August may usher in the dog days of summer but it also brings in the biggest event of the year — Elvis Week! From hip-shaking Ultimate Tribute Artist contests to the annual candlelight vigil honoring the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, there’s never a dull moment during Elvis Week. The rest of August proves equally enticing, with plenty of last-minute family fun before school bells ring, as well some adults-only fun that’s sure to please. Welcome to August, Memphis-style!
August 5, 2016: Park and Pajamas Family Sleepover at Shelby Farms Park
Experience Shelby Farms Park after dark! Grab the family for a fun overnight in the park, including guided nocturnal nature hikes, campfire cooking demonstrations and the chance to sleep under the stars from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Find more information and register online at ShelbyFarmsPark.org
August 5, 2016: Firefly Glow Party at Memphis Botanic Garden
Get your glow on at this family focused event at MBG. From 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. you can make shiny DIY crafts, learn about – and experiment with – luminescence, and groove at a lighted dance party with music by The Friendzies. Reservations are required and tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members; get them online at MemphisBotanicGarden.com.
August 6 and 7, 2016: The 17th Annual Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Tour and Lunar Festival
Tiger Lane, is the place to be for this fun annual event! The Lunar Festival starts at 9 p.m. and features music, food, a photo booth and more. At midnight, bicyclists leave for a tour through the streets of Memphis. Registration fees for the ride start at $25; sign up online at Meritan.org
August 7, 2016: Pokémon GO – The Battle for Broad at The Rec Room
Get your inner Pikachu on and compete to control the Poké Gyms of Broad Avenue! The Rec Room offers bar specials for the team with the most Gyms at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. On the last Sunday of the month, the team with the most Gyms is honored with their symbol on the Rec Room’s giant screens and a free pizza party! Complete details on recroommemphis.com
August 10 – 16, 2016: Elvis Tribute Week at Graceland
From the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest to special tours and events at Graceland and around the city, to Elvis-centric panel discussions and the Candlelight Vigil, Elvis Week 2016 promises to be full of long sideburns, sashaying hips and Elvis sightings. A full schedule and information on ticket prices for select events can be found at Graceland.com.
August 11 – 14, 2016: On Location: Memphis International Film Festival
Memphis gets ready for its closeup at the annual International Film Festival, now in its 17th year. The festival kicks off with a party at the Hard Rock Cafe on the August and films screen at Studio on the Square. Multiple music events will be held in conjunction with thus year’s festival, too. Festival passes are $30, and more details are online at OnLocationMemphis.org.
August 18, 2016: Art after Dark: Meet the Artist: Mary Jo Karimnia
Come to the opening reception of the Mallory/Wurtzburger exhibition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and meet the artist behind it all, Mary Jo Karimnia. There will be light refreshments, a cash bar and free entertainment! Details online at Dixon.org
August 19, 2016: Arts and Craft Beers at Memphis Botanic Garden
Power tools, art and beer – what’s not to love? Create your own take-home DIY art projects, sample local craft brews and play lawn games, all while supporting the Botanic Garden.This 21-and-up event takes plce from 6 p.m. p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes a cash bar and food trucks. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for non-members, and can be purchased online at memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Aug 19, 2016: The Science of Wine at the Pink Palace
If wine is more your thing, then head to the Pink Palace for an evening dissecting the science behind wine. Don’t worry – you get to taste it, too! Sample unique vintages and appetizers, listen to wine experts wax poetic, and try your luck at the wine pull. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and tickets start at $50 for Pink Palace Members; $55 for non-members. Buy tickets at MemphisMuseums.org
August 20, 2016: Family Night at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens
School will be back in session, but have one last summer night of family fun at the Dixon! Create art to take home, take part in demonstrations, and enjoy live music on the gorgeous Dixon grounds during this enchanting – and free! – evening. The fun takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information is online at Dixon.org
August 25, 2016: REO Speedwagon Live at the Garden
We can’t fight this feeling anymore! Grab your lawn chairs and head to Live at the Garden for a throwback Thursday of the musical kind with REO Speedwagon. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Lawn seats are $40; pit passes are $75 (tables are sold out) online at Ticketmaster.com.
Aug 27: 20th Annual Imagine Ball at Shelby Farms FedEx Events Center
The Imagine Ball celebrates 20 years of fighting cancer at the new Shelby Farms FedEx Events Center with a party under the stars starting at 6 p.m. This spectacular new space will be the backdrop for an evening of dining and dancing, with proceeds from the event supporting research for a cure. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased online at ACSMemphis.org.
August 27, 2016: Forrest Spence 5K at the Memphis Botanic Garden
The Forrest Spence 5K supports the good work of the Forrest Spence Fund, which helps families facing childhood illnesses. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and is just one part of this fun-filled day that also includes a fun run, music, door prizes and much more. Register online at ForrestSpenceFund.org
August 28, 2016: Breakaway Bardog 5k & Monroe Avenue Street Festival
This is a 5K for the books. Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Breakaway Bardog 5K also features a dunk tank fundraiser, live music, loads of food and beer and even a meatball eating contest. (You need protein after a run, right?) All the fin starts at 9 a.m. and all the details are found at Racesonline.com
August 29, 2016: Alzheimer’s Association Second Annual Golf Classic
Help those affected by Alzheimer’s – both caregivers and patients – through this Golf Classic that supports the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association. Tee time is 7:30 a.m., and the entry fee ($125 individual; $500 for a foursome) includes the 18-hole round of golf, plus lunch by Charlie Vergos’s Rendezvous, a putting contest, door prizes and more. Sign up online here.
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