Welcome to April, also known as the kick-off to the spring fundraiser and party season! We love April for its focus on philanthropy — and the fact so many of the events it brings with it happen outside. There’s no prettier month in Memphis, and our guide to the best events of the month is sure to help you celebrate spring!
April 1, 2016: Books from Birth 10th Birthday Carnival Bash
Party like you’re a kid again at the Books from Birth 10th birthday celebration. In this twist on a child’s 10th carnival birthday, adults will play classic carnival games, enjoy carnival fare with a twist – hello, boozy milkshakes, nacho bar, and crazy corn dogs! – and dance to the sounds of The Dantones. All this frivolity will happen in a never-before-experienced “carnival chic” atmosphere at Propcellar. In just 10 years, Books from Birth has provided four million books to 100,000 children in Shelby County – at no cost to the families in the program. Tickets online at booksfrombirth.org
April 1 – 2, 2016: Saundra Messinger Custom Event at Kittie Kyle
Memphis-born jewelry designer Saundra Messinger debuts her trunk show format A Ridiculously Custom Design Event at Kittie Kyle Collections in Chickasaw Oaks Village on March 31, and April 1 and 2 from 11 to 5. Saundra has been designing her cutting edge sterling silver jewelry sprinkled with tiny, sparkling diamonds and a signature matte finish since 2000. While her jewelry is sold throughout the US and abroad, the only place you can find it in Memphis is Kittie Kyle. kittiekyle.com
April 2, 2016: Down to Earth Festival at Shelby Farms Park
Celebrate our largest and most gorgeous public park, Shelby Farms Park! At this sustainability-focused festival, kids can make eco-friendly crafts and explore the trails, forests and playground at the park; Enjoy a full day of live music, food truck eats, and eco-friendly vendors. The fun lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and parking is $5 per car. Learn more: shelbyfarmspark.org
April 2, 2016: Walk MS: Memphis
Stop Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks at the annual Walk MS Memphis in Overton Park. Two route options – 1.5 and 3 miles – take you through the park, with a party at the finish line. The walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Rainbow Pavilion. Register online at walkms.org
April 3, 2016: Bridal Expo at the Metal Museum
It’s one of the most unique event venues in town – and a picturesque spot for a wedding. The National Ornamental Metal Museum is holding its first-ever Bridal Expo on Sunday, April 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wedding vendors will be set up on the Museum grounds to showcase their offerings, with tastings by catering companies, floral displays, and more. More information: metalmusem.org.
April 4 – 9, 2016: Memphis Fashion Week
It’s the most fashionable week in Memphis! With runway shows, a VIP party, freeze models and more, the 5th annual Memphis Fashion Week celebrates the city’s emerging and established designers. Tickets to all the events sell out fast, so get yours now at memphisfashionweek.org.
April 8, 2016: Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction
The Memphis Botanic Garden is the setting for an unforgettable night of fun benefitting the Forrest Spence Fund, which assists with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South. The evening features live music, food, and libations from local restaurants, and silent and live auctions offering fabulous items, including dinner for eight prepared by renowned chef Kelly English in your home. Purchase tickets online at forrestspencefund.org
April 9, 2016: Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis Trivia Night
The 11th Annual Trivia Night at Temple Israel, benefitting Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis, pits teams against one another in ten fun rounds of trivia. There’s also a silent auction and wine pull. Get your team together and join the fun! More information online at adsmemphis.org
April 9, 2016: Black Violin at the Oprheum
Classically trained viola and violin players Wil B and Kev Marcus first met playing in the high school orchestra, attended different colleges, then later reconnected as hip-hop studio rats in South Florida. Their groundbreaking collaboration fuses the two genres in a unique, must-see musical performance. Tickets online at orpheummemphis.com
April 9, 2016: ONE Night Gala
ONE Night benefits the Regional One Health Foundation – the funding source that helps support the important work of the city’s only level one trauma center that we all still call The Med. The gala evening includes cocktails and dinner, live and silent auctions, and a concert featuring Morris Day & The Time and KC & The Sunshine Band. Buy tickets online at regionalonehealthfoundation.org.
April 10, 2016: Overton Bark! Adoption Tour
Join Hollywood Feed on the Greensward in Overton Park from Noon until 3 p.m. at the Overton Bark! Adoption Tour. This event helps to support Hollywood Feed’s dog park and adoption efforts in Memphis, and features the North Shore Animal League’s “Tour For Life”, a mobile adoption unit featuring adoptable dogs and cats from Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and MAS. They’ll also have a sneak peek of their new bakery, Hollywood Feed Fresh – complete with samples for your pooch. More information on the event Facebook page.
April 16, 2016: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars at The Buckman
A group of musicians who met in Guinea refugee camps while fleeing attacks in their native country, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars turned their tragic stories into uplifting music – a potent example of perseverance and the redeeming power of music. SLRAS is now one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands with an inspiring message of hope, faith and joy. Tickets are $28 online at buckmanartscenter.com
Apr 16, 2016: Le Bon Appetit event benefitting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
The most prestigious gourmet benefit in Memphis, Le Bon Appetit, features the culinary creations of more than 30 chefs from across the country, including a goup of Memphis chefs hand-picked by Chef Kelly English, who spearheads the evening. There are also celeb bartenders mixing up craft drinks, plus a full selection of beer and wine. This year the event is in the Pipkin Building, in the heart of Memphis. Tickets can be found online at lebonheur.org
April 16 – 17, 2016: Ballet Memphis’ Cinderella
It’s a magical combination: Ballet Memphis, stage sets from the London Ballet, Steve McMahon’s choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score. Cinderella returns to the Orpheum stage for three performances over one weekend. Tickets online at orpheum-memphis.com
April 16 – 17, 2016: The Memphis Garden Club Flower Show at Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Nothing says spring quite like the amazing Flower Show hosted by the Memphis Garden Club. The free event offers award-winning floral displays, themed needle art, botanical arts, photography, food trucks, and a marketplace. Special talks featuring style icon Carolyne Roehm and Jeff Leatham, Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, take place in a tent on the Dixon grounds; each talk requires a ticket: $50 for Roehm’s 10 a.m. talk, and $75 for Leatham’s 2 p.m. talk, which includes a demonstration. Information and talk tickets online at memphisgardenclub.org
April 22, 2016: Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk
Enjoy eclectic art exhibits, dance and musical performances, and great food and drink during the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk. Works by more than 100 artists and craftsman will be on exhibit throughout the galleries and boutiques on Broad throughout the evening.Dance and musical performances take place at the Water Tower Pavilion, and in addition to Broad’s restaurants, there will be food trucks. Free. www.BroadAveArts.com
April 22, 2016: Hoedown for Hope
Hoedown For Hope benefits the children’s programs at Hope House, which serve children six weeks to five years old who are affected by HIV and living in poverty. The Agricenter Red Barn is the spot for the Hoedown for Hope, which features delicious local BBQ, music, dancing, and our favorite activity – a mechanical bull! Tickets online at www.hopehousememphis.org
April 23, 2016: River Series Concert at Harbor Town
The 2016 River Series Concert opens on April 23, benefitting the Maria Montessori School in Harbor Town. Curated by Goner Records and Shoulder Tap Records, the series features local rockers Chickasaw Mound and DJ Painted Bird, plus Goner and Heavenly (UK) recording artists NOTS. Tickets are just $5, and the concert is at the Harbor Town Amphitheater. Tickets on the event Facebook page.
April 28 – 30, 2016: Art by Design
Arts Memphis is bringing together a dozen of Memphis’ most sought-after interior designers for Memphis’ First Designer Showcase within a gallery showroom for Art By Design. This unique, three-day event includes parties and book signings, the chance to view vignettes and chat with the designers who collaborated on this one-of-a-kind project. All the design dreaminess takes place at Propcellar. Tickets and more information online at artsmemphis.org
April 29, 2016: Opening Eyes to Autism 5K Race
Benefitting the children and families in the community served by the Harwood Center and Autism Resources of the Mid-South, this downtown race starts at Beale Street, takes runners down Riverside Drive, and ends at the Gibson Guitar Factory – a fun and scenic way to do some good! Information and registration online at openingeyestoautism.com.
Enjoy your months, and keep up with ALL the April events on our Happenings page.