5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/13 – 4/15

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 12th 2018 3504 0

Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.

Andrea Zucker / Memphis CVB

1.  Memphis Fashion Week, Various Locations, April 11-14, Prices Vary, 18+
Memphis Fashion Week has all kinds of events for fashion lovers in Memphis, including trunk shows, fashion shows (Friday night’s is at Graceland, Saturday night’s is at Memphis College of Art), and more. Check out the details here and learn more about the young Memphis designers whose works will grace the catwalk here.

2. Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk, Broad Avenue, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., free to attend, all ages/kid-friendly
Broad Avenue Art Walk features an artist’s market, live music, food trucks, and more.

3. Healthy Memphis Festival, Railgarten, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. free, all ages/kid-friendly
Check out local businesses and vendors who support healthy eating and lifestyle habits, and enjoy food demos, music, exercise classes, art, and kids’ corner.

4. Crawfish
A couple ways to get crawfish and give back this weekend.

– Overton Square Crawfish Festival, Overton Square, Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., free to attend, 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. Prices for crawfish and drinks vary. The festival benefits the Special Olympics.

– 26th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, Riverside Drive between Union and Beale, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival has more than just mudbugs: There will also be live music (including Marcella & Her Lovers doing several sets throughout the day), a kids’ play zone, a gumbo-cooking contest, and all manner of crawfish-related activities including something called “bobbing for crawfish”. Proceeds from the festival benefit Porter-Leath.

5. – Lucero Family Block Party 20th Anniversary Celebration, Minglewood Hall, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m., $25, kids 10 and under free, all ages
This is one serious throw-down. (It’s pretty okay for kids early on, though.) Lucero, plus Turnpike Troubadours, Deer Tick, John Moreland, Louise Page,Mighty Souls Brass Band.

And a few more I’m really excited about…

Spillit Story Slam, Amurica Photo, Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10, 18+
Come prepared to tell your own stories of bad luck – or just grab a drink and listen up. Attending a Spillit story night is a Memphis must-do. On Slam nights, potential storytellers put their names in a hat, names are drawn, and the audience and judges vote on the best story. It’s fun, it’s totally different, and your drinks are included.

– Midtown Opera Festival 2018, Playhouse on the Square, Friday – Saturday, $100 festival pass ($400 value), individual events start at $10, all ages
Opera Memphis’ festival returns to Playhouse on the Square, anchored by The Triumph of Honor and The Opera 901 Showcase. Each opera is preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk, giving insight into the story, characters, and music. After the opera, the audience is invited to join Opera Memphis for a drink in the lounge or head to one of the many Festival Fringe Events.

River Series with Wreckless Eric, Harbor Town Amphitheater, Sunday, 3 p.m., $5 donation, all ages
The beloved concert series on the banks of the Wolf River returns for another year with a confirmed lineup that is sure to delight. The second installment in the three-part series, Memphis Native Alex Greene will take the stage with Wreckless Eric to follow.

Time-Warp Drive-In, Summer Drive-In, Saturday, dusk to dawn, $10 per person, all ages
Black Lodge Video and Malco Theatres present the 5th annual Time Warp Drive Inseries. The spring film night theme is “High School is Hell” on April 14, with films like “Carrie” and “The Craft.”

– Don’t forget, the Memphis Redbirds started their season last week, and they have home games every day the 12th through the 16th. Check out their promotions: Thirsty Thursday/All-You-Can-Eat, Free Stuff Friday, and Postgame Fireworks.

– Memphis Brewfest, Liberty Bowl Stadium, April 14, 4 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., $45 gen. admission/$100 VIP, 21 and up
Try a whole bunch of beers at the 8th annual Memphis Brewfest. Benefits the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

And a few more…

All Weekend
Spring Plant Sale at the Botanic Garden
Tulips in bloom at the Dixon
Art of Science exhibit on display at MCA
Southern Junkers Market at Agricenter
Voices of the South: FRINGE Performance Festival at First Congo


Women’s Leadership Conference at CBU
Donate Life: Blue & Green Day in Memphis
Triumph of Honor (Opera Memphis) at Playhouse on the Square
GamesOnFront at Cossitt Library
SpringFest & Movie By The Wolf at Rossville Central Park
Opening reception for Spring BFA at Fogelman Galleries at U of M
Where We Gather at Harrell Performing Arts Theater
Ales for Alzheimer’s at Meddlesome Brewing
Eclectic Eye presents Surreal Memphis art opening
Pop-Up Art show at Crosstown Arts
Songwriter Night at South Main Sounds


Charles Finney Memorial Ride (starts at Crosstown Concourse)
Whitehaven Healthy Community Day at Methodist South
Fayette Cares Plant Sale at First Citizens National Bank Oakland
Paws For A Cause at Saddle Creek
South End Neighborhood Cleanup at Ghost River Brewing
2018 Grizzlies Prep Mini Golf at Grizzlies Prep
Relay For Life of Memphis at the Tiger Lane
Trap Brunch For Dinner at South Main Market
Melba Moore at Bartlett PAC
Triumph of Honor at Playhouse on the Square
A Man Called Stu at The P&H
The Healing Power of JC (John Cusak) at First Congo

Resident Artist Studio open houses at Crostown Concourse
Idewild Elementary Silent Auction
River Series at Harbor Town feat. Wreckless Eric
Live Music at all the Huey’s
Mickey Factz at Growlers
Dana w/ Alija Trout and Aquarian Blood at DKDC

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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