This April is full of festivals, food, and fun. With the weather warming up in the Bluff City, Memphians cannot stand having to stay inside. Here are some reasons to enjoy the 901 this month:
- World Relief’s Donation Drive – April 1-3 at Union Avenue Baptist Church
World Relief is responsible to provide housing, social services, cultural orientation, and pathways to employment for refugees new to Memphis. World Relief needs items to furnish homes. Items can either be purchased through World Relief’s Amazon Wish List OR dropped off in the parking lot of Union Avenue Baptist Church.
- Town Hall Meeting with Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. – April 3 at Memphis Bioworks Foundation
The Mayor will engage attendees on a number of issues ranging from the City’s budget and pension to quality of life concerns and ways to get involved in moving our city forward. This is an open event and no RSVP is required.
- Grand Reopening of National Civil Rights Museum – April 4-5
The newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum will host their grand reopening April 4th and 5th. It’s going to be an eventful weekend with plenty to do.
- Memphis Flower Show – April 4-6 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens
The flower show will be organized and presented by the Memphis Garden Club (MGC). Every other year, the Memphis Flower Show features awesome floral arrangements inspired by works of art, current conservation applications, and photography.
- Midtown Opera Festival – April 3-13 at Playhouse on the Square
This one-of-a-kind 10-day festival at Playhouse on the Square features chamber opera, panel discussions, fringe events, parties, and a world premiere in the heart of Memphis! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets.
- Speakeasy – April 5 at Woodruff Fontaine House Museum
Strut your stuff and help the Woodruff Fontaine House Museum to break in their new garden! Come early to enjoy late afternoon spirits in the garden and stay late for dancing under the stars. Celebrate an evening of Gatsbyesque entertainment and traditional imbibements!
- LeBon Appetit – April 5 at Minglewood Hall
LeBonAppetit, presented by Le Bonheur Club, is a charity event benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. This extraordinary celebration of food and wine will be the most prestigious gourmet benefit in Memphis. You must get tickets for this event.
- Ignite Memphis – April 8 at Playhouse on the Square
Twelve Memphians will fire off 20 slides in 5 minutes in rapid-fire talks about their biggest passions. You’ll learn, laugh, and leave inspired. Don’t miss this awesome events and don’t forget to get your tickets.
- Broad Avenue Spring Arts Walk – April 11
All the studios, galleries, and businesses will be open, and there will be plenty of art, food, music and dance performances. You will also get to see the launch of the new Water Tower Pavilion! Found’s marketplace will have a grand opening during the walk as well.
- Overton Square Crawfish Festival – April 12
From 12-6 pm, there will be crawfish and cajun food, arts and crafts vendors, and live music in Overton Square. Artist market booths and vendor booths (no food vendors) are available – call 901-281-6468 if interested. This is FREE.
This on-campus music festival will feature hip-hop artist Big Sean as well as Mississippi rockers The Weeks, hip-hop artist PreauXX and local acts such as Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Mason Jar Fireflies, The Starkillers and DJ Charlie White. There will also be a BBQ festival and car show during the day. The music starts at 1 pm and is FREE to the public.
- Beale Street Wine Race – April 13
At 1 pm, the race will bring restaurant employees from across the city for friendly competition and spirited fun. Includes parade Queen of the Vine contest, wine stomp and the Great Wine Race for cash prizes, and trophies. Come support your favorite team!
- MemFeast on Broad – April 13 at Broad Avenue Warehouse Dock
Enjoy a locally-sourced dinner, live performances, and artist presentations for the Broad Avenue Water Tower Public Art Project… then cast your vote in selecting the winning project.
At 6 pm, the group will meet at the pub, go for a 3-mile fun run and then meet back for a beer (or two) and some grub.
- Africa in April – April 16-20 at Robert R. Church Park
Every year the festival focuses on a different African country. The Republic of Burkina Faso will be this year’s featured country. This is a unique event that focuses on bringing African dignitaries, ambassadors, and culture to the Memphis Community on an annual basis.
- Down to Earth Festival – April 19 at Shelby Farms Park
Celebrate what’s great about going green at the biggest Earth Day celebration in the Mid-South! Join Shelby Farms for a day full of live music, high-adventure play, green vendors, great local food and good, green fun!
- Harbor Town Crawfish Festival – April 19
Enjoy the awesome view of the river while chomping on some good ol’ crawfish at the Harbor Town Crawfish Festival.
- Memphis Craft Beer Week – April 20-26
This week will feature events with American craft beer only. The events will be at different locations throughout the city. The week will be full of beer tastings, beer dinners, and pint nights all across town.
- Memphis Brewfest – April 26 at Autozone Park
Brewfest marks the end of Memphis Craft Beer Week. From 4 pm-7:30 pm, celebrate great American craft beer, and the finest, most exotic beers in the world. Beers, breweries and beer enthusiasts from the region will gather near the bluffs of the Mississippi River on a Spring afternoon for a sampling of fresh beers of all colors, styles and tastes. Don’t forget to get your tickets!
- Dine Out with Friends for Life – April 24
Participate in the 6th annual Dining Out For Life, which benefits Friends For Life, the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS organization in the Mid-South. The following restaurants will be participating. On this day, eat at these restaurants. By doing so, Friends for Life will get appreciated.
- Southern Hot Wing Festival – April 26 at Mississippi River Park
If you like hot wings, great weather, music, entertainment, and events for the entire family in downtown Memphis, this is a festival you cannot miss! Online ticket sales will start April 1st!
- V&E Artwalk – April 26 at 1625 Tutwiler Avenue
The third annual “V&E Artwalk” will raise money and awareness for the V&E Greenline community owned trail which travels through the heart of Midtown and the Vollintine Evergreen Community. The event will feature the work of artists from all over the Greater Memphis area as well as information about a variety of nonprofit.
- Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival – April 27 on Riverside between Union and Beale
This festival includes a crawfish boil, a gumbo cooking contest, crawfish races, and everything else crawfish you can imagine. You can sit on the trolley tracks and enjoy great food, great conversations, and a great time with a good group of people.
- Earth Day 5k – April 27 at Shelby Farms Park
At 2 pm, celebrate going green at the third annual Earth Day 5K! After the race, runners are invited to participate in a tree planting at Shelby Farms Park or to take one of the saplings home to green up their community. Register today!
- East Buntyn ArtWalk – April 27th
The East Buntyn neighborhood of Memphis is gearing up for the fifth annual East Buntyn Artwalk on April 27, 2014. This event will take over the historic district bordered by Central and Southern Avenues and Highland and Greer Streets. St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott, will serve as ArtWalk’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more.
- Food Truck Friday – Every Friday in April at the Dixon
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