5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/31 – 4/2

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 31st 2017 5084 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend. It’s high festival season, so I had a hard time narrowing this down to just five events. Be sure to check out the “extras” at the bottom.

1. Down To Earth Festival, Shelby Farms, Saturday, free admission ($5 parking), all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate Earth Day in the month of April at Shelby Farms with three events. The Down To Earth Festival is the big one, on Sat. April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with activities, food, and music (free admission; $5 parking).

2. Caribbean Food Festival, 200 Madison Ave., Saturday noon – 4:30 p.m., $15 adults/$7 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
This indoor event features food from the Caribbean islands, i.e., jerked meat, BBQ, veggies, and beverages, plus music. Your $15 entry does include some food. At 7:30 p.m., the doors reopen for the reggae night show (tickets $20).

3. Fool Fest 2017 (Purgefest), Shangri-La Records, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., free to attend, all ages
The annual huge music sale and show Purgefest has been renamed Fool Fest in honor of the auspicious holiday that the event falls on this year. Get cheap records, 45s, CDS, and more, plus free tunes from Kelley Anderson, Terry Prince & The Principals, and more.

4. Persian Festival, Overton Park, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate Persian and Iranian culture at the inaugural Persian Festival. Enjoy authentic Persian food, a handicrafts exhibition, music, dance, and more.

5. Grizzlies Watch Party, Memphis Made Brewing, Sunday 2 p.m., free to attend, all ages
It’s time for the next Grizzly Bear Blues + I Love Memphis + Grizz Essentials Grizzlies Watch Party, and you’re invited! Join us at Memphis Made brewing (by the big red I Love Memphis mural) as we watch the Grizz take on the Lakers on the big screen in the back room. The taproom will have limited edition beers (including Greenswarden Saison, Soulless Ginger and Belgian Dubbel) and Gourmade Food Truck will be there for all your food needs. Grizzly Bear Blues will have tickets to give away and Grizz Essentials will have sweet gear for sale.

All Weekend

This weekend starts the Midtown Opera Festival, which runs through April 9 at Playhouse on the Square. The ten-day-long festival includes three full-length operas, several special performances, panel discussions, and more. Individual event tickets start at $10. See the full schedule here.

It’s opening weekend for the Lantern Light Festival at the Agricenter. This six-week celebration of Chinese culture features massive lanterns, live performances, food, and tons of activities. Details.

Gandhi-King Conference at CBU (Fri – Sat)
Bridges of Madison County at Circuit Playhouse
– Inner City South Presents: Mind Games at Evergreen Theatre
Yard Sale benefitting Hope House (Fri – Sat)
– American Bead and Merchandise Show at Agricenter (Sat – Sun)

Dead Soldiers album release show at the New Daisy
– Klondike Smokey City block party presented by High Ground News
South Main Trolley Night
– Book Talk: An Evening with Jim McCafferty
– Latte Art Throw Down #2
– Music For Melrose
– The Big Orange Gala at Memphis Botanic Garden
– South Main Sounds Songwriter Night #51/Ashlee K. Thomas Record Release


Saturday is the Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day! It’s open every week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April 1 through October.

– Toy Train and Model Railroad Show at St. George’s Episcopal Church
– 20th Annual Rites to Play! at Rhodes. Fun for kids.
– Midtown Legal Clinic at Idewild Pres
– Easter Egg Hunt /Photos with the Easter Bunny at Carriage Crossing
– Whitehaven Community Tennis Demonstration at Eldon Roard Tennis Center
– Small Shop Saturday ft Insectsy / The Michael Brothers at Ghost River
– Mid-South Wedding Show
– NCAA Final Four Tournament Watch Party at Hickory Tavern Collierville
– Memphis Heat Art Exhibit at Flow Cryotherapy (Sanderlin Center)
– Sibella at Midtown Crossing Grill


Gaelic Football League Season Opener at the Fairgrounds Youth Athletc Fields
– Brunch at the Brewery /Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River
– Kite Day at Church of the River
– Sunday Tea & Easter Egg Hunt at Woodruff-Fontaine House
– Young at Art Lawn Games at the Dixon
– 2017 Tribute to the Witness at Monumental Baptist Church
– Eclectic Soul Series at Makeda’s Cookies Downtown
– Two Blues Legends for One Cause at Minglewood Hall
– Live Music at all the Huey’s


Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tag those spring photos #ilovememphis! Here’s a few from this 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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