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Save the Dates: April Events in Memphis

April in Memphis is jam-packed with all kinds of live music, festivals, art shows, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends.

Ongoing Weekly Events:

Upcoming Events:

Memphis’ first beercade will open at 3000 Broad Ave on April 1st. There will be beer on tap, vintage arcade games, food trucks, and more! Go here for more info and hours.

Drink-N-Draw is the latest, absurdiest, hottest gameshow to hit Memphis! What is it? It’s like karaoke, but for drawing. They’ve got a variety of drawing games, tips, tricks, and challenges to help you expand your mind and social circle. Amateurs and experts are both welcome. Come out and show off your skills (or lack thereof). There will be prizes for Best and Worst Drawings of the night. Doors open at 7pm and games start around 7:20ish. BYOB.

Part of a seasonal series, Whet Thursdays invites community members to enjoy the Metal Museum after hours for free. You can 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 and meet other friends at the Museum. Hands on activity: Cuttlebone Jewelry.

This new concept from Memphis Raqs Bellydance allows you to enjoy some social time with a bellydance flair. Bring your own beer or wine and loosen up a little before a 30 minute bellydance lesson. Then enjoy a short bellydance performance from Memphis Raqs. No experience is necessary and all body types are welcome! The $15 cover includes hip scarves for everyone! This party is limited to 15 guests and registrations are required.

In 2014, Caitlin Horton and Rebecca Phillips self-published Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner. In this workshop, Caitlin will spill the beans on every behind-the-scenes thing she did to successfully create, market, and sell her book. The best part is you can do it too! By the end of this workshop, you will know all the steps to self-publishing your book and have an action plan to help get you started. More info here.

The Found Footage Festival is an acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos. It will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a brand-new show in Memphis. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, are excited to show off their new lineup of found video clips and live comedy in this one-night-only appearance at Studio on the Square.

In conjunction with the Cooper-Young Art Walk, Racine + Southern Dance Exchange will be showing 6 brand new, site-specific choreographic works by local artists.

Locations and times of works shown:
6:15pm: Cooper Young Community Association
6:30pm: Pavilion at intersection of Cooper and Young
7:00pm: Strano
7:30pm: Jay Etkin Gallery
8:00pm: Burke’s Books
8:30pm: Memphis Made Brewing Co.

The cover is $5, and they’ll have beautiful lights, plenty of libations, and the plenty of DJs on deck: Scotty Bollinger, Jordan Rogers, Ivo Koley, and a guest DJ to open.

This juried art show is open to the public from March 30th to April 2nd from 4-8pm at 2553 Broad Ave. Closing reception will be on Friday, April 3 at 7:30pm. There will be a poetry reading and art work by Continuum Fellows, James E. Allman, Jr.and Charlie Forrester Illustration, among other talented offerings.

Kick off Spring with a burlesque show starring Lady Doo Moi of Sock It To Me Burlesque, Julia LeBoom of the Memphis Belles, Puss Powerbottom & Spyke Styletto, former Diamond Dames of Little Rock, Gypsy Magnolia & Strongman Papa Chops of Hot Springs, Bre Von Buxom, former Diamond Dame, and assisted by stage kitten, Calla Veras.

Welcome another Farmer’s Market season with live music, food trucks, health events, and entertainment. Location: Central Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson.

Join the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market for their spring market kick-off on April 4th. Enjoy crawfish buckets for $15, local beer from market sponsor Memphis Made Brewing Company, live bands all morning long, performances, demonstrations and more.

  • Sunday, April 5 – Easter Events – Various dates/times

Go here for our list of Easter Events in Memphis.

Crosstown Arts & Indie Memphis announce the return of Shoot & Splice starting on Tuesday, April 7th. Ever wonder what it takes to produce an independent film or commercial project? Have you ever asked yourself what a Producer even does? Film Producers raise money for projects, hire directors, DP’s, actors and editors, manage schedules, find distributors, massage egos and everything in between. Come out and hear three of the most talented Producers in Memphis (Waheed Alqawasmi, Laura Jean Hocking, and Ryan Watt) trade tales and throw tips on steering the ship. Networking is at 6:30pm with a panel discussion at 7:15pm. Location: 430 N. Cleveland Street, 38104.

The TN Brewery building will be open every Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner through Sunday, May 31st. There will be a variety of locally sourced and beer garden-inspired food options as well as craft beer, music, and more.

America’s premier Mississippi River park and museum open with a splash. Walk the half-mile scale model, enjoy green spaces, and join in on family-fun events.

Come out to Overton Square’s Crawfish Festival! There will be a large arts and crafts market, live music, and crawfish by the buckets.

The mission of Healthy Memphis Food Festival is to foster healthy eating habits, lifestyles, and community. The Water Tower Pavilion on Broad Ave will be filled with healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses. Fitness classes and free blood pressure and cholesterol tests also will be available. Admission to the festival is free. Bringing a full bag of non-perishable food allows guests to register to win prizes from participating vendors.

The Shelby Forest Spring Fest will be held at Shelby Forest State Park or the better known location of the old U. A. Moore baseball complex at the intersection of Benjestown Rd and Grassy Lake Rd. This year there will be more awesome vendors, great exhibits, incredible food, large kids zone, talented musicians, dog adoptions with M.A.S.H. and their inaugural BBQ Contest and Disc Golf Tournament. Donations are suggested at time of parking and at various locations throughout the park.

MEMFix: Pinch is an event that will showcase how a great street and thriving public space can serve as a catalyst for economic vitality and neighborhood redevelopment. This collaboration between the Downtown Neighborhood Association and Livable Memphis will focus energies on North Main Street between Jackson Avenue and Overton Park in the heart of the Pinch district. This event is not only to prepare for the increase in traffic from the in progress transformation of the Pyramid, but also to temporarily reinvigorate the Pinch neighborhood and will feature:

• New Retail in Vacant Storefronts
• Local Restaurants & Food Trucks
• Live Local Music Performances
• Interactive Youth Activities
• Community Resource Stations
• Art Installations by Memphis Talent

Celebrate the culture and diversity of Memphis at this year’s Memphis Arts Festival. The family-friendly festival will offer local artisans, vendors, food trucks, performances, kids activities, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Gaisman Park is located at Gaisman Community Center (4221 Macon, Memphis TN 38122)

  • Saturday, April 11 – Rock-n-Romp – 2pm-5pm – $5

Put the kids in their bathing suits, bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and prepare yourselves for a great afternoon of music! There will be music by Short in the Sleeve, Buckles & Boots, and The Sheiks. Parking on the north end of the Island is free (enter from Harbor Town). Give yourself 15-20 minutes to get to the south end. Feel free to use strollers, wagons, bikes, etc. to facilitate getting the little ones to the show. You must be on the Island by 4pm. If your kids want to play in the fountains, please keep an eye on them (there is no lifeguard on duty). They will have volunteers keeping an eye out, but parents are responsible for their children. There’s also a great bluff for sliding down, so bring some cardboard! They will have food & beer, free of charge, while supplies last. They ask that each adult donate $5. Kids are free.

Hear 901 will spotlight the amazing talents of music from various acts based in Memphis. The festival will feature local artists including Mary Owens, Drew Erwin, Mara Daniele, Mason Jar Fireflies, The Passport, Jeffery Jordan, Ben Callicott, Sleepwlkrs, Frank Shaw, Austyn Michael, Daughters, and DJ Ben Murray.

Join 3 Shades of Blue and Choose901 for another Grizzlies watch party at Central BBQ (4375 Summer Ave). We’ll have prizes, giveaways, and great food/drink specials. Grizzlies take on the LA Clippers in a divisional rivalry game. Game tips at 9pm. Party starts at 8:30pm. Bring $1 for raffle tickets to win great autographed merchandise and more benefitting Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation.

You have your special wedding day all planned out from your table decorations to your flowers. What happens to these items once your celebration is over? Chances are they sit around in a closet gathering dust for the next couple of years, while you never get around to reusing them. Well, now you can! Former brides and wedding vendors will have the option of selling their wedding treasures to a DIY bridal crowd during this event. More info on attending and how to be a vendor here.

Honor The Republic of Gabon through music, arts, crafts, fashions, food, education, economics, culture, and history. Location is at Robert Church Park.

Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Neosoulville, Amurica, Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP), Boom Project Beat Clinic Waiting Room and more announce the ALL ACCESS party for This Light of Ours and Artists/Activists. They’ll be hosting a very special edition of The Word and a Traxploitation Beat Battle on site, plus art-making galore. There will also be Kehinde Wiley-esque photo portraits, DJ Red Eye aka Luke Sexton, a gallery talk by Frankd Robinson, and more. This event is 21+ and costs $12/$7 for Brooks and MULYP members. Advance ticket sales close at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, April 15. Tickets will be $15/$10 for Brooks and MULYP members at the door.

Every Thursday through August, the Peabody rooftop rocks with live entertainment, food, drinks, and dancing. Get all the info here.

Overton Square’s Art Festival will feature stellar work in metal, glass, clay, fiber, jewelry, paintings, photography & more. Invited artists will exhibit and sell their work in the paved plaza in the heart of the square, on Madison Avenue. The festival is open April 17-18th from 11:00-8:00 and April 19th from 11:00-6:00.

Come out for an evening of your stories. The theme is Underdog. 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. No props or notes are allowed. After basking in triumphant glory, the winner is invited to compete in the Story Grand Slam November 20, 2015 for the title of Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis.

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County is putting a whole new twist on their annual Bark After Dark event this year. They’re trading in the bike trails for a classy cocktail dinner downtown featuring food, drinks, dancing, and karaoke. Each regular admission comes with 7 vouchers, which can be used to “buy” things at the party. Or, they will have a limited number of VIP tickets for $60 each with access to next-door parking, open bar (unlimited drinks) and no lines, and 10 vouchers. Additonal vouchers are available for $1 and can be used to purchase drinks, sing a karoake song, and more. Get all the info here.

To celebrate their big move across the tracks Whatever is having a big free Grand Opening celebration lasting all weekend. Parking is available on street at 555 S. Highland, in the parking lot behind the strip, the empty lot beside the store, and across the street on Highland and Walker.  They will kick things off on Friday at 5pm with live music. On Saturday they will have food provided by local vendors all night, music, and more.  On Sunday there will be more food available at Juicy Jim’s Pizzeria and Torpedo Deli with discounts in store on Monday.

This is the Dawls’ first Hi-Tone show of the year! They are joined by Muscle Shoals’ Belle Adair and the talented Christian Lee Hutson.

  • Saturday, April 18 – Record Store Day

Shangri-La Records will be opening early at 9am for Record Store Day and will have all kinds of different RSD LPs and 7″s with other specials throughout the day on other store merch. Goner Records opens at 10am and will have several RSD exclusives including Goner’s releases: Aquarian Blood “Savage Mind” 7″ and Giorgio Murderer “Lazer Lord” 7″. There will also be a Shred Off at Goner Records (where you play a guitar as fast as you can for a minute). Shredder Sign up at 1pm, Shredding starts at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to plug in the Goner Guitar or bring their own axe and let fly. Judges will be on hand to award a Goner Gift Certificate to the most deserving Shreddist. Contributing factors will be musical dexterity, individuality and creativity, but most importantly Rock Face. Costumes are encouraged. There is no age limit. In addition to the SHRED OFF, Blackberries will perform at 1pm and Aquarian Blood will play at 3pm for everyone’s musical enjoyment. There is also a sick SHRED DAY event hosted by Proforma across the street in the Bank Of America parking lot (a secure data device DESTRUCTION EVENT!) Bring hard drives, video, flash drives, phones, and personal documents to shred to prevent identity theft. This event is sponsored by CYBA, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Cooper Street 20/20, and Phillip Ashley Chocolates. Afterwards, you can join everyone over at Minglewood Hall for the Lucero Family Picnic, so come early and then party late!

Memphis Beer Week is an eight-day series of events fueled by creative and fun events, a passionate team, great beer from around the country and a beer-loving community. The Memphis Beer Week Board is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote various beer-related events around the Greater Memphis area. Their aim is to educate and increase business for all aspects of the Memphis craft beer industry, including breweries, liquor stores, restaurants, pubs and home brew supply stores. See the full schedule and more details here.

Saturday, April 18 – Harbortown Crawfish Festival – 12pm-8pm – $5/2 canned goods

The Harbortown Crawfish festival benefits the Mid-South Food Bank. Cost is $5 or 2 canned goods to enter. Charvey Mclemore will be playing from 3pm-7pm.

ZeroLandfill is an award winning upcycling program designed to reduce pressure on local landfill capacity. The architectural and interior design community will collect expired samples from their libraries and drop them off at the collection area for sorting and redistribution to the local community. There will be lots of design samples for you guys to take home for free! Location: 2790 Broad Ave (across from Wiseacre).

Ever wanted to learn how to Curl? Now you can! Wear some comfortable non-leather soled shoes. They will provide all of the instruction and equipment. You will even play a short game afterwards to get through the basics. Open to everyone 18 years and older.

On Saturday April 18th, the first Wedding Dress Ball will launch at Propcellar Vintage Rentals here in Memphis. This party is a chance for you to wear the piece you thought was banished to the closet, be it a wedding gown, bridesmaid dress, ball gown or family heirloom. Use the password “Choose901” for a discount!

The East Buntyn neighborhood, between Central and Southern Avenue, is gearing up for their sixth artwalk on April 18th. This year, the East Buntyn Artwalk will highlight the skilled local artists, expose the diversity of East Buntyn, and gather neighbors together to enjoy each other’s company and bond over art, music, and food. St. James Church will serve as the port by providing entertainment, a silent auction tent, and local food trucks. Maps will also be available for free so you can see where your favorite artists are located. You can purchase the 2015 East Buntyn Artwalk wine glass at St. James to use for free beverages and appetizers at the home galleries. This event is family and pet friendly.

In an effort to get rid of waste in the Frayser Community, 5 organizations have partnered together to clean up the neighborhood. Everything kicks off at the Ed Rice Community Center at 9am. Immediately following at 12:00pm, all volunteers will come together to celebrate their hard work.

This inaugural event will bring together Chefs and trucks from all over the place! There will be about 73 trucks from cities along the Mighty Mississippi River and beyond. There will be live music, a cheesy pretzel eating contest, food truck competitions, and more. This event will benefit Literacy Midsouth and Southern Friends Animal Society. You will be able to purchase a people’s choice chip for $5, tshirts for $15/2 for $25, raffle tickets, and food from trucks. Be sure to bring cash as all vendors do not take credit or debt. Get more info here.

Minglewood Hall is hosting their first ever parking lot festival on April 18th with Lucero and the North Mississippi Allstars. This show will also feature Marcella & Her Lovers, Clay Otis, Robby Grant, DJ Colin Butler,FBM BMX Group & more.

Join your favorite derby girls for a double header! Doors open at 5pm, first bout starts at 6pm. Adults 13 years & up are $10, kids 5 to 12 are $5, children 4 and younger are free admission. Buy your ticket in advance at Goner Records for $9 or pick some up from your favorite skater. Firefighters, police officers and those who serve in the military will receive a dollar discount at the door w/ badge or ID card. There will be an intermission performance by Fairley High School’s Power Source. They’ll also be chucking ducks during halftime, so bring your throwing arm to win some great prizes. First bout of the night: Blues City Bombers vs. Oklahoma City Roller Derby’s B Team. Second bout of the night: Memphis Hustlin’ Rollers vs. Oklahoma City Roller Derby’s A Team.

On Saturday April 18th the first Wedding Dress Ball will launch at Propcellar Vintage Rentals here in Memphis. This party is a chance for brides to wear their wedding dress again while raising funds for a great cause. Under the coordination of Over Easy Events, the Wedding Dress Ball will feature local vendors with a fresh, modern vision. Everbloom Designs has created festive, tropical-inspired floral designs. CFY Catering will serve colorless cocktails (no white-dress stains) and passed hors d’oeuvres. Baltic Studios Calligraphy, from Maryville, TN, will hand-letter anniversary “tattoos” with henna on-site. Other wedding-inspired activities include mad lib vow renewals and a photo booth for “bridal party” posed photos.Net proceeds from the event will go to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, the oldest continuously operating soup kitchen in the country. More info on this event here.

This Time Warp marathon will celebrate the work of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino featuring: PULP FICTION, TRUE ROMANCE, RESERVOIR DOGS, and DEATH PROOF. Show starts at dusk.

Kick off spring with the 23rd Annual Wolfchase Toyota Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. 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! No pets, coolers, tents, handouts, or parking inside the festival area. Swamp VIP tickets and Gumbo Team slots are now on sale. VIP tickets are $100/person or $175 couple. This year’s Swamp will last from noon until 5. Ticketholders will receive all they can eat crawfish and Cajun snacks, beer, and soft drinks as well as a seat in the VIP tent. Buy a table for the Bayou Boys Bash; each private table is only $175 and seats 8 folks. Each table gets 24 beer tickets, a CD from the Bayou Boys and a prime, Bourbon Street balcony-style view of Lafayette’s Bayou Boys who will perform on the Southland Park Main Stage all day. They’ll have plenty of drinks at bars sponsored by The Traffic Club of Memphis, BPI and First Capital Bank as well as plenty of soft drinks from Pepsi. If your kids are looking for something to do during the festival, they will have the Kid’s Corner on Riverside.

The NBA Playoffs have arrived and the Memphis Grizzlies (5th seed) will host the Portland Trailblazers (4th seed) in the first round. There may still be some tickets for Games 1 and 2 available directly from the Grizzlies through Ticketmaster, but the team has sold out 20 consecutive home playoff games and those tickets will go quickly now that the schedule is finalized. As always, the secondary market (TicketMonster, Stubhub, etc.) will have tickets in every price range. Get all the details on the first round of the playoffs here.

The great thing about Memphis right now? All the new spots to host Undercurrent. The newest of the new is Rec Room, the barcade on Broad Ave. Come out for a night of retro arcade games (all free to play), your favorite video game systems (on 20 ft screens), ping pong, shuffleboard, air hockey, and foosball. Plus all the fun you usually have on your favorite Monday of the month. The first 50 beers are free to get the games going. They’ll have a food truck or two out front for you to grab some chow between games. There’s no cost and no cover. All you have to do is show up. But space is limited. So register to save your spot, and join us in connecting every corner of our city’s social scene.

  • Thursday, April 23 – Caleb Sweazy – Lucky or Strong Album Release Show – 7pm – Free

Album release show at Holenwald Social Club (Behind Earnestine & Hazel’s). Doors open at 7pm. No cover.

Come out for the annual Spring Artwalk on Broad Avenue! There will be food trucks, music, vendors, artists, and more. Full list of vendors coming soon.

The Southern Hot Wing Festival will provide attendees with the best tasting wings throughout the South on April 25, starting at 11am at the Mississippi River Walk. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities of Memphis. So far $150,000 has been raised for these homes since the festival began. To showcase the finest wings, the festival will have a hot wing eating contest and a wing cook-off (go here to see a list of contenders). Two stages will be set up for musical performances all day long. Jack Pirtles Chicken Stage will headline Eric Gales at 5:30 pm along with many other artists playing during the day. More info here.

ZeroLandfill is an award winning upcycling program designed to reduce pressure on local landfill capacity. The architectural and interior design community will collect expired samples from their libraries and drop them off at the collection area for sorting and redistribution to the local community. There will be lots of design samples for you guys to take home for free! Location: 2790 Broad Ave (across from Wiseacre).

The River Series concerts benefiting The Maria Montessori School will resume at Harbor Town Amphitheater, located at 740 Harbor Bend Road. Memphians will have an opportunity to see local music acts and enjoy the spring season on the picturesque Mississippi River.

Join 3 Shades of Blue & Choose 901 at the Rec Room (3000 Broad Ave) for Game 3 of the Grizzlies playoff series against Portland. The action tips off at 9:30p CT.

Join Huey’s as they block off part of Madison Avenue to celebrate their 45th birthday with a block party. They’ll have live music from local artists from 2pm-12am, plenty of burgers and local beer, entertainment for the kids, special edition shirts, and more!

Monday, April 27 – Grizzlies vs Blazers Game 4 Watch Party at Lafayette’s – 9:30pm

Join 3 Shades of Blue & Choose 901 at Lafayette’s in Overton Square for Game 4 of the Grizzlies playoff series against Portland. The action tips off at 9:30p CT.

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