Love your inner—and your outer—goat during International Goat Days Festival this Friday and Saturday at USA Stadium.
USA Stadium Complex, 4351 Babe Howard Blvd. in Millington
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 11-12
One day I was talking over my fence with a neighbor and lamenting the fact that my yard is too big for me to manage. I was going to have to hire someone. Mr. Green innocently suggested that I get a goat. That is not something you suggest to an animal lover who lives in the middle of a city. I got a goat. I named him Artie after Artemus Gordon, a character from the T.V. show The Wild Wild West. In the show, Gordon was a master of disguise. While my goat looked like a deer—Lamancha goats have no ears—and acted like a dog, he was in fact a goat. The name seemed fitting. I became known as the 'Goat Lady.' I live near St. Jude and somehow the visiting patients got wind of my dear sweet living lawnmower and Artie was regularly showered with love from patients far and wide. I like to think he brought joy to those sweet babies going through so much trauma. Some from out of town would come like clockwork every six months. Artie loved them all. He was a people goat and never met a stranger. The problem was that he ate everything BUT the grass—my house, the flowers, so on and so forth. So with heavy heart I found him a nice home in Millington with a family who rescued horses. My point is that goats are cool. Go see some at this festival. In fact, enjoy some of the festival events including goat parades, rodeos, cooking, and fun goat stuff for the kids.
Sat., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Who doesn't love outdoor vintage, antique, repurposed, upcycled, handmade, jewelry, architectural salvage, cool junk, music, vintage photo booth, and fun stuff? If you don't dig a good market, stay away. I'll see the rest of you there. Should you find yourself still in the shopping mood, you can always visit Crafts n' Creations in the Community at Church of the Holy Communion in East Memphis on Saturday or Agnes Stark's Summer Pottery Show in Arlington all weekend. For something a little on the fringe try The Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Hi-Tone on Saturday featuring more than 40 artists showcasing, free pancake bar, live audio and visual performances, live body painting, art battles, and more for adults only or the opening reception for "Church" at Rhodes College featuring large-scale installation art by Sebura and Gartelmann.
Germantown Civic Club Complex, 7745 Poplar Pike
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 12-13
Every festival has a schtick. Germantown's has all the ingredients of a good festival with an added not-so-secret ingredient, The Running of the Weenies Dachshund Race and Costume Contest. For all you book worms, don't forget that this weekend brings us Mid-South Book Festival through Sunday at Playhouse on the Square. On the nerdy side? Check out HACKmemphis 2015 where like-minded developers, hackers, and makers can bring an idea or project to pitch and form teams to make the idea a reality.
Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place in Overton Park
Sat., Sept. 12, 7-10:30 p.m.
Support your local zoo and have fun too. During the largest fundraiser of the year for our Memphis zoo you can sample fare from over 80 restaurants and bars and enjoy entertainment on four stages. And, of course, visit the critters.
This weekend is a hard one to narrow to just five picks, so I'm not. The following are a few events suitable for a rendezvous that I felt I would be remiss in leaving out: Outflix Film Festival at Malco Ridgeway Four, Burlesque is Coming: A Tribute to George R.R. Martin at Brass Door Irish Pub, A Party To Murder at Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, Freefall at Hattiloo Theatre, and The Little Prince at Memphis Botanic Garden.
Sun., Sept. 13, 1-6 p.m.
This year, in addition to the eight homes on Vance, Kimbrough Place, and Linden in Central Gardens, there will be a display of antique cars. Other community minded events this weekend include ANF's 40th Anniversary Party on Friday and Halloran Centre Community Open House on Saturday.
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.