Cirque Italia Gold Unit
Cirque Italia presents a brand new show for 2019, that’s never been seen before. This new act features new performers, contortionists, aerialists, a laser man, the wheel of death……you will never know what to expect next! Cirque Italia is the first traveling Italian Water Circus with a 35,000-gallon water stage, and these amazing artists from all over the world will be performing at Jackson Fairgrounds.
DATES AND TIMES:
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 19 at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM
WHERE: Jackson Fairgrounds — Jackson, TN
2019 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
Recognized by USAToday as the “Most Prestigious Barbecue Contest,” the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a four-day competition held in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis, TN. Nearly 250 teams travel from around the world and across the U.S. to compete for the title of World Champion and a share of the more than $115,000 in prize money. Head down all weekend for one, giant barbecue party.
WHEN: Thursday, May 16 until Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Tom Lee Park
Wii Sports Bowling Competition
Strike! Come show everyone you’re the bowling champ by defeating them in this Wii Sports Bowling Competition on the Nintendo Wii! Or just have a drink and play for fun! There will be a cover fee for those wanting to participate that will go towards a cash prize for the top 3 contestants!
WHEN: Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Rec Room
Play chess with some crazy AF rules! Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess): The placement of the pieces on the first rank is randomized, with the opponent’s pieces mirroring it. Invented by Bobby Fischer (1996). Side note: Search “List of Chess Variants” on Wikipedia and waste the rest of your day away imagining the possibilities.
WHEN: Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Loflin Yard
Violent Femmes + X
Violent Femmes came together in 1981 and were quickly applauded as one of the most inventive and original bands of the era, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality.
Four decades after the inception of X (the band), one thing is clear: X was not only one of the most influential bands to crash out of the punk movement of the late ‘70s, but the band’s music continues to be sonically groundbreaking today. Songs written during the group’s inception are as relevant and inventive today as they were in 1977.
WHEN: Thursday, May 16 at 8:00PM
WHERE: Graceland Soundstage
Southern Living Spring Event
Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.
WHEN: Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Agricenter International
Memphis-native and National Boxing and Entertainment Promoter Lank the King along with Ron Redwing and The RedWing Group are returning to FedExForum with “The Bicentennial Beatdown Championship Boxing Fight.” Ladarius “Memphis” Miller will face off against former Lightweight World Champion Fernando Saucedo in a 10 round bout for the American Boxing Federation Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title.
WHEN: Friday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: FedEx Forum
Jack the Giant Killer w/ Shame Finger Live
Memphis based monolithic shoegaze/post-rock/sludge metal band Jack the Giant Killer will be returning to the Hi-Tone for the first time since recruiting a drummer. Joining them will be the local Memphis favorite punk band Shame Finger. This show will be a week after they’ve released their debut album which makes this show even more exciting.
WHEN: Friday, May 17 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Hi Tone
Blackwater Trio at the Blind Bear
Come hang with BWT in Memphis’ downtown speakeasy!
WHEN: Friday, May 17 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Blind Bear Memphis
4th Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk
Come to discover. Stay to connect. Leave Inspired. Beautifying Memphis one garden at a time. Join outdoor lovers for the largest garden walk in the Mid-South, this spring! Tour over 90 urban, eclectic gardens, watch and learn with live demonstrations or stop by educational booths, operated by local garden experts!
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 AM until Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Cooper-Young Historic District
Bluff City 10K
The Bluff City 10K run will start and finish at Overton Square and take you on a scenic route through the heart of the Bluff City. The race will feature awesome finisher medals, live music, and local food and beer. You don’t want to miss it!
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 AM
WHERE: Overton Square
FIRE Family Fun Day
In conjunction with the 5th annual F.I.R.E. Conference, this Family Fun Day is all about casting! Learn about the metal casting process through hands-on activities, browse a pop-up exhibition on the bluff, and watch as the foundry artists pour molten iron. It’s a fun and educational day for people of all ages!
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Metal Museum
2019 Chick-fil-A Family Picnic & Field Day
A day of food, family and fun at the home of the Memphis Tigers! Get ready for this pumped up version of Field Day. Events include: Smart car pull, gaga ball, Chick-fil-A cow drop, three-legged race and much more. Plus you and your family will enjoy a delicious meal from Chick-fil-A. Bring a blanket and enjoy a traditional picnic style lunch on the turf or opt for family style table seating under the big tent. The day also offers plenty of entertainment, prizes, special guests, Memphis Tigers fan sports zone hosted by student athletes and a chill out comfort zone. And, Memphis 901 FC and the Memphis Redbirds will be adding to the fun.
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Endangered Species Day
Endangered Species Day is all about learning how we can help save these animals right here in Memphis. There will be interactive tables set up and specialized keeper chats to learn more about how to save these animals from extinction.
Remember every action taken, no matter how small, helps.
Check out this piece on polar bears, just one of the endangered species you can find at the Memphis Zoo.
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Memphis Zoo
Hattiloo Black Arts Fest
Sponsored and arranged by Hattiloo, this FREE festival showcases the diversity, energy, and exceptional talent of various local Black arts groups and artists. Come out and experience performing art genres that range from Spokenword to Hip Hop dance. Staged in Overton Park’s Veteran’s Plaza, get there early to set up your lawn chair or to get a good seat on one of the benches. This is a free event that’s ideal for the entire family.
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 12:00 PM
WHERE: Hattiloo Theatre
In Memoriam: Mollie Woodruff
For decades, people have come to pay their respects to Mollie Woodruff, the most beloved spirit residing at the Woodruff-Fontaine mansion. Mollie’s gentle spirit plays hostess to the many visitors that come through our museum doors every day. Throughout the years, Mollie has observed daily tours, witnessed countless weddings, and watched over the daily to-dos of her previous home. Buried in 1917, at Elmwood Cemetery, Mollie’s grave was never marked with a headstone. After 102 years, there will be a Memorial and Headstone dedication service for Mollie, at Elmwood Cemetery.
WHEN: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
Obruni Dance Band w/ Yazan
Obruni Dance Band is more than a band– it is a community, a vision, a call to love. The goal is to make neighbors out of strangers through music, dance performances, and art.
WHEN: Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 PM
WHERE: River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater