Happy Friday! My, my, Memphis y'all have really outdone yourselves outdone yourselves with scheduling this weekend. I had a hard time choosing these five out of the 40+ events on the calendar for the next three days, but I did it and I only cheated a little bit.
Here are the 5 things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus and a few extras.
1. Broad Ave. Spring Arts Walk, Broad Ave. Arts District, Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages
Take a walk down Broad Ave. during the annual spring Arts Walk. All of the galleries, shops and restaurants will be open late, and more than 40 local artists will have their work on display. They'll unveil the new Water Tower Pavilion this night as well.
2. Redbirds Season Home Openers, AutoZone Park, Friday – Sunday, $6 – $23, all ages
The Redbirds have their first home games every day this weekend at AutoZone Park against the Iowa Cubs. Read this post for more info on the giveaways, fireworks, and special appearances. The Friday game is at 7:05 p.m., the Saturday game is at 6:05 p.m., and the Sunday game is at 1:35 p.m.
There are three more peformances in this year's Midtown Opera Festival. "The Medium" is tonight at 7:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m. Opera director Ned Canty described "The Medium" earlier this week like this: "Imagine a Hitchock film crossed with a Twilight Zone episode, & Danny Elfman wrote the score" so I'll definitely be there to see that. Saturday night is your last chance to see original Memphis-themed "Ghosts of Crosstown" at 7:30 p.m.
The annual Overton Square Crawfish Festival is so big that it takes over the whole square, shutting down Madison Ave. for an afternoon of eating, drinking, shopping and live music. With all the changes to Overton Square since last year's fest, it will be fun to see how big this thing gets this year.
James and the Ultrasounds, Alex da Ponte, and Alexis Grace will perform at this year's first Romp 'n' Romp at Mud Island. Free food from Central BBQ, Whole Foods & Tom's Tiny Kitchen while it lasts, and beer for the grown-ups. As the FB event says, "There are several water features, so put the kids in their bathing suits and bring some cardboard to slide down the big hill."
A few others I have to mention: the Latin Food & Tequila Festival, the Art for Art's Sake Auction in Cooper Young, Plant Sale at Botanic Gardens, the Spring Fling music festival at U. of Memphis, MEMfeast on Broad (help pick the water tower art!) the infamous Beale Street Wine Race, and Bernoulli Brew Werks BBQ & Beer Day. There are a ton more on the calendar.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Tag your pics #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. Don't forget to follow I Love Memphis on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest or listen to theApril I Love Memphis Podcast if you're into that sort of thing.