Woo-hoo, it’s June! School’s out, life moves at a slightly slower pace, and Memphis heats up with loads of fun events and things to do. From live music at the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Botanic Garden to a week’s worth of festivities surrounding the best golf tournament in the land — the FedEx St. Jude Classic — consider your social calendar packed. Hush, y’all, and go out on the town with our StyleBlueprint picks for June!
June 2, 2016: Inches from the Earth Curator Tour at the Metal Museum
Learn all about the artists, the artworks and how an exhibition comes together at the National Ornamental Metal Museum (374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN 38106) as the museum’s curator takes you on a tour of the exhibition Inches from the Earth. Held from 5 p.m to 8 p.m., the evening is part of the Whet Thursdays seasonal series and free admission includes admission to the Metal Museum and grounds, access to a cash bar (museum members receive two free drinks) and the Say Cheese Food Truck. Details are available at metalmuseum.org.
June 2 – 4, 2016: Memphis Italian Festival
Celebrate all-things-Italian during three days of frivolity and food in Marquette Park at the 25th Annual Memphis Italian Festival. From a sit-down cafe to bocce tournaments and lessons, to wine races and more, this annual event benefits Holy Rosary Parish School and is full of ways to show your competitive spirit and channel your inner Italian. Marquette Park is located at 4946 Alrose Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117. Complete information including shuttle schedules and tickets are online at memphisitalianfestival.com.
June 2, 9, and 23, 2016: South Lawn Cinema at the Dixon
Enjoy movies from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the South Lawn of the beautiful Dixon Gallery and Gardens (4339 Park Ave., Memphis, TN 38117) for three evenings in June! Bring blankets, chairs, snacks and friends. Popcorn will be provided while supplies last. See the full lineup and purchase tickets online at dixon.org.
June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2016: Food Truck Fridays at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Every Friday in June, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Dixon celebrates Food Truck Friday — a great reason to get out of the office and kick off the weekend! Admission is free to the gardens, located at 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117, during Food Truck Fridays. Check out the schedule of participating food trucks at dixon.org.
June 2 – 26, 2016: The Wiz at Hattiloo Theatre
Ease on down the road with this re-imagining of “The Wizard of Oz,” set in Harlem. Dorothy, a kindergarten teacher, and her dog, Toto, are lost in a snowstorm and end up in the Land of Oz, where she discovers the only way she can get home is to see the Wiz. Along the way, she meets a scarecrow made of garbage; a Tin Man, who is a turn-of-the-century mechanical carnie; and a lion that was banished from the jungle and must make his living as a statue in front of the New York Public Library. Hattiloo Theatre is located at 37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104. Tickets are sold out, so GO YOU! if you were able to score a seat. Otherwise, be on the look-out … hattiloo.org
June 4, 2016: 3rd Annual Shrimp and Cocktails at TPC Southwind
The kickoff to the FedEx St. Jude Tournament Week features bites from Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, with Nick Talarico preparing specialty cocktails. There’s live entertainment, fun golf games with amazing prizes, and a silent auction. The evening benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Hub at TPC Southwind (3325 Club at Southwind, Memphis, TN 38125). Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at stjude.org.
June 4, 2016: A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park
This free festival for families (and dogs, too!) welcomes summer with a day of … well … merrymaking on the Overton Park Greensward from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music, food trucks, local craft vendors, performances, and the simple chance to enjoy the lovely green space. Learn more at overtonpark.org.
June 6 – 12, 2016: FedEx St. Jude Classic
Since 1958, PGA pros have come to Memphis to play benefit golf, choosing in 1970 to make St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital the sole beneficiary of the tournament. (Fun fact: this is the longest-running golf tournament in the PGA!) Played at TPC Southwind (3325 Club at Southwind, Memphis, TN 38125) the tournament has raised more than $33 million for this worthy cause. Purchase tickets at stjudeclassic.com.
June 7, 2016: 5th Annual St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends
Country music legend John Rich hosts a intimate concert featuring his celebrity friends at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts (255 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103). Beyond the music, guests can bid on one-of-a-kind live auction items and mingle with PGA TOUR players. One-day tickets are $30; Week-long tickets are $65 for adults and $15 for youth ages 15 and younger. Find additional offerings and packages, and purchase tickets at stjude.org.
June 7 – 11, 2016: Germantown Charity Horse Show
The Germantown Charity Horse Show, benefiting the Exchange Club Family Center, has welcomed exhibitors from all over the United States for almost 70 years to compete and exhibit the magnificent athleticism of horse and rider. With five days of hunter/jumper and breed competitions, there’s no better way to spend a summer day than to watch these magnificent animals. See the schedule and find ticket information online at gchs.org.
June 9, 2016: Opening of Kacie Cooper Floral Design
Barefoot Bride and Gia Marina welcome new neighbor Kacie Cooper Floral Design for a Bridal Open House. Enjoy food, drinks and floral fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4726 Poplar Ave., Suite 5, Memphis, TN 38117. More information: facebook.com/creationsbykacie
June 10, 2016: Live at the Garden Featuring Heart
Ann and Nancy Wilson bring their rocking selves to the Memphis Botanic Garden (750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117) to kick off the 2016 season of Live at the Garden. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:30 p.m. Table tickets are all gone, but lawn seats are still available. To purchase and for more event information, visit liveatthegarden.com.
June 10 – June 12, 2016: Memphis Potters’ Guild Annual Spring Show and Sale
The annual show at the Memphis Botanic Garden (750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117) features the works of the best ceramic artists in the Mid-South, with locally made tableware, hand-thrown pottery, hand-modeled sculpture, jewelry and more. Opening reception is Friday night, June 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a free event. Find complete show information at thememphispottersguild.com.
June 11, 2016: Paws for a Cause at Saddle Creek
This day of puppy pandemonium at Saddle Creek North (7615 West Farmington, Germantown, TN 38138 ) includes a massive pet adoption event from a full complement of Mid-South rescue agencies, as well as plenty of fun for your own pup! There will be games and educational displays, a pet artists’ market, food trucks and a Celebrity Pet Wash. Saddle Creek merchants who allow (leashed) dogs in their stores will have bowls of water available outside. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can find complete information at shopsofsaddlecreek.com.
June 11, 2016: Yoga Gives Benefiting St. Jude
Dedicate your yoga practice to the young patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a day of yoga in the Domino’s Event Center on the St. Jude campus. Yoga instructors from all over Memphis will lead sessions, and every class can be enjoyed by yogis of all levels. Participants are invited to raise at least $100 for this worthy cause, so it’s also a great way to get friends and loved ones involved, too. Register online at stjude.org.
June 14 – 19, 2016: Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum
Click your heels and grab Toto! It’s time for a Broadway adaptation of the movie, with all of the iconic characters we love (and that nasty, green witch!), plus a few new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Orpheum is located at 203 S Main St., Memphis, TN 38103. Show times and tickets are available at orpheum-memphis.com.
June 25: Resin Casting at the Metal Museum
Celebrate National Insect Week by casting plants and insects in resin to create your own custom jewelry. This crafty class at the National Ornamental Metal Museum (374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN 38106) will give you hands-on experience in this metal art. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fees are $10 per project and you’re invited to bring along your own insects or plants (or collect something from the museum grounds) to cast. More information is available at metalmuseum.org.
Looking for something to do? Download the SB app, and you’ll be connected to all the best happenings and events around Memphis!