Halloween in Memphis—Great Events to Attend

Happy Halloween

October is a great time of year—not only do we get to enjoy all the beauty of fall, but we get the fun of Halloween! If you are looking for some spooky fun, here are some great ways to celebrate Halloween in Memphis.

  • VolleyBOO! If you love playing sand volleyball, gather your team and sign up for this tournament. It will be held on October 21st at the Railgarten Sand Volleyball Courts. Players are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be a prize awarded to the best costume. There are also cash prizes for the winning teams.
  • Halloween Martini Tasting. On October 28th at D&S Gatherings, come dressed in your best Halloween costume and enjoy tasting martinis. Your ticket will include six Martini samples, one full-size Martini of your choice, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and live entertainment.
  • Cooper Street Massacre. This is the biggest Halloween costume party in the area. Head to The Haunted Sanctuary (1015 Cooper Street) on October 28th for the most fun.

Which of these Halloween events are you most interested in attending? If you need a new car this year, please come visit us at Gossett VW Germantown, and we will help you find the perfect used car to fit your lifestyle.

Local Spring Events in Memphis

Memphis Tennessee

There’s no shortage of fun local spring events in Memphis, Tennessee. Here’s just a few things the city has to offer as the weather warms up.

Lantern Light Festival
Catch this one before it goes away on May 7th! At Agricenter International, you’ll get the opportunity to experience Chinese culture up close and personal. All ages are welcome, with plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Chainsmokers Concert
This is one for the young adults or the young-at-heart. Enjoy electronic dance vibes from this award-winning musical duo at the FedEx Forums.

Peabody Rooftop Parties
These parties are occurring every Thursday night from April 13th until August 17th, featuring a live DJ, several bars, and a stunning view of the river for crowds 21 and over.

Nature Connects
LEGO is bringing its famous colorful bricks and nature together through the Nature Connects exhibit at the Zoo. This traveling exhibit will be around until July 9th.

Scavenger Hunt Adventure
This is a year-round event that you can access from your smart phone, turning the city of Memphis into a giant game that last about three hours!

All these great local spring events are just one of many reasons why we at Gossett VW Germantown love serving the community around Memphis. Use one of these suggestions, or find something to do on your own—the important thing is to have fun!

Thanksgiving Events in Memphis You Shouldn’t Miss

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett VW!

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. This is a great time of year to enjoy some delicious food and help those in need around us. Here are a few Thanksgiving events in Memphis where you can lend a helping hand or eat your favorite holiday treats.

  • Thanksgiving Fundraiser Dinner. All friends of the Lowenstein House are invited to this annual event. This is the 38th year for this special dinner that raises money to help those in the community with mental illness. The dinner will be held November 22nd and tickets cost $25 each.
  • ‘Friends’ Thanksgiving Trivia Night. If you love the show Friends and want to show off your trivia skills, head to the Red Room on Tuesday November 22nd or Wednesday the 23rd. Reserve a spot for your team now.

If you’re willing to travel, there are numerous musical events in the surrounding areas right around Thanksgiving.

  • Thanksgiving Experience 2016 Live Gospel Concert. Head to Little Rock on November 12th for this live gospel concert. See performances by Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Lisa Knowles, Joshua Rogers, and more.
  • Thanksgiving Weekend Ol’ School Cabaret. Head to Florence, Alabama on November 25th or 26th for this excellent event featuring The Midnighters.

Which events are you planning to attend this year?

Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy HalloweenThere are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit but there’s none better than paying a visit to a haunted house or trail. Tennessee happens to be home to many excellent attractions designed to inspire fright and thrills leading up to Halloween. Here at Gossett VW, we know of some wonderful Memphis haunted houses and trails that you should visit this fall!

  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – The Wicked Ways Haunted House is widely considered to be the largest indoor haunt in the area. The attraction is filled with zombies, clowns, ghosts, and many scarier obstacles to overcome. The haunt is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 30th to Halloween night.
  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – Located in Millington, the Shadowlands Festival of Fear is open on Friday and Saturdays leading up to Halloween. Doors open at 7pm. Jones Orchard operates a kid-friendly corn maze, hayride, and pumpkin patch until 10 pm so families have something to enjoy together.
  • Haunted Web of Horrors – The Haunted Web of Horrors is located in Cordova and is arguably the best haunted house in the Memphis area. There are multiple haunts to explore. Tormented takes visitors on a walk through an insane asylum, while Dark Matter boasts a labyrinth designed to frighten even the toughest of customers.

Labor Day Activities in Memphis

Labor DayAs one of the most popular cities in America, Memphis is home to a number of attractions that draw in millions of visitors every year. There are plenty of ways to spend a long weekend so here are a few Labor Day activities in Memphis suggested by us here at Gossett VW Germantown!

  • Graceland – Elvis Presley rose to super-stardom, and while he’s no longer with us, his home remains. The Graceland Mansion is often referred to as the second most famous house in America, and for good reason. The mansion sitting on 14 acres of land and houses all of Presley’s mementos, stage costumes, and much more. Travel through time as you walk through the house and pay your final respects to Presley.
  • Memphis Zoo – A visit to the Memphis Zoo is a great way to spend a day. The zoo is home to thousands of animals including mammals, fish, amphibians, and birds. In addition to a diverse amount of exhibits, the Memphis Zoo also holds animal shows and special events on a regular basis!
  • Beale Street – If you want to experience the culture of Memphis, there’s no better place to start than Beale Street. The street is home to the Civil War headquarters of General Grant as well as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. A trip down Beale Street is one of the best ways to take in the city’s culture!

How and When to Get Into Memphis Attractions for Free

If you have kids who have the summer off of school, you are probably looking for fun activities to do with them. Fortunately, Memphis, Tennessee has plenty of attractions to entertain. Visiting these attractions can be difficult if you are working on a tight budget. However, many of the museums and zoos of Memphis offer free admission to Tennessee residents during certain periods of the week. Here’s how and when to get into Memphis attractions for free!

ElephantThe Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 species of animals, and you can see them all for free when you visit the Zoo after 2pm on Tuesdays.

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum documents the events of one of the most important chapters of American history, and you can visit without charge on Mondays after 3 pm.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Soul music is the true soul of the city of Memphis. This museum can be experienced for free on Tuesdays between 2pm and 7pm.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Soul music isn’t the only form of art that Memphis is known for. On Wednesdays between 10am and 8pm, guests can enter the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for an optional pay-what-you-can fee.

April Events in Memphis

Let’s be honest: there’s never a lack of things to do in Memphis. But if you want to explore it outside the usual hotspots, here are some great events coming up in April that you can check out.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival – April 9th

This festival takes over the square with great music, large arts and crafts markets, and tons of crawfish.

30th Annual Africa in April – April 12th–17th

Africa in April transports you to Tanzania through food, fashions, music, arts & crafts, and more! It takes place on Beale Street over four days.

Bacon & Bourbon – April 16th

This event brings you two of Memphis’s greatest things: BBQ and bourbon. Hosted at Central Station, you’ll find every brand of bourbon imaginable and tons of bacon and BBQ. All proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market.

7th Annual Memphis Brewfest – April 16th

You can get brews on this day too, with American and international brews served at AutoZone Park. All proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Beale Street Music Festival – April 29th–May 1st

This annual multi-day music festival hosts tons of headliners including Meghan Trainor, Train, Jason DeRulo, and the Barenaked Ladies.

We at Gossett VW of Germantown hope to see you at one of these great April events in Memphis!

4 Weird Tennessee Travel Destinations

roadThe point of taking a road trip is to make memories, and what better way to do that than to visit these weird Tennessee travel destinations?

# 1 – International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum – Chattanooga

Chattanooga has come to be known over the years for being the one place a person can go and celebrate the tow truck. Not only is the largest tow truck factory in the world located here, but they’ve built a museum too!

# 2 – Giant Skinny Indian – Kingsport

It is really is just that: a giant, skinny Indian. He stands 30 feet tall in front of Pratt’s Restaurant and has done so for that last 40 years.

# 3 – Burgers Cooked in the World’s Oldest Grease – Memphis

Dyer’s Burgers has been using the same grease to fry its burgers for over a hundred years. They have to add new grease from time to time but it’s the same batch they’ve been using since 1912!

# 4 – World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel – Shady Valley

When a lumber company wanted a shorter route to town, they did what anyone would do: they blew a hole in a giant rock. That hole is now the World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel. To find it, take Highway 133 through Shady Valley. Pay attention though; it’s only a few feet wide.

The Best Attractions on Beale Street

Whether you’re visiting Memphis or living nearby it, you know that it’s famous for a handful of things: Elvis, the blues, and barbeque. You’ll experience all of those things when you visit Beale Street, so let’s go over the best attractions on Beale Street.

  1. New Daisy Theatre

There’s not just food and drinks on Beale Street; there’s entertainment, too! The New Daisy Theatre is an all-ages concert venue where doors for most shows open at 7pm. But make sure you hit the ATM, because it’s cash-only!

 

  1. BB King’s Blues Club & Grill

BB King’s has it all: lunch, dinner, shopping, and late-night partying. They need to see I.D.’s starting at 10pm, but there’s also family friendly music on Sundays.

 

  1. The Orpheum Theatre

Another entertainment venue, The Orpheum has plenty of plays and musicals ranging from children’s shows to classics to Broadway shows.

 

  1. Tater Red’s Lucky Mojo’s

Tater Red’s has more unique memorabilia than you can imagine. Open at noon daily, this unforgettable spot has fun collectible items for your tourist visit or Mardi Gras celebration.

 

  1. King’s Palace Café

This Cajun/Creole restaurant has a homey feel and unique dishes. The gator nuggets are better than you ever thought an alligator could taste.