & perform with Retrievers Brenton Woodall & Kim Boeving. Short In The Sleeve will perform as part of their EP release tour, and Memphis duo Idle & Wild will open the show. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door. There are ONLY 40 seats available. Due to the limited seating, it is highly recommended that you purchase your ticket(s) online. BYOB & BYODish to share (like an old fashioned pot-luck). Farmhouse Studio will provide Bottled Water, Coffee, & Soft Drinks. All ages are welcome.
- August 12 – Food Truck Garden Party at Memphis Botanic Gardens – 5-8pm
Dinner al fresco, featuring live music, cash bar, and local food trucks. Includes one drink. MBG members $5/non-members $10, includes one drink. The Roots members admission is free.
- August 13 – American Studios Historical Marker Unveiling – 2pm – Free
This unveiling will take place at 831 Thomas Street, Memphis (in front of Family Dollar Store at the corner of Thomas St. and Chelsea Ave., the former site of American Studios). Sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Commission, an historic marker will be unveiled at the former site of American Studios. Special guests will be in attendance. American Studios is where over 120 hit records, including Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” “Don’t Cry Daddy”, and “Kentucky Rain,” were recorded. Free to the public.
- August 15 – Spillit Story Slam: Competition – 8-10pm
Join in for an evening of stories. The theme is Competition. This event is a competition. It’s also an opportunity to share five minutes of YOU with a room full of kind folks who appreciate stories. If you want to tell your five minute story, you’ll drop your name in the bucket. They’ll draw up to ten names and each person will have five minutes to win over the audience and three judges. The judges will score the stories on a scale of 1-10 based on content and presentation. The story must have a plot with a strong beginning, absorbing middle, and it drives right through to the end, with a strong arc, and must to the theme of the Slam. The storyteller must bring the story to life and connect with the audience. No props or notes are allowed. After basking in triumphant glory, the winner is invited to compete in the Story Grand Slam for the title of Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis. The cost is $10 admission at the door, 18+
- August 16 – Broad Avenue Sidewalk Sale – 10am-6pm
Join Broad Avenue retailers, artists’ studios, and workshops as they take it to the streets! They’re clearing out summer inventory and filling up the Avenue with seldom seen or offered gems. More info here.
- August 16 – Short in the Sleeve EP Release Show – 8pm-11:45pm
To celebrate the release of their EP, A Broken Heart and Some Chords, Short in the Sleeve will be playing at the best venue for acoustic-based music in town, Otherlands. Michael Cooper, a superb songwriter, spirited performer, and long-time pal (with The Buddy Youth Orchestra), and Austin James Smith, a passionate, literate singer-songwriter from just across the river, will join them on the bill. Besides a great night of music, you’ll also have a chance at some freebies–copies of the EP, free coffee drinks, and free cover for a future Otherlands show.
- August 16 – End of Summer Bash at the HiTone – 10pm
- August 17 – I Love Memphis 5th Birthday Party at Wiseacre – 2pm-5:30pm – Free
The I Love Memphis Blog turns 5 years old in August, and they’re throwing a big party to celebrate! Head over to Broad Avenue on Sunday afternoon on August 17th to enjoy some Wiseacre Brewing Company beer, birthday cake from Frost Bake Shop, food from Fuel Cafe/Food Truck, plus music, freebies and giveaways, and a live T-shirt printing demo from Five in One Social Club. There will probably be some other shenanigans, too. The party is totally free to attend, and everyone is invited. They’ll have a few free drinks for early arrivers, cake, and prizes, but be sure to bring your debit/credit card to enjoy some locally brewed beer and grub from Fuel (the taproom does not accept cash). More details coming soon here.
- August 17 – Artistik Lounge featuring Angelique Morris – 7-11pm
Memphis singer/songwriter Angelique Morris will be sharing her sweet and soulful blend of soul, folk and r&b. Be prepared for another great night. Come hang with some of Memphis’ coolest movers and shakers. Doors open at 7pm. Cash Bar and Great Food available. Admission is $10.
- August 23 – Paw Prints Party – 5:30pm
This is a seated dinner benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. There will be an open bar, live music, and dancing with “Front & Beale”. There will be silent and live auctions. Single tickets: $125 Table of 10: $1,000 (Black tie optional) You can purchase single tickets or tables here or by calling 901-937-3903. Last year’s Paw Prints Party sold out a week before the event, so get your tickets or tables early!
- August 23 – Dead Soldiers EP Release at The HiTone with Birdcloud – 9pm
Come out to The HiTone for the release of the Dead Soldier’s High Anxiety EP, along with Birdcloud.
- August 26 – European Vacation Wine Tasting – 6-8pm
Taste your way around Europe with wines from Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal. Tickets are $25-$35 and are available online, or by calling 636-4131.
- August 29 – Macy’s Zoo Brew – 7-10pm
Come to the Memphis Zoo for the last Macy’s Zoo Brew of the season. You will sample beers from around the world, while listening to first-class entertainment partners. V.I.P. ticket holders can enjoy specialty brews and wine tastings, hor d’oeuvres and live music in the V.I.P. Lounge.
V.I.P. Early Entry, open 6-8 p.m. Ages 21+ only
V.I.P. Lounge $60/members; $70/nonmembers
- August 30 – Maker’s Market at Overton Square – 10am-2pm
Modern Handmade Memphis presents the inaugural season of “The Maker’s Market at Overton Square” – a monthly market featuring the handmade work of local designers and artisans. Loeb Properties welcomes back the artists behind MEMSHOP and the Handmade Christmas Pop-Up Shop for a unique opportunity to shop locally and seasonally. Modern Handmade Memphis is a team of over 200 artists including sewers, painters, knitters, photographers, graphic designers, milliners, furniture makers, jewelers and more. Artists who would like to be considered for inclusion can visit modernhandmadememphis.com.