5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/15 – 4/17

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 15th 2016 1223 1
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Happy Friday Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. Don’t forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis on social media!

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

1. 30th Annual Africa in April, Robert Church Park, Friday – Sunday, $5, all ages
Before Memphis in May, there’s Africa in April. During the festival, the park will be packed with vendors, food, cultural activities, a parade, live music, and workshops on diversity, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness.

2. Healthy Memphis Festival, Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m, free to enter, all ages
Celebrate a healthier Memphis with healthy food vendors, fitness classes, food demos from Vegan Crunk, fee health screenings, prizes, entertainment, a kids’ bouncy house, and more.

3. Crawfish Festivals: Crawdaddy season continues with two huge festivals this weekend.

Harbor Town Crawfish Festival, Harbor Town, Saturday, noon – 8 p.m., $5 or 2 cans of food to enter, all ages
The annual Harbor Town Crawfish Festival benefits the Mid-South Food Bank and features crawfish ($20 for three pounds, which includes sausage, corn, and potatoes), live music, and more.

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, Wagner Place, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free to enter, all ages
In addition to a boat-load of crawfish, Rajun Cajun features live music, a gumbo cooking contest, food and drink vendors, and all manner of crawfish-related activities. Proceeds from the festival benefit Porter-Leath.

4. East Buntyn Art Walk, Midland Avenue, Saturday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
Residents will turn their front yards into galleries for local and regional artists at the annual East Buntyn neighborhood art walk. There’s also a silent auction, food trucks, live entertainment, and directions. Mingle with the neighbors at this kid, people, and pet-friendly event.

5. Hear 901 Music Festival, New Daisy Theater, Sunday, 7 p.m., $5-$20, all ages
The University of Memphis’ student run record label, Blue Tom, is presenting their second annual Hear 901 music festival with a half-dozen bands of a variety of genres.

A “few” more other ideas:

Memphis Brewfest, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $47/$100 VIP 21+
The Memphis Brewfest’s annual beer celebration in AutoZone Park celebrates (and offers tastings of) craft beer, international beers and regional homebrews.

Forging on the River is a weekend of workshops, demos, and a dinner and auction at the Metal Museum

Dead Soliders perform at Lafayette’s on Saturday night at 8 p.m. $7 cover – it’s their only local show this month

Friday

Food Truck Friday at the Dixon
Erik Larson reading at CBU
Stand-Up show at Midtown Crossing Grill
Woodruff Fontaine Ghost Tour
Chris Roberts at Java Cabana
Col. Bruce Hampton at Lafayette’s
Ghost tour/murder investigation at the Broom Closet

Saturday
Maria Montessori School Regatta and Duck Race all day
Chucalissa Spring Family Fun Day
Memphis Spurs Coaching Clinic
Children’s Carvnival at Rhodes College
Streetdog Foundation Adoption Day at Memphis Made
Uncomfortable Tour at the New Daisy
University District Spring Fling
Condomonium party at Playhouse on the Square
– St. Jude benefit concert at the Young Avenue Deli
You Look Like A Comedy Show at the P&H

Sunday
– Jimmy Ogle’s monthly Fairgrounds tour at 2 p.m.
– Orgone at Lafayette’s
– Wendy DeWitt with Krik Harwood at Huey’s Cordova

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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