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 Lausanne! Geared for ages 5 and under, it’s on Monday, October 11 at 10:30 am.

fall break playdate

2. Visit Priddy Farms and pick out a pumpkin.

3. Elsa and 2 other princesses from Dreams Come True Princess Parties will be at an MMC playdate at Cameron Brown Park on Wednesday, October 13 at 10:30 am!

elsa playdate

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

8. Parents: there are two beer festivals. One is the 2021 Cooper Young Beer Fest on October 9 and one is Memphis Brewfest Weekend 2021 on October 16-17.

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 16 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.

archaeology day

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 fall flavored macarons at 17 Berkshire 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 Levitt Shell. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights from 7-9.

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. 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. 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 is the 20th anniversary of the maze and this year it features the New Bridge and the Memphis skyline.

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. Enjoy s’mores, singalongs, stories, and more at the Family Campfire at the Garden on October 15. Guests will learn about plants and animals that come out when we go to bed among the many fun festivities this evening. Guests will also participate in an old-fashioned campfire singalong while making s’mores over the fire at this family-friendly campfire party. Tickets are $10 for MBG Members and $15 for Non-Members (per person). botanic garden

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 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. 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 23-24)

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 11-15!

46. Iris Orchestra Concert: October Sunshine is October 16 at 7:30 at GPAC

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 7 is Annie (2014 version) and October 14 is Inside Out!

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 16th from 5-8pm!

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 carmel. S’more! S’more! S’more!

58. DAY TRIPPIN’ :: Little Rock, AR

59. Try your hand at skateboarding!

60. Oct 21-24 is repair days at the Metal Museum! Bring in broken and dented metal items to be repaired by professional blacksmiths and bid on handmade metal artwork the the annual Art Auction.

61. Bust out that vintage hacky-sac.

62. Root for the Tigers! Memphis plays Navy at home on Thursday, October 14. 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 11-15th!  Meet live animals and hike in nature while participating in true experimental science. 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. On Friday, Oct. 15, the Pink Palace will celebrate the night sky with stargazing on their front lawn. The museum opens at 7 pm and there will be indoor activities until 9 pm. Telescopes will be set up around the lawn, and short planetarium shows will happen every 30 minutes.

70. Try acupuncture at Sundara Wellness.

71. Grab brunch at Sunrise Memphis! So delish!

72. ZOO BOO! Friday/Sat/Sun, October 15-17, October 22-24, and October 28-31.

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 9. This one day event showcases local and regional artists. The fun takes place 660 South BB King Boulevard from noon-7pm.

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

76. 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 Hawks on Saturday, October 9 and the Pistons on Monday, October 11, 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 16 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 San Antonio on October 10 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. 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. Don’t forget to buy or make your Halloween costumes!


  1. 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. 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.


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