Bluff City Fair
Tiger Lane, 335 South Hollywood
Sept. 29-Oct. 2
I attended the Mid-South Fair every single year of my childhood. My dear sweet grandma, rest her soul, worked at the candy apple stand. Though she didn't need to work, I always remember her having odd jobs. I think she just liked to stay busy. But I can't figure out for the life of me how she chose her odd jobs. They ranged from the candy apple stand at the fair to throwing the Memphis Shoppers News. I always got to help to my great enjoyment—and benefit. I was paid for my services with the sweet reward of a shiny candy apple at the greatest place on earth for me, the Mid-South Fair. Well, if you miss the Mid-South fair at the old fairgrounds, check out the new Bluff City Fair at Tiger Lane. Of course, the Mid-South Fair will be at Landers Center for the last weekend too. But for those of us old-school, Bluff City Fair just seems to be in the right place. For adult fare, also visit Wine on the River Memphis World Tour Festival on Saturday benefiting Youth Villages.
Photo by Joey Miller
To Kill A Mokingbird
Tennessee Shakespeare production at Hutchison School closes this weekend.
Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway
Through Oct. 2
This is closing weekend for quite a few productions. It is also opening weekend for quite a few more. I chose this production to highlight because—like most kids—I was forced to read this book in school. And after reading it, I was very grateful. A powerful American classic on the stage might be just the ticket this weekend. For a full list of performances this weekend, click here.
This first African-American State Park in the area dates back to 1938 and boasts hiking trails, an Olympic-size pool, and many more amenities for enjoyment and education.
T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 Mitchell
Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
It's hard to believe that there are over 1,100 acres dedicated to a wooded natural and serene setting within the city limits of Memphis. Even more amazing is that in 1940 during an excavation for a proposed swimming pool, workers unearthed evidence of prehistoric village. The site has since been developed as Chucalissa Indian Village and is operated by the University of Memphis. The festival this Saturday not only utilizes this incredible amenity to the city of Memphis by showcasing some of it's best features, it honors the man for whom the park is named. T. O. Fuller spent his life serving as a civic leader and educator. He would be very proud of this park today and those who enjoy the festival featuring family friendly demonstrations, entertainment, programs, and more. Representative Barbara Ward Cooper and board member MPD Officer Jimmy Warren, two very vocal advocates for preservation of the park and facilities, will be there too. You just might want to thank them for their tireless efforts in preserving our history and natural spaces. On the north end of town, also enjoy Soul Food 5: One Day Paint Festival celebrating North Memphis on the Chelsea and Evergreen Greenline. It's just too beautiful to stay indoors this weekend.
Photo by Flickr user Siena College
Blessing of the Animals
Two opportunities this weekend to bless your pet in Collierville's Suggs Park and at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Suggs Park, 163 E South: Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.
Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 E. Parkway S.: Sun., Oct. 2, 2-4 p.m.
Whether your family pet is an alsatian, crustacean, or dalmatian, bring your beloved animal for a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. As the patron saint of animals and the natural environment, it is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day and near his death date of October 3, 1226. All species welcome.
Photo by Beatriz Schiller
Jose Limon Dance Company
Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 N. Perkins Ext.
Sun., Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m.
These modern dance pieces blend theatre, music, art, dance, and social awareness for stunning visual performances. What a nice way to conclude your weekend.
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.