We’re more than halfway through summer, but there’s still time to tick some items off your summer bucket list. Don’t have any ideas for fun stuff to do? Take a look at our list and get crackin’!
Your Summer Bucket List
Peabody Rooftop Parties
Catch a Peabody Hotel Rooftop Party! Enjoy cold cocktails and a colorful sunset overlooking the Mighty Mississippi while you listen to live music atop the iconic Memphis Peabody Hotel. Tickets range from $10 to $15, and the party is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ladies and hotel guests enter for free before 7 p.m. The last concert will be on August 15, so go while you can!
Shelby Farms Park
Traipse through 4,500 acres of green space at America’s largest urban park at Shelby Farms, then swing through the trees at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure. There are endless summer activities at Shelby Farms Park, including horseback riding, bike rentals, fishing (rent a boat or bring your own), canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and over 40 total miles of scenic trails for hiking, running, walking, bird-watching and good ol’ exploring! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Shelby Farms Park for more about this urban retreat.
The Levitt Shell
The Levitt Shell has been a summer space for Memphis music since the 1930s and currently puts on a free concert series each year. This summer features over 50 free concerts brought to you by the Orion Free Music Concert Series. Pack a picnic or hit up one of the various food trucks parked at the shell on Friday or Saturday nights, usually including Memphis favorites like Central BBQ or MemPops. The Levitt Shell never fails to provide an enjoyable evening for all ages and audiences! Check Facebook to see who will be performing each weekend.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Don’t miss out on Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ Food Truck Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday afternoon through September. They also provides Sunrise Yoga Classes on Wednesdays from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 am. Beat the midday heat and start off your day the right way with a one-hour yoga class. The class is free for garden members and $5 for non-members — a soul-nourishing deal you can’t beat!
Enjoy small plates and delicious cocktails while having an amazing view! Our suggestions? Head to the Terrace at River Inn, The Lookout at the Memphis Pyramid and the Hu. Hotel for a view of the Mighty Mississippi.
Memphis Botanic Garden
Enjoy another fabulous summer concert series, Live at the Garden, which continues into the fall at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Beale Street Landing
Beale Street Landing is where Memphis meets the river. You can bike, walk, eat, drink, exercise, picnic and so much more! Want to ride the riverboat? You can do that! Want to take your kiddos to the Island Play? You can do that! Perfect for friends and family alike, the possibilities are endless.
Head to AutoZone Park and cheer on our Redbirds and Memphis 901 FC! The season continues into the beginning of September, so be sure to catch a game before we turn to the Grizzlies for basketball season! Whether you’re a big sports fan or not, these baseball and soccer games are fun for all! Check out the Redbirds season schedule here and Memphis 901 FC schedule here.
Memphis offers a multitude of farmers’ markets all over town, so start off the weekend right with fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, baked goods and more! There are plenty of spots around the area that is sure to be close to your home! For more Memphis markets, check out our Complete Guide to Local Farmers’ Markets.
As we all know, Memphis gets hot and sticky come summertime, so remember to cool off and treat yourself to one of the Bluff City’s many ice cream and cool treat options — a fruity paleta from La Michoacana, a snow cone supreme from Jerry’s, homemade ice cream from Sweet Noshings, rolled ice cream from the new Rollin’ Sweets or a classic popsicle from MemPops! With so many scrumptious and refreshing options, you simply can’t go wrong!
Soak up these last few days of summer!
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