Passionate About the Memphis area
and the Moms Who Live Here

100 Things to do in Memphis in October {Fall Break 2019}

It’s officially autumn! Here’s a list of things to do in & around our city during Fall Break and through the month of October:

Happy fall ya'll October is here

1. Come “hang” with the Memphis Moms Blog at our annual event, Hanging with Heroes! Tickets are $10 for ages 1-12! 

2. Visit Priddy Farms and pick out a pumpkin.

3. Buy or make your Halloween costume! 

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, Easel Town, for drop-in Halloween crafts for 3 days over Fall Break. 9-noon!

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

8. MEMPHO Music Festival at Shelby Farms Park is Sat/Sun Oct 19/20. Click here to check out this year’s line up and to purchase tickets. PLUS, we’re giving away a set on Facebook and Instagram, so make sure you follow us!

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. Head to Benjamin Hooks Library for a Bilingual Storytime- Cantos, Cuentos, y Juegos. Bring the whole family for songs, games, and stories that promote reading and bilingualism. October 12, 11-11:30 am.

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

12. Try a hand at kayaking — rentals available at Shelby Farms Park.

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 brand new 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 limited edition pumpkin spice gelato from Sweet Magnolia Gelato Co. at Puck Food Hall on S. Main St.

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

18. October 11-13 is the annual Pink Palace Craft Fair! One of our favorites!

19. Ride the restored trolley downtown!

20. It’s the perfect time of year to treck across the walking bridge to Arkansas!

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

22. Ummm…. Did you know Memphis has a Container Store now? YES! Check out this blog written by one of our contributors on what to buy!

 

container store finds

23. Cedar Hill Farms is an amazing one-stop-shop for all things Fall — take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch, visit the petting zoo on site, and eat an old fashioned donut from their refreshments stand. Don’t forget to try the zip line and amazing playground as well! 

24. Learn to throw darts with atlatl and make a craft at Chucalissa’s {free} Family Day  from 10-11:30 (every Saturday)!

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

26. This year the annual Agricenter Harvest Festival is Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 10am. Free to the public, there will be pumpkin-painting, crafts, and hayrides. 

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

28. While we love our kiddos, sometimes a mama just needs a break. Try out Transformama — the new work space in midtown. It’s kid friendly, so if you need to bring them, let them play while you work!

29. Eat a never-ending bowl of Irish beef stew every Thursday at Celtic Crossing. So delicious!

30. DAY TRIPPIN’ :: Safari Park

31. Leave the kids behind and head over to the Slider Inn for a date! (21 and over after 5pm)

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 in Cordova is the perfect afternoon craft place. Pick a piece and paint away!

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

36. Enjoy a PSL from a local coffee shop.

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

38. Play hopscotch in your driveway!

39. Head downtown for the River Arts Festival (October 26-27)

40. It’s never too early to start celebrating Halloween! Check out the Mid-South Maze near the Agricenter for some haunted fun!

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. Head on over to Michael’s craft store for their Halloween Makers Fest. October 12, 11-2!

46. Try  Halloween Storytime with Iris Orchestra. Following the stories, an “instrument petting zoo” will be open for the kids to touch and see up close the instruments these talented musicians play. A take-home craft will also be offered.

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 17 is Mean Girls and October 26 is Beetlejuice!

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

52. Check out Creation Station at Bellevue Baptist Church! If you have littles, make sure you head around the corner to the baby/toddler room!

53. Buy a to-die-for cupcake at 2 Girls and A Whip.

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 carmel. S’more! S’more! S’more!

58. DAY TRIPPIN’ :: Little Rock, AR

59. Try your hand at skateboarding!

60. Oct 19th is Family Day at the Metal Museum! Enjoy free admission to the museum & grounds, plus exciting & educational demos. Hands-on projects include Pewter Casting, Twisted Wire Bracelets, Stamped Copper Whirligig Toys, and Art Tiles.

61. Bust out that vintage hacky-sac.

62. Root for the Tigers! Memphis plays Tulane on Saturday, October 19. 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. Play checkers.

65. Grab a lab coat and experiment with nature at Lichterman Nature Center’s Fall Break STEM Camp, October 14-18th!  Meet live animals and hike in nature while participating in true experimental science. Open to campers in grades 3-8. Grades 7-8 will participate in an advanced STEM camp. 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. On Friday, Oct. 25, the Pink Palace is playing the original Ghostbusters AND Ghostbusters 2 on the IMAX screen.

70. Try acupuncture at Sundara Wellness.

71. Grab brunch at Sunrise Memphis! So delish!

72. ZOO BOO! Friday/Sat/Sun, October 18-20, and October 25-27, + Halloween the 31st.

73. Because you can crave pancakes at any time, try the Pancake House on Summer Avenue.

74. Visit the Saddle Creek Beer Garden in Germantown for some local brews, food trucks and kid activities! Check their Facebook page for specific weekend line ups! 

75. Wright’s Martial Arts is the right place to try out a free karate class! Contact them today!

76. Get a haircut at the newest Pigtail and Crewcuts in East Memphis! Tell them the Memphis Moms Blog 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 Hornets at 7pm on Monday, October 14 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. The third annual Memphis Food and Wine Festival is October 12 from 6-10 pm at the Memphis Botanic Garden!

91. Fit4Mom has family classes every Saturday morning at 9:30 at Shelby Farms. Meet by the playground and show your significant other just how strong moms are!

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! There are two home games left for Memphis 901 FC! October 12 and October 19, both at 7 pm. 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. Take a stroll through the Memphis Botanic Garden. It’s finally cool enough to enjoy the garden WITHOUT the water feature!

99. DAY TRIPPIN’ :: Tupelo, MS

100. Memphis Tequila Festival is Friday, October 25 in Overton Square. 

, , , , , ,

2 Responses to 100 Things to do in Memphis in October {Fall Break 2019}

  1. Avatar
    Monica Casey October 6, 2018 at 10:14 AM #

    There are awesome tips! Thanks for some great ideas!!

    FYI I just went to the KROC Center link you shared (I had never heard of them) and their pool is closed through sometime in November. I don’t know if it’s the same pool they would use for a lazy river ? but just a heads up in case.

    Happy fall break!

  2. Avatar
    Yelena October 7, 2019 at 9:43 PM #

    Great list! Thanks for compiling! To add to this, newly opened Music Box school in Germantown offers a fall break camp packed with music education, fun, games and a performance for parents and friends at the end of the week. Every day for the price of one music class. Give them a call or look them up on http://Www.musicboxinc.com.

Leave a Reply