5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/1 – 4/3

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 1st 2016 1266 1
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Happy Friday Memphis, and welcome to April. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend.

1. Memphis Comedy Fest, Theatreworks/Hi-Tone Cafe/The Basement, Friday – Sunday, $7 – $10 per event/$70 for a pass, 21 and up
This weekend is Memphis Comedy Fest, with more than 20 hilarious events all weekend. Click here for a full schedule and click here to get tickets. A quick rundown:

– Friday night has a Standup Showdown, Improv Showcase, and more at Theatre Works and a series of themed shows, including “Arguments and Grievances” and “You Look Like” at the Hi-Tone.

– Starting Saturday afternoon, The Basement will host themed shows like “Late Late Breakfast”. There are Standup Showcases all night at Theatre Works. The headliner, Phoebe Robinson performs there at 9 p.m.

– Sunday closes out Memphis Comedy Fest with the final Standup Showcases at Theatre Works and a Wrestlemania Watch Party at Wiseacre Brewing.

Photo via Opera Memphis

Photo via Opera Memphis

2. Midtown Opera Festival, Playhouse on the Square, April, all weekend, $10 – $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 next week and weekend until April 10th. Click here for a full schedule. While Springloaded is fine for all ages, the operas contain adult content.

– Friday night is Carmen, followed by Aria Jukebox

– Saturday is Springloaded – a collaboration with New Ballet Ensemble – followed by L’Heure Espangnole and an aerial arts show.

– Sunday includes performances of Carmen and Springloaded.

Memphis Farmers Market

3. Memphis Farmer’s Market Opening Day, G.E. Patterson and S. Front St., Saturday,  7 a.m. – 1 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis’ largest farmer’s market kicks off the 2016 season with Opening Day on Saturday with food vendors, food trucks, and more.

Shelby Farms Down To Earth Festival

Photo via Shelby Farms

4. Down To Earth Festival, Shelby Farms Park, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $5 parking + cost of additional activities, all ages
Shelby Farms’ annual Earth Day Celebration is a family friendly day of outdoor activities. Check out the park, enjoy live music, children’s crafts, food trucks, and more. Proceeds benefit Shelby Farms Park.

Photo via Literacy Mid-South

Photo via Literacy Mid-South

5. Reading Flash Mob, Overton Park, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, all ages
Bring the family, a book, and snacks and join Literacy Mid-South and other readers on the lawn. Don’t forget to stop by the Literacy Mid-South tent and learn more about this great organization – they’ll also have some free books to give away.

We also have two crawfish fests this weekend:

– Bug Bash Crawfish Festival, The Hagar Center (1427 Lyndale), April 2, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., $45 early bird/$50 day-of, all ages
Enjoy All you can eat crawfish and Crosstown Brewery Co. beer (until it’s gone) plus live music, all to benefit the Hagar House. Kids 5 and under are free.

Carpenter Art Garden Crawfish Festival, Rec Room (3000 Broad Ave.), 11 a.m., $15, all ages
Celebrate the Carpenter Art Garden’s one-year anniversary with a crawfish meal at the Rec Room. Alcoholic beverages sold separately.

A few more ideas:

Food Truck Friday at the Dixon
– Free Jazz at the Library on Friday
– Brooks Uncorked on Friday
Carpenter Art Garden Sale on Friday
Books From Birth 10th Anniversary Bash on Friday
Soulful Justice, A #Memphis4Flint Fundraiser on Friday
Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market Summer Kick-Off on Saturday
Woodruff-Fontaine Ghost Tour on Saturday
Jimbo Mathus and the Dirty Crooks at the Green Beetle on Saturday
Martin Lawrence at the Orpheum on Saturday and Sunday
Bridal Expo at the Metal Museum on Sunday
– Spillit Center Stage on Sunday

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.

Festival season is here, and I’m going to be looking for your fabulous Memphis-loving photos to share on the blog and re-post on social media. Be sure to sure the #ILoveMemphis hashtag for a chance to be featured. Here’s a great shot from @MemphisFlavor.

Have a great week!


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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