Nov. 1: Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross Championship. The longest-running cyclocross bicycle race in the U.S. includes challenging off-road terrain and barricades that require dismounts and expert maneuvering. 9–11a, spectators free. Harbor Town Greenbelt Park, 482-5998, outdoorsinc.com.
Nov. 6: Fall Art Walk and Water Tower Lighting. Come get lit! Flip the switch to light the water tower's new mural design while enjoying art exhibits, art gifts, live music, and food throughout the night. 5–10p, lighting at 7p, 2542 Broad, broadavearts.com.
Nov. 7: Howl at the Moon. Live music, DJ Tree on the outdoor stage, silent and live auctions, and plenty of food and drink to make all tails wag while benefiting Streetdog Foundation. 6–11p, The Warehouse, 36 E. G.E. Patterson, 409-5938, streetdogfoundation.com.
Nov. 7: Orpheum Art Auction. More than 400 art items, heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet, open bar, and a chance to win a 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, to support educational programming. 6:30p, Orpheum Theatre, 529-4280, orpheum-memphis.com.
Nov. 7: Dia de los Muertos Community Day. Celebrate Day of the Dead with music, hands-on art, live performances, community altar, and admission to "Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America." Noon–3p, free. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org.
Nov. 7: Party in the Cloud. One-time chance for adults to be teens for a night inside the new CLOUD901, the largest teen lab in the country with 8,300 square feet of creative production space. Benefits Memphis public libraries. 7p, Central Library, 3030 Poplar, 415-2873, memphislibraryfoundation.org.
Nov. 7: IndiaFest. Feel the heartbeat of India through its culture, food, sounds, traditions, and dance. Shop, savor, and engage with one of the world's largest countries. 10a–6p, Agricenter, indiafestmemphis.org.
Nov. 8: Harbor Town Dog Show. Who let the dogs out? All well-behaved dogs are invited to compete in a variety of contests (entry deadline Nov. 5) to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Noon–4p, free. Nursery Park, 578-3566, harbortowndogshow.com.
Nov. 9–15: Downtown Dining Week. Participating Downtown restaurants offer three-course dinners and special menus for $20.15 and two-for-one lunch menus for $10.15. Visit your favorites and try some new places: downtowndiningweek.com.
Nov. 13: Curtain Up! Eight musical acts perform all around the theater, with specialty drinks, BBQ tasting stations, silent auction, and more encore surprises! 7–11p, Playhouse on the Square, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org.
Nov. 13: Wine Down at the Dixon. Wines to be thankful for! Plus great art, live music, and light hors d'oeuvres. 6–8p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Nov. 14: Harvest Party. Live music, soul burgers, piano sing-along, open bar, and seasonal treats to benefit The Cotton Museum. 7p–midnight, Earnestine & Hazel's, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org.
Nov. 14: Adapt a Door 7. Eat, drink, and bid at an amazing event that keeps Memphis Heritage doing what it does best: recycling the past. 7p, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, memphisheritage.org.
Nov. 14: Maria's International Tastes. Live music, silent auction, international food buffet, complimentary beverages, and other surprises to benefit Maria Montessori School. 6p auction and food tasting open; 9p party, Amurica, 410 N. Cleveland, 527-3444, mariamontessorischool.org.
Nov. 14: Taste the Flavors. Craft beer and food pairing event to benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee includes more than 25 styles and brands of craft beer paired with nine premier local restaurants. 6p, Just for Lunch, 3092 Poplar, sicklecelltn.org.
Nov. 14–Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition for children of all ages is filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, and holiday magic. Santa arrives Nov. 14, 9a. Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.
Nov. 15 & 16: Heart Full of Soul. A wining, dining, and dancing experience, benefiting Stax Music Academy, includes silent auction, six-course dining and wine pairing, live performances, and special guests. 5:30p, Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, 683-0441, soulsvillefoundation.org.
Nov. 18: British Arrow Awards. The best of the UK's advertising ingenuity selected by top ad execs across the globe include everything from astounding stunts to side-splitting spectacles. 7p, Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org.
Nov. 19: Daddy-Daughter Date Night. Dinner and dessert, ice skating, Daddy-Daughter dance, Zoo Lights, magic shows, discounted Ferris wheel rides, arts and crafts, tram rides, hot chocolate, keepsake photos, and a night to remember to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South. 5–9p, Memphis Zoo, chickfilamemphis.com.
Nov. 19: Art After Dark. View the latest exhibit while enjoying light refreshments, entertainment, and cash bar. 6–8p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Nov. 20: Graceland Holiday Lighting. Country artist Trisha Yearwood "flips the switch" on the traditional lights and decorations at Elvis's home, officially kicking off the holiday season at Graceland. 6p, Graceland Plaza, 332-3322, graceland.com.
Nov. 20–Dec. 27: Starry Nights. A midsouth tradition with more than 1.5 million lights in the area's largest holiday light show and festival. Mistletoe Village offers arts and crafts, petting zoo, pics with Santa, and hot chocolate. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights.
Nov. 20–Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa's reindeer, magic shows, ice skating, and the Polar Express Train. 5:30–9:30p on select nights, Memphis Zoo, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org.
Nov. 20–Jan. 3: Metal Museum Holiday Store. Metalsmiths hammer out one-of-a-kind creations for a smorgasbord of metal crafts, from jewelry to grilling skewers, for the perfect holiday gifts. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.
Nov. 27: Peabody Tree Lighting. Santa and his elves arrive to light the gigantic holiday tree in the lobby. Local choirs perform holiday classics throughout the day, and the pastry team unveils this year's sugary-sweet Christmas Village. 11a–7p, tree lighting 5p, free. Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.
Dec. 4: Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon. Good Morning America co-anchor, author, and cancer survivor Robin Roberts keynotes this benefit for the West Cancer Center. 11:45a, Peabody Hotel, 516-0500, methodisthealth.org/cancerluncheon.
Dec. 4: A Visible Christmas. Visible Music College presents its annual holiday concert featuring student, faculty, and alumni bands putting contemporary and unexpected twists to Christmas favorites and new, original holiday songs. 7:30p, Cannon Center, 576-1269, visible.edu.
Dec. 4: Holiday Open House and Fundraiser. Live music, food, fun, and fundraising with a silent auction and cash bar to benefit Memphis Center for Independent Living. 4–8p, 1633 Madison, 726-6404, mcil.org.
Dec. 5: St. Jude Marathon and 5K. Lace up your shoes — or just watch the fun — at this sanctioned Boston Marathon–qualifying race, followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 7a, AutoZone Park, stjudemarathon.org.
Dec. 9: Memphis Chamber Chairman's Luncheon. More than 1,000 business and community leaders enjoy music from the Garry Goin Band, lunch, presentations, and announcements. 11:30a–1p, Peabody Hotel, 543-3571, memphischamber.com.
Dec. 12: Holiday Farmers Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! An end-of-the-season market with fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities. 10a–1p, Central Station Pavilion, S. Front & G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.
Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, artvillagegallery.com. Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands. Nov. 29–Dec. 20: Latin American Fine Arts Exhibition; reception Nov. 29, 6–9p.
Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, blues.org. Thru Nov. 30: Dick Waterman's Blues: Fifty Years of Blues Photography.
Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Nov. 7: Dia de los Muertos Community Day, a celebration of Day of the Dead with family friendly fun and free museum entry, noon–3p. Nov. 7–Feb. 28: "Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America," more than 60 pieces of American folk art from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Thru Jan. 3: "Cats and Quotes," featuring felines from a variety of periods.
Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Nov. 7: Marshall Crenshaw, the true rock 'n' roll renaissance man, 8p.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Nov. 7: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "The Planets," 7:30p. Nov. 20–22: New Ballet Ensemble: "Nut Remix." Nov. 28: "Uncle Curly's Classroom: The Stage Play, 2:30p & 7p. Dec. 12: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular," 7:30p.
Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Nov. 27–Dec. 27: "A Tuna Christmas," Tuna, Texas, takes holiday dysfunction to brand-new heights.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Tuesdays & Sundays: Current exhibit curatorial tour, 2p. Wednesdays: Munch & Learn Lecture Series, noon. Thru Nov. 29: Jun Kaneko: Sculptures in the Garden, large-scale, hand-built installations. Nov. 1–Jan. 3: "Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection" and "My Own Places: Paintings and Prints by Martha Kelly."
Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, memphisdna.org. 4th Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.
Farmers Market Downtown: Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Saturdays Thru Nov. 21: All locally produced goods: 7a–1p.
Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. Nov. 8: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "The Planets," 2:30p.
Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Nov. 7: Family Series: "Nearly Lear," seen through the eyes of King Lear's devoted clown, Norris, 7p. Nov. 21: "Infinitus," beatboxing string trio, 7p. Dec. 12: Melinda Doolittle, "American Idol" season-six contender. 7p.
Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767-7322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. Tue.–Sat.: Wild Lunch with the Animal Keepers, noon. Thru Nov. 20: Scarecrows! Frightening and friendly, silly and serious, find the boos!
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. A comprehensive Memphis music experience. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p. Thru Jan. 31: "60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll." Thru May 31: "Jack Robinson: Portraits 1958–72," celebrating the celebrity photographs by Memphian Jack Robinson.
Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Nov. 15: Hollowware. Nov. 20–Jan. 3: Holiday Store. Nov. 22: Ornament Unveiling, 1–3p. Thru Dec. 6: Master Metalsmith Linda Threadgill: Cultivating Ornament. Dec. 13–Mar. 13: "2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition," a traveling exhibition from the Gold Museum of Taipei City Government.
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Thru Nov. 20: "A Heritage Preserved: African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection," the importance of collecting and exhibiting artworks to continue legacies.
Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. "The South's Finest Theater." Nov. 4: Mary J. Blige in concert, 8p. Nov. 13: Family Series: "Arc Attack," spanning the worlds of rock music and science, 6:30p. Nov. 14: Mythbusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed, 8p. Nov. 17–22: Broadway: "Pippin," a high-flying, death-defying musical. Dec. 8–13: Broadway: "Newsies," a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage paper boys rallies newsies from across the city to strike against unfair publishing titans in the early 1900s. Dec. 18: Tony Bennett, 8p.
Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store.
Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Nov. 13: "Living in the Age of Airplanes in 2D," flight and its impact on commerce and culture. Thru Nov. 13: "Humpback Whales 3D," close encounters of their ecological survival. "Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D," visit an extraordinary prehistoric world.
Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Nov. 20–Jan. 10: "Peter Pan," adventures in Neverland.
Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Ongoing: "Wonders of the Universe," a tour through the current night skies.
South Main Association: 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.
South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. First Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, musician feedback sessions, 6–9p, memphismusic.org. Thru Dec. 31: "Stax: Visions of Soul" celebrates songs from the iconic Stax catalog with specially commissioned works by 16 visual artists.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company: UofM Mainstage, 3745 Central, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Dec. 10–20: "All's Well That Ends Well," a young girl finds she can heal death, forgive man, and even redeem humanity, Dixon Gallery.
TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. Nov. 13–22: "A Box of Yellow Stars," and American Christian man goes to Germany and marries 15 Jewish women to save them from being killed in WWII, 213-7566, womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org.
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