Visiting Memphis on the last Friday of the month? Head to the South Main Historic Arts District, where from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the South Main Art Trolley Tour makes the neighborhood jump.
The historic warehouse district's resurgence began with residential developers and artists taking advantage of the cheap rents. Today, the neighborhood is one of the more vibrant residential communities of Downtown Memphis, featuring restaurants, bars, art galleries, local boutiques, and small businesses scattered throughout. And the party that brings everyone together takes place the final Friday of the month, when all those businesses keep the doors open late.
The Main Street Trolley that runs through the district is free, but the fun really happens when you stroll from gallery to boutique talking to friends and complete strangers. Musicians often find a spot on the sidewalk to play, next to kids trying to figure out hula hoops, next to carts selling Memphis-made Ghost River beer. And it all mixes perfectly.
Some of the city's more fun boutiques are found in the neighborhood, and Trolley Tour night is a good opportunity to check them out without any pressure to buy. The same goes for the many art showings that pop up in the neighborhood's permanent galleries and temporary spaces.