FINALLY! Spring is here, with warm weather and loads of great events to lure you outside. From 5Ks to opening day for the Redbirds and the farmers’ market, we’ve got your must-hit events for April.
Through May 6: Eclectic Eye Hosts Crossroads Exhibit
Eclectic Eye‘s latest gallery exhibit features the work of Memphis radio personality Ron Olson at its Midtown store (242 S. Cooper St). The show features work from Ron’s latest series, “Crossroads,” and pieces will be on display and available for purchase in the store until May 6. Full details are at eclectic-eye.com.
April 3: Cooper Young First Friday Pop-Up Art Exhibit
The first Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jay Etkin (owner of Jay Etkin Gallery) curates pop-up art exhibitions at numerous CY business locations in the hip Midtown neighborhood. Full details are available online at cooperyoung.com.
April 3: Redbirds/Cards Exhibition Game
The annual Redbirds vs. St. Louis Cardinals exhibition game in the just-renovated AutoZone Park will be a hot ticket, and you can get yours at Memphis Redbirds.com.
April 4: Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day
Memphis’ largest farmers market is back at G.E. Patterson and Front Street downtown! The market opens at 7 a.m. with farmers, food trucks and live entertainment through 1 p.m. Full event details and the market schedule can be found at memphisfarmersmarket.org.
April 9: Tennessee Brewery Revival
Last year’s oh-so-hip-and-cool event is back, or should we say revived? Celebrating community, craft beer and the rebirth of the Tennessee Brewery, the revival takes place every Thursday through Sunday in April and May. The brewery is open for lunch and dinner through May 31. Check the Brewery’s Facebook page for details on music and food: facebook.com/TennesseeBrewery
April 9: Memphis Redbirds Opening Day
The Redbirds open their season with a 7:05 p.m. game in their just-renovated AutoZone stadium, complete with fireworks and giveaways. General admission seating is sold out, but some ticket packages including reg season games remain. Buy your opening day tickets at memphisredbirds.com.
April 9-13: Memphis Black Expo
This five-day celebration of African American culture takes place at three different venues – Stax, Minglewood Hall and the Agricenter — and includes fashion shows and parties, film screenings and celebrity appearances, plus a daylong conference with workshops and black-owned businesses. Blackexpomemphis.com has the full schedule and ticket pricing.
April 9-19: Midtown Opera Festival
The 10-day festival, now in its third year, takes place at Playhouse on the Square and features three operas, family events, panel discussions and our favorite – the late-night cabarets on April 9 and 10. Check the Opera Memphis website for a full schedule and ticket pricing at operamemphis.com.
April 11: Overton Square Crawfish Festival
Madison Avenue will become a pedestrian plaza for the 20th anniversary of this popular festival, which is free for all ages. Thousands of pounds of crawfish, live music and flowing beverages are the order of the day in Overton Square. Noncrawfish types, worry not — you will have plenty of other options from which to choose. Band lineups and other information is on the festival’s Facebook page at facebook.com/overtonsquarecrawfishfest.
April 11: Sista Strut for Breast Cancer Awareness
The goal of Sista Strut is to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well as provide information on community resources. Studies show that African American women are more likely to get breast cancer at a younger age and have a death rate from breast cancer twice that of Caucasian women of the same age. Sista Strut recognizes the strength of survivors, their family and friends, heightens awareness and promotes early detection and the search for a cure. Register at racesonline.com.
April 11-12: Healthy Memphis Food Festival
Local vendors and businesses focused on good habits fill Broad Avenue’s Water Tower Pavilion to promote healthy lifestyles. There will be exercise classes and health screenings, along with food, music and art. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 12. Find details on the Healthy Memphis Facebook page at facebook.com/healthymemphisfoodfestival.
April 16: The Gardeners of Eden Documentary Screening with Kristin Davis
The actress famously known for her role in “Sex and the City,” Kristin Davis, will walk the red carpet at the Malco Paradiso to screen her documentary, The Gardeners of Eden, about the elephant poaching crisis and the heroic work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The benefit features a cocktail reception and a Q/A with Davis following the film. A limited number of VIP tickets ($500) includes a prescreening reception with the actress. General admission tickets are $30. More information and tickets are available here.
April 18: Time Warp Drive-In
This dusk-to-dawn monthly movie series at Malco’s Summer Avenue Drive-In offers Quintessential Quentin (Tarantino) flicks for April, including Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Reservoir Dogs and Death Proof. Cost is $10 per person, and all ages are welcome. Showtime is 7:35-ish (dusk). 5310 Summer Ave. See the full lineup at facebook.com/timewarpdrivein.
April 18-25 Memphis Beer Week
Lift a glass to celebrate an entire week of tappings, tastings, dinners and brewer talks. The second annual Memphis Beer Week takes place all over town, opening with Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park. All the sudsy scoop is online at memphis-beerweek.com.
April 19: Earth Day 5K
Get outside with your friends and family at the 4th annual Earth Day 5k on April 19 at Shelby Farms Park! Walk or run on a 3.1-mile, scenic course in the park and take part in a finish line tree planting when you’re done. For more information or to register, visit earthday5k.racesonline.com.
April 25: The Way of Tea in Tennessee-Master Class
Learn the art of the Japanese tea ceremony at the Memphis Botanic Garden with guest Tea Master Kentaro Ohkuni. The tea ceremony is the ancient practice that expresses the essence of Japanese culture and beauty. Tea itself was introduced from China in the 8th century, and was a rare and valuable commodity, grown in Japan for religious purposes associated with Zen Buddhism. By the 13th century, tea was being cultivated for use by the samurai class, and the roots of the elaborate ceremony associated with tea drinking began. The cost is $20 for one or both sessions, and beginners are welcome. For additional information contact Patti Lechman at (901) 497-1808, or visit the MBG website.
April 25: River Series Concert at Harbortown Amphitheater
Jack Oblivian and The Sheiks perform at the April edition of this riverfront outdoor concert series that’s kid-friendly. Adult beverages are available and proceeds benefit The Maria Montessori School. More information is available on the River Series Facebook page: Facebook.com/riverseriesattheharbortownampitheater.
April 29: Opening Day of the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Farmers’ Market
The MBG’s farmers’ market opens for the season in April, and we couldn’t be happier! Each Wednesday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., shop from a variety of goods that are locally grown and produced, including fresh produce, flowers, home-baked breads and sweets, honey, artisan items and more. Open to the public. More information is available at memphisbotanicgarden.com.
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