Happy Friday and Happy Memphis in May to you. Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend. P.S. Don't forget to listen to the May I Love Memphis Podcast. Surprise: it's all about Memphis in May.
I'm giving away tickets Beale Street Music Festival! I have 1 pair for Saturday and 1 pair for Sunday. Here's how to win (read ALL the instructions):
1. Comment on this post telling me if you want to go on Saturday or Sunday or both. If you just say "pick me!" your name won't go in the drawing. You must tell me which day(s).
2. I will draw two random winners, one for Saturday and one for Sunday, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so be ready to check your email (set a phone alarm, maybe?). If I don't hear from you in a few hours, I'll have to give them to someone else, and that would be sad.
3. If you are one of the random winners, you must respond to my email and you must be available to meet me in person on Saturday (tomorrow, May 2) between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Bernoulli Brew Werks in East Memphis (2881 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111) to pick up your hard copy tickets. No Will Call is available.
That's it! Good luck!!
1. Beale St. Music Fest, Tom Lee Park, Friday – Sunday, all day, $42, 13+
I don't want to jinx this, but the forecast looks…not rainy…for the Beale Street Music Festival. The festival, which kicks off Memphis in May, is three days of live music from artists like Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Kid Rock, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Alabama Shakes. Before you go, study the ABCs of Memphis in May, and check the festival lineup and schedule.
2. Latino Memphis Festival and 5K, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 9 a.m., free, all ages
Celebrate Memphis' Latino culture with a morning full of food, music, and activities for kids. Registration for the CincoKMayo 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Soccer games and salsa tastings will go on through the day, and the music starts bright and early and goes 'til the afternoon.
3. Maria Montessori School Regatta and Duck Race, Harbor Town Docks, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. (race begins at 11 a.m.), free to watch, all ages
You can race (or watch people race) kayaks and canoes on Saturday morning on 1-, 2-, and 3-mile courses. After the race, stick around for lots of fun stuff like the Wacky Boat Contest, where teams race across the pond in boats make out of cardboard, and the Duck Race, where rubber duckies fiercely battle their way to the finish line.
4. Kentucky Derby Watch Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., $65, 21 and up
Put on your biggest, fanciest hat and head to the Botanic Garden for a Down & Derby party benefitting the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South. Your ticket includes dinner (there's a cash bar), access to live and silent auctions, a wine pull, music, and a dance floor, plus derby-watching, of course.
5. MSO Beethoven's Pastorale, Cannon Center and GPAC, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $15 – $85, $5 students, all ages
If the music fest lineup isn't really your cup of tea when it comes to tunes, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has you taken care of. They're performing Beethoven's Pastorale featuring the famous Fifth Symphony twice this weekend. On Saturday they're at the Canon Center downtown for an evening performance, and on Sunday afternoon they're at Germantown Performing Arts Center.
Important Addition: A sixth thing to do this weekend is to watch the Memphis Grizzlies v. Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of Round 1 of the playoffs. The game is on Saturday in Oklahoma City, but you can watch on TV on TNT. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Here are some places to watch the game in Memphis, if you're not at Music Fest. The official watch party is at the Levitt Shell. Follow me on Twitter and I'll let you know if I learn if they'll be showing the game at Tom Lee Park.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Tag your pics #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. Don't forget to follow I Love Memphis on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest or listen to the May I Love Memphis Podcast if you're into that sort of thing.