Delta Fair, 901 Fest, ‘Jaws’ more


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

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Pickin' and grinnin' and skeletonin': Keller Williams brings his

‘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.

Marcella & Her Lovers will perform this year at 901 Fest in Railgarten.

901 party

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 performers 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 this year’s Grammy Winner 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

As this 2018 photograph of Sharon Harris and her 10-year-old nephew, Joduntis Robinson, shows, the Delta Fair can have you screaming with joy or fear or (most likely) a combination of both.

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

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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

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

We're going to need a bigger screen:

“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 timetables, visit

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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

Smooth soul ballad Peabo Bryson arrives at the Cannon Center.

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 about Facebook or at


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