It’s a bang-up good time during the city’s 4th of July celebration (taking place on the 3rd), provided by the Riverfront Development Corporation. Mud Island River Park is the place to be, and it’s free! Come early and bring lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of family-friendly fun and local entertainment (park opens at 10 a.m.). Please leave coolers and pets at home, but refreshments are available for purchase on the island. Access by walking across the monorail bridge from Front Street; drive over through the North Entrance off the Auction Street bridge; or take the monorail ($2 each way). For more information, call 576-7241 or visit mudisland.Com. Enjoy the show! Thru Jul 25: Music Mondays. Visible Music College presents live music performances by alumni, staff, and friends. 6–8p, free. Corner of Cooper and Young, cooperyoung.biz. Jul 2: Fishing Rodeo and Family Fun Fest. Bring your fishing pole and reel in a morning of tall tales, family fun, and prizes in three age categories to benefit Youth Villages. 6–9a fishing, 7–10a fest, free. Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, Highway 79 and Appling, 251-4823. Jul 2: Flag City Freedom Celebration. Spend time with the family outdoors enjoying live music, food and drinks, and spectacular fireworks, 4:30p, $5 per vehicle. Navy Lake, Millington, 876-5555. Jul 2, 3: Red, White, and Baseball BOOMS! Eat a hot dog in a world-class stadium and cheer on the Redbirds as they play against the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Firework displays follow the game. 6:05p, $5. AutoZone Park, 721- 6000, memphisredbirds.com. Jul 6: Master Taster’s Club. Join fellow wine enthusiasts at the Peabody Corner Bar every first Wednesday to sample wines selected by sommelier Jeremy Nash and appetizers from the Peabody chefs. 5–6:30p, $15. Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. Jul 7: Cooper-Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip district, restaurants and stores host live music, specials, and assorted cuisines. 1st Thursdays, 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. Jul 7: Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry. Watch the award-winning documentary film that explores the roots of American tattooing through the life of iconoclast Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Drinks and live music precede the screening.6–8:30p, free, 21+. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. Jul 7: Tour de Forain. Enjoy an exhibition tour of the works of Jean-Louis Forain, dining at Café Forain, and live music by French-inspired musicians Tarte Blanche. 6:30p. Dixon Galley, 761-5250, dixon.org. Jul 7, 14, 21, 28: Peabody Rooftop Parties. The South’s Grand Hotel hosts live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and sunset views over the Mississippi River.6–11p, $10, ladies free till 7p. Peabody Hotel, 529-3668, peabodymemphis. Com. Jul 7, 14, 21, 28: Sunset Atop the Madison. Enjoy a rooftop evening of music, cocktails, dancing, tapas, and small plates. 6p–1a, $7. Madison Hotel, 79 Madison, madisonhotelmemphis.com. Jul 8: Sleep Out on the Mississippi. Sleep under the stars next to Ol’ Man River At the beautiful Mud Island River Park. Tent, dinner, live entertainment, recreational activities, campfire with marshmallows, and breakfast are provided.RSVP 576-7237, mudisland.com. Jul 8: Evening Stroll through Elmwood. Take a twilight walking tour through the grounds of the cemetery and brush up on Memphis Civil War history.6:30p, $15. 824 S Dudley, RSVP 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org. Jul 9: A Hole in Juan. Compete for clues and prizes while enjoying dinner at this interactive golf mystery presented by Death Du Jour Mystery Theater. 7–10p, $38. Spaghetti Warehouse, 40 Huling, 210-0545, deathdujourmysteries.Com. Jul 10: Footloose Benefit Performance. Get footloose before the show with DJ music, appetizers, wine tasting, and Spirit of SRVS commemorative artwork to benefit Shelby Residential and Vocational Services. 1:30p, $35. Playhouse on the Square, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Jul 16: Celebrate French Independence. Make your own Eiffel Tower out of sugar wafers, listen to French pop and hip-hop as local artists demonstrate impressionist techniques, and watch painting dancers from New Ballet Ensemble.10–4p, free. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. Jul 15: Scenes and Things. Fully costumed and staged scenes from opera, operetta, and musical theater performed by Opera Memphis Senior Conservatory students. 7p, $5. Clark Opera Memphis Center, 257-3100, operamemphis.Org. Jul 16: A Very Impressionistic Family Day. Enjoy a day of art-making, performances, and activities inspired by the beloved French Impressionists including a scavenger hunt through the Impressionist Revolution exhibit. 10a–1p, free.Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. Jul 16: Salsa Splash Bash. Cool off at an outdoor water park featuring a slide, obstacle course, rock-climbing wall, bungee swings, and trampolines. 10a–1p, $15. Children’s Museum, 458-2678, cmom.com. Jul 16: Back to School Community Health Fair. Healthcare Organizations of Greater Memphis Coalition help families get healthy at a fun-filled day of music, games, and giveaways. 10a–2p, free. Booker T. Washington High School, 2501 Flora, 328-5564. Jul 21: Vision Awards Luncheon. Bill Haslam, Govenor of Tennessee, keynotes this Center City Commission lunch that presents the 2011 Downtown Vision Awards, 11:30a–1:15p, $75. Peabody Hotel, 575-0555, downtownmemphis.com/annualmeeting2011.asp. Jul 21: 3rd Thursdays Block Party. Music, food and drink specials, retail and restaurant discounts, and art gallery treasures. 5:30–till, free. Peabody Place and Main, downtownmemphis.com. Jul 23: Blues on the Bluff. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for live music, BBQ, wine and beer, and a bluesy evening on the Mississippi River to benefit WEVL FM 89.9. 6–11p, $20. National Ornamental Metal Museum, 528- 0560, wevl.org. Jul 26: Tuesdays on the Terrace. Celebrate summer, tasting top wines from the Golden State’s wine regions, along with hors d’oeuvres. 6–8p, $35. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanic.com. Jul 28: Soiree with Anthropologie. Celebrate la vie de femmes and the fashion de Forain! Invite your favorite amies for a champagne tasting, French delicacies, a fashion show, and sounds from local chanteuse Grace Askew. 6–9p, $30. Dixon Galley, 761-5250, dixon.org. Jul 28: Christmas in July. Get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping with local vendors, live music, food, and drinks to benefit the Downs Syndrome Association. 5–9p, $5. Lexus of Memphis, 2600 Ridgeway, 362-8833, dsamemphis.Org/christmasinjuly. Jul 29: South Main Trolley Tour. Ride the Downtown trolley or stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries open their doors, displaying unique art merchandise and cuisine. Every last Friday, 6–9p, free.South Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. Jul 30: Bob Dylan and His Band with Leon Russell. Folk rock legends play on the Mississippi for one night only. 8p, $60. Mud Island Amphitheatre, 576- 7241, mudisland.com. Jul 30: SportsBall Black Tie & Tennis Shoe Gala. Lace up your tennis shoes and play games for grown-ups, dine on delightful food, and dance the night away for a good cause — your feet and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis will thank you. 7p–midnight, $125. Minglewood Hall, 323-5440, msmentor.Org/galatickets.
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