5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/29 – 5/1

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 29th 2016 1104 1
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Happy Friday, Memphis! It’s time for Memphis In May! Here are five things you won’t want to miss this weekend. plus a few extras.

A little bit of housekeeping first:

– You’re Invited To the Tourism Party In The Park this coming Tuesday, May 3 in Court Square. Food trucks, fun, photo booth, entertainment, some surprises – and it’s totally free to enter the park. Check it out here and RSVP on Facebook.

OK, here’s your weekend plan:

1. Beale Street Music Fest, Tom Lee Park, April 29 – May 1, $35 single day/$135 for a three-day pass, all ages
Three days, four stages, and about 60 musical acts from pop, rock, indie, and blues genres, including headliners Neil Young, Weezer, Meghan Trainor, Modest Mouse, Jason Derulo, Beck, and Paul Simon.

About the weather: Memphis In May says that, “The Beale Street Music Festival will be presented rain or shine. Performances may be postponed or cancelled if weather conditions are deemed unsafe. Performers and performance times are subject to change without notice…Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds, rain checks or exchanges.”

So grab a poncho and rainboots, put your phone in a waterproof case or bag, and follow @memphisweather1 for updates.

As for kids, note that all ages are allowed in, but you have to pay full price for everybody, even babies.

2. Arlington In April, Depot Square in Arlington, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Vendors from around the Mid-South will display and sell handmade crafts and boutique items. They’ll have have lots of activities, great music and entertainment.

3. Mint Cream Vintage Expo, Tad’s Imaginarium (343 Madison Ave.), 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
If you love vintage, you have to make it to the Mint Cream Vintage Expo. Set up inside Tad Pierson’s Imaginarium (aka the “Indoor Trailer Park”), there will be plenty of vintage fashion and items for sale, hair and style demos, plus antique cars, and a vintage fashion show.

4. Time-Warp Drive-In, Summer Drive-In, Saturday, 7:45 p.m., $10 per person, all ages
Black Lodge Video and Malco Theatres present this year’s Time Warp Drive-In series. Saturday night’s movies have a “Sing Along Sinema” theme and include Blues Brothers, Xanadu, Crybaby, and Cannibal! The Musical! Go here to see the lineup for all the Time Warp Drive In nights. All ages are allowed, but I wouldn’t say these movies are for kids. At all. Parents, use your discretion.

5. Stax Music Academy Spring Concert, Tower Courtyard, Sunday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., $5, all ages
If you haven’t had a chance to see the uber-talented high schoolers from the Stax Music Academy perform their souther soul amazing-ness, this Sunday is your chance. Bring $5, bring chairs, and head to the Tower Courtyard (in Overton Square by the big tower near Memphis Pizza Cafe/Belly Acres) for two hours of great music.


Here are a few more ideas:

On Friday night, it’s the monthly Trolley Night in South Main. There will be live music at South Main Sounds, Double J Smokehouse & Saloon, The Green BeetleEarnestine & Hazel’s outside of Guiding Point Financial, Obsidian PR, Rizzos Diner, Cafe Pontotoc and possibly others. All of our restaurants, clubs, galleries and shops will also be open.

Friday (click here to see more details)

– Food Truck Fridays At The Dixon
Zambezi River exhibit opens at the Memphis Zoo
Redball project is at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street
– Streets Week at Overton Square continues
– Fiddler on the Roof performance at the Kroc Center (runs through May 8)
– STFU Tour feat B.o.B w/ ScottyATL & London Jae
– BSMF After-Party at the New Daisy

Saturday (click here to see more details)

– Love Tour 5K and Kids Bubble Dash at East Parkway Pavilion at Overton Park
– Ladies Day Out Shopping/Thrift Tour
– Sea Isle Park Neighborhood Association 5K
– Redball project is at Beale Street Landing
– America’s Blues & Cheesehead Blues at A. Schwab film screening at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
– Fiddler on the Roof performance at the Kroc Center (runs through May 8)
– BSMF After-Party at the New Daisy

Sunday (click here to see more details)

– Redball project is at 409 S. Main
 Fiddler on the Roof performance at the Kroc Center (runs through May 8)

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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