Tuesday News Update: Spring Is Here...Ain't It Good?!

Memphis Botanic Garden
Andrea Zucker

This week's roundup of Good News in Memphis. 

15 Absolute Must Try Barbecue Restaurants In Memphis

Local blogger Tomiko Harvey is back at it again with another great feature this time it’s Memphis BBQ all the way. My personal favorite spot is mentioned, so it’s absolutely worth the read! Check it out here. —EH

Fossil Fest Is Coming! March 27-28

It’s not every day you have the chance to dig for fossils millions of years old like a real paleontologist, but Fossil Fest at the Pink Palace Museum of Science & History is exactly that! Enjoy a festival full of all things fossils: hands-on activities, chats with experts, games. It’s happened the weekend of March 27th and 28th. Visitors (over 21 years of age) can taste a new Museum of Science & History (MoSH) beer made by Ghost River Brewery.  They’ll also unveil a new giant metal mosasaur sculpture created by the Memphis Metal Museum. More info here.

Spring Blossoms at Botanic garden 

The Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG) is pleased to announce Spring Blooms at the Garden, a new Saturday series featuring what’s blooming at the Garden beginning March 20 through April 17. The event is free with Garden admission. Masks and social distancing are required. —EH

  • March 20: Cherry Trees
  • April 3: Spring Bulbs
  • April 10: Southern Delights
  • April 17: Irises (TN State Flower!!)

Listen To Women! 

In honor of Women’s History Month, check out this awesome playlist of Memphis women musicians—from Stax classic like The Staples Singers to today’s Memphis songstresses like Julien Baker and Talibah Safiyah. —HW

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Returns

Things are coming back, y’all. This Saturday, MSO performs in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday at the Cannon Center. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., will be socially distanced with capacity limitations, and masks are required. Very limited seating so grab your tickets now. —HW

Memphis Chef on Chopped!

Everyone’s favorite weird-ingredients cooking show featured Memphis Chef D. Arthur, aka Desmond Robinson. His episode was called “Meat Fight: Bison!” And he made it to the second round. Way to go, chef! Read more here. —HW

Redbirds Return May 4

Spring is here! The weather is beautiful, the air is crisp, and the birds are playing baseball. You heard it here, the Redbirds are back in action starting May 4 at AutoZone Park against Durham. Get your tickets here and view the schedule for the season here!

New Transit Service Downtown

Groove On-Demand is a “Minibus that comes when you want” and provides rides basically like an Uber, but only for Downtown, Medical District, and New Chicago neighborhoods. It runs Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Read all the details here.


My colleague Elizabeth Hornor and I work together on this weekly update, so going forward you’ll see that reflected by the sign-off initials for each bit of news. PLEASE submit your local good news by emailing her [email protected] with the subject line “Ain’t It Good”. **

** More about submitting: We’re looking for nonprofit successes, random victories, acts of kindness, rescued baby animals, positive national news coverage of Memphis…any thing that brings joy and brags a little on the people of our city. Send it in, and your story could appear on a future blog post!

Ed. Note: Special thanks to Kevin Brewer for the “Ain’t It Good” song suggestion and to Elizabeth Hornor for her assistance with this article.

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