September: 30 Days of Park and Opera
Shelby Farms and public spaces
Starts Sept. 1. Sept. 1-30
There was a time when fast food restaurants didn't accept debit or credit cards. To get folks used to the idea—way back in the 90s—Burger King had a promotion. If you used a credit card, you would be given a free gift. They were speaking my language. I took my Discover card to the nearest Burger KIng and presented it to the nice lady at the window expecting not only a high fat and cholesterol meal, but a fabulous free gift. What I got was a blank look. I reminded the nice lady that I was promised a gift—free gift, that is. Someone forgot to tell the staff. She looked around a bit, then handed me her ball point pen. Foiled again by the lure of "free." I can assure though the 30 free days of activities at Shelby Farms Park and Opera performances at almost every gathering of more than two people in September are far superior to my BK ballpoint. I've been told all my life that nothing is for free. Well, that's just buffalo feathers and balderdash. Check out their respective websites for a full list of fabulously free featured fortuity here and here.
Water Tower Pavilion on Broad, 2542 Broad
Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams
Fri., Sept. 2, 5-8 p.m.
Somber Friday for Victorian mourning event at Woodruff-Fontaine House, then kick up your heals on Broad Street in celebration with the living.
Documentary Film: Wattstax
Free films at Brooks Museum added this year to WLOK Stone Soul Picnic offerings.
Levitt Shell, Overton Park
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 2-4
The addition of a film fest to this Labor Day tradition will have you reeling. See what I did there? Yeah, life's a picnic.
Photo by Flickr User jamie duke
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Sat., Sept. 3, 2-5 p.m.
Take the lead from your dog this Labor Day weekend—put work behind you and play hard. Barks for Bucks at the Green Beetle benefiting Alive Rescue Memphis on Sunday will help you fetch one more day of doggone good fun before you have to hightail it back to work on Tuesday.
Courtesy of Center for Southern Folklore
Joyce Cobb and young fan
South Main and Peabody Place, Downtown
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 3-4
For 30 years, this annual festival has celebrated the best of Memphis Music and Heritage. Tribute will be given to CSF board member Deanna Lubin, quiltmaker and storyteller Hattie Childress, and founder and director of the Millennium Maddness Drum Line Yvonne Sunshine Pascal. These Festival contributors and mainstays recently passed away leaving a lasting legacy. The daughters of quilter Bertha Bachus who participated in the inaugural 1982 festival will attend this year and display many of Bacchus’ amazing quilts depicting her family and the farm where she grew up.
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 #memphismagazine hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.