Monday update

One of Downtown Memphis’ best festivals of the year is coming up this weekend, and this time around it’s getting even better. RiverArtsFest moves to the river this Saturday and Sunday. There are two reasons for the move. First of all, construction on Central Station has closed part of South Main, making the former festival location unavailable. However, secondly and on a happier note, holding RiverArtsFest on Riverside Drive will allow attendees to witness the grand lighting of Mighty Lights illuminating the I-40 bridge. Daniel Bastardo, guest-posting for the I Love Memphis Blog, has an idea of what to expect.

The 409 S. Main food hall is getting a new tenant. In November, Wok’n In Memphis will open a permanent location at 409. The pop-up, traveling restaurant has been seen at several locations around Memphis, and now you’ll be able to get Wok’n food every day except Monday when the food hall is closed. On Saturday and Sunday they will have a brunch.

Keb Mo’ and Kirk Whalum will perform at a free benefit concert for Phil Bredesen tonight at the Orpheum. The Tennessee gubernatorial candidate will be there. Note that you must have a ticket (free and available at Will Call when you fill out an online form) to get in.

Haunted South Main Trolley Night happens this Friday. The shops and galleries of the South Main Arts District will stay open late for your shopping and socializing convenience. Wear your Halloween costume. The SMA will have a member area between Primas Bakery and The Peddler Bike Shop, and members will enjoy free food, beverages, and sweet treats from Primas. Not a member? Sign up on site to receive your SMA member card, good for discounts at over a dozen area businesses. There will be a costume contest at The Vault on G.E. Patterson and more spooky fun to be announced.

Dates have been announced for the Jon K. Thompson world-class tours of Memphis International Airport. These tours start with a continental breakfast. Next up are presentations on airport finances, current state, and plans to expand. Then the real fun begins with tours of the airfield, the FedEx World Hub, and the Tennessee Air National Guard site.

Club 152 & The Shadows will have their annual Halloween party on 2 floors this Saturday, October 27. Wear a costume to beat cover, and there will be a costume contest with cash prizes as well as Grizzlies tickets. $3 Fireball and there will also be specials on Wheatley Vodka and Buffalo Trace.

Next time you’re at Max’s Sports Bar, try their fall slush, Bourbon Apple Cider.

Beer lovers, save the date – Memphis Made Brewing Co. will once again be throwing its Malted festival on Saturday, November 10, to celebrate the brewery’s 5th birthday. Bands TBA and they always have a great lineup of special beers for this event.

There will be a cornbread festival over in Little Rock this Saturday.

Terrace at the River Inn has announced its Thanksgiving lunch menu.

That’s it for this Monday. Back tomorrow.