5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 4/19 – 4/21

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 19th 2013 2830 0

Happy Friday, y'all! Here are five events you won't want to miss on this, one of the busiest weekends of the spring.

1. Africa in April, Robert Church Park, April 17 – 21, free

Celebrate the Republic of Senegal with four days of fun in Robert Church Park during Africa in April. During the festival, the park will be packed with vendors, food, cultural activities, a parade, live music and plenty of opportunities to learn about the history, culture and people of Senegal.

2. Broad Ave. Spring Arts Walk, Broad Ave. Arts District, Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., free

Take a walk down Broad Ave. during the annual spring Arts Walk on April 19th. All of the galleries, shops and restaurants will be open late, and more than 40 local artists will have their work on display. Be sure to check out the three new MemShops (small businesses that bring retail to empty storefronts through an assisted six month lease) opening on Broad tonight: Vini Social Club, NJ Gallery and My Heavenly Creations.

3. Down to Earth Festival, Shelby Farms Park, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free

Shelby Farms' annual Earth Day Celebration is a family friendly day of outdoor activities. Come fly kites, plant seeds, check out the park and listen to live music (schedule coming soon). Admission is free, but parking is $5 (which benefits Shelby Farms).

4. V&E Greenline Art Walk, V&E Greenline, Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., free

V&E Art Walk

Local artists and vendors will line the V&E Greenline in Midtown on April 20th for the second annual V&E Art Walk. In addition to affordable art, the festival will have food vendors, kids' activities, live music and a silent auction. If you've never been there, the V&E Greenline is an unpaved trail that starts at Cleveland and North Parkway and runs to Rhodes College. The rain date is Sunday, April 21.

5. Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, Wagner Place, Sunday, 12p.m. – 6 p.m., free,

The annual Rajun Cajun Crawfisg Festival is the city's largest, at least by amount of crawfish: during the single day festival, they'll serve 15,000 pounds. There will also be live music, a gumbo cooking contest, and all manner of crawfish-related activities. Bring a lawn chair and set up camp along the trolley tracks while you eat. Proceeds from the festival benefit Porter-Leath.

If none of these events are your thing, there are dozens more things to do this weekend on the blog's calendar. Have a great weekend, and come back and tell me about it on Monday.

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  1. Anna says:

    Breakaway running is holding a Run to Honor Boston in Overton Park tonight (Friday, 4/19) at 6:15pm.  A celebration of the Boston Running Party will be held at Slider Inn after the run.  Come out to support Boston!

  2. Liz says:

    Don't forget Harbortown Crawfish Fest Saturday 2-8pm. Live music from Charvey Mac 5-8pm near Movie & Pizza Co.

  3. Kaitlin says:

    Just wanted to let you know for the Broad Ave. Art Walk, the Store is Five in One/ V in I Social Club, not Vini Social Club.  And the store and the Art Walk were awesome!  Thanks for always posting the cool events around the city!

  4. Hillary says:

    Streetdog foundation is going to have adoptable dogs at the farmers market Saturday and have an event at the Redbirds game on Sunday with $1 hotdogs and you can bring your dog to the game!!

  5. Fergus Nolan says:


    Love your blog, just found it and plan to dwell here a while.   I love Memphis and got here the hard way (big airplane and a broken down rental truck), and have chosen to live here for 25 years.   The thing I like most about Memphis, besides the climate, is that if you get up high, like 100 feet or so (Clark Tower and the lost ferris wheel at Libertyland for example) the city looks like a forest, canopy broken only by a few tall buildings.   I am happy to be an Irish Memphian. 

    Of course, there are obvious issues:  the worst thing about Memphis, besides the yellow fever epidemic, intolerance and Delta Air Lines, is that we Memphians are our own worst detractors.   Collectively, we seldom miss an opportunity to put ourselves in a bad light. 

    You are doing good accentuating the positive, I wish there were more like you.

    Memphis is a great place to live and do business.  The support we have had at fnolan.com, getting our new Irish breakfast business going, has been spectacular, from the business community and regular folk. The logistics here are the best in the world, and the other things you need to do business are the right price.  Couldn't have done it anywhere else. 

    Making Memphis a yummier place is our job here. 

  6. Emily G says:

    Hi! Awesome Blog! Is there anything fantastic going on next weekend in Memphis (April 26-28)? I'd love to find some lesser known fun things to do this time around while visiting! Any tips are very much appreciated!!!



  7. Kim says:

    The Africa in April Festival was not free this year. There was a $5.00 admission fee per person:(

  8. willie says:

    I have been attending the Africa in April festival for the last 4 years but this was the first year for a entrance charge.  I came back to this website to make sure I read it correctly when it said free.  Why was there a entrance charge and will this be a permanent requirement?

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