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Spring 2019

Special Events

1st Thursdays thru Oct. 3: Whet Thursdays. An after-hours, family-friendly event with museum and grounds tours, live local music, food truck fare, demos, gallery talk, and the best sunset in Memphis. FREE, 5–8p, Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

2nd Tuesdays, Year-Round: South Main Association: Public information and social meeting. SMA's purpose is to promote the future of the historic arts district, while remaining passionate about preserving its past. 6p social, 6:30p, program, locations vary. 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

4th Tuesdays, Year-Round: Downtown Neighborhood Association Meetings. Public information and social meeting. DNA's purpose is to promote, enhance, and protect the quality of life in Downtown Memphis, and to maintain and foster a spirit of community for Downtown Memphis businesses, and visitors. 6p social, 6:30p programs, locations vary. 521-9552, memphisdna.org.

Last Tuesdays, Year-Round: The Mystic. A catalyst; through music, story, silence and dialogue, to strengthen attachment to hopes and dreams.  The goal of The Mystic is to not feel better but get better at feeling. The Mystic is hosted by a rotating panel including Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Chris Miner, Dr. Scott Morris, Dr. Sonia Walker and Kirk Whalum. 6p, Crosstown Arts, 1350 Concourse Ave Ste 280. churchhealth.org/organizer/the-mystic/

Last Fridays, Year-Round: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. 6–9p, FREE, Main: between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

Apr. 5–7, 11–14: Rights of Spring at Ashlar Hall. Incorporates full-scale art installations and the creative use of light, sound, technology and performance to transport audiences to another realm. Thu–Sat 7:30p, Sun 5:30p. Ashlar Hall, 1397 Central Ave, Tickets available at Eventbrite.com.

Apr. 6: Memphis Farmers Market Opening. 2019 seasons begins with farmers, artisans, and producers bringing you their best. Each Saturday through October. 8am–1pm, Central Station Pavilion, Front at GE Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Apr. 11–June: Spring Movie Series. Overton Square hosts outdoor movie night every Thursday. 8p, Chimes Square, 2100 Trimble, overtonsquare.com.

Apr. 11–Aug. 15: The Peabody Rooftop Parties. Live bands every Thursday on the beautiful rooftop of The Peabody Hotel. Ladies free until 7p. 21 yrs and up. 6–10p, The Peabody, 149 Union, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Apr. 12: Hoedown for Hope Red, White and Boots! Enjoy music, food, beer, a mechanical bull, photo booth, and silent auction benefiting Hope House. 7:30p, Propcellar, 272-2702 Ext. 216, hopehousememphis.org.

Apr. 13: Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Fun festival that takes over Overton Square. Enjoy a day filled with great music, large arts and crafts market by regional artists and, of course, crawfish! Noon–6p, Madison at Cooper, overtonsquare.com.

Apr. 13: Shelby Forest Spring Fest. Car show, arts & crafts vendors with an array of products, 80s music on the Front Porch stage, kids activities and games, and food and drinks including the crawfish boil. 10a–6p, Meeman-Shelby Forest, 7097 Benjestown Rd, shelbyforestspringfest.com.

Apr. 13: Carlene Carter in Concert. Grammy nominated singer-songwriter performs at the Halloran Center. 7:30p, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Apr. 14: Wine Race: Skimpy bathing suits, lots of grapes, and plenty of wine.  Watch and root for your favorite restaurants and bartenders as they compete in four events for cash, prizes and glory. Awards for Parade, Queen of the Vine, Grape Stomp and the Great Wince Race! 1p, Beale Street, bealestreet.com/beale-street-wine-race.

Apr. 14–Oct. 13: 2019 Sunset Jazz @ Court Square. This year’s season kicks off with The Memphis Jazz Workshop on Apr 14; Joe Restivo: May 12; Jeremy Shrader Quartet (Swing Dancing in the Park): Jul 14; Jamille “Jam” Hunter: Aug 11. 6–8p. Gerard Harris: Sep 8; Neptune’s Army Feat. Ed Finney aka Jupiter Skyfish: Oct 13. 5–7p. Court Square at 62 N Main, sunsetjazzmemphis.com

Apr 16: Dr. Herman Green Benefit #2. Performances by Banyan, FreeWorld, Devil Train, Norton Wisdom, and many more. 8p–1a, Railgarten, 2166 Central Ave.

Apr. 18: Tea & Tour for Seniors. Guided tour of works by Mid-South All Star artists such as Carroll Cloar, Burton Callicott, and Ernest Withers, to name a few. Tours feature a visit to the special exhibition on view, American Haiku: The Woodcuts of Ted Faiers, which showcases prints by the Memphis artist selected from the permanent collection., 2–4p, Brooks Museum, 1934 Poplar, 544-6244, brooksmuseum.org.

Apr. 18: The Sam Bush Band with the Traveling McCourys. The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride performs. 7:30p, 751-7500, Germantown Performing Arts Center,1801 Exeter Road, gpacweb.com.

Apr. 19: Buckcherry. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606, gracelandlive.com.

Apr. 19–21: Africa in April. The 33rd Annual Africa In April Festival honors The Republic Of Nigeria. This is a cultural festival with a Vendor's Marketplace focusing on African dignitaries, culture, education, history, the arts, crafts, tourism, music, self-esteem, economics and diversity. Enjoy authentic food varieties, explore exhibitor's booths, visit the health/wellness stations, and be entertained with dramatic performing arts. Robert R. Church Park, Beale St., 947-2133, @africainaprilfestival

Apr 20: Water Lantern Festival. Enjoy food trucks, music, and design your lantern to launch at 8p. Gates open at 5p. Martin Luther King Jr Riverside Park, W. Mallory, waterlanternfestival.com. Tickets at 1000lights.com.

Apr. 20: Celtic Woman: Celebrating Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. Orpheum, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Apr. 20: Spring Music Series: The City Fathers. Enjoy music under the stars at this neighborhood celebration of local artists and entertainers in a beautiful outdoor setting at Overton Square. 7–9p, Free, Chimes Square, 2100 Trimble Pl, overtonsquare.com.

Apr. 26: Orpheum Movies: Walk the Line. The story of Johnny Cash. In celebration of Memphis’ bicentennial, The Orpheum will show movies all year that celebrate Memphis’ history, culture, and its icons. 7p, The Orpheum, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com

Apr. 27: Cooper Young Saturday Shop Hop: Participating businesses offer discounts, promotions, giveaways and refreshments. Some merchants will be featuring guest artists, workshops and kid’s activities. 10a–5p. 276-7222, cooperyoung.com.

Apr. 27: Beale Street Caravan Blowout 2019: Get the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you’re helping send Memphis’s music around the globe by attending this annual fundraiser for Beale Street Caravan. Silent auction, silent disco, live music and food and drink. 7p–10p. 726-4656, Crosstown Concourse, East Atrium, bealestreetcaravan.com.

Apr. 27: 42nd Annual Original Art Auction: More than 160 artists contributing one-of-a-kind pieces for a live and silent auction benefitting Playhouse on the Square. Auctioneers Whitney Jo and Michael Detroit create a great pARTy atmosphere for the novice to the serious art buyer. Silent auction all day. Live auction begins at 6:30p. 726-4656, 66 S Cooper, playhouseonthesquare.org.

Apr. 28: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. The largest one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South. Enjoy live Cajun, rock and funk entertainment, crawfish contests, gumbo cook-off and VIP swamp tent. 11a–7p, Wagner Place and Riverside, 577-2500, porterleath.org.

May 3–25: Memphis in May: This year Memphis salutes Memphis on its bicentennial year. May 3–4: Beale Street Music Festival; May 15–18: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest; May 25: Great American River Run; May 25: Celebrate Memphis. Tom Lee Park, Downtown Memphis, memphisinmay.org.

May 3: Allman Betts Band. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606, gracelandlive.com.

May 8: The Firm. Special guest producer Michael Hausman will attend Memphis Night Film series with the showing of the 1993 movie made in Memphis as part of Memphis in May’s salute to Memphis films. 7p, Malco Paradiso, memphisinmay.org.

May 8–12: Art by Design: More than 20 of Memphis’ top interior designers offer a glimpse of their talent in a unique designer showcase benefitting the arts. Brought to you by Arts Memphis. 9a–5p Pipkin Building at Liberty Bowl Stadium. artsmemphis.org

May 10: Jazz in the Box: Kevin Bales. The hottest little jazz club around. Featuring both new and well-established artists, Jazz in the Box gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with live jazz. Cabaret seating and drinks for purchase. 7p & 8:30p, 751-7500, Germantown Performing Arts Center,1801 Exeter Road, gpacweb.com.

May 10: Music by the Lake. Bluegrass concert with River Bluff Clan and Blue Sky. Free outdoor concert series hosted in the mouth of beautiful Appling Lake right next to Bartlett Performing Arts Conference Center.  Family-friendly and fun. 6–9p, 3663 Appling Rd, 385-5588, bpacc.org.

May 10–11: Shen Yun. Travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life.  7:30p, 2p Cannon Center, 576-1269, thecannoncenter.com.

May 11: Water Lantern Festival. Enjoy food trucks, music, and design your lantern to launch at 8p. Gates open at 5p. Martin Luther King Jr Riverside Park, W. Mallory, waterlanternfestival.com.

May 11: Memphis Brewfest. More than 50 breweries celebrating great American craft beer, a Food Truck Corral Area featuring your favorite food trucks, picnic tables, cornhole games, and DJ and live music. Memphis Liberty Bowl, memphisbrewfest.eventbrite.com

May 11: Spring Music Series: Abbye West Pates Band. Enjoy music under the stars at this neighborhood celebration of local artists and entertainers in a beautiful outdoor setting at Overton Square. 7–9p, Free, Chimes Square, 2100 Trimble Pl, overtonsquare.com.

May. 18: The 200 Years Strong Tour. In celebration of Memphis’ 200th anniversary, this tour of Elmwood gives the history of the founders, the city’s origins, and much more. 10:30a–noon, Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S Dudley, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.

May. 18: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Mighty Mahler 5 and Moonlanding 50th Anniversary. The Memphis Symphony conducted by Robert Moody and featuring Stephanie Doche, mezzo-soprano. 7:30p, Cannon Center, 576-1269, thecannoncenter.com.

May 18–19: 4th Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk. The largest garden walk in the Midsouth celebrates urban gardening. The 60 plus diverse gardens include imaginative urban home gardens and business green spaces, an elementary school garden, and a local community garden. Increase your nursery know-how at booths operated by Master Gardeners, the Herb Society, and many other garden educators and enthusiasts. Cooper Young. cooperyounggardenwalk.org

May. 24: Summer Symphony at the Live Garden. Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX. 6p, 750 Cherry Rd, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com/summersymphony .

May. 30–Jun. 1: Memphis Italian Festival. 30th anniversary of celebrating all things Italian in Memphis. Food, music, arts & crafts, and games. 11a–11p, Marquette Park, 4946 Alrose Ave, memphisitalianfestival.com.

Jun. 14: Music by the Lake. R & B concert with Nick Black and Gerald Richardson. Free outdoor concert series hosted in the mouth of beautiful Appling Lake right next to Bartlett Performing Arts Conference Center.  Family-friendly and fun. 6–9p, 3663 Appling Rd, 385-5588, bpacc.org.

Jun. 16: Boz Scaggs. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606, gracelandlive.com

Jun. 23: Craft Food and Wine Festival. Includes tastings of artisan breads, cheeses, fruit preserves, cured meats, oils and more paired with beer, wine and cider. Benefits Church Health.! The Festival is comprised of two Tasting Sessions. Each Tasting Session runs for 2 hours. Tasting Sessions start at 4:00PM and 6:30PM. 21 yrs and up, Columns at One Commerce Square, 40 S Main, 552-4732, craftfoodandwinefestival.com

Jul. 6: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606, gracelandlive.com

Jul. 9–28: Hamilton. The outstanding musical story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Orpheum, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Jul. 20: Kirk Franklin. Each concert ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment and exhibit complex after 3 p.m. the day of the show. Sound Stage at Graceland, 877-777-0606, gracelandlive.com

Aug. 24: Memphis Flyer Bacon & Bourbon Festival. Pig out on creative, bacon-inspired dishes from some of Memphis’s best restaurants, and partake in a vast array of distilled spirits, music, merriment, and entertainment — benefiting the Memphis Farmers Market. 6p–9p, Beale Street Landing, Riverside Dr, memphisbaconandbourbon.com

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