One Day in the Life of Downtown Memphis

We've picked 1 day - Saturday, Sept. 21 - to show you some of the great things you can do downtown this time of year. Start the day off with a cup of organic coffee and a fresh muffin at 7 am and find yourself dancing at midnight, all within a block or so of the River.

Memphis Farmer’s Market, 7am - 1 pm. (S. Front at G.E. Patterson).  Fresh produce, flowers, downtown neighbors, and always something special. On the 21st there's story-time, pet adoptions, and 3 different musicians. Click HERE

Downtown Bicycle Ride. 9 am. (Start: Central Station Pavilion, G. E. Patterson). Take a fun, leisurely ride through Downtown led by Bill Draper. Free. Helmets required. Click HERE for more information. 

McKellar Lake Cleanup with the Memphis River Warriors. 10am-12 pm. (Jack Carley Causeway & W. Trigg Ave.). Started by U of M students, the River Warriors stand for stewardship of our waters, and they're making  difference. You can help. For more info., find them on Facebook.

Downtown Museum Day, 10am - 5pm. 16 museums and attractions are offering free or ½ price admission to showoff downtown's attractions. More info., a list, and links on Facebook.

AIA Celebrates Architecture Month with 2 free Walking Tours. 
Downtown Building Tour. Led by Keith Kays. 10:30. (Starts at 1st TN Bank, Madison & 3rd). 
Court Square and Its Surroundings. Led by Jimmy Ogle. 11:30 am. (Starts at Hebe Fountain in Court Square). 
For more info., click HERE.

Equinox Sunset Hike along the Riverfront, 5:30 - 7:15pmSunsets on the MS River are often spectacular, and this Sierra Club hike along the Bluffwalk has become an annual event. Bring your camera, explore the riverfront parks (about 3 miles), and get updates on air & water quality and riverfront development issues. (Starts at Butler Park). Click HERE.

Blues Ball. 7pm. It's the 20th annual Blues Ball recognizing the incredible music that has come and continues to come from Memphis. The setting this year: Gibson Guitar Factory (145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.). Tickets: $200. Click HERE.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 - 9:30 pm.  Opening concert of the season by the fabulous Memphis Symphony Orchestra at beautiful Cannon Center (255 N. Main Str.)  Conducted by Mei-Ann Chen, the program includes Copland's "Lincoln Portrait with violinists Joy Brown Wiener and Ellen Cockerham and narrator Gayle Rose. Click HERE.

And this list doesn't include the fantastic restaurants where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner; the boutiques for shopping; or all the spots for live music. You can find listings and calendars in The Flyer, Downtown Memphis calendar, Downtowner Magazine, and Commercial Appeal for starters.