It’s summer in the city and that equals hot, but it also equals the chance to explore Memphis like never before. From fireworks extravaganzas to celebrate our nation’s birthday to evening 5ks, wine tastings and live music under the stars, July in Memphis promises to be a blast. Enjoy!
Through July 10, 2016: “Sister Act” at Playhouse on the Square
Based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” is a funny and moving story filled with powerful gospel music and outrageous dancing. Find tickets online at playhouseonthesqure.org.
July 2, 2016: Stars and Stripes 5k and Block Party
Kick off the Fourth of July holiday with an evening 5k and block party in the heart of the Midtown! Post-race, there will be food, live music and a salute to the city’s the first responders. More details are online at overtonsquare.com.
July 4, 2016: Fireworks and More, Various Locations
Catch fireworks and family fun at one of these community events!
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at Mud Island River Park
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Mud Island, so grab your picnic blanket and the family to the Island, Tom Lee Park or Beale Street Landing for the best viewing of the fireworks along the Memphis Riverfront. Fireworks usually go off about 9:30 p.m., and throughout the day on Mud Island, there are lots of family fun, concessions, and more. Free viewing from public areas, but Mud Island entrance rates apply. Details can be found on the Mud Island Facebook page.
Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park
Collierville’s annual Independence Day Celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with live music from the Black Water Trio and G3, followed by special community presentations honoring veterans and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Shuttles will be available from Collierville High School, and there will be food vendors, bouncy castles and other fun for kids. For more information, visit the city parks website, colliervilleparks.org.
Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza, Municipal Park
Municipal Park hosts Germantown’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza! The fun starts at 5 p.m. with moon bounces and games, plus crafts and food for purchase. Fireworks go off shortly after 9 p.m. The event is free. More information can be found at germantown-tn.org.
July 7, 2016: Whet Thursday at the Metal Museum
Explore the Metal Museum after hours. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Whet Thursday is underway with free admission, food from the Sushi Jimmi food truck and live music by The Candy Company. Museum members receive two free drinks with their member card. Get more information online at metalmuseum.org.
July 8, 2016: Community Day at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Catch the Brooks Museum’s two summer exhibitions: “Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars” and “Veda Reed: Day into Night,” at Community Day, which includes art-making and gallery activities that take their inspiration from these contemporary artists and their work. This free event takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and more information is available online at brooksmuseum.org.
July 8, 2016: Prince Life Celebration and Tribute
Celebrate the life of Prince at this fun-filled night at the Cadre Building in Downtown Memphis. There will be an incredible lineup of live music, plus a signature Purple Rain cocktail. You’re encouraged to dress in your favorite Prince attire, too! Proceeds benefit local youth music programs. Tickets are $50 general admission; $150 VIP; and $250 for Exclusive VIP. Purchase them online at eventbrite.com.
July 10 – 16, 2016: Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis
Highlighting the contributions of women in theatre arts, the Women’s Theatre Festival at Hattiloo Theatre features productions that are all about women — as subjects, writers and directors. Purchase tickets online at womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org.
July 14, 2016: Dinner on the Stage at The Orpheum
One of the Orpheum’s most popular events is back! This evening includes a cocktail reception, a tour of the theater and new renovations — plus a three-course meal and more! Tickets are $75 per person; $50 for current season ticket holders; and $550 for a table of eight. Buy them online at orpheum-memphis.com.
July 15, 2016: Wine Down: Southern Summer Desserts
Wine and dessert – is there a better combination? We think not. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts an evening featuring fine wine and delicious dessert bites set to the soundtrack of live music and the backdrop of fabulous art. Tickets are $25 for Dixon members; $40 for non-members. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit dixon.org.
July 15, 2016: Alabama Shakes at Mud Island Amphitheatre
Grammy-winning American Blues Band, Alabama Shakes will shake the Mud Island Amphitheatre for one night only! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For ticket pricing and availability, visit ticketmaster.com.
July 16, 2016: Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival on Broad
Bring the family for what’s sure to be a blast! This Caribbean-themed festival is being held from noon to 9 p.m. at The Water Tower Pavilion on Broad Avenue, and features Caribbean food, live music, and activities for all. Details are available online at memphisjerkfest.com.
July 21, 2016: Suzy Bogguss at Levitt Shell
Grammy award-winning musician Suzy Bogguss performs live at the Levitt Shell in a not-to-miss concert that starts at 7:30 p.m. Details are available at levittshell.org.
July 23, 2016: 28th Annual WEVL 89.9 Blues on the Bluff
WEVL’s annual Blues on the Bluff concert at the National Ornamental Metal Museum is an iconic event on the lawn at the Metal Museum. Grab your lawn chairs and come support Memphis’ only volunteer radio station. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission at the gate is $25 for adults; $12 for kids 11 and younger. Find more details at wevl.org.
July 23, 2016: Watercolor Illustration Workshop at Falling into Place
Give in to your creative side with Sarah Baumann of Signet Sealed Illustration during this two-hour watercolor workshop, an ideal class for beginners. Cost is $60 and includes supplies and an at-home practice set of illustrations. Save your space online at fallingintoplace.net.
July 23, 2016: Love Well 5k and Festival at the Greenway
The Love Well 5k and Festival raises money for The Old Path Homeless Shelter for Women and Children in downtown Memphis – a great reason to get your running shoes laced up! The event is from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Semmes Murphey/The Greenway in East Memphis. Registration is $20, discounted online for children 10-12. Get more information at lovewell5k.racesonline.com.
July 28, 2016: Odie Lindsey Signs We Come to Our Senses at the Booksellers at Laurelwood
Author Odie Lindsey signs and discusses his new book, We Come to Our Senses — a novel about the culture and memory of war — during a special evening at The Booksellers. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.; more information can be found online at thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.
July 29, 2016: Acoustic Courtyard at Overton Square
On the last Thursday of every month through October, Overton Square hosts a free evening of live music in The Tower Courtyard, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the acoustic melodies of Memphis musicians in the heart of Midtown! The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and more details are available online at eventdaddy.net.
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