As summer comes to a close, leaves start to brown and fall from the trees, and students return to school, the city of Memphis chugs along as normal. It will be difficult to follow up a July full of barbecue, fireworks, and Levitt Shell concerts, but rest assured there is still plenty to do in town during the last vestiges of summer. From fun for pets, to film festivals, to racing, read on for some interesting and eclectic events coming up next month.
The Memphis Amazing Pet Expo
Your pet will be going mutts when he hears about the Amazing Pet Expo. For two days, the Agricenter will transform into Barkingham Palace to offer demonstrations in obedience training and pet care, discounts on pet products, and giveaways and prizes. Also, don’t miss out on the pawsibility of nail trimmings, discounted vaccines, shopping, and even a costume contest. Best of all, the event is free for you and your pet.
Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road
On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival
Memphis’ fall film festival returns with a large collection of domestic and foreign features, as well as several animated and documentary shorts. Follow an ex-con as he searches for his kidnapped sister in Shreveport, journey with a woman finding herself after marriage and kids, or watch as five students in an Edgar Allan Poe class darkly critique the modern University setup. Movies will screen at Malco Studio on the Square, and a pre-party with musical guests will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Avenue
All Dance Expo 2016!
Dancers from around the country gather to take part in the 2016 iteration of the All Dance Expo. In addition to a variety of skilled dancers, participants can find sponsors to contribute to local organizations around the community. Join in with a festive group to use dance as a way to raise funds and support for Memphis youth. The event will also honor those who have previously worked to help youth.
Memphis Grizzlies Athletic Center, 2107 Ball Road
Get tickets at: eventbrite.com
Roll back the years with one of the hottest groups of the 70s and 80s. It may have been a while, but you know you’ve kept on loving rock band REO Speedwagon since the first time you spun their record. Enjoy hits such as “Take it On the Run,” “Keep On Loving You,” and “Can’t Fight That Feeling” while gazing upon the flora of the Memphis Botanic Garden. REO Speedwagon is part of the Botanic Garden's Live at the Garden Summer Series.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road
Buy tickets at ticketmaster.com; or, call the box office: 576-4107
World Series of Drag Racing
The world’s oldest racing event comes to Memphis featuring a wide cast of competitors. International and local racers will compete to see who can be the next champion. Expect tight contests with exhibition runs, competitive elimination tracks, and match racing. One- and two-day passes are available for the event taking place at the historic Memphis International Raceway.
Memphis International Raceway, 5500 Victory Lane, Millington.
Buy tickets at ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000
Breakaway Bardog 5K
Hop on down to Monroe Avenue to take place in Breakaway Running and Bardog Tavern’s 8th annual Breakaway Bardog 5K. With all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, all are welcome to participate in a course through the heart of downtown Memphis. For those with an aversion to running, tickets are available to spectate in the beer tent. The first 350 to sign up for the race will receive a free mug, while everyone is eligible for a t-shirt and other cool stuff. Afterward, celebrate at Bardog’s after party with live music, a dunk tank, raffles, free food, a meatball eating contest, and other cool activities. Registration can be done in person at Bardog Tavern or Breakaway Running, or online.
Bardog Tavern, 73 Monroe Avenue