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Save the Dates: April Events in Memphis

Photo: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

April in Memphis means springtime is here and includes plenty of festivals, live music, art shows, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends. See an event we missed? Email us for consideration: contact@choose901.com (please include event links).

Ongoing Events:

  • Monday, April. 25th: Soul Cinema presents: SHAFT (1971) – 7pm – Free
    • Screening at Stax Museum 926 E. Maclemore Ave.
    • Free but donations are accepted

The final installment of the Soul Cinema series. Private detective John Shaft is hired by Harlem mobster Bumpy Jonas to find his kidnapped daughter. Bumpy has no idea who might have taken her but isn’t as forthcoming as he could be about his situation. Features the Academy Award-winning original theme song by Isaac Hayes.

To pay tribute to Prince, the Orpheum will host a special, free screening of Purple Rain on Tuesday, April 26. A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise. This movie is rated R.

The super funny Tuesday Show rolls into April with Katherine Jessup of DC and Justin Thompson of Atlanta headlining. Also: Memphis Rap Queen Happi Johnson, and the Oxford, MS Vigilante Comedy duo of Connor King and Sam Lyons.

  • April 26 – May 31. “Tribute to The Blues: Paintings & Paper”

Original paintings and limited edition prints pay tribute to blues music and the culture surrounding it. George Hunt has created an original painting to promote the Beale Street Music Festival each year for the past 25 years. The show will feature the George Hunt 2016 poster along with selected posters from the past. At the show opening, April 28th, Mr. Hunt will be available to sign posters purchased at the Gallery. Rare “I’m A Man” serigraphs will be a part of the show along with Hunt’s serigraphs from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2005 and 2016 featuring BB King. Opening event is April 28th.

On April 27th members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and former Stax and Royal Studios musicians are collaorating to pay tribute to Isaac Hayes and other Stax artists in the form of The Hot Buttered Symphony. The free event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and features a discussion about the decades-old relationship between Memphis studios and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, stories about Isaac Hayes, and a performance by the MSO String Quartet performing their renditions of some of the label’s most popular hits. This free and family-friendly event will be moderated by John Bass and Allie Johnson. It will take place at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music (926 E. McLemore).

Join a collaborative gathering of young professional leaders from across the tri-state region to discuss economic development, education, community outreach, and more. Reception to follow. Free to attend. RSVPs encouraged.

Learn about the possibilities of social innovation in Memphis at this free speaker event, hosted by High Ground and EPIcenter, and be part of a conversation on the fresh thinking that is pushing communities forward. Hear from David Tarver, an expert in urban entrepreneurship, on how those businesses are different from traditional views of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs in Memphis can be social innovators, approaching civic problems in the same way they tackle a business obstacle.

Come to Clark Towers for an exclusive Wine Tasting and Silent Auction to benefit Our Fallen Heroes Foundation (OFHF). The foundation will recognize Director Gina Sweat for her appointment as the first female Director of the Memphis Fire Department. A local sommelier will lead a wine tasting of four wines from the Puglia region of Italy imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd. There will be a fully stocked cash bar as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction will feature items curated for authentic Memphis experiences. This foundation was created in loving memory to Lt. Trent Kirk who lost his life on Father’s Day on June 15, 2003 while battling a fire at the Family Dollar in Frayser. The mission of Our Fallen Heroes Foundation is to educate and support the surviving family members of Shelby County First Responders.

Kimbal Musk will speak at Rhodes College in the McCallum Ballroom located in the Bryan Campus Life Center.  Rhodes students and the greater Memphis community are invited to attend. Kimbal is a co-founder of The Kitchen, a growing family of restaurants that sources directly from local farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year, and creating quality jobs. In 2011, Kimbal co-founded The Kitchen Community, a complementary non-profit organization. The Kitchen Community builds Learning Gardens in schools around the U.S. reaching hundreds of thousands of students every school day, improving their vegetable intake and academic achievements.  The Kitchen Community has built outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in 46 schools in Memphis since launching the initiative in spring 2015. Kimbal’s restaurant group will open a bistro and a grab ‘n go cafe in Shelby Farms Park later this summer along with a casual pub concept opening in the Crosstown Concourse development in 2017.  Feel free to ask Kimbal questions on Twitter before and after his talk @Kimbal using the hashtag #RhodesTalk.

This spring Huey’s Germantown will host happy hour specials and live acoustic music on their large patio every Wednesday evening. Admission is free. While you’re grooving, don’t forget to take advantage of happy hour specials: 75 cents off most drinks from 4pm – 7pm and 2-for-1 well drinks and select drafts from 4pm – 10pm.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has announced a new art installation project coming to Memphis as part of the museum’s centennial celebration. New York artist Kurt Perschke will bring his world-traveled RedBall Project to the Bluff City April 28th to May 7th. Perschke uses RedBall Project to encourage exploring each city’s unique architectural landscape and history. By squeezing the installation between buildings and hoisting it over pedestrians’ heads the ball punctuates overlooked spaces. See all the announced locations here.

Every Thursday, you can now eat at your favorite, local food trucks at Court Square Park with additional tables/seating and live music. On April 28 enjoy music by Deborah Swiney.

Explore and gain practice in specific skills for Nonviolent Communication, such as Active Listening and “I-messaging.” And explore and connect with the universal human needs and values.

Enjoy a free, family-friendly concert from 6-8 pm by Avon Dale. Feel free to bring some wine or other adult beverages if you so wish. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved indoors to Fleet Feet Sports.

Peabody Rooftop Parties will take place every Thursday night from April 14 to August 18th. Weekly admission is $10 – $15 and the first 200 ladies get in free. Each week features a themed snack buffet and drink specials. VIP Passes for the 2016 season are available at the door for $150. The passes include admission to all 19 parties and the Stella Artois VIP Lounge with weekly event valet parking. VIPs get access to special food tastings from Peabody Chefs and additional drink specials in the VIP Lounge. VIP Pass holders also get an official Peabody Rooftop Party t-shirt, a 20% discount in Chez Philippe / Capriccio Grill / Peabody Deli & Desserts, and 10% off at Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill at Southland Park Gaming & Racing throughout the 2016 Rooftop Party season.

Thanks to Melrose English teacher, Michael Schulte, and his idea for a poetry slam celebrating Poetry Month, Melrose High School students are looking forward to an evening solely devoted to speaking their minds. SPEAK will host the event. All Melrose students are welcome to submit a poem to perform and you have a chance to hear it all. This event will take place at New Hope Baptist Church (2731 Enterprise Ave.) at 6:30 pm, and is free to the public.

“Art by Design,” presented by IBERIABANK, is a unique, three-day event series to raise money for the arts in our city.  Arts Memphis is bringing together a dozen of Memphis’ most sought-after interior designers to create one-of-a-kind “vignettes” within a gallery showroom taking place at Propcellar (2585 Summer Ave.) Guests can enjoy a VIP Dinner, Cocktail Party, and more.

TALK/SHOP is a new speaker and workshop series in Memphis from Creative Works. This dual event blends national and local talent to give you access and insight into some of the brightest creative minds around. The very first TALK/SHOP, Prototype, focuses on starting small, building intentionally, and turning passion into profit. Tickets include complimentary beer from Ghost River Brewery.

  • TALK: Friday, April 29th @ 7pm
    Ft. Tyler Deeb of Misc. Goods Co., Louisville, KY
    With Jamie Harmon (Amurica) and Jim & Julia Steffen (The Bikesmith)
  • SHOP: Saturday, April 30th @ 10am (limited seating)
    Exclusive workshop with featured speaker Tyler Deeb
The Family Safety Center is celebrating their fifth year in Memphis at the 50 Shades of Purple Gala on April 29. The event is a celebration of their accomplishments over the past five years, but also a reminder of the often unrecognized “shades” of domestic violence that victims still face in our community.

The Annual Tribute Luncheon is the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis’ signature fundraiser consisting of three distinct events that encourage philanthropy and foster women’s leadership. Proceeds support the Women’s Foundation’s grant-making and special initiatives that promote the economic security for nearly 16,000 women and children annually. All proceeds from this year’s Tribute Luncheon will benefit WFGM grant-making and the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in the 38126 zip code, where 62 percent of adults and 76 percent of children live at or below the poverty line, more than double and almost triple the rate of the city (30%). Robin Meade, “Host of HLN’s Morning Express w/ Robin Meade” will serve as the featured keynote speaker for the 2016 Annual Tribute Luncheon.  Meade is a broadcast journalist, philanthropist, author and singer-songwriter. For over 15 years she has reported on many of today’s most pressing issues – from world events to momentous pop culture occurrences. Her body of work includes, New York Times best sellers, Emmy Awards and country music albums.

Enjoy a night of free jazz music! First set starts around 6:45, second set starts about 8pm. There is seating for the first 300 guests, and the courtyard is open to enjoy as well as  delicious hot/cold food available.  You can pre-order a dinner picnic from michelle@fortitovercatering.com or call 901-278-0028.

This second incarnation of the Belongings show continues in the spirit of community and the reuse and re-imagining of objects. All artists are invited to participate by purchasing any object of inspiration from the Cleveland Street Flea Market at 438 N Cleveland to transform into (or use as inspiration for) a new work of art. The nostalgia and surprise felt when browsing at a flea market is a ripe field for artistic interpretation. A psychedelic print from the 70’s can inspire a color scheme or shape motif. A plastic bust of Scooby Doo can evoke early childhood Saturday mornings in front of the TV. A cover of an early genre pulp fiction paperback might be a poignant reminder of how prevalent attitudes have changed since the 1950’s. Belongings II: Repurposed will be on view at Crosstown Arts Gallery, 422 N Cleveland, April 29- May 14, 2016.

See the following movies for SING ALONG SINEMA at the Malco Summer Drive in: Blues Brothers, Xanadu, Crybaby, and Cannibal the Musical. Also Visit Holtermonster outside concessions for official Time Warp posters and poster sets, and ArtHouse for cult t-shirts.

Check out this new interactive collaboration by Birdcap + Ninjacat opening on the evening of April 29. Enjoy free food and drinks. This art project is an ongoing, rotating mural series curated by Michael Roy in memory of muralist Brad Wells. Organized in collaboration with Crosstown Arts.

Once again, Memphis in May will deliver a diverse list of musical acts to entertain the expected 100,000+ guests that will travel from across the country and all over the world to enjoy the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival. The festival opens to the public at 5pm on Friday, April 29th. Gates open at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. See the full lineup here and stop by the Choose901 booth!

The 2016 Beale Street Music Festival After Party featuring the Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag presented by WEB and SweetWater Brewing Co. starts at 11pm with doors opening at 10pm.

  • Saturday, April 30 – Family Fun 5k – 9am – $20 before 4/20/$25 after

The Sea Isle Park Neighborhood Association’s (SIPNA) Family Fun 5K Run/Walk is a local event to promote health and community involvement. Proceeds will benefit SIPNA, a not for profit organization.

Vendors will be sprinkled thoughout the block, inside Midtown Crossing and the HiTone, and outdoors alongside tasty offerings from food trucks. Don’t forget to wander through the block, including a visit to the Cleveland Street Flea Market to see the latest treasures within. It’s a sundry of unique vendor booths and offerings open every weekend, year round. If you are an artist or know one that might be interested in vending in one of the Seasonal Crosstown Markets, the application can be found here.

Come out on April 30 to cheer on Memphis Roller Derby, and if you’re a student at any post-high school institution, bring your ID to get $2 off adult admission. Doors open at 5, first bout starts at 6. First bout of the night: Memphis Hustlin’ Rollers vs. Red Stick All Stars
Second bout of the night: Blues City Bombers vs. Twin City Knockers There will be snacks, limited edition merch, and – of course – your favorite derby girls. Adults 13 years & up are $10 at the door ($9 pre-sale online), kids 5 to 12 are $5, children 4 and younger are free admission. They’ll be playing chuck-a-duck during halftime of the Blues City Bombers bout, so bring your throwing arm to win some great prizes.  After party at the Rec Room.

Enjoy an evening of hip-hop infused jazz featuring the electric Tonya Dyson. Along with this unique performance, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by Chef Shanon Arnold of Chef-4-A-Day Catering.

Come in your favorite Princess Gown, Tea Party attire, boa, gloves, and jewelry. There will be face painting, nail painting, glam tattoos, a princess parade, tea, snacks, and more. Feel free to bring your own cameras for the Grand Princess Parade finale. Everyone that attends (including parents) will need to purchase a ticket.

Enjoy a day in Depot Square where vendors from around the Midsouth will display and sell many handmade crafts and boutique items. There will also be live music, food trucks, kids activities, a bake sale, and more.

Mint Cream will be hosting their vintage expo to showcase local vintage retailers and beauty professionals. Location: Tad’s Imaginarium at 343 Madison Ave (next to Stop 345).

This energetic program opens with Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1, “Classical,” a tongue-in-cheek homage to Haydn and Mozart that displays all the inventive gifts of one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists. The fascinating pianist, Jonathan Biss, brings his daring musical insight to bear with Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 2. To close our “Sweet Sixteen” season, we come back to Mendelssohn, whose Symphony No. 1 – completed before his 16th birthday – displays the full flower of his youthful genius…a brilliant ending to a brilliant season.

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Previous Events:

The Memphis Comedy Festival (MCF) is a four-day celebration of stand-up comedy and the comedic arts. MCF hosts stand-up showcases, themed comedy shows, improv showcases, podcasts, informational seminars, comedy open-mics, and probably (definitely) a karaoke session. It spans a few neighborhoods and several venues and attracts thousands of Memphians.

Come to the Dixon for the first Food Truck Friday of the year! Food Truck Friday is every Friday in April through September. Admission is free to the gardens during Food Truck Fridays.

Free event at Hi Tone for Memphis Comedy Festival. The showcase will be broadcasting LIVE from theoamnetwork.com/live and will feature episode recordings from Black Nerd Power, The Game Show Podcast, The Rotcast, Runnin’ At The Mouth, and Dudes N Space.

  • Friday, April 1 – The Party – 7:30pm – $5

Bring your friends to enjoy swing dancing (lesson included), games, prizes, snacks and a coffee bar with other young adults from around Memphis.

This event on Tiger Lane will showcase neighborhood organizations, Community Development Corporations, faith-based organizations, and so many others throughout the City of Memphis and Shelby County. The evening will be a festive atmosphere that will include entertainment and mobile food vendors.

The Carpenter Art Garden invites you to Fall in Love with Binghampton. Enjoy an evening of art and entertainment with artwork for sale by the children from Binghampton and the local artists who taught them. Featuring Lawrence Matthews, Melissa Dunn, Kenny Hays, Shelley Bolton, Kenneth Alexander, Andrea Morales and Danny Shivers. Appetizers, beer and wine available. Purchase your ticket online or make a $20 donation at the door.

Enjoy a night of free jazz music! First set starts around 6:45, second set starts about 8pm. There is seating for the first 300 guests, and the courtyard is open to enjoy as well as  delicious hot/cold food available.  You can pre-order a dinner picnic from michelle@fortitovercatering.com or call 901-278-0028.

Join the Brooks in celebrating 100 years in Memphis! Featuring live music by Ms. Nikki & the house band from Wild Bill’s, tastes from 14 of Memphis’ favorite restaurants, wines from the Bespoke Collection in addition to other fine wine & beer selections from Buster’s, cosmos and martinis from Pyramid Vodka, a silent auction, complimentary valet and more centennial celebratory surprises.

See the best improvisers from Memphis and beyond as they showcase their talents and make us laugh…hard. Part of the Memphis Comedy Festival.

Go down the rabbit hole in this amazing Alice in Wonderland inspired show. Nava Sanctum and Beyond Wings bring you all new acts including Aerial, Contortion, Juggling, Dancing, Glow and more. This show recently debuted in Nashville and was a sell-out hit. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. This show is for all ages and is fully seated. Children 5 and under get in free. Feel free to dress as your favorite character.

University of Tennessee alumni are joining together to raise scholarship money for future Vols in Shelby County. The Memphis UT Knoxville Alumni Chapter is hosting its inaugural Big Orange Gala presented by Baptist Memorial Health Care on Friday, April 1st at the Botanic Garden from 7-11p. The event will feature heavy hors’devours, silent and live auctions, and live music and dancing. All local alumni and friends of UT are invited to come out for a night of fun for a worthy cause. All proceeds from the gala will go to fund Tennessee Pledge scholarships for Shelby County residents.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Comedy Memphis is the longest running Memphis comedy showcase. It’s a show where comedians can come and do the material they want to do. Hosted by Josh McLane.

Hippy SOUL and HC DP AKA Dojo FAM will be kicking off a 3 city tour and will be stopping in Memphis to turn up on April 1st at The Basement (423c N. Watkins. Hosted by Tutweezy and Kmoorethegoat . Doors open at 8pm. $10 cover, food and beverages will be available.

See comics from all over the country battle it out in Memphis’ premiere roasting tournament.
Location: 423 N Watkins. $7 online or at the door. If you have a festival pass, walk right in, admission to this show and many more included with the Memphis Comedy festival pass.

Enjoy a spring marketplace of shopping, food, and more.

Celebrate Earth Day with Shelby Farms Park during Down to Earth Festival where you can enjoy outdoor adventure, eco-friendly exhibitors, the Go Ape Treetop Ropes Course, and more.In addition to live music and food trucks, you can enjoy family hikes at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm and a Shelby Farms Park Conservancy tour with Jimmy Ogle. The parking fee is $5 per vehicle. All proceeds help keep Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline clean and safe.

Enjoy the first day of the Memphis Farmers Market, Downtown! Tony Manard and Angie Keilhauer will be performing live, while the kids can enjoy crafting their own flower pot for a lesson on growing. There will be food trucks, all kind of locally grown food vendors, crafts, and more.

Enjoy the First Saturday Artisan Market,  live music, games, and beer from Memphis Made Brewing. With the new season brings back the AARP Fresh Savings program. SNAP users will receive up to $10 matched for fresh produce.

Join the Carpenter Art Garden in celebrating the Rec Room’s one year anniversary! Your $15 covers a delicious meal and benefits Carpenter Art Garden programming in Binghampton. Alcohol sold separately.

Come to the fourth annual Reading Flash Mob. Bring the family, a book, and snacks and join other readers on the lawn from 11am-2pm. This event is free and open to the public. What a perfect excuse to gather your friends, family, book clubs, and pets and enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the park. Don’t forget to stop by the Literacy Mid-South tent and learn more about this great organization. They will also have free books to give away.

Jimbo Mathus and the boys invade South Main for another incredible performance of their unique Blues, Country and Rockabilly style. Always a full-house, always a great time! Come see the captain and enjoy beer bucket and food specials all night long.

Springloaded is part of Opera Memphis’ acclaimed two week festival in Midtown. Saturday and Sunday performances, both at 5PM. In keeping with the Opera programming, NBE Repertoire includes work from the French composers, Satie, Ravel, Bizet, American Jazz great, Dave Brubeck and NBE’s own brand of Hip Hop Flamenco fusion! Tickets on sale here.

Comedian, actor, director and producer Martin Lawrence continues his DOIN’ TIME: UNCUT LIVE tour—Lawrence’s first stand-up tour in four years—bringing the show to legendary venues across the country. Lawrence has made a triumphant return to the stand-up stage wowing audiences with his signature style of hilarious stories, social commentary and more.

Enjoy the inaugural Bridal Expo at the Metal Museum. Start planning your wedding day as you meet vendors who have partnered with the Museum for special events. Enjoy food, drinks, wedding cake and free admission to the Metal Museum and grounds as you plan for your big day. Visitors enjoy free admission to the Bridal Expo and the Metal Museum.

Enjoy an evening of true storytelling. The theme is Changes.  If you are interested in sharing your Changes themed story, email spillitstories@gmail.com.

Opera Memphis’ fourth annual Midtown Opera Festival takes place over ten days in April at Playhouse on the Square. It will feature two intimate chamber operas, family events, panel discussions, and a late-night cabaret in the heart of Memphis. The 2016 operas are Peter Brook’s  The Tragedy of Carmen and Maurice Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole. Additional programming is presented in partnership with local institutions includes New Ballet Ensemble’s festival-inspired Springloaded, the Rhodes College Brubeck Festival’s socially challenging and musically delightful The Real Ambassadors, and a fast-paced evening of informative talks with Ignite Memphis.

The National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual April 4th Commemoration. It is a community-focused observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death at the Lorraine Motel in 1968. There will be the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306 and a moment of silence at 6:01pm, the time the fatal shot was fired.

Literacy activists Elliot Perry and Andre Turner will serve as the featured speakers for this education panel moderated by University of Memphis President, Dr. David Rudd. The event will be capped off with a lively conversation between Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Wayne Drash of CNN. The event also features an inclusive social hour with food, beverages and a silent auction. Food for the event will be provided by CFY Catering with refreshments from Wiseacre Brewing Company and Tamp & Tap. Individual tickets are $200 each and are considered a tax-deductible contribution to the collective Fight for Literacy. Funds raised from this particular effort will benefit Coaching for Literacy and its local literacy partners in Memphis, Memphis Teacher Residency and Streets Ministries.

Memphis Fashion Week, held April 4-9, 2016,  is about cultivating and celebrating local and regional fashion through designers, photographers, models and boutiques. Proceeds from official events benefit The Memphis Fashion Fund and Memphis College of Art. The Memphis Fashion Fund, established by Memphis Fashion Week, supports and cultivates local designers and artists in the fashion industry. The Memphis Fashion fund is responsible for the Emerging Designer Project, a program to assist selected up-and-coming designers with funds, mentoring and an opportunity to showcase pieces in Memphis Fashion Week. MFF also supports the fashion design classes at Memphis College of Art. Go here for schedule of events and tickets.

Hosted by Indie Memphis & Crosstown Arts, Located at 430 N. Cleveland. Panel discussion begins at 7:00 PM. Complimentary food and beverages will be available. Free & open to the public thanks to support by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis.

The Jerusalem Quartet, founded in 1993 at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance, and hailed by The Strad magazine as “one of the young, yet great quartets of our time,” has garnered international acclaim for its rare combination of passion and precision.  The Jerusalem Quartet is a record 3-time recipient of BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Award, most recently for their CD of Mozart quartets (2012), as well as for their recordings of Haydn (2010) and Shostakovich (2007). BBC Music Magazine: “An absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.”

Join Spark on April 6 to workshop practices that will help you advance your career, diversify, and get paid. There will also be time to network, and get tips and tricks you hadn’t considered before. Free event, but RSVPs are required.

In 2011 the Department of Justice conducted an investigation into civil rights abuses in juvenile court in Memphis, TN. In 2012, the DOJ released a report of violations and has since been working with juvenile court on reforms to address disproportionate minority contact and due process violations (among other points). For the past three years, there have been major reforms in juvenile justice. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to hear from the DOJ investigators and for the public to discuss experience and observations of the system. Free and open to the public.

Celebrate the opening day at the Overton Park Community Farmers Market. They will have lots of local vendors selling fruits, veggies, milk, meat, eggs, breads, baked good, arts/crafts and more.

Part of a seasonal series, Whet Thursdays invite community members to enjoy the Metal Museum after hours for FREE. Participate in the foundry class, explore the Metal Museum’s galleries, purchase a specialty drink from the cash bar or refreshments from a food truck, listen to live music or simply enjoy the sunset on the Mississippi River.

Formerly known as “Stax Fresh Trax” … this is a music listening session for local musicians and their recordings. Music students, managers, producers, churches, studios, singers, songwriters, musicians, etc. are encouraged to submit music that we’ll play during the session, that includes “Live Feedback” from the audience. It’s a fun, educational and popular music listening session, created for artists and music lovers alike.

Loflin Yard is a new restaurant/bar concept in Downtown Memphis that opens to the public on April 7th.

This is a gathering of musicians, producers, engineers and other service providers in the music industry in Memphis. Free food and beer. Whose invited: Recording artists, music industry professionals and those aspiring to be so, students, musicians, rappers, producers, engineers, and anyone else interested in Ardent Studios. Location: Ardent Studios @ 2000 Madison Ave.

Enjoy opening day of the Memphis Redbirds season and celebrate “College Night”. College students can purchase a $5 LF TruGreen Bluff ticket with a valid college ID at every Thursday home game (must be purchased at the box office). $2 domestic drafts will be available for purchase at the LF Bar throughout the game.

The evening will feature live music, food, beer and wine from Memphis’s best local establishments, silent and live auctions offering fabulous items including dinner for eight prepared by renowned chef Kelly English in your home, original works of art, a luxurious “glamping” package, a weekend trip to Nashville, sporting event tickets, and so much more.  Attendance and bidding during the auction helps support the mission of the Forrest Spence Fund—to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South.

This event is completely indoors. Tickets will be sold at the door all day on Friday and Saturday, and online. There will be all kind of vintage collectibles and goods, a Vintage Fashion Show on Sat, paint demos, food, and fun. 

  • Friday, April 8 – Star-Lite Revue – Doors open 6pm, Show at 7pm – $23

As the celebration of Beale Street Caravan’s 20th anniversary season continues, the one-night-only gospel, blues and soul extravaganza Star-Lite Revue is back. Returning headliner Rev. John Wilkins brings along an all-star cast of some of the best touring gospel acts, including The Southern Sons, The Masonic Travelers, and The Bell Singers. Bringing the contemporary Memphis roots and blues to the line-up will be co-headliner Jimbo Mathus, along with Sons of Mudboy, The Holy Ghost Town Revue and Memphis Ukulele Band.

  • April 8 – April 10 – Brubeck Festival – Various times – All event tickets sold separately 
  • Friday, April 8:
    • 1:30 PM – “Brubecks Play Brubeck” Jazz Workshop with selected Shelby County School students, Evergreen (613 University St.), Free and open to the public
    • 7:30 PM – Dave Brubeck’s “The Real Ambassadors”, A Jazz Musical by Dave Brubeck, Playhouse on the Square (66 Cooper St.), Sandra Franks, vocal music director, Gerald Stephens, instrumental director, Ben Smith, artistic director, Partnered with Opera Memphis, For tickets go here.
  • Saturday, April 9
    • 7:30 PM – “To Hope,” A Mass by Dave Brubeck, featuring Chris, Dan, and Darius with special guest Dave O’Higgins, Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Randal Rushing, tenor soloist, William Skoog, conductor – Cannon Center, 255 N Main St., For tickets go here.
  • SundayApril 10
    • 2:00 PM Matinee – Dave Brubeck’s “The Real Ambassadors”, A Jazz Musical by Dave Brubeck – Playhouse on the Square (66 Cooper St.), Sandra Franks, vocal music director, Gerald Stephens, instrumental director, Ben Smith, artistic director, Partnered with Opera Memphis, For tickets go here.
    • 4:30 PM – Student Time Out! – Rhodes Jazz Band and Shelby County Schools All-City Jazz Band with special guest appearances by Darius Brubeck and Dave O’Higgins – Playhouse on the Square (66 Cooper St.), Free and open to the public, Reception prior to and following the performance.

Explore drone technology with the University of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology during the Commercial Drone Expo on April 9th. This event will focus on the commercial applications of drone technology, display drone uses, and start a conversation on the positives of this growing technology.

Enjoy tons of crawfish, live bands all day, a kids area and great shopping in the vendor market.

There are hundreds of species in the Old Forest–plants, birds, insects, fungi, mammals, and more. You’ve got ten hours to find and identify as many of them as possible! Plan to come out for this special event where you will learn more about the biodiversity of Overton Park. Learn more here.

  • Saturday, April 9 – Grizz 5k – 9am – $45

Go to the FedExForum at 9am for the inaugural Memphis Grizzlies 5k benefiting the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. Starting at $45, you receive entry to the race, a Terrace Level ticket to Round 1 Home Game 1 of the 2016 Playoffs, plus a Grizzlies 5K commemorative t-shirt. Special pricing available for MVP Season Ticket Holders and walkers are available. Registration starts at 7:30am that morning and the race tips off at 9am in front of FedExForum.

  • Saturday, April 9 – Hopped II – 12pm-9pm

Celebrate the start of spring at Memphis Made with tons of hoppy beers. They’ll be releasing a mix of new, old and limited release IPAs all day for the second year of Hopped. They’ll even have a bar dedicated solely to SMASH (Single Malt And Single Hop) beers.
Starting at noon, they’ll be giving away Hopped II glassware to the first 100 customers. There will be music by Big Barton, Burney Warren, and performances by New Ballet Ensemble. Hot Mess Burritos and Food Geek will be onsite to provide great food all day.

Memphis Arts Festival is hosted by the American Muslim Intercultural Network (AMIN) and will showcase some of the Mid-South’s rich and diverse cultural expressions in a family friendly environment. It is open to all local artisans, visual and performance artists who want to share or merchandise their craft with the broader community. In addition to creative works, there will be children’s activities, informational tables and food vendors.

Winter is over. Spring into joy with the best in old time, original acoustic music, bluegrass, and whatnot. Bring the kids and the great grand folks to this show featuring Michael Graber, Andy Ratliff, Adam Brooks, Nathan Breckenridge, Randal Morton, and Johnny C.

  • Saturday, April 9 – Black Violin – 7pm – $20 – $28

Wil B and Kev Marcus are classically trained viola and violin players who first met playing in the high school orchestra in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After graduating college, they joined up as hip-hop studio rats in the South Florida, working with several different acts before returning to their roots by fusing the two genres in a groundbreaking collaboration that has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC.

The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will present their inaugural “Rock the Runway,” a fashion show that will raise money for college scholarships. Proceeds from the fashion show support the Maggie McDowell scholarship that benefits seniors in Shelby County. Every year about 40 students receive this scholarship to help with college expenses.

Support Overton Bark and adoption efforts in Memphis. Featuring adoptable dogs and cats from Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and MAS,  “Give Your Dog a Bone” tag campaign to benefit Overton Bark dog park, a sneak peak of Hollywood Feed’s new bakery with samples and a sneak peek at their store front plans for the new space on Union, acoustic tunes by Alessandra, Tamale Trolley Food Truck, and more.

Various events are planned for this annual beer week. See more here.

  • Monday, April 11 – BEERAOKE – 6:30pm – $55

Maximo’s on Broad will be hosting their first Karaoke Beer Dinner in celebration of Memphis Beer Week. They will have four courses paired perfectly with a Wiseacre beer, Karaoke hosted by Jimmy Tightpants, and incredible cuisine by Chef Julio. Tickets must be purchased online. Dinner, drinks and entertainment all for only $55. Please arrive by 6:45pm. Seating is limited.

A community screening of True Story Picture’s award winning short VIOLA: A MOTHER’S STORY OF JUVENILE JUSTICE will be held at Bethel Church of God in Christ in Frayser. If you or someone you know has been involved in the juvenile justice system, you are encouraged to come, view this 8-minute documentary and share your story.  Please RSVP here. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Also, check out this new project by True Story Pictures: The Juvenile Project. This is a space to find juvenile justice resources and share experiences families have had with the system.  Just City is a proud supporter of this new project to raise awareness and bring resources and hope to families caught in the criminal justice system.

The Nashville surf-trio *repeat repeat have a wall of sound with 60’s style harmonies (think the Mommas & The Poppas meets The Arctic Monkeys). Also playing are Sleepwlkrs and The Big Empty, who are both talented Memphis acts.

  • Wednesday, April 13 – MicroCinema: 2015 Best of Ottawa International Animation Festival – 7pm
    • Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.  Crosstown Arts 430 N. Cleveland St
    • Beverages will be available.

The Best of Ottawa programme showcases many audience favorites and award winners from the OIAF Official Competition. The Best of Ottawa 2015 is only a sample of the outstanding animated works screened in 2015 at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. This year’s highlights include SMALL PEOPLE WITH HATS | 2014 | Sarina Nihei | UK |. Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation & Prize for Best Sound (First Graduation Animation to ever win the OIAF Grand Prize), ISAND (THE MASTER) | 2015 | Riho Unt | Estonia | Cartoon Network Prize for Best Narrative Short Animation, and many more.

Grandma is a 2015 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Weitz. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2015 and served as the closing night film.The film is Lily Tomlin’s first leading role in 27 years after co-starring with Bette Midler in 1988’s comedy film Big Business. It is the second collaboration between Tomlin and Weitz, who previously directed her in his 2013 film Admission. The film was released on August 21, 2015, by Sony Pictures Classics. Outflix is a program of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. MGLCC empowers, connects, educates and advocates for the LGBT community of the Mid-South.

The April in April festival will showcase the Republic of Gabon from an international perspective using a multiplicity of mediums- education, economics, culture, fashions, arts/crafts, music, history, and cuisines. Festival attendees will enjoy a diverse cultural marketplace, four days of fun, festivities, and food with a different theme each day.

Join Jimmy Ogle on this free walking tour of downtown Memphis highlighting historical sites and little-known details about our city’s role in the foundation of American music. Jimmy is a lifetime Memphian and County Historian and he’s offered to do this in honor of Beale Street Caravan’s 20th Anniversary. The musical trek will begin at the BSC office on the corner of Union Ave. and Front Street and end at a Memphis music tourism destination to be announced soon. This event is free to the public, but you must RSVP via e-mail to info@bealestreetcaravan.com.

Join the Teach901 Job Fair hosted at Kroc Memphis. You’ll get the chance to speak with representatives from several different education groups hiring for various schools all over Memphis. RSVP required.

Enjoy food from over 25 local restaurants, a wine pull and silent auction. This event benefits Memphis Urban Young Life.

Top amateur lip syncers will battle local celebrities Mayor Jim Strickland, Al Kapone, Gina Neely, Bev Johnson, and Mark “It’s All Good” Goodfellow. Katrina Coleman from Memphis Comedy Festival will emcee, and Holly Whitfield and Joe Birch will judge. Only one can be crowned Grand Champion. All proceeds benefit Plus-1, a partnership between MIFA and Memphis Light, Gas & Water that provides utility assistance to eligible individuals and families in financial crisis.

Peabody Rooftop Parties will take place every Thursday night from April 14 to August 18th. Weekly admission is $10 – $15 and the first 200 ladies get in free. Each week features a themed snack buffet and drink specials. VIP Passes for the 2016 season are available at the door for $150. The passes include admission to all 19 parties and the Stella Artois VIP Lounge with weekly event valet parking. VIPs get access to special food tastings from Peabody Chefs and additional drink specials in the VIP Lounge. VIP Pass holders also get an official Peabody Rooftop Party t-shirt, a 20% discount in Chez Philippe / Capriccio Grill / Peabody Deli & Desserts, and 10% off at Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill at Southland Park Gaming & Racing throughout the 2016 Rooftop Party season.

Enjoy a weekend of workshops, demonstrations, lectures, a dinner and an auction at Forging on the River 2016. Forging on the River provides metalsmiths and enthusiasts an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and collaborate while enjoying the Metal Museum exhibitions and grounds. There will be a seated dinner and art auction open to the public on Saturday, April 16. Stephen Lunn is this year’s guest artist, and he will host lectures, demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend.

The Memphis Flower Show takes place at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and is open to the public and free of charge on Saturday, April 16th, 9am-6pm and Sunday, April 17th, 11am-5pm. There will also be a Vendor Marketplace on Saturday, April 16th. This festival showcases the incredible riches of art which comprise the Dixon’s permanent collection as well as the gorgeous Dixon grounds and gardens located in the heart of our city.

This high-energy, educational session offers an interactive crash course in Memphis culture, people, and politics revealing why Memphis is the place it is today and how our history impacts where we are headed. Memphis 101 imparts a fresh perspective into the city’s personality and is a great experience for newcomers and longtime Memphians alike. Complimentary lunch provided.  The event is free but registration is required.

/pərˈsēv/ /tu/ /ikˈspōz/ is the graduate thesis exhibition featuring photographic works by Mariah Selitsch Fyke and Katherine Stanley. The exhibition will be on view in the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art April 11-29.

“Bless This Mess” is the graduate thesis exhibition featuring the works of Holt Brasher and Sarah Best Johnson. The exhibition title, a Southern colloquialism, reflects not only the two artists’ upbringing in Louisiana and Alabama respectively, but also various aspects of their work included in the show itself. The exhibition will be on view in the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art April 11-29.

Celebrate Earth Month at Pavo Midtown with food, spirits, live music by Brennan Villines, entertainment by High Expectations Aerial Arts featuring Pavo’s own Gloria Dodds, and more. Proceeds benefit Tennessee Clean Water Network.

Enjoy a night of free jazz music! First set starts around 6:45, second set starts about 8pm. There is seating for the first 300 guests, and the courtyard is open to enjoy as well as  delicious hot/cold food available.  You can pre-order a dinner picnic from michelle@fortitovercatering.com or call 901-278-0028.

Shangri-La will open early for the RSD stuff. Then at 2 pm, they’ll have a big free show in the parking lot to celebrate Jared McStay’s birthday. So far they have the original SIMPLETONES line-up slated to play, with more bands announced soon.

In the spirit of upcoming Earth Day and its theme of sound environmental practices, the staff at Chucalissa have planned a fun-filled day of family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities. There will be an ethnobotany hike, spear throwing, garden history and planting, the Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab, crafts, and more. Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for all activities.

Come out for a full day of fun to benefit Maria Montessori School. Registration begins at 9:30am. There will be children’s games, food, kayaking, boat tours, a trophy ceremony, boat races, duck race, music, and more.

The 5th Annual Shelby Forest Spring Fest will be held in the old UA Moore Ballpark (Shelby Forest State Park). There will be a sanctioned KCBS BBQ competition, live music, food trucks, a crawfish boil and eating competition, arts and crafts vendors, wildlife and cultural exhibits, a cornhole tourney, and more. This festival is free but donations are accepted to help support Shelby Forest wildlife conservation, beautification of the park, and to further the development and operations of SFSF. Vendors applications are accepted until April 13th.

Dozens of chefs from around the country are coming together to raise money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at the 3rd annual Le Bon Appetit, a culinary showcase and auction. Tickets to the event are $250 each. VIP tickets are also available for $500 each. The VIP tickets include a special VIP experience, specialty cocktails and a charcuterie station.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (also called Refugee All Stars) is a band from Sierra Leone which was formed by a group of refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War. Since their return to Freetown in 2004, the band has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes.

One of Ballet Memphis’ most popular offerings returns to The Orpheum stage for three performances. Steven McMahon’s version first debuted in 2012 to rave reviews and audience response. One of the most beloved–and oft interpreted–fairy tales, McMahon’s choreography is paired with Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score and London City Ballet’s sets.

Get acquainted with two of the tastiest southern comforts during the Memphis Flyer’s Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Memphis Farmers Market on April 16 at 6 pm. With 20 of Memphis’ best restaurants, you can truly experience bacon, BBQ, and bourbon. With great music and great conversation, you can savor healthy portions of various bacon and pork inspired dishes while drinking delicious bourbons, whiskeys, and more. If your 15 samples don’t quench your taste buds, a cash bar will be available with proceeds benefitting Memphis Farmers Market.

The 7th Annual Memphis Brewfest celebrates 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. Memphis Brewfest will be held outdoors at the beautiful courtyard of AutoZone Park (200 Union Avenue, the corner of Third St. and Union Ave). All net proceeds from the festival will go to benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Each spring, the East Buntyn ArtWalk celebrates local artists and musicians with an open-air bazaar of galleries set up in the front yards and porches of the historic east Memphis neighborhood. This unique arts fair offers visitors the opportunity to visit and engage with local artists while enjoying the hospitality of East Buntyn residents. There will be a silent auction tent featuring special items from the artists, local food trucks, live music, and more. Rain date is April 17th.

One of the great downtown South Main traditions, the Downtown Olympics! There will be 16 teams competing in beer drinking Olympic games for medals and bragging rights. Also, proceeds are going towards the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry. If you are interested in participating or have any questions send an email to downtownolympics@gmail.com.

The Harbor Town Crawfish Festival benefits The Mid-South Food Bank. Enjoy 1000 lbs of crawfish, music, giveaways, and beer specials all day long.

Healthy Memphis Food Festival features local, diverse, and ethnic cuisines. Vendors offer specialty food items, farmer’s market items, arts and crafts, fine art, commercial goods, home and lifestyle goods and services, and quality imports. Bouncy houses, games, face painting, balloon artists and smaller attractions will be available for kids as well as live music for all. 

Returning to P&H after the Memphis Comedy Festival, its You Look Like a Comedy Show! It’s the meanest show in Memphis, a roasting tournament all about the details of your appearance. This month’s contenders: John Hancock, Lauren B, Jon Durnell, Scotty Theunissen, Vala Bird, and Jay Kendrick.

One of Memphis’ most popular events returns Sunday, April 17, 2016 with something for everyone. In addition to over 18,000 pounds of crawfish, the event hosts a variety of vendors selling food, drinks, art and more. This year, they’re adding a new item: spicy boiled shrimp. A special thanks to the Riverfront Development Corporation for hosting the Festival again this year. As usual, no pets, coolers, tents, handouts, or parking inside the festival area.

Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle leads us on a walking and talking tour of the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Jimmy will tell a few of the “million stories” of the Fairgrounds as he leads you up and down Early Maxwell and Tiger Lane. Meet in the north parking lot of the Coliseum (across from the Pipkin Building) The tour begins and ends at the Coliseum. The tour is again presented by the Coliseum Coalition, Friends of the Fairgrounds, the Orange Mound Parade Action Committee, Livable Memphis and Midtown Memphis Development Corporation.

Memphis vocalist TalibahSafiya will be giving us a blend of jazzy soul and r&b. Be prepared for another great night. Come hang with some of Memphis’ coolest movers and shakers. Hosted by ESO and DJ SiphneAaye on the 1’s and 2’s. Cash Bar and Great Food available.

Memphis Green Drinks will be hosting a special “Volunteer Soapbox” event on April 19th to celebrate Earth Month. The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities at local environmental nonprofit organizations such as the Wolf River Conservancy, Shelby Farms Conservancy and Clean Memphis. A cash bar will be provided at the event.

The My HQ Alley Party in Barboro Alley will feature music from DJ Witnesse, craft beer from Local Gastropub, ping pong tables, and an art display from Ted Domek. Come see the new alley lighting in Downtown and compete for cash in a office stock photo contest.

Enjoy a five-course vegetarian meal created by Chef Ben Hickey utilizing seasonal, local produce. Each course will be presented with wine or craft cocktails to guests seated family-style in their private dining rooms. The cost is $40 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are available by calling 901-761-4000.

Check out the first I Love Juice Bar Fun Run! Run starts at 6:30pm. They’ll have running gear giveaways courtesy of Fleet Feet Memphis, juice discounts, and an after-party with free Memphis Made beer and Cosmic Coconut snacks.

Love spending your summers at the Levitt Shell? Learn about their volunteering opportunities that will keep you dancing all summer long. They have new amenities and opportunities for you to get involved. Meet volunteers, see shifts available for volunteering, and enjoy some refreshments. RSVPs encouraged.

Get high on delicious dishes from Chef Charles Benoit and brews by Memphis Made on Aldo’s Midtown rooftop patio. Chow down on a delectable 4 course beer dinner by Aldo’s Pizza Pies Midtown and next door neighbor, Memphis Made Brewery.  Enjoy 4 courses with beer pairings for just $40 including tax/tip.

Every Thursday, you can now eat at your favorite, local food trucks at Court Square Park with additional tables/seating and live music. On April 21st enjoy music by the Marcella Simien Trio.

A group of local, professional musicians and singers are coming together to produce a Memorial Concert paying homage to Earth, Wind and Fire’s founding member, Memphian Maurice White. Mr. White’s death touched so many singers and musicians in our city and this is their way of honoring him. There will be a full house band, including a horn section, plus 10 singers singing 20 of Earth, Wind and Fire’s greatest hits (performed in the original arrangements). They will also split the proceeds of the event equally (from donations made at the door, minimum requested amount will be $15) to the Soulsville Foundation, benefitting The Stax Music Academy and Mr. White’s alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School. The memorial concert will take place at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Thursday, April 21st. Doors at 4pm. Show at 5pm.

Enjoy a free, family-friendly concert from 6-8 pm by Marcella and Her Lovers. Feel free to bring some wine or other adult beverages if you so wish. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved indoors to Fleet Feet Sports.

Join The Bo-Keys and special guests to celebrate the release of their new album at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music . Food and beverages courtesy of Central BBQ and Memphis Made Brewing Company

Peabody Rooftop Parties will take place every Thursday night from April 14 to August 18th. Weekly admission is $10 – $15 and the first 200 ladies get in free. Each week features a themed snack buffet and drink specials. VIP Passes for the 2016 season are available at the door for $150. The passes include admission to all 19 parties and the Stella Artois VIP Lounge with weekly event valet parking. VIPs get access to special food tastings from Peabody Chefs and additional drink specials in the VIP Lounge. VIP Pass holders also get an official Peabody Rooftop Party t-shirt, a 20% discount in Chez Philippe / Capriccio Grill / Peabody Deli & Desserts, and 10% off at Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill at Southland Park Gaming & Racing throughout the 2016 Rooftop Party season.

Celebrate spring with us on April 22nd and April 23rd! We’re doing another spring popup shop with new shirts, totes, and more. We’re still working on finalizing exactly what will be available. You can be sure it’ll be a fun time, so put the dates on your calendar now. Hours will be: Friday, April 22, 3pm-7pm, Saturday, April 23 10am-3pm. Location: Visible Music College, 200 Madison Ave.

Go here to see how you can give back to Memphis on Earth Day.

Check out the album release show by Short in the Sleeve at Otherlands.

Enjoy unique and local artwork, vendors, food trucks, beer, and live music to benefit the Broad Avenue Arts District. More details to come.

Celebrate Earth Day with an overnight adventure at Shelby Farms Park! Join the family-friendly campout in the Woodland Discovery Playground. Campers will supply their own tents and camping equipment, and Shelby Farms Park will provide the rest. Included: a campout in the Woodland Discovery Playground, a guided nature hike, sustainable arts + crafts, fun earth science activities, family entertainment + snacks in the yurt, breakfast with the buffalo, and more. Please register by Monday, April 18 here.

  • Saturday, April 23 – Walking as One – 9am-12pm – $15/person, Free/CHC members

Walking as One is a community walk, fundraiser, and celebration designed to empower people, organizations and congregations to live a healthy life. Register individually or form a team to multiply your impact and start your journey of unity, wellness, and community support. Registration is $15 a person or free to Church Health Center Wellness members and children 12 & under. Fundraising is happily encouraged. Register here. Activites for the day include: a 1.5 mile community walk lead by The Mighty Souls Brass Band, interactive activities based on the Model for Healthy Living, food, games, & entertainment, Amurica photobooth, and more.

What’s a Bike Rodeo? It’s a chance to practice your street riding skills, in the safety of First Congregational Church‘s parking lot. Go ride their Bicycle Rodeo course to practice how to stop and signal at an intersection, how to ride in a straight and predictable line and how to control your bike, even at slow speeds. This event is for kids and grown-ups, alike. Bring your own bicycle or rent one. This event is co-hosted by Revolutions Bicycle CoOp and the Peabody Bicycle Ambassadors!

Bring a blanket or chair. Hot dog, chips, soda and beer provided. Music provided by Jeffery and the Pacemakers. Come learn about the mission of Memphis Heritage and its impact on the city while enjoying live music and sipping a beer (or soda). They will be giving away a few free memberships to those that register in advance.

An iconic presentation of brand new works, featuring the choreography of Dwight Rhoden (NYC), Darrell Grand Moultrie (NYC), Nicole Clarke-Springer (Chicago) and more.  Deeply rooted in the origins and unifying essence of creativity, join Collage for GENESIS….the beginning.

The Southern Hot Wing Festival is a celebration of the chicken hot wing, the drummie, the flat, flap, and everything in between. Established in 2003 by a local Memphain who felt that the South had more to offer than just amazingly great BBQ, the Southern Hot Wing festival has become a staple event each April bringing with it the warmth and the fire to usher in the Spring. The festival will be located just south of the Tennessee Visitors Center on Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union Avenue. Jefferson Davis Park (Jefferson and Riverside) will provide lots of green space to relax and enjoy some great music while you feast on your wings.

Minglewood Hall will be hosting a big giant block party featuring Lucero w/ St. Paul and The Broken Bones. More bands, food trucks, and vendors announced soon.

  • Saturday, April 23 – V&E Artwalk – 11am-6pm – Free – Family Friendly

The fifth 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. Artists will be selling their creations at affordable prices and there will be a silent auction from items donated by the artists. There will be a children’s area with art activities and bounce houses. Music by local artists will be a special treat. Several types of craft beer from a Memphis micro brewery, along with a variety of wines will be available. Food offered will include grilled sausages, side items, walking tacos, barbecue smoked for this event, hot dogs and hamburgers, and vegetarian items. All proceeds from the event will go to the V&E Greenline to keep the V&E Greenline attractive and useful for all to enjoy. Rain date is April 24th.

Enjoy the premier book event in Memphis celebrating Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on April 23 from 11 am – 3 pm. Guests will also get to meet and greet award-winning authors Lawson Roby (Author of Best Friends Forever) and Thomas Christensen (Author of 1616: The World in Motion). There will be fun, free activities for everyone including a scavenger hunt through the library, face painting, chalk art, live music, food trucks, book signings, author talks, and more. Over 40 local authors will participate in Bookstock offering a large selection of books for sale.

The M-Azing Race is an exhilarating scavenger hunt through historic downtown Memphis that doubles as an unexpected way to explore the city. Teams of young professionals race across downtown to decipher clues and complete tasks, all while meeting new friends and discovering some hidden Memphis gems.

Support The Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis at The M-Town Throwdown with the Phoenix Club on April 23rd. Go as your favorite Memphian, Memphis Place, or Memphis Food as you show love for our city. Anything Memphis related will be celebrated. Local sponsors include Newby’s, Pyramid Vodka, and Wiseacre along with some of the best local food trucks. Deering and Down will play and pose in the photo booth with your best Memphis themed costume attire. Special guests will include local wrestlers and celebrities to party with all night.

Yes, it’s a competition but it’s also an opportunity to share five minutes of you with a room full of kind folks who appreciate stories. If you want to tell your five minute story, you’ll drop your name in the bucket. They’ll draw up to ten names and each person has five minutes to tell their story. Three judges score the stories on a scale of 1-10 based on content and presentation.  The story has a plot with a strong beginning, absorbing middle, and it drives right through to the end, with a strong arc as it relates to the theme of the Slam. No props or notes are allowed.  After basking in triumphant glory, the winner is invited to compete in the Story Grand Slam on November 19, 2016 for the title of Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis.

Starting on April 23, the annual River Series concerts to benefit The Maria Montessori School will resume at Harbor Town Amphitheater (740 Harbor Bend Road). This music series offers all Memphians the chance to see local musicians while enjoying the outdoors and a great view. Musicians for April 23 will be Goner and Heavenly (U.K.) recording artists NOTS, Chickasaw Mound and DJ Painted Birds.

This show is sponsored by the Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society and takes place at the Memphis International Agricenter. It’s the largest show in the Mid-south with over 50  Dealers and  Exhibitors, a kids area with gem and fossil dig, geode bowling and rocks around the clock and a very special “Rock Banquet’ with a full display table of rocks that look like food.

What a great way to celebrate Earth Day by picking up trash at Overton Park. So please join Mid-South Pride as they give back to the city they love. They will also be collecting canned food items for the homeless food pantry at MGLCC.  Trash bags and gloves provided. This is a family friendly event so bring the kids.

Take a free tour of For the Kingdom camp located at 4100 Raleigh Millington Road. They will have their tallest zip line and rock climbing walls open to try out.

Enjoy a fun-filled day of Latin food from area restaurants, a tequila-tasting station, a margarita station with area bartenders competing for “Best Margarita” bragging right and prizes, cultural activities, music from around Latin America, dancing for fest goers and presentations from professionals.

The Olympics of the server community comes to Beale Street for another year of competition. Watch and cheer for your favorite restaurants and bartenders as they compete in four events for cash, prizes and GLORY! Awards for Parade, Queen of the Vine, Grape Stomp and the Great Wine Race.

Enjoy this evening of food and fashion where you will see some of the latest designs for Spring/Summer 2016. Part of the proceeds will go to Just Us Girls annual trunk party that celebrates high school seniors as they transition from high school to college.

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