Overton Park Conservancy’s sixth annual Day of Merrymaking festival, presented by Hollywood Feed, is coming up on October 6, and we’re so excited to present an eclectic lineup of entertainment, both onstage and off. Here’s what you can expect:
- 10:00 AM: Snowden School Marching Band will lead a drumline processional from the formal gardens to the Greensward
- 10:45 AM: The Overton High School Concert Band will perform, highlighting the music of Stevie Wonder
- 11:30 AM: A dance performance by Company d Dancers, a troupe of young adults with Down’s syndrome who choreograph and perform works of classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance
- 12:00 PM: The Hollywood Feed Spooktacular will feature dogs in the finest of Halloween fashions
- 12:45 PM: Genre-defying duo The Rusty Pieces perform their brand of “strum, stomp, shake, slap, and bang” music
- 1:45 PM: A dance performance by Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis, showcasing pre-Hispanic dance and music
- 2:15 PM: Returning favorites Chinese Connection Dub Embassy bring their energetic blend of rock and reggae to the stage
Thanks to an Art Builds Community grant from Arts Memphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission, we’ll also have an instrument petting zoo where festival guests can pick up and get a feel for a variety of instruments. The ABC grant also allows us to work with an interpreter from DeafConnect of the Mid-South, who will be providing ASL interpretation of all the onstage performances.
Thanks to The Commercial Appeal for sponsoring the stage for the second year in a row! Stay tuned for announcements about more art-themed attractions at the festival, including opportunities for our guests to create their own.
Invite your friends to the event! Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation benefiting Overton Park Conservancy.