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Welcome to April in Memphis — the month of spring sunshine and blooming blossoms! We especially love this month for its focus on philanthropy, fitness, and delectable food and fun. Here are our top picks of fun-filled events happening in the Bluff City this April. Happy spring!

Flowers at Memphis Botanic Garden

Here’s to warm weather and spring blooms! Image: Memphis Botanic Garden

13 Memphis Events & Happenings: April 2021

April 4, 2021: Remembering MLK: The Man. The Movement. The Moment.

On April 4 at 5 p.m., the National Civil Rights Museum presents a virtual commemoration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and life on the 53rd anniversary of his passing. This year’s event features a conversation with Rev. James Lawson and a keynote from Dr. Bernard Richardson of Howard University. The event is free to attend.

April 9, 2021: Nature by Firelight

On April 9, take a hike around the lake at Lichterman Nature Center once the sun goes down. The event includes s’mores, hot chocolate, children’s crafts, night sky watching, guided tours, a silent auction and more. Youth tickets are $15, and adult tickets are $25 and include two glasses of wine.

April 16 – 18, 2021: Art in the Loop

This three-day art festival on Ridgeway Loop Road and Briarcrest Avenue in East Memphis features artwork from various vendors and artists. Peruse art made of metal and glass as well as jewelry, paintings and photography. The event also includes live entertainment and food trucks. Event hours are Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and face masks are required.

April 17, 2021: Cooper-Young Porchfest

The Cooper-Young Community Association hosts its first-ever Porchfest on April 17 from noon to 6 p.m. Staged on the porches of the historic neighborhood, you can stroll the streets to celebrate spring, music and the city of Memphis. The event is free to attend, so grab a friend, take a walk and enjoy the weather!

April 17, 2021: 17th Annual Mudbug Bash (To-Go)

One of the greatest awareness and fundraising events for Palmer Home is back! Grab the family and head to Panola Street in Hernando, MS, for the 17th Annual Mudbug Bash. The night includes takeout crawfish packages and libations as well as some surprises. Feel that uplifting sense of community on Saturday, April 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsorship packages start at $500, and proceeds benefit Palmer Home for Children.

April 17, 2021: Shelby Forest Spring Fest

Held in the UA Moore Ballpark in Shelby Forest State Park, this spring festival takes place on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shelby Forest Spring Fest includes live music, arts and crafts, shopping, cultural exhibits, wildlife, food and more. Admission is $5, so bring your chair, your blanket and your family and prepare for a fun-filled day!

April 17, 2021: 4th Annual Brewfest at Mississippi Ale House

The 4th Annual Brewfest at Mississippi Ale House has hundreds of beers from local, regional and national breweries. In addition, guests can enjoy live music and food, and tickets include a five-ounce tasting glass. There’s also a limited number of VIP tickets that include a full-size souvenir pint glass and special VIP sectioning and beer. The fun takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets start at $40. Be sure to stick around for live music from The ShotGunBillys starting at 7 p.m.

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April 17 & 18, 2021: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival (To-Go)

The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival is back in downtown Memphis, taking place at Minglewood Hall on Saturday, April 17 and at Malco Cordova parking lot on Sunday, April 18, Festival-goers can enjoy talent from local artists while raising money for Porter-Leath while they grab their goodies to-go. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

April 22 – 24 & 26 – 30, 2021: Spring Plant Sale at the Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden’s largest plant sale of the year features a huge assortment of tropicals, herbs, shrubs, trees and more. Expert garden staff and master gardeners are on-hand to assist with purchases and care trips. Proceeds from the plant sale support the educational and horticultural growth of the garden. The event is free and open to the public, but capacity is limited. Shoppers should guarantee an entry time with an advance reservation, and MBG members get first dibs on those entry slots and receive 10% off purchases.

April 23, 2021: Trolley Night

The South Main Trolley Night has been the longest-running street party in Memphis for more than 18 years. The entire neighborhood buzzes with art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars offering music, performances and special discount rates. Come join in on the fun of South Main. April’s Trolley Night takes place on April 23 at 6 p.m. on South Main Street.

April 24, 2021: Bad Dog 5K & 10K

Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House, the Bad Dog 5K & 10K is the perfect start to your Saturday morning. Both race options are virtual, so participants can run at their own pace and through a course of their choosing. Registration begins at $35. You can also register for both events and complete the races during the week of April 18.

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April 24, 2021 – June 24, 2021: River Market

Head to the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale Street for local vendors, fun and all the feels for supporting local. River Market begins on April 24 and runs through June 24. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

April 30, 2021: Save a Heart Curbside Crawfish Boil

This drive-through curbside crawfish boil on April 30 is held at Agricenter International from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include live entertainment, three pounds of crawfish and all the fixins, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream and more. And be sure to check your bags when you get home as you may be a lucky winner of a (car) door prize valued up to $500. All proceeds benefit LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

Celebrate spring at one of these fabulous events. Happy April, Memphis!


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