The University of Memphis fall break is next week. If you’re not going out of town, rest assured there is plenty to do in Memphis for everyone. Here’s 9 days of fall break fun for U of M students.
Friday October 7th
Join knowledgeable and entertaining paranormal investigators as they share historical tales and current paranormal experiences from the dark side of Memphis on an informative and humorous walking tour of Downtown Memphis restaurants, bars and taverns. This tour is for ages 21 and older and runs approximately 2 1/2 hours. Alcohol is not provided or required.
Saturday October 8th
Bristerfest is an annual independent, grassroots festival showcasing music and culture with all proceeds benefiting GrowMemphis. Local Memphis music performers take the stage and showcase some of the 901’s premier talent with vendors, makers, and artisans booths set up featuring various arts, crafts, jewelry, and more.
Sunday October 9th
Overton Park’s Levitt Shell is one of the best places to catch great concerts in the mid-south. The weather will be perfect for this music event featuring some solid musical performances. So, bring a blanket, stock a cooler, and pop up a chair and take in a cool October night listening to some great tunes.
Monday October 10th
Memphis is fast becoming a great place to find fantastic street art and graffiti. Your first stop should be the large Paint Memphis mural at Chelsea and Evergreen. 140 artists, painters, and graffiti writers created the largest collaborative mural in Memphis. Then check out the rest that Memphis has to offer all over town. It’ll make for some great Instagram posts!
Tuesday October 11th
The Memphis Zoo allows FREE general admission to Tennessee residents on Tuesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to close. October is the best time to meander through one of the country’s best zoos. Spend the day checking out the hippos, panda bears, and of course…the tigers!
Wednesday October 12th
If you haven’t been to the Broad Avenue Arts District, now’s a good time. Grab a pie at Broad Avenue Pizza, then take a class at Five in One Social Club. One of their more popular classes is Wine Bottle Wednesdays which happen once a month. Bring some empty bottles and they’ll show you how to score, break and polish them into the ultimate upcycled party favor.
Don’t even want to hear the word ‘class’ this week? No worries. PokemonGo enthusiasts head on down to Memphis Botanic Gardens just down the road as they are giving full access to the garden, featuring 4 gyms, more than 40 PokeStops, and Pokemon to capture. Don’t play the game? They’ll have live entertainment, old-school outdoor games, including giant connect 4, ball toss, jumbo Jenga, and more.
Thursday October 13th
Attention foodies! Memphis was recently ranked as one of America’s best food cities by Alton Brown. It’s time to try some local flavor! City Tasting Tours takes you to neighborhood joints in the heart of the city to experience authentic cooking from various local restaurants. You pay one price and get to try different dishes, experience neat places, meet new people, and hear little-known facts about our city and its restaurants.
Friday October 14th
There’s plenty to do around Memphis to get you into the Halloween spirit this October. Check out Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms. If a haunted trail, zombie paintball hayride, and rolling down a hill in a glowing zorb knocking over monsters doesn’t sound fun, then we don’t know what does! But, you can also find good times at the Mid-South Haunted Maze or walking ghost tour. Check out Choose 901’s comprehensive list of 50 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Memphis.
Saturday October 15th
With a stellar music line-up on three stages, this year’s festival is during your fall break and will also feature educational talk backs & storytelling inside Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Also featured is ARTent with demos from an array of visual artists, carnival games, facepainting, caricature drawings, interactive ballet, contemporary, jookin/b-boy, and hoola hooping dance demos. Add all of that to 40 craft/vendors & food trucks, plus the fact that you get all of this for FREE and what do you get? A beautiful day in downtown Memphis!
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