Fall is the busiest time of year in Memphis, especially when it comes to festivals, sporting events, and music showcases. Keep up with the many options for fun in the city, or plan a weekend to visit Memphis with this list of October events.
All Month Long
- The Memphis Tigers football team continues their season with five games in October, two of which will be played in Memphis at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers take on Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m., then play Temple at home on Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. They play at Tulane on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. and against Navy at Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m. before ending the month at home in a game against Tulsa on Saturday, October 29 at a time TBD.
- Enjoy some kindergarten for grown folks at the Five In One Social's clubs monthly craft classes. This month, make wine bottle glasses on October 12, Mardi Gras masks on October 22 and 29, and VINI favorite, Luchador Masks, on October 24. Here's the full month's schedule.
- The Levitt Shell outdoor concert venue has a few more free live music and music film events in their fall season. They host Motel Mirrors on October 1, The University of Memphis' "This is Memphis" music showcase on October 2, and a Mavis Staple documentary on October 13. Their ticketed event, Stars at the Shell, features Mavis Staples with St. Paul and the Broken Bones on October 15. Blues Brothers screens on October 20, The Blind Boys of Alabama perform on October 21, songstress Eleanor Tallie plays on the 22nd, and October 23 is Balkan Beat Box.
- Cerrito Trivia continues to offer a wide variety of themed evenings throughout the month. October 5 is "Mean Girls Day" Mean Girls trivia at Tamp & Tap's downtown location. Sign up for Golden Girls' trivia on October 12, also at Tamp & Tap, or try your hand at The Walking Dead trivia at The Arcade on October 20. Cerrito Trivia now also hosts weekly Bingo Nights at Memphis Made Brewery on Fridays.
- The Memphis Grizzlies NBA team begin their season this month, so put on your Tony Allen Jedi Robes and get to FedExForum for preseason games starting on Monday, October 3 against the Orlando Magic. The other two home preseason games are on October 6 and 11 against Atlanta and Philadelphia, respectively. The official season begins at The Grindhouse on Wednesday, October 26 agains the Timberwolves at 7 p.m. CST.
October Event Dates
October 1: More than 140 artists will come together to create what will become the largest collaborative mural in the city on Saturday's Paint Memphis/SoulFood 5 event.The flood wall at the proposed Chelsea Greenline will be covered with designs of all colors and styles from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with food trucks, beer and wine, and vendors to round out the day's events. To watch the artists in action, hea
October 2: Support reproductive rights for all at the inaugural Lady Parts Justice Taco Festival on Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The $10 event features several taco-themed food trucks, live music and comedy, and more.
October 3: Grizzlies preseason begins at FedExForum.
October 5: Malco Theatres will screen the Mel Brooks classic more-kooky-than-creepy "Young Frankenstein" at five of its theater locations. Tickets are $13.50 and the movie is rated PG-13.
October 6 - 8: Creative Works Conference is now in its third year of celebrating creatives through workshops, talks, and a maker marketplace. Passes for the three-day conference are $317.45 for professionals and $158.89 for students. The general public is invited to theCreative Works Marketplace Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Halloran Centre.
October 7 - 9: The Moon River Music Festival features dozens of bands playing at midtown's Levitt Shell. Tickets are $70 for general admission on Saturday and Sunday, $45 for single day, or $250 for a VIP experience that includes a Friday evening acoustic show.
October 8: Bristerfest is all about Memphis music, and it's totally free to attend the outdoor shows and check out the vendors on Saturday at Overton Square's Tower Courtyard from noon to 8 p.m. The music continues inside Lafayette's after 8 p.m.; tickets to Lafayette's are $7. Proceeds benefit GrowMemphis.
October 8: Celebrate 40 years of volunteer radio at WEVL's newest fundraising party, WEVL 40 Fest, at Loflin Yard from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Five local bands/musicians will perform in the Coach House and Backyard at Loflin, including Julien Baker. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Get a WEVL membership and admission to WEVL 40 Fest for $55 (advance only).
October 12: The Memphis Botanic Garden will host a Food Truck Garden Party on Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be plenty to do, including PokemonGO gyms and Pokestops, a movie screening, outdoor games, and a kids play zone. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members and include one drink.
October 14: Join the businesses of Flicker Street in midtown for a Block Party and Trunk Show on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be open houses with drinks, snacks, and plenty of fashion on display.
October 14: Get yourself in the Halloween spirit by learning more about the spirits of Memphis' Victorian Village at a Woodruff Fontaine Ghost Tour. The tour, which lasts from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is $25 and reservations are required.
October 15: The second annual Soulsville USA Festival is all about the Soulsville neighborhood, home to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Academy. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can enjoy three stages of live music and performances from local artists, musicians, and dancers, as well as food trucks, a kids' area, educational talks, and vendors. The Soulsville USA Festival is free.
October 15: The inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival is an evening of culinary excellence featuring a mixture of local, regional, and national chefs, a curated wine sampling program, live music, and an auction, all on the grounds of the Memphis Botanic Garden. The event is from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. and tickets are $200. The festival benefits Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
October 15: Support the work of Memphis Area Legal Services, a nonprofit providing legal help to those in need, at the Justice for All Ball at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Dress in black tie attire and enjoy live music, a silent auction, food and drink. Tickets are $125.
October 16: Mid-South Pride and Memphis Pride Fest will co-host the 2017 Mr. & Miss MId-South Pride Pageant on Sunday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dru's Place. Enjoy entertainment, have a few drinks, and support the work of Mid-South Pride.
October 16: For the last five years, Artistik Lounge has brought together artists and musicians every third Sunday for an evening of inspiration and fun at the Artistik Lounge at Minglewood Hall. This month is the 5th anniversary of the annual "The Concert", featuring a mix of performers from past events. Admission is $10 and there is a cash bar and food available for purchase.
October 20: Three of Memphis' most creative organizations - Spillit, Crosstown Arts, and Pecha Kucha Night - come together to host the second-ever "Dear Diary" event at Amurica Photo in Crosstown. Volunteers will read entries from their childhood diaries, set to a timed, 20-slide presentation. The readings begin at 7 p.m.
October 21 - 23: The tenth annual RiverArtsFest is this month int he South Main Arts District, and includes nearly 200 artists and vendors in the marketplace, as well as live music on multiple stages. Friday night's music showcase and vendor sneak peek begins at 6 p.m. and is free. RiverArtsFest is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under.
October 22 - 23: The annual Memphis Comic Expo at the Memphis Cook Convention Center is a celebration of comic creators, with more than 70 special guests (artists, writers, cosplayers) for panels and talks as well as a Cosplay Contest for attendees and video game tournaments. Tickets are $25 for both days when purchased before October 18 or $20 per day.
October 22: With a dedicated focus on true craft beer from around the region and a limited number of tickets sold, the Cooper Young Beerfest is the premiere craft beer event in Memphis. Tickets (while supplies last) are $45 and allow entry to the fest from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., a sampling mug, and samples from about 30 different breweries. All proceeds benefit the Cooper Young Community Association.
October 22: As true a mark of the fall season as any event in town, the Dixon's annual Art on Fire is an evening of bonfires, fire dancing, tons of food, music, and more. The event is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and tickets are $60 for Dixon members and $75 for nonmembers.
October 28: Celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos with Latino Memphis at the second annual Day of the Dead Fiesta at the Cadre building on Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Leave the Halloween costumes at home and instead wear black and white for an evening of arts and culture entertainment, food and drink, sugar skull face painting, and more. Tickets are $50 per person in advance or $65 at the door.
October 29: The second annual Sinners for Saints Ball at Stop 345 is a spooky Halloween-inspired throwdown featuring tons of music, i.e., Dead Soldiers and The Super 5, a costume contest, free photos from Amurica Photo, and an open bar with beer, wine, mixed drinks, punch, and even Jell-O shots. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door, provided the Ball doesn't sell out. This event is 21 and up only.