Take a ride through the streets of New Orleans at the 16th Annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival. The King of New Orleans is a featured film about cab driver Larry Shirt and his varied clientele.
Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court
Thu., Sept. 3, 7-11 p.m., Fri., Sept. 4, 11-12 a.m., Sat., Sept. 5, 10-12 a.m. and Sun., Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
My first attempt at employment as a teenager was High Point Grocery in the High Point Terrace neighborhood. A friend and I rang up groceries and whatnot for neighbors on weekends. This, and my parents' very shallow pockets, was my sole source of income. Some of that income was spent on VHS movies. So that when I heard about an employment opportunity at a local video store, I jumped at the chance. Needless to say, I got to see a lot of movies. And I really like watching movies. I'm from Memphis, so it stands to reason that I love music. Put the two together, and this Film & Music Festival is right down my alley. I hope it's down yours too.
Fri., Sept. 4, 5 p.m.
I'm so old I remember the first Rock for Love. I recall it being held in the parking lot of Shangri-La Records. I could be wrong, but I don't remember it being all over the place like it is today. And this festival has definitely grown up and spread some fantastic wings. The best thing about this festival though, is that it is spreading the love with Church Health Center. Rock on.
Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place in Overton Par
Fri., Sept. 4, 7-10 p.m.
I'd be fine with just going to zoo. But they've gone and added beer. It's a winning combination, and the public must think so too. Zoo Brew is a local favorite. If you are visiting our wonderful city, I invite you to t aste a selection of over 150 beers, visit the moonshine cocktail bar, enjoy entertainment, and check out our world-class zoo.
Shelby Farms, 500 N. Pine Lake
Sat., Sept. 5, 12-6 p.m.
Competing with the Delta Fair and Music Festival, which begins on Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 13 out at the Agricenter, is this massive water slide festival at Shelby Farms. This is the ultimate water slide event featuring water play, food trucks, and summer treats while the music plays. This might be the last summer fun of the wet variety. Better get your floaties ready.
Main and Peabody Place, Main Street Mall
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 5-6
On your way to or from Main Street for a celebration of our music and heritage, check out this smaller event on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. in Handy Park on Beale Street, 6th Annual Pianos in the Park Jazz Fest. It sounds like fun. Of course we know the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival is fun—Judy Peiser is involved.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with the #memphisflyer hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.