It’s too late to get tickets for the Margarita Festival this year, but Her Majesty’s Gala at Stonewall Hall in Overton Park will quench your thirst for merrymaking with semisweet mead.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 E. Parkway S.
Fri., June 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
It’s summertime and gone are the days of kids pirate sword fighting in the backyard with paper towel cardboard insert discards. Kids are more savvy these days. My own little nieces and nephew went to theater camp at Playhouse on the Square this year. A friend’s toddler granddaughter begged to see Mamma Mia! at The Orpheum and knew every word to the title song. There are some great performances right now for the little ones including The Secret Garden at the DeSoto Civic Center and A Year with Frog and Toad at the Germantown Community Theatre. This is also closing weekend, if you have not had the opportunity to see some fine adult performances, for Simply Simone at Hattiloo, Anything Goes at Theatre Memphis, and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later at The Evergreen Theatre.
South Main Historic District
Fri., June 26, 6-9 p.m.
If you have never attended one of these self-paced tours on South Main, now is the time. The usual visual handiwork accompanied by free-flowing libations and morsels gratis are enough to entice the masses, but this last Friday of the month there are some extras that prompted me to take note. The National Civil Rights Museum will have an o pening reception for “Jazz & Blues: Threads of American Music” by Leanna Lesley and The Book Juggler will host a book signing by local authors for a collection of short stories called Malice in Memphis. The stories are all about Memphis. Might be a good time to pick up some summer reading.
Stonewall Hall, 1583 Overton Park
Sat., June 27, 6-9 p.m.
The fourteenth century in Europe was completely devoid of video cameras, cell phones, and really any type of modern device. So when I attended my first Renaissance Festival in 1992 and wanted to get video I was immediately approached and questioned as to my peculiar eye-piece. Two most dashing knaves in full Renaissance regalia and speaking in period speak questioned whether or not I was a witch. Fortunately, with my witching tactics, I convinced them that I was indeed just a regular wench. By the time I attended my second festival in 2008, I was in full regalia and ready for interrogation. This year we will have our very own local Shire of Shelby with queen and court to ensure that jesters, lutenists, jousters, and belly dancers will delight. To get ready for our inaugural Renaissance Festival to be held in August, Her Majesty is having a gala. Festivals are not without a price tag and Her Majesty is counting on us peasants to help fund the revelry. Peasants of the Shire of Shelby are surely in for a treat and paying homage at the gala might not hurt your social standing at the festival. I highly advise seeking Her Majesty’s favor this weekend. The gala will feature an auction, entertainment, mead, and prizes for best costume. If you are still craving a south of the border experience, Tamale Fest 2015 at Caritas Village will also be held Saturday.
N. Cleveland between Overton Park and Autumn
Sat., June 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Alas, it is always feast or famine. For those who want to forgo the feast for healthier options, the block party will reveal the latest Crosstown projects. These projects include the Midtown Crossing Grill Mural dedication and the Crosstown Fitness Park activation. Other health-friendly events this weekend include Healthy Shelby Festival and 5K, 5K Walk For Foster Kids, Fitness Expo 2K15, and a Sand/Grass Volleyball Tournament in Tom Lee Park.
Ecco, 1585 Overton Park
Sun., June 28, 3-6 p.m.
Winding down your weekend is a pleasant and low-key tapas and wine tasting at Ecco. You will need this mild transition from the busy Saturday to transition into your workweek. That it benefits the Church Health Center is just an added feature.
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.