5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/26 – 4/28
We’re closing out April with the biggest, busiest, most ridiculous weekend in Memphis ever. I know I’ve said that about a couple of weekends in the past – even ones recently – but this one truly takes the cake. In five years of making weekend guides, this may be the busiest one I have ever seen.
Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, take Lyfts, and post photos with #ilovememphis. It’s going to be awesome.
This post has the five things you won’t want to miss, plus plenty of extras.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this week: Food Truck Festival this weekend, Memphis Movie Series in May, Dining Out For Life continues through Sunday, an interview with Beverly Roberston, new Chamber of Commerce CEO, plus we discuss what should go in the old Brooks/MCA building on last week’s Think Tank.
Stay tuned: The Levitt Shell’s summer lineup will go live on this here blog at 9 a.m. on Friday (subscribe here so you don’t miss it).
Here’s the monster list:
1. Overton Park Field Day, Overton Park, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Overton Park Conservancy invites you to a day of sun, fun, and games on the Greensward. This event is free to enter and includes field day games, beer, food trucks including MEMPopS, Let’s Be Frank, and Firecracker Grille Foodtruck, live music, Overton Park merch for sale, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses. Plus, guided nature walks every hour on the hour ($10, kids under 12 are free).
2. East Buntyn Art Walk, Midland Avenue, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages
Head to Midland Ave between Prescott Street and Reese Street for the 9th annual East Buntyn Art Walk, where residents will turn their front yards into galleries for local and regional artists. Mingle with the neighbors at this kid, people, and pet-friendly event. (Rain date is April 28 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
3. Mid-South Food Truck Festival, Liberty Bowl Stadium,Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $8 adults/$3 kids at the gate, all ages/kid-friendly
The Food Truck Festival at Tiger Lane features dozens of regional trucks (each are serving one $5 item plus their regular menu) and DeAngelo Williams Foundation’s ‘Throw-in for a Cure’” Cornhole Tournament. Tickets are just to get in/parking. You have to buy your food and drink.
4. Edge Motor Fest, 645 Marshall Avenue, Saturday, noon – 6 p.m, free, all ages/kid-friendly
The new Edge Motor Museum opens on April 27 with a festival celebrating the neighborhood’s automotive history with tons of classic cars, live music, vendors, food trucks, and more.
5. 27th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, Wagner Place, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival is the city’s largest, at least by amount of crawfish: during the single day festival, they’ll serve 15,000 pounds. There will also be live music, a gumbo cooking contest, and all manner of crawfish-related activities. Bring a lawn chair and set up camp along the trolley tracks while you eat. Proceeds from the festival benefit Porter-Leath.
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Plus many, many extras…it’s worth reading these! Lots of big events and too many to fit into the five.
– Evolution (A Burlesque Story), Dru’s Place, Sunday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $12 general/$20 VIP, 21 and up
Burlesque performer and producer Coco Rosie celebrates three years of burlesque shows in Memphis with a reunion show featuring some of her favorite performers, including Gidget Bardot, Stormy Knight, Maxie Fauna, and Flux Inqueeror. Support our city’s most diverse burlesque show and have a blast at Dru Place this Sunday night.
– Riko’s Kickin Chicken Trap Brunch, 1329 Madison, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., prices vary, all ages
Riko’s Kickin Chicken is open for the first ever Trap Brunch this Saturday, so you can enjoy their out-of-this-world chicken for brunch. They’ll have chicken and waffles, fish and grits, and other specials, and you can bring your own champagne for OJ they’ll have on hand.
– Spirits & Soul Fest, South Main/Old Dominick, Friday – Saturday, $100, 21 and up
Thirty distilleries from across Tennessee are heading to the South Main Historic Arts District in downtown Memphis for two days of rare spirits tastings, food, live music, and more. Friday night gets you liquor samples at Trolley Night and access to rare bottles for sale. Saturday is a Block Party at Old Dominick with cocktails, music, and food truck food for sale. Read more here.
– Walk The Line Screening, Orpheum Theatre, Friday, 7 p.m., $8 adults, all ages (parental discretion advised)
No summer movies this year. Instead, the Orpheum is doing random movies throughout the year and this week it’s time for Walk The Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
– Roar and Pour, Memphis Zoo, Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $125, 21+
This is an exclusive night of dining and drinking with Memphis’ best chefs and mixologists, plus live music. There’s a VIP option that includes hand-rolled Cuban cigars and select bourbons.
– Dining Out For Life Week, Various Locations, through Sunday, Prices Vary, all ages
Support Friends for Life by dining out at different local restaurants, when 25 percent of proceeds will be donated to their mission of supporting those affected by AIDS/HIV. There are 15 restaurants (and counting) including Beauty Shop, Gray Canary, Dru’s Place, Hog and Hominy, Iris, and more. You must check the schedule, though, it’s not every place very day. Fratelli’s Cafe inside the Botanic Gardens will donate 75 percent of proceeds every day, all week!
– Grind City Flow Festival Showcase, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 6 p.m. – midnight., $10 adv./ $15 gate, all ages
The Grind City Flow Festival Showcase is selection of performances with hula hoopers, acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, fire twirlers, dancing, and more, with food trucks, vendors, and live music for the whole family. After 10 p.m., the event becomes 18+. So take the kids home at 10 p.m. Earlier that day, Grind City Flow Fest will host workshops for 18+ in flow aerial, yoga, dance, and more. Those tickets are $75 and that starts at 9 a.m.
– Down To Earth Festival, Shelby Farms Park,Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., $5 parking, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate Earth Day at one of the country’s largest urban parks on Saturday, April 27. They’ll have live music, kids’ activities, crafts, eco-friendly vendors, artisans, and more. Rain date is April 28.
– Epping Way Wolf River Greenway Opening, 2630 Epping Way Drive, 9 a.m. – noon, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Another section of the Wolf River Greenway officially opens this weekend with a 5K (8 a.m.), ribbon cutting with the mayors (9 a.m.) and festivities including free food from 10 a.m. – noon. The Greenway is a paved walk/bike path along the Wolf River that will stretch across the city, it’s being completed section by section, and it’s wonderful. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. Parking is at Jamesbridge Apartments.
– Arlington In April, Depot Square in Arlington,Saturday, 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 lots of activities, great music, and entertainment.
– Cooper Young Saturday Shop Hop, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free to attend, all ages/kid-friendly
Local restaurants and shops in the neighborhood will offer discounts, giveaways, and refreshments all day in honor of Independent Bookstore Day.
– Taste the Rarity, Wiseacre Brewing, Saturday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., $65 + fees, 21 and up
Taste rare craft beers from breweries around the country and celebrate the release of the annual Unicornicopia 2019, with music from the Mighty Souls Brass Band, Griz Line, circus acts, food, games, commemorative taster glass and more. Expect this one to sell out, so get your tix asap. Rain or shine, no dogs.
– Lord T & Eloise Live Album Recording, Railgarten, Saturday, 8 p.m., $10, 21 and up
Lord T & Eloise are landing their space ship in a giant bubble bath and recording their first and only live album at Railgarten on Saturday night. It’s gonna get weird.
– Spillit Story Slam, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $10 entry + there’s a cash bar, 21 and up
Gather your courage and stand up in front of strangers to tell your five minute story. You can just watch if you want, too, but I bet you’ll be tempted to talk after a Soul Burger and a beer. The theme is “South Main Stories”, and the best storyteller wins. Spillit remains one of the most unique, compelling experiences in the city and I can’t recommend it enough.
– Spring Maker’s Market, Muddy’s Midtown, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
A dozen local makers and vendors pop-up on the lovely lawn of Muddy’s Midtown to shop for gifts (Mother’s Day anyone?), enjoy food trucks, and plenty of coffee and cupcakes from Muddy’s.
– Breakfast For Dinner, First Congo, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., $20 adults/$10 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
Enjoy a brenner feast at First Congo in Cooper Young – think pancakes, casseroles, cinnamon rolls, grits, pastries, and more – all while benefitting the Room In The Inn program. You can get brunchy cocktails and Memphis Made beer for an additional donation. Room In The Inn is a city-wide program where people experiencing homelessness can stay the night in local churches. It’s a very important cause, and a great way to feed the whole family on Saturday night!
– Beale Street Caravan Blowout, Crosstown Arts (East Atrium), Saturday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $75, 21 and up
Support Beale Street Caravan’s public radio show – bringing Memphis music to the world – at this huge party with an open buffet provided by local chefs, silent DJ, live music (Black Cream with special guests Rev. John Wilkins) plus a silent auction full of incredible Memphis music memorabilia, private tours, house concerts, and more.
Be sure to tag all your fun with #ilovememphis!