Gather up the kiddos and head out to one of this month's many street fairs, music festivals, or community celebrations.
Here’s what's in store:
3 · THURSDAY
Rock for Love • 272-7170
This benefit concert goes through September 6 at locations across Midtown. The festival kicks off with the Crosstown Block Party on Friday night and ends with a Sunday night finale at the Levitt Shell featuring North Mississippi All-Stars.
Free admission. Donations benefit the Church Health Center.
4 · FRIDAY
Delta Fair & Music Fest • 213-7469
Delta Fair is fun for all at the Agricenter through September 13. Highlights include musical acts on three stages, midway rides, 4-H and FFA Children’s Barnyard, the Delta Livestock Show, special theme days, mechanical bull rides, a petting zoo, and of course, deep-fried, crazy food-on-a-stick. Oh yeah.
Midway opens at 5 p.m.
$10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. Midway wristband: $25.
5 · SATURDAY
Memphis Music & Heritage Festival • 525-3655
Whether you love rock-a-billy & blues or hip-hop & jazz, there's something here for every musical taste. The heritage festival runs September 5 & 6 on Main Street from Peabody Place to Union downtown. The Southern Folklore Center’s signature event showcases artists from across the Mid-South on six stages, along with cooking demos, workshops, a storyteller’s corner, heritage fest for kids, and vendors.
11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Free admission. Donations accepted.
11 · FRIDAY
Hummingbird Migration Celebration & Nature Festival • (662) 252-1155
Nature takes center stage at this one-of-a-kind, three-day festival at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, MS. Highlights include hummingbird viewing and banding, guided wagon rides and nature walks, kids’ nature tent, live animal shows, resources for creating a wildlife-friendly backyard, arts & crafts vendors, and food.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$15/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. 12-passenger vehicle: $10/adult.
Goats are king at this unique festival, staged at the USA Stadium in Millington on September 11 & 12. Festivities include goat shows, goat chariot races, lumberjack shows, tractor pull, BBQ contest, fishing rodeo, horseshoe tournament, hay rides, games, car show, arts & crafts, and more.
Friday, 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Free admission. Parking: $5/vehicle.
12 · SATURDAY
44th Annual Germantown Festival • GermantownFest.com • 757-9212
Families gather for this two-day festival (September 12 & 13) at the Germantown Civic Club Complex. Features over 400 arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities, rides and games, live entertainment, car exhibits, community displays, food, and the Saturday "Running of the Weenies” Dachshund race.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Free admission. Shuttles run from Union University & Baptist Rehabilitation Center.
19 · SATURDAY
28th Annual Cooper Young Festival • 276-7222
Come celebrate the Cooper Young Historic District in Midtown. This popular event showcases over 435 art vendors, three music stages with 17 local bands, and a children’s area with hands-on projects.
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Free. Rain date: September 20. Sorry, no pets.
25 · FRIDAY
The Mid-South Fair • 274-8800
The fair runs through October 4 at The Landers Center (formerly The Desoto Civic Center) in Southaven, MS. Festivities include the youth talent contest, midway rides, exhibits, live entertainment, special honor days, vendors, and food.
2015 Bartlett Festival & Car Show • 385-5589
This two-day family festival takes place at the W.J. Freeman Park on September 25 & 26. Enjoy an autumn evening with midway carnival rides and games, live music, and vendors. Saturday highlights include a car show, an amateur barbecue cooking contest, musical stages, arts & crafts, children's activities, and food.
Friday, 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30-5 p.m.
Free admission and free shuttle bus.
26 · SATURDAY
Repair Days 2015 - Family Fun Day • 774-6380
Head to the Metal Museum where families can enjoy hands-on activities, blacksmithing demos, and Opera Memphis’ 30 Days of Opera presentation.
Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free. Bring in repairs to help raise money for the museum.
Harvest Fest • 333-6500
Bring your family to the zoo for the weekend (September 26 & 27) to have a down-home good time at the Harvest Fest. Learn from local craftsmen, hear folk music, and churn your own butter at the Once Upon a Farm exhibit.
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free with admission.