There is lots of fun in store for us all in Memphis this month, but lots in our region as well. Here are a few things to embrace from Tunica to Memphis to Nashville!
Country Comes to the Country: October 4 & 5
To celebrate the musical heritage of this region, the first annual Delta Country Jam will welcome up to 25,000 people to Tunica County this weekend! Some of country music’s biggest stars will perform in a space that organizer Drew Dedo of Harbor Entertainment describes as a perfect canvas in shape and setting for building a music festival. In just one year, a field on the Abbay and Leatherman Plantation in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, conveniently located next to Hollywood, Resorts, and Sam’s Town Casinos, has become Country music’s center stage for a weekend.
The outdoor festival arrangement will resemble an indoor arena-style layout, with raised VIP tents, cabanas and vendors surrounding a central general admission viewing area. Gear will be limited to fold-up chairs and fanny packs for security.
Memphis’s Blues City Café—a local restaurant with celebrity status for their wet ribs, tamales, catfish and more—is the primary food vendor for the event. Richard Magevney told StyleBlueprint that they have been super busy all week taking orders for the VIP tents and cabanas as well as organizing what he describes as an “upscale picnic” of choices for festival guests.
Place: Tunica Resorts, MS
Date: October 4-5, 2013
Times: Friday 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Parking: Check out the event site for parking info., but there are several options for catching a shuttle!
Delta Country Jam tickets and event information: www.deltacountryjam.com
And, if you’re up for a short road trip to Nashville, here’s the lowdown on a very cool conference coming to town you might want to attend:
Southern C Summit: October 17, 2013
The premise of the Southern C Summit is to bring together Southern brands, business owners, blog writers and those of us simply interested in new and vibrant things happening in our region. This event looks highly appealing, and is a one-time event for Nashville, but the third such Southern C Summit to happen (in other cities).
If you are a small business owner wanting ideas on how to grow your idea to a million dollar company, or you are a blogger wanting to make contacts and learn how to expand your readership, or you are simply an interested spectator to it all, who wants to try all the new yummy Southern food that will be on hand (Hello, Callie’s Biscuits, Schermer Pecans Pecans, Edley’s BBQ and more!), this is where you want to be on Oct 17th. And, it’s taking place at Ruby, which will no doubt add to the experience.
For Nashville residents, or those in town early, cocktails start from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mason’s (at Loews Hotel) on the 16th. The full agenda for Thursday, October 17th is stunning. After a day of learning, you will be entertained at The Southern Coterie “Cocktails & Conversation” presented by Southern Living. Innovation and inspiration will be cultivated on a tour of the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel with Lindsay Bierman, Southern Living Editor in Chief.” And, we hear the house will decorated for Christmas! Transportation is provided to Fontanel by GOO GOO Cluster and Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream–with libations to enjoy along the way!
Tickets are $175 each, but we have a promo code (no, we don’t get a kick back!) which allows you to purchase for just $140. Use the code TSCTIX.
We are SO excited about the Southern C Summit. To see more details and understand more fully why we are in such a flutter, see the agenda: HERE.
Cooper-Young BeerFest 2013: October 19
The fourth annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest—New Brewers. New Location. Same Cooper-Young. Craft beer and fun at this year’s Beerfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest Organizing Committee has been planning for months and have some changes coming this year. The BeerFest is moving to a larger location in Cooper-Young, and the event has attracted new brewers in the region who will be joining in the festival. The larger location is next to the iconic Trestle Art at 795 Cooper.
The BeerFest is, first and foremost, a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA). All of the money raised goes to the CYCA. That money is spent to keep the Cooper-Young neighborhood clean, friendly, safe and welcoming. This festival is regional. That means you can visit any of the brewers within a day’s drive from Cooper-Young. The featured beers say a lot about the folks in our region, too, “hard to pigeonhole, easy to love and ready for celebration,” the CYCA reports. It’s all about “living where we live; supporting local breweries is just like supporting local farms, local restaurants, local bookstores and local music.”
Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the gate (if any tickets remain! They have sold out every year since the event started in 2010. Tickets for the fourth annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest are now on sale. See the Information and Tickets page for details: beerfest.cooperyoung.org/info-tickets
RiverArtsFest: October 25, 26 & 27
Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis’s South Main Historic Arts District, RiverArtsFest 2013 is a three-day street celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts with attractions and activities for all ages. More than 180 artists from around the country will gather to present their unique selection of original fine arts in what’s become this region’s largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival. Admission just $5 Saturday and Sunday; free Friday night.
More RiverArtsFest 2013 Highlights:
- Live musical entertainment featuring 50 acts across three stages!
- Culinary delights from all around the globe in three food courts throughout the festival.
- Live street performances daily throughout the festival grounds
- Entertainment and attractions for all ages. Child and family friendly entertainment.
- Artists at work demonstrating new and innovative artistic techniques while interacting with the public!
Artists interested in participating can find out more at www.zapplication.com.
See the current list of artists for 2013 and find out more about the RiverArtsFest schedule of events at riverartsmemphis.org.
Fall Fun at Jones Orchard: October 2 to November 3
The corn maze is a fun fall tradition for the greater Memphis area since 2005. This year’s elaborate and exciting corn maze features scary and silly mummies! Find your way through this a-MAZE-ing labyrinth of corn! Then hop aboard a wagon headed to the pumpkin patch, or brave your way through their haunted attractions in the “Festival of Fear”!
Admission: Adults and Children (6 and older) $6.00 / Children (5 and under) FREE with paying adult. Group Rates for 20 or more available.
The Shadowlands is back for it’s ninth year, and this season the horrors that haunt Jones’ Corn Maze are ready to consume more than just the maze. Lost in the acres of corn and woods behind Jones’ Orchard hides a horrific secret. This cursed land is swarming with monsters and mayhem. Creatures so terrifying they have resorted to clown masks to hide their mutated faces. Don’t let their friendly disguises fool you!
Will you survive the twists and turns of the Shadowlands? (Not me!) Perhaps a wild ride through the hidden secrets of Jones Orchard on a Hangman’s Hayride? I’m sticking to the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch! But, there is plenty for everyone and every age at Jones Orchard in October. Click here for hours of operation: www.jonesorchard.com
So much to do in October–enjoy!
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