You don’t have to work hard to find entertainment in Memphis on Labor Day weekend.
First declared a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day — the annual recognition of the achievements and contributions of American workers — has become a particularly action-packed milestone. A three-day weekend for many, the holidays provide a late-summer opportunity to party and get active before sunny days give way to winter, holiday stress and sunsets. early sun.
Here’s a list of nine things to do in the Memphis area over the holiday weekend. Some are outdoors, some indoors, all are – we hope – worthwhile.
“Another Dimension: Digital Art in Memphis”
Until 9/11, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park
Like the towering “Vide-O-Belisk” of television sets that video art pioneer Nam June Paik created for the Brooks in 2002, which foreshadowed the rise of new types of visual image-making , digital creation has seen a boom in recent years, as chronicled in news stories about cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Open since June, the Memphis museum’s first exhibit offers what curators at Brooks call “an insight into the emerging digital art scene in Memphis,” exploring the ways artists working in digital media can create “virtual environments.” and “alternative physical and psychological spaces in the digital realm.” Visit brooksmuseum.org.
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‘Grateful Grass’ – The Church Health 35th Anniversary Concert
5.30-9.45pm 1 September, Overton Park Shell
To help promote recognition and support for the non-profit organization that provides crucial healthcare to the area’s most needy residents, the Shell is the site of a free concert titled Grateful Grass by Keller Williams, in which the veteran singer-songwriter leads ensembles such as the Hellbenders and The Stone Gas Band in bluegrass-style renditions of Grateful Dead songs.
September 1-4, Railgarten
Live rap, blues, rock and gospel will be on tap for four days at 2166 Central’s food, drink and gaming venue. The stellar lineup features some of the area’s top artists including Star & Micey, Dead Soldiers, Lord T & Eloise, Marcella & Her Lovers, Neighborhood Texture Jam, the Wilkins Sisters, Devil Train, the Lucky 7 Brass Band and the winner of the This year’s Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album, Cedric Burnside. A weekend pass is $55; single-day tickets are $15 for Thursday or Sunday and $20 for Friday or Saturday. For daily music schedules, tickets and more, visit railgarten.com/901-fest/.
Delta Fair and Music Festival
September 2-11, 7777 Walnut Grove at Agricenter International
Ten days of live music, rides, pig races, funnel cakes, circus acrobats, “Jurassic Kingdom dinosaurs”, livestock, celebrity visits (the star of “Cobra Kai Gianni DiCenzo will be there September 5) and more, the Delta Fair combines state-of-the-art attractions with old-school county fair appeal. Admission prices vary; free entry coupons are available, with restrictions, for those registering online. Visit deltafest.com.
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Memphis Public Libraries LGBTQIA+ Pride Celebration
September 2-3, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Art, music, a quiz contest, mini pride parade, raffles, free drinks and more are part of the fun as OUTMemphis, Friends of the Library and other allies recognize an important part of the Memphis community. Activities take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 2 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 3. To register, visit memphislibrary.org.
Beale Street Cigar Festival
September 2-4, Handy Park
Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em at this seventh annual stogie celebration, which features live entertainment (the BB King All-Star Band, among others) and vendors representing what organizers bill as “the best cigar brands in the world.” “. Admission prices vary. Visit bealestreetcigarfestival.com.
“Jaws” in IMAX
September 2-8, Malco Paradiso
Sharker, uh, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shocker was the biggest box office hit of all time until something called “Star Wars” – created by Spielberg’s pal George Lucas – came two years ago. later. “You’re going to need a bigger boat,” Roy Scheider said in the film; perhaps with that caveat in mind, Spielberg and Universal Pictures have upgraded “Jaws” for a bigger screen: a conversion that should show audiences just how big a single fish can be. For tickets and schedules, visit malco.com.
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Stone Soul Picnic
3-9 p.m. September 3, Overton Park Shell
One of the city’s most famous events, the family-friendly Stone Soul Picnic has hosted an annual gospel and R&B-oriented Christian music revue since 1974; this year’s lineup will include the Spiritual Soldiers, Sensational Wells Brothers and more. The free event is hosted by WLOK-AM 1340, the first black-owned radio station in Memphis. Visit wlok.com.
Peabo Bryson and the River City Jazz & Music Festival
6:30-11:00 p.m. September 4, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
The soul ballad veteran headlines an evening that also includes South African singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler, soft jazz saxophonist Najee and fusion band Pieces of a Dream. Find more information on Facebook or thecannoncenter.com.