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100 Things to do in Memphis over Fall Break

It's fall y'all! Here's a list of things to do in & around our city during Fall Break and through the month of October:

1. Come play with the Memphis Mom Collective at a fall break playdate at Chucalissa! If you've never checked out this Memphis gem, now is the time! It's on Wednesday, October 12 at 10:00 am.

chucalissa playdate over Fall break

2. Visit Priddy Farms and pick out a pumpkin.

3. For ages 8-13, the Kroc Center is hosting a performing arts Fall Break Camp. They will learn about, and star in, The Music Man Kids! For more information and to register, click HERE!

Fall break arts camp at the Kroc Center

4. Craft time at home: create a fall themed wreath like this one.

5. Paint a pumpkin.

Memphis Fall Break paint a pumpkin in October

6. Head over to our favorite art studio, The Art Project, for fall-themed crafts over Fall Break.

7. Rent a MyCityRides Scooter or try out Explore Bike Share! Learn more here.

8. Parents: there are two beer festivals. One is the 2022 Cooper Young Beer Fest on October 22 and one is Memphis Brewfest Weekend 2022 on October 15.

9. Take in dinner and a movie at Ridgeway Malco Theatre. This theatre is a hidden gem with large leather seats that fully recline! (Grown-ups : they serve wine!)

10. Chucalissa is hosting Archaeology Day on October 15 from 10am-3pm. Admission to the museum is free, and they will have food trucks, pottery demonstrations, atlatl contests, storytimes, scavenger hunts, and more! For more information, check this out.

chucalissa archaeology day 2022

11. Billy Hardwick's Bowling is the perfect family date!

12. Brunch and Burn with us! We're offering 4 workouts followed by 4 brunches from local spots! All for only $20! For more info, click HERE.

brunch and burn

13. Try to climb the rope on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Memphis Fall Break climb rope University of Memphis

14. Can't climb the rope? That's ok. Race around the track and time how fast everyone is.

15. Right below the track is the community garden. It's free to the public and you're free to pick any ripe produce or herbs. Try finding the spearmint patch and the lemon leaves!

16. Eat some fall flavored macarons at 17Berkshire in Overton Square.

17. Visit Memphis Rox and try your hand at indoor rock climbing! (Remember, it's pay what you can!!)

18. See a FREE concert at the Overton Park Shell. Shows are almost every weekend, but get there early to claim the perfect spot!

19. Ride the restored trolley downtown!

20. It's the perfect time of year to trek across the walking bridge to Arkansas!

21. Rent a bicycle built for two from the Wheel House at Shelby Farms Park.

22. Visit Novel and buy books about Fall. Go home and snuggle up to read together!fall reading books


23. "Eat Shroomlicious Baby" for lunch one day. Totally vegan, totally yummy. You won't regret it!

24. There are so many new coffee shops in Memphis! Be sure to check them all out!

25. Visit your local library and sign up for a library card. You can take up to 10 books home on each card!

26. Get lost in the MidSouth Corn Maze at the Agricenter! This maze has been around for more than 20 years and this year has a giant, "I Love Memphis" script in the middle.

27. Head to the rooftop at Aldo's Pizza and share a large, extra-cheesy pie.

28. Head to Fayette County and explore the area for the day! Click the link for to-dos!

29. MOSH/Pink Palace Creepy Science Camp, October 10-14. Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? Become a mad scientist for a day while mixing your own chilling potions. Learn about the human body through dissections. Discover all the creepy crawlies (spiders, snakes, and bats oh my!), and how they play a role in the environment. Open to grades K-5. Register Here.

30. DAY TRIPPIN' :: Safari Park

31. Evanescent at the Brooks Art Museum is an immersive, outdoor light and sound experience inspired by the beauty, fragility, and transience of the natural world. Resembling oversized clusters of bubbles, the installation invites visitors to walk around, through, and under the iridescent spheres that will be installed on the museum’s plaza on September 29 through October 21.

brooks balls

32. Get dressed up and visit the Peabody Hotel for the twice daily duck walk.

33. Farmer's Markets are in their prime season -- load up the family for a fun Saturday morning at either the Downtown Farmer's Market (Front Street) or the Cooper Young Farmer's Market (First Congo parking lot). Fresh veggies, fresh meat/seafood, fresh flowers, and fresh coffee.

34. Pitter Potter Mobile is an easy way to get a craft delivered right to your door. Pick a piece and paint away!

35. Jumping Jellybeans is a super fun, boutique play space in Memphis. Perfect for littles!

36. Head to Goldfish Swim School for FAMILY SWIM night!

37. Drink hot apple cider! (Add caramel vodka for an AMAZING adult beverage!)

38. Try your hand at Belltower's Pottery classes!

belltower pottery classes

39. Head downtown for the River Arts Fest (October 22-23)

40. Try you hand at fishing! The Catch Em Lake is open at the Agricenter on weekends from 8am-6pm!

41. Get your Pinterest on and make a DIY, homemade bird feeder! There are a million ways to do them, and your neighborhood birds will thank you!

42. Take a family picture at a pumpkin patch.

family in pumpkin patch in October

43. Check out Primas Bakery + Boutique -- a beautiful shop down on S. Main with sweet treats and amazing finds!

44. We know most pools are closed for the season -- but the Kroc Center has an indoor lazy river!

45. Get some new fall plants! The Fall Plant Sale at the Memphis Botanic Garden is October 7-8!

46. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is playing Schubert The Great C Major on Friday, October 21, at 6:30 at Crosstown Theater.

47. Ride the carousel at CMOM.

48. Buy a scarf from Fox + Cat Vintage.

49. Make Rice Krispy treats!

50. Catch a movie in Chimes Courtyard in Overton Square on Thursday nights! October 6 is Sister Act and October 13 is Paw Patrol!

51. Did you know the Taco Bell on Estate Drive has an indoor playground? Yaasssss! Whoops, now the secret's out.

52. Crosstown Concourse is hosting Day of the Dead on October 22nd from 5pm-8pm!

53. Buy a to-die-for fall-themed cookie from locally owned Bluffcakes.

54. Gather the neighborhood kids and play an "old fashioned" game of Red Rover!

55. Build a bonfire! Have a tiny backyard? We recommend purchasing a fire pit!

56. ... now you can roast weenies!

57. ... or make s'mores. So.Many.Options. Peanut Butter Cup, Choc Cherry Cheesecake, Mint peppermint patty, or even salted caramel. S'more! S'more! S'more!

58. DAY TRIPPIN' :: Little Rock, AR

59. Try your hand at skateboarding!

60. Oct 22 from 11 am-2 pm is Family Fun Day at the Metal Museum! There’s nothing like watching blacksmiths move steel as easily as clay or watching a foundry crew melt down and pour more than a ton of iron. At Family Fun Day, aspiring metalsmiths of all ages and skill levels can try their hand at various processes.

61. Bust out that vintage hacky-sac.

62. Root for the Tigers! Memphis plays Houston at home on Saturday, October 7. Get your Tailgate on!

63. Roller skating at Cordova Skating Rink is always a popular thing to do with the kids! Grab your spouse and couple-skate all.night.long.

64. Learn to play chess at the newest place in town, Memphis Chess Club.

65. Grab a lab coat and experiment with nature at Lichterman Nature Center's Fall Break STEM Camp, October 10-14th!  Join in the Great Exploding Pumpkin Experiment; then practice your slingshot skills with the exploded pumpkin pieces. Enjoy nature walks and live animal encounters along with tons of experimental science and recycled art projects. Open to campers in grades K-8. Register here.

66. The Mid-South Ice House is the best place to try ice skating!

67. Carve a pumpkin.

pumpkin carvingOctober Memphis

68. Make homemade pumpkin bread.

69. Join the  Pink Palace/MOSH Museum and a host of community partners in celebrating all things STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics.) at their 2nd Annual STEAMFest, October 22 at MoSH Central/Pink Palace. There will be a variety of fun activities including: Pendulum Painting, Exploding Pumpkins, Balloon Zipline Races, and More!

70. Try acupuncture at Sundara Wellness.

71. Grab brunch at Sunrise Memphis! So delish!

72. ZOO BOO! Select Nights October 14-31.

73. Because you can crave pancakes at any time, try some fall flavors at Stak's. They even have an apple mimosa!

74. Paint Memphis is October 8. This one day event showcases local and regional artists. The fun takes place 660 South BB King Boulevard from noon-7pm.

75. Go on a scavenger hunt for the best Memphis Mural. Have you seen this one?

mural76. Get a haircut at Pigtail and Crewcuts in East Memphis! Tell them the Memphis Mom Collective sent ya!

77. Fall Break History Lesson: "Broadway Pizza was started by Lana Jeanette Cox in 1977. She came from a Native American family of 16 siblings in Arkansas, where she lived abused and in extreme poverty until the age of 16. At that point she decided it was necessary to leave and try to find a better life in Memphis, TN. There she found a friend in Mr. White the owner of White’s Pizza. He hired her as a waitress, but she was soon learning the ins and outs of the business. After a few years she decided to buy the building at 2581 Broad in the hope to one day in the distant future open her own business. When word of this purchase reached her superior, he was offended seeing her recent acquisition as a threat to his livelihood therefore he fired her immediately. Then some say out of spite, but really more from desperation, Jeanette opened the pizzeria that would one day grow to what we know as Broadway Pizza today." Basically, go eat there.

78. Take a trip to Trader Joe's. Get all the pumpkin things!

79. Hire a babysitter, grab your friends, co workers, or family members and hire Sprock 'n Roll -- Memphis' Best Party Bike company! They have 8 routes to choose from and many different package deals!

80. Collect leaves and try to name them without a guide book.

81. Take a nature hike in Shelby Forest.

82. DAY TRIPPIN' :: Jackson, TN

83. From 20 minute pony rides to 2 hours trail rides, Shelby Farms Stables is the perfect place to try horseback riding. They even offer lessons and private group rides!

84. Play Memphis-Opoly!

85.Have a fall birthday in your family? Book Donut Hutt for one of the best birthday parties around! (or pretend it's someone's birthday and just book a party anyway!)

86. The Grizzlies will host the Heat on October 7 and the Knicks on October 19, at FedExForum.

87. Create a blanket fort.

88. Snuggle under a blanket as you watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

89. Read Fletcher and the Falling Leaves or other autumn themed picture books!

90. Memphis Food and Wine Festival is October 15 at the Memphis Botanic Garden!

91. Fit4Mom has classes every Saturday morning at 9:00 at Shelby Farms. Meet by the playground and bring your kiddos! First class is free!

92. Take the whole family and try your hand at picking apples straight from the tree! Jones Orchard, on Hwy 51 in Millington, is a must-visit; during harvest season, their farm is full of pick-your-own fruit including apples, berries, nectarines, plums and of course, farm fresh, Tennessee peaches!

Memphis Fall Break Jones Orchard pumpkin patch in October

93. Go see a soccer game! Memphis 901 FC hosts Tulsa on October 15 at 7:30! Go cheer on the home team!

94. Make homemade play dough! Here's a fun recipe for dye-free pumpkin pie play dough!

95. Check out the Fire Museum of Memphis. The museum is located in the renovated Fire Engine House #1 at 118 Adams Ave., downtown. Ages 2 and under are always free!

96.Featured on the Food Network, eating at Rizzo's Diner is a must. Their chorizo meatloaf sandwich is ah-mazing.

97. Take a nap.

98. Buy beer and eat sandwiches at Lucchesi's Beer Garden. Kids welcome for lunch!

99. DAY TRIPPIN' :: Tupelo, MS

100. Don't forget to buy or make your Halloween costumes!

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