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Memphis November Events: What’s Going on this Month?

community eventsMemphis November events are wide-ranging, including Thanksgiving celebrations and community activities. From the local Indie Film Fest to a comic convention, there is truly something for everyone. Hop in your car and explore the area.

According to I Love Memphis, one of the most popular events for people to attend is the upcoming Indie Memphis Film Festival from November 1st-7th. Featuring films from local and regional artists, this event is currently in its 19th year. The Indie Memphis organization is a two-time recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant, and it was named one of the top “25 Coolest Film Festivals.” If you’re looking for a way to support local arts while also seeing the latest films, stop by this event.

From November 18th-20th you can also see the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention. Perfect for those who love fantasy, cosplay, comic books, and more, this event caters to a wide demographic. There will be gaming, late night entertainment, a concert, gothic ball, and more. You can also meet Chance Raspberry, lead animator for the Simpsons.

These are just two of the many upcoming events in Memphis. Get behind the wheel of your new car to see the latest events and activities in your area.




Labor Day Activities in Memphis

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Visit the Memphis Zoo!

It’s no secret that Memphis, Tennessee is home to dozens of popular attractions that draw visitors from around the world. Attractions range from a cultural history to a legend’s personal home. Here are several incredible Labor Day activities in Memphis.

  • Beale Street – There are few places that provide a greater look at history and culture than Beale Street. Boasting attractions like the headquarters of Civil War General Ulysses Grant to the birthplace of rock ‘n roll, Beale Street has made a name for itself around the country. There are over two dozen clubs and shops as well, so those with little interest in the city’s history can grab a souvenir instead!
  • Mud Island River ParkMud Island River Park stretches five blocks and is designed to give guests a look at life on the Mississippi. Enjoy the scenic view of the Mississippi River and downtown Memphis and take a ride on the Swiss-built monorail system. Most visitors spend at least four hours at the park so plan accordingly!
  • Memphis Zoo – The Memphis Zoo is home to thousands of animals and puts on special events and exhibits throughout the year. That alone makes it a great place to spend a day! Throw in animal shows and rides as well for a vacation the kids will never forget.



See REO Speedwagon at Live at the Gardens

concertSome musicians have it and lose it, while others start rock-n-rolling but never stop. Count REO Speedwagon among the latter. They hit the scene 40 years ago and started churning out hit after hit, including “Keep on Lovin’ You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” After all was said and done, they would have thirteen Top 40 hits. They have sold over 40 million records to date.

Luckily for us, they haven’t thrown in the towel yet. In fact, you can catch REO Speedwagon at Live at the Garden on August 25th. Show starts at 8:00pm.

The Live at the Garden concert series has been inviting top-notch musical acts to Memphis since 2001. Everyone from Al Green to Diana Ross to Duran Duran to Sheryl Crow has graced the stage. Nowhere else can you find such great music in such a beautiful venue as the Memphis Botanical Gardens.

Can’t fight this Feeling? You don’t have to. Go and see REO Speedwagon at Live at the Gardens!




3 Can’t-Miss Acts at the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series

concert seriesIf there are two things that encompass the spirit of summer, they would be nature and music. Memphis is a city that has an abundance of both! The best place to experience the natural beauty and music of the city is at the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series. Every year, the series brings together some of the most talented acts in the music industry. You are not going to want to miss these three entertaining acts at the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series!

Billy Currington (July 29)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a performer who is more spirited or friendly than Billy Currington. This Georgia native has been producing some of the most energetic country songs of the last decade!

REO Speedwagon (August 25)

It’s going to be hard to fight the feeling of purchasing a ticket to see this classic rock band live in concert! Don’t miss this chance before they take their act on the run.

Sheryl Crow (September 23)

When you think summer music, Sheryl Crow probably comes to mind. So who better to round out the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series this year than her with all of her feel-good tunes?




Celebrating the King Holiday: Remembering MLK Jr.

MLK DayMartin Luther King, Jr. Day is right around the corner. On January 18th, we celebrate one of the most important men in American history. Known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King Jr. helped revolutionize the way we deal with race in this country.

The King Holiday is often considered a “teach-in,” a day in which to learn and remember. Individuals should strive to remember the deeds of Dr. King, but also to teach and learn as much as possible, according to the King Center. Attending seminars, reading books, participating in activism, and supporting minorities are just some of the many things you can do to remember Dr. King.

“We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles,” reads the King Center website about the King Holiday.

MLK was a Baptist Minister and activist born in 1929. He earned his PhD in Systemic Theology from Boston University, and later led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. He is the author of Stride Toward Freedom (1958), Strength to Love (1963), and Where Do We Go from Here (1967). He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.




Keep Holiday Decoration Safety in Mind This Year as You Deck the Halls

Happy HolidaysHoliday decorations may be one of the most festive and celebrated traditions of the year, but they can also be dangerous. Fireplaces, broken lights, and pesky pets can all cause problems. Avoid a decoration disaster this year by following these holiday decoration safety tips:

  • Keep natural trees far away from heat sources (especially the fire place!), or opt for an artificial, fire-resistant tree.
  • Be sure that none of your old lights have fringed wires before you reuse them.
  • When climbing a ladder to hang lights or other ornaments, have a spotter to help keep the ladder straight.
  • Always keep candles safely and reliable propped up with heavy holders.
  • Keep children and pets away from power outlets.
  • Similarly, remember that–while beautiful–poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep any herbivorous pets away!

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