5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/12 – 4/14
Happy Friday, Memphis! It’s another big spring weekend in Memphis, so here are the five things you won’t want to miss. Due to the forecasted rain on Saturday, a few festivals have been moved around, and I’ve noted that.
Before we get to the weekend guide, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week:
– Ultimate Memphis In May Giveaway
– Memphis Spring Fashion Week/What-To-Wear Guide
– updated list of places to Carb Load downtown
– a few fun Memphis murals
– Guide to Live Music in Memphis in April
– 11 Ways To Volunteer In Memphis in April
– Spring Events Guide
– Easter Brunch guide.
OK, here’s the five can’t-miss things to do in Memphis this weekend:
1. Record Store Day + Memphis Record Ride, Shangri-La Records/Goner Records/Memphis Music, Saturday, all day, free to attned, all ages/kid-friendly
This year’s Record Store Day is going to be crazy! Shangri La will have discounts on music, free show from Mark Edgar Stuart at 1 p.m. Goner Records will have discounts on music, too, and DJs all day in the store. Plus, Goner is hosting the first Memphis Record Ride – a shuttle that takes you around to Shangri La, Goner, Memphis Music on Beale, and later, Crosstown and Memphis Made breweries. The shuttle is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2. Bookstock Memphis Author’s Festival, Memphis Central Library, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
The annual local author’s festival celebrates the talent we have in the Mid-South and gives you a chance to meet Memphis writers and buy their books. There’s a keynote speech by Lisa Patton and plenty of activities for everyone. Food trucks!
3. 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 event is rain-or-shine.
4. Southern Hot Wing Festival, Tiger Lane, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., $25 at the gate, kids 12 and under free, all ages
Cooking teams compete for $5,000 in prize money for the best hot wings in Memphis, and most teams will give out samples for a $1 or $2 donation to Ronald McDonald House. Expect live music, a wing eating contest, a cornhole tourney, and more. Vets and military get in free, as do kids 12 and under – there’s a Kids Zone, too. This has been moved from Saturday to this Sunday.
5. V&E Greenline Art Walk, V&E Greenline, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Local artists and vendors will line the V&E Greenline in Midtown for the 8th annual V&E Art Walk. In addition to dozens of local artist booths, the festival will have food vendors, kids’ activities, live music and a silent auction. If you’ve never been there, the V&E Greenline is an unpaved trail that starts at Cleveland and North Parkway and runs to Rhodes College. This has been moved from Saturday to this Sunday.
Note: Kaleidoscope Food Festival has been moved to April 20th.
Plus a few more…
– Lucero Family Block Party, Minglewood Hall, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., $33+, kids 10 and under free, all ages
This is one serious Memphis throw-down. (It’s okay for kids early on, though.) Lucero, plus Will Hoge, Mighty Souls Brass Band, BlackBerry Smoke, and more, plus vendors like Wiseacre and Central BBQ. This event is rain-or-shine.
– Hear 901 Music Festival, The Bluff, Saturday April 13th, $5, show at 7 p.m., 18 and over
Don’t miss the 5th annual Hear 901 Music Festival, organized by Blue Tom Records in order to celebrate the finest of Memphis’s up-and-coming musicians. This year’s lineup includes a long list: Dylan Amoré, Jordan Occasionally, Bailey Bigger, Claire James, Kasondra, Megan Barlowe, She’Chinah, Compton McMurry, Shawn Campbell, Geist, Phillip Bond, and EEZABELLE.
– Beale Street Wine Race, Beale Street, Sunday, 1 p.m., free, 21+
Cheer on your favorite Memphis restaurant workers as they compete in a decidedly adult version of elementary school field day, complete with relay races (involving carrying wine over hurdles), a beauty pageant / dance off, and grape-stomping competition. It’s weird and wonderful. Leave the kids at home for this one.
– Southern Junkers Vintage Market, Agricenter International, April 12 – 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $10, all ages
Shop this biannual upscale vintage and antique market, with 75 vendors from across the country with farmhouse style, art, handmade items, cool junk, music, special guests, food, and fun.
– Springloaded, GPAC, Friday and Sunday, $15 adv./$20 door, all ages
New Ballet Ensemble presents their spring show this weekend at Germantown Performing Arts Center, with performances Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (Sunday show link.)
Check out even more on the blog’s calendar.
Be sure to tag all your festival fun online with #ilovememphis or @ilovememphisblog on Instagram so I can share your Memphis love with the world!