We love July! It’s just SO celebratory! From rousing 4th of July concerts to summertime splashing, there’s no better month to experience many of the best events in Memphis. (And if you want a quick weekend getaway, check out what’s going on around the region.)
July 2: Levitt Shell Patriotic Pops
Dust off your lawn chair and get out your picnic basket for a night of music with Patriotic Pops at the Levitt Shell. The pops concert will showcase Memphis’ own international opera star, Kallen Esperian, who will share beloved Broadway songs. The Second Presbyterian chancel choir and orchestra will perform traditional patriotic tunes, concluding with the “1812 Overture” and fireworks. Feel free to pack a cooler, but if you’re pressed for time, concessions are available.
July 2: Beyond Video Games Film Series: A Trip to the Moon
Time travel back to the early 20th century for a viewing of the classic A Trip to the Moon at the Brooks Museum. The showing of the Georges Méliès’ hand-painted, color 1902 masterpiece is in conjunction with The Art of Video Games exhibit, at the museum through mid-September. In the movie, astronauts travel to the moon and bring an alien back to Earth with them on their return.
July 4: 4th of July at Mud Island
Spend the 4th of July on Mud Island for fireworks, food and family fun. Enjoy the day, and at nightfall, marvel at the best fireworks display you have ever seen at Mud Island River Park.
July 8: Sunrise Yoga at the Dixon
Early bird yoga enthusiasts, rejoice! Certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor Peggy Reisser conducts a yoga class every Wednesday morning at the Dixon at 6:15 a.m. A reasonable level of fitness is necessary for participants, although modifications will be made for various levels of experience. The class is free for Dixon members and $5 for nonmembers. All levels are welcome.
July 9: The Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum
Journey to Oz with beloved classic characters, including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, at a showing of The Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum. Before the show, enjoy Oz-related activities, such as movie trivia and costume contests. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
July 14-19: Motown The Musical at the Orpheum
Put a little pep in your step and enjoy a toe-tapping good time at Motown The Musical July 14 to 19 at the Orpheum. The show recounts the life journey of Berry Gordy, a one-time boxer, who became a music legend, launching the careers of megastars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more.
July 14: Food Truck Garden Party at Memphis Botanic Garden
Enjoy a mid-summer, al fresco dinner at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Joshua Cosby and Jeremy Stanfill will offer live music and guest can get a tasty meal from local food trucks. There will also be a cash bar and local food trucks. For the younger set, the Memphis Parent Play Zone has themed activities every month. The cost is $5 for MBG members and $10 for nonmembers. Admission includes one drink. The party runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tickets available at the gate. Presented by Oak Hall and Vineyard Vines
July 16: Dixon Book Club
Share the latest page-turners or classics at the Dixon Book Club every Thursday. The July 16 book is Monuments Men: Nazi Thieves, Allied Heroes and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel. The Dixon will have three copies of the selected books for loan, and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will offer Dixon Book Club members a 10 percent discount toward the purchase of each selection. The book club is free with Dixon admission. (To request a copy of the book, email email@example.com.)
July 16: Art After Dark, Tequila Tasting at the Dixon
The Wine Market will share samples of Rande Gerber and George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila at July’s Art After Dark at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Salute the garden’s succulent exhibition, “Some Like it Hot,” by drinking tequila made from blue agave.
July 17: Rob Thomas and the Plain White T’s Live at the Garden
The 2015 edition of Live at the Garden continues July 17 at Memphis Botanic Garden with Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox 20. The Plain White T’s open the show, so it’s sure to be one of the best nights for music under the stars in Memphis.
July 18: Bryant Kite Memorial 5K
The Bryant Kite Memorial Foundation hosts the 8th Annual Bryant Kite 5K on July 18. The foundation was formed in 2007, after the death of Kite, an outstanding senior scholar-athlete at Cordova High School, in a tragic car accident. The foundation works to inform teens about safe driving, reach out to those who have experienced such losses and funds a scholarship for a Cordova High student each year. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at Shelby Farms Park.
July 18: Time Warp Drive-In
This dusk-to-dawn monthly movie series at Malco’s Summer Avenue Drive-In offers Future Shock Fest this month, including Escape From New York, Mad Max 2 (Road Warrior), Repo Man and The Warriors. The cost is $10 per person, and all ages are welcome. Show time is 7:35-ish (dusk). The drive-in is located at 5310 Summer Ave. See the full lineup at facebook.com/timewarpdrivein.
July 18: Block Party at the Brooks
Head to the Brooks Museum for a Saturday of fun-filled activities, such as art, music, film, dance and games. The Video Game Block Party, in conjunction with a current exhibit at the Brooks, will also feature a showing of the 1982 sci-fi film Tron, a Minecraft contest, a photo booth and more. When you work up an appetite, as you surely will, food trucks will be on hand to feed the crowd.
July 22: Farmers Market at the Memphis Botanic Garden
Every Wednesday through October, the Memphis Botanic Garden hosts a farmers market that’s free and open to the public. Shop from a variety of goods that are locally grown, including fresh produce, home-baked breads and sweets, honey and artisan items. The market is located at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, Wednesdays through October, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. memphisbotanicgarden.com/farmersmarket
July 25: WEVL Blue on the Bluff
Join WEVL-FM for a night of Blues on the Bluff overlooking the majestic Mississippi River. Grab your lawn chair or blankets and head to the grounds of the Metal Museum to enjoy the sweet sounds of the blues. Central BBQ will offer pork shoulder sandwiches, smoked turkey legs, barbecued portabella mushroom sandwiches and more. All food sale profits are being donated to WEVL. Admission at the gate is $25 for adults, $12 for kids 11 and under. Gates open at 6 p.m.
July 26: Sprinkler Day at Memphis Botanic Garden
Grab the kids—and your swimsuits—and frolic among the sprinklers scattered throughout the MBG‘s beautiful gardens. The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is free for members and included in garden admission for guests.
July 27: Harry Connick Jr. at the Orpheum
Two classics—Harry Connick Jr. and the beloved Orpheum—will join forces on July 27 for a show not to be missed. Connick just keeps getting better—he’s released 29 albums, won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards and has sold more than 28 million albums. His most recent releases are “Smokey Mary” and “Every Man Should Know.” Swoon.
July 29: Kenny Chesney at Snowden Grove
Country star Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour features hits from his latest album, and he’ll be joined by special guests Jake Owen and Chase Rice for a memorable evening at Snowden Grove in Southhaven, MS. Tickets on sale now at the BankPlus Amphitheater box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.
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