We don’t know about you but we are THRILLED September is upon us! One last summer hoorah, with the long Labor Day weekend — plus cooler temperatures and a ramp-ed-up social scene — will have Memphis rocking all month long. We’ve curated a list of happenings and events that will keep you on the go this month. Enjoy!
Memphis Events: September 2016
September 2, 2016: Zoo Brew
Tap into your wild side at Zoo Brew on Friday, September 2, 2016. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo. Grab a group of friends and wander through the exhibits while you sample beers from around the world and listen to live music. VIP ticket holders enjoy specialty brews and wine tastings, as well as hors d’oeuvres in the VIP lounge in the Teton Trek Lodge. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online at memphiszoo.org.
September 2, 2016: Opening Reception for Peter Fleming and Hamlett Dobbins at David Lusk Gallery
Two artists, two amazing solo shows, one gallery: That’s September at David Lusk Gallery when Peter Fleming mounts his first solo exhibition, Preserved — featuring a selection of three dimensional assemblages and free-standing objects that spring from his work in architectural design — while Hamlett Dobbins mounts his fifth solo exhibition, I Will Have to Tell You Everything. The opening reception for both shows is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and there’s more information online at davidluskgallery.com.
September 9, 2016: Art on Tap at the Dixon Turning 21
Woo-hoo! The Dixon Gallery and Garden’s annual beer tasting is finally legal! Art on Tap turns 21 this year and you can enjoy unlimited beer samplings from around the world and fabulous food as Art on Tap celebrates its big birthday. The fun runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets start at $30. Buy them online at dixon.org.
September 10, 2016: Carnival of the Animals at Memphis Botanic Garden
This fun-filled family event is a festival of arts, crafts and food trucks, along with a special performance by Ballet Memphis as Associate Artistic Director and Choreographer Steven McMahon brings amazing life to the lively creatures from Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns’ famous score, starting at 6:30 p.m. Lawn seats are $10; stage-side seats are $25. Buy them online at ticketmaster.com.
September 10, 2016: Zoo Rendezvous: An Evening in Africa
Experience a taste of over 70 local restaurants and bars while supporting our fabulous zoo! The Memphis Zoo’s biggest fundraiser, Zoo Rendezvous, celebrates the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp and brings together the best tastes of the town with live music on four stages from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $200; buy them at memphiszoo.org.
September 10, 2016: Jim Brickman at Germantown Performing Arts Center
Two-time Grammy winner Jim Brickman brings his signature style to the Germantown Performing Arts Center for an evening of romantic music. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $32.50. Find more information online at gpacweb.com.
September 13-18, 2016: Dirty Dancing at the Orpheum
Nobody puts Baby in the corner! (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). The classic story made famous in the Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey movie comes on stage at the Orpheum Theatre September 13 through September 18. Visit orpheum.memphis-theater.com.
September 16, 2016: Moonshine Ball at the Gibson Guitar Factory
Celebrate B.B. King’s birthday, a full moon, a harvest moon and an eclipsed moon for a luminous night to remember! The Moonshine Ball includes dining on top of the Gibson Guitar Factory, fireworks, music and amazing food and libations. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the “Moon Man” himself, is among the honorary chairmen for the event. The moon-filled fun starts at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $200; proceeds benefit the Memphis Charitable Foundation. Purchase tickets online at memphischaritable.org.
September 17, 2016: Cooper-Young Festival
Twenty musical acts will perform on three stages at the the 29th Cooper-Young Festival, a true celebration of the arts, people and culture of Memphis. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — and it’s FREE! For more information, visit cooperyoungfestival.com.
September 17-18, 2016: Art Paired: Fine-Craft and Finely-Crafted Libations
Pair an art fair with wine and spirits tastings and you’ve got a seriously fun way to spend a day! The Racquet Club hosts this unique art fair, which features works in glass, metal, wood, clay and fiber — plus paintings, jewelry and more by artists from across the U.S. and right here in the Midsouth. Saturday September 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Racquet Club. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.
September 17-18, 2016: Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk.
Raise funds for cancer research, the way you best like to move. Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk. participants choose from bike rides at three distances (18-mile fun ride, 34-mile ride, and 62-mile metric century ride), a 5K run, or a tribute/remembrance walk. The event takes place at Shelby Farms Park and proceeds benefit the West Cancer Institute for research and patient support. Registration fees start at $20 and you can register online at westfighton.com.
September 23, 2016: Farm Fest at Loflin Yard
The annual fundraiser for the Memphis Farmers Market, Farm Fest, takes over Loflin Yard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Star and Micey are the headline act, and you can listen to them in this unique outdoor setting while you dine on delicious foods from Memphis Farmers Market vendors and local restaurants, as well as sip yummy beers and wines. Tickets are $50; purchase them online at memphisfarmersmarket.org.
September 24, 2016: BreakFEST 901
Get your breakfast on at BreakFEST 901 at the Water Tower Pavilion on Broad Avenue. The one-day festival will benefit the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, which delivers weekly on bicycles meals and other goods to the Memphis homeless. There are cooking contests, a people’s choice Bloody Mary contest, food trucks, live music, games and more! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and you can buy them online at breakfest901.com.
September 24, 2016: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
Walk or run through Downtown Memphis to support our hometown heroes at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Registration starts at $10 for 6 and up, and kids under 6 are free. Register, then make a pledge, at fundraising.stjude.org.
September 24, 2016: Collierville BrewFest
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, head to Collierville for BrewFest, their first beer festival! Enjoy a variety of craft beer samples from local and regional breweries, food from the many restaurants at Carriage Crossing, live music from the Wolf River Rednecks, and much more! All proceeds from the festival benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. You must be 21 years old to attend Collierville BrewFest, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carriage Crossing. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.
September 30, 2016: Vin-a-Que at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Celebrate Memphis’ barbecue heritage and pair barbecue dishes with wines, specialty drinks and craft beer at Vin-a-Que. This fundraiser for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is a see-and-be-seen event featuring live music and a silent auction under the stars on the museum’s plaza, plus all the yummy barbecue from area restaurants plus libations. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets are $75. Details and tickets are online at brooksmuseum.com.
Through September 30, 2016: Memphis College of Art Presents Sammy Peters’ Then & Now in Hyde Gallery
Then & Now, an exhibition by the prolific Arkansas-based painter Sammy Peters, is on view in the Hyde Gallery of the Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate School through September 30, 2016, and the college is hosting the exhibition reception on that final evening. Peters’ work has received international recognition and is included in private collections across the globe. More information is available online at mca.edu.
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