5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 4/8 – 4/10

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 8th 2016 3379 0

Happy Friday Memphis! Before we get to the five things to do, a little housekeeping.

– First off: the Grizz are going to the playoffs! Who cares about injuries or D-leaguers? We made it somehow! GO GRIZZ. Hear me wax poetic about the Grizz, Memphis, and how much there is to do in spring in Memphis on the Grizzly Bear Blues podcast.

– Next, we have a winner for the Lip Sync Plus event giveaway: congrats to commenter Ryan, who said he’d sing “No Scrubs” if he was hypothetically forced to participate in the lip sync battle. Ryan will get two $50 tickets to just sit back and watch April 14. Didn’t win? You need to check out this sure-to-be-hilarious event that benefits Memphians in need.

– We have fully entered crazy-busy spring season. Help me help you spread the word about your event by submitting here. Be very careful that you read the form carefully, include the correct info, and please don’t submit multiple times.

– Tune in to Cerrito Live tomorrow morning. I’ll be on to talk with Kevin about the best dog-friendly spots in town.

– Did you miss the Memphis Beer-Lovers Guide I posted yesterday? Check it out.

And finally, here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras.

1. Midtown Opera Festival, Playhouse on the Square, April, all weekend, $5 – $55 per event, parental discretion advised 
This year is Opera Memphis’s 4th annual Midtown Opera Festival at Playhouse on the Square, which goes through the weekend. Click here for a full schedule. The operas contain adult content.

– Friday night and Sunday afternoon, there are screenings of “The Real Ambassadors”

– Saturday morning is “Cartoons and Cereal”: fans of all ages can enjoy a bowl of cereal while they watch famous cartoon’s takes on opera (think “kill the wabbit”) $5

– Saturday evening at 6 p.m. is L’Heure Espangnole, followed by Carmen (8 p.m.), followed by “Le Jazz Hot!” Party In The Lounge

2. Memphis Fashion Week,  Cadre Building/MCA,  Friday and Saturday, $50 per night, 18+
Memphis Fashion Week concludes with a Featured Designers runway show at the Cadre Building at 8 p.m. on Friday and an Emerging Designers Showcase at MCA on Saturday at 8 p.m.

3. Redbirds Opening Weekend, Auto Zone Park, daily Friday – Sunday, $9 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
The Redbirds begin their 2016 season with daily games from April 7 to April 14. For this weekend, they’ll play the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday night (7 p.m.), Saturday night (6:35 p.m., there will be fireworks after), andSunday afternoon (2 p.m., there is free ice cream for the first 2,500 kids).  Go here for the full schedule.

4 Overton Square Crawfish Festival, Overton Square, Saturday, free to enter, all ages
The annual Overton Square Crawfish Festival is so big that it takes over the whole square, shutting down Madison Ave. for an afternoon of eating, drinking, shopping and live music.

5. Grizzlies v. Warriors, FedExForum, Saturday, 7 p.m., $85+, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the final regular season home game of the year. Cheer on our boys in blue. The price listed above is the lowest one I found on the Ticketmaster site at time of posting. If you have other ways of getting tickets, carry on.

A “few” more other ideas:

First off, it’s a great beer-lovers weekend in Memphis.

– Memphis Made Brewing hosts a spring hoppy-beer festival, Hopped II at their taproom on Saturday starting at noon. Details here.

– On Sunday, Wiseacre Taproom will host a Barrel-Aged Ball starting at 3 p.m.


Southern Junkers Vintage Market is at the Agricenter starting at 9 a.m. (Fri and Sat)
– The Dixon hosts Food Truck Friday starting at 11:30 a.m.
– The Super Chevy Show is at Memphis International Raceway (all weekend)
– “The Keepers” screens at Studio on the Square
– Star & Micey perform in-store at Shangri-La Records at 6:30 p.m.
– Beale Street Caravan hosts a Star Lite Revue at the Orpheum
– Crosstown Story Booth hosts three poets in a spoken word event at 7 p.m.
– Honeys on Tap! tap group performs at Buckman Arts Center
– 2nd Annual Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party is at the Botanic Garden
– Momentum dance performance is at the Rose Theatre at the U of M
– Jack Oblivian has a European Tour Kickoff show at DKDC

– Honeys on Tap! tap group performs at Buckman Arts Center
– The Super Chevy Show is at Memphis International Raceway (all weekend)
– Southern Junkers Vintage Market is at the Agricenter starting at 9 a.m. (Fri and Sat)
– Mud Island opens for the 2016 season starting at 10 a.m.
– Overton Park hosts a “BioBlitz” nature tour all day long in the East Parkway Pavilion
– Sand volleyball tournament at Tobey Park all day
– Commercial Drone Expo at the U of M FedEx Institute of Technology
– AIGA hosts an Architect-led Bike Tour at 9 a.m. starting from UrbanArch
– St. Michael Catholic Church hosts an Invitational BBQ Contest
– Shelby Farms hosts a Families Matter Family Fun Day
– Memphis Arts Festival is at Morris Park (Poplar and Orleans)
– Black Violin performs at the Orpheum
– Momentum dance performance is at the Rose Theatre at the U of M
– Mid-South Pride hosts a GAYla black-tie evening at Hilton Memphis
– Lafayette’s hosts “Cash’d Out” a Johnny Cash Tribute band
– Winchester and the Ammunition perform at Newby’s
– James and the Ultrasounds perform at Lafayette’s at 10 p.m.

– The Super Chevy Show is at Memphis International Raceway (all weekend)
– Japanese Gardens Tour at Memphis Botanic Gardens at 1 p.m. ($15)
– Momentum dance performance is at the Rose Theatre at the U of M
– The Pink Palace screen Toy Story at 4 p.m.
– Memphis Ukelele Band and later, Marcella & Her Lovers, perform at Lafayette’s
– Rock the Runway Fashion Show is at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts
– Live music at several Huey’s locations
– The Flying Saucer Cordova hosts a Founders Brewing Co. Beer Dinner ($35-$40)
– Some of the Sons Of Mudboy play at Huey’s Midtown at 8:30 p.m.
– The Golden Monica/Foxglove/Mike Hewlett perform at the Hi-Tone
– John Paul Keith performs at DKDC (Beale St. Caravan will be recording)

None of these float your boat? Check out the calendar for more events and feel free to add your events here.

Don’t forget to check out here for the 5 Things To Do This Weekend every Friday morning, plus more Memphis-loving every day on this blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Nathalie says:

    Be sure to come check The Hot Foot Honeys out April 8th (TONIGHT@ 8pm), 9th @ 8pm & 10th @ 2pm!
    Performance: “Honeys on Tap!”
    Location: Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center (60 Perkins Etxd)
    Tickets: http://bit.do/HFH_April2016 (can also be purchased at the door)

    Website: http://hotfoothoneys.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotFootHoneys
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/HotFootHoneys
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotfoothoneys/

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