May 1: Artafactor: An Affair of the Arts. An intimate evening at the Midtown home of two fine arts patrons, their rarely seen art collection, and a night’s mysteries benefits ArtsMemphis. 7pm–till, $100, RSVP. 578-2787, anaffairofthearts.com. May 1–2: Pickin’ Picnic Bluegrass Festival. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for two days of outdoor music at this annual festival produced with The Lucy Opry. Fri 6–10pm, Sat 10am–6pm, free. Grand finale performance May 2, 8pm, $20. Bartlett Performing Arts Center, 385-6440, bpacc.org. May 1–3: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Three magical days. Four big stages. More than sixty top artists. Thirty-three acres overlooking the Mississippi River. One outrageous party. Fri 5pm–12:30am, Sat 1pm–12:30am, Sun 1–10:30pm, $33. Tom Lee Park at Riverside & Beale or Riverside & Georgia, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. May 1, 15: Corporate Karaoke Challenge! Register to perform or watch from the sidelines as judges select five performers from each competition to compete for prizes in a “Best of” show June 12. 11:45am–1:15pm, free, performers must preregister. Main Street at Court Square, 575-0541, downtownmemphis.com. May 2: Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race. More than 500 recreational and expert paddlers from around the world compete in the largest canoe and kayak race in the southeastern U.S. to benefit the Church Health Center. 10am, spectators free, participants register by 6pm, May 1. Greenbelt Park, Harbor Town, 527-6028, outdoorsinc.com. May 2: Youth Fishing Rodeo. One line, one hook, one fishing pole, and all the fish you catch from the bank during this youth competition to benefit The Baddour Center. 7am, $7. Baddour Center grounds in Senatobia, 888-4BADDOUR, baddour.org. May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Memphis Farmers Market Downtown. Family friendly, health-focused market offers fresh area produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, herbs, pet-sitting, live music, and more to benefit the nonprofit market. Saturdays through Oct 31, 7am–1pm, free entry & parking. Central Station Pavilion, G.E. Patterson and Front, 575-0580, memphisfarmersmarket.org. May 4: Cuatro de Mayo! Ole! Get a head start on Cinco de Mayo at this membership drive for the South Main Association. Enjoy complimentary food, wine, beer, and margaritas. 5–8pm, $20, members free. Arcade Restaurant, 540 S. Main, 526-5757, southmainmemphis. Net. May 4–9: Memphis in May International Week Salute to Chile. Chile themed-events across the city, from concerts and cuisine demos to exhibits and lectures. 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. May 5: The Blues Ball Spring Auction. A moonlit Mexican fiesta on Cinco de Mayo with caliente bidding, festive food and drink, and entertainment at this Memphis music fundraiser. 7pm, $50. The Warehouse, 36 G.E. Patterson, 527-5683, bluesball.org. May 6, 13, 20, 27: Farmers’ Market at the Garden. Shop from a variety of goods locally grown and produced, including home-baked breads and sweets, honey, and more. Wednesdays thru Oct 28, 2–6pm, free. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden. Com. May 7: Blues Music Awards. Blues performers, industry reps, and fans from all over the world celebrate the best in blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Presented by the Blues Foundation, the awards are the highest honors given to blues artists. 5:30pm, $125. Cook Convention Center, 527-2583, blues.org. May 7: Chef’s Dinner. Enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings “underwater” with the polar bears at this Memphis Zoo fundraiser. 7pm, $125. Memphis Zoo, 333-6572, memphiszoo.org. May 7: Cooper Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip entertainment district, restaurants and retailers stay open late in a festive atmosphere of live music, discount specials, and assorted cuisines. First Thursdays, 5–9pm, free. Cooper and Young intersection, 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. May 7, 14, 21, 28: Peabody Rooftop Party. Thursdays through Jul 23, the South’s Grand Hotel hosts national and local acts accompanied by food, drink, and dancing on the roof. 6–10pm, $5. Peabody Hotel, peabodymemphis. Com. May 7, 14, 21, 28: Sunset Atop the Madison. Thursdays through Sep 24, the rooftop features live entertainment, cash bar, special terrace menu, and the best river view sunset in the city. 5:30–10:30pm, $7. 79 Madison, madisonhotelmemphis.com. May 8–9: Memphis Greek Festival. Baklava, Greek beer, and a Youth Olympics spell Opa! Celebrate Greek traditions with food, dance, expanded marketplace, and competitions. 11am–8pm, $15 includes meal. Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, shuttles available, 327-8177, memphisgreekfestival.com. May 9: Taste of the Caribe. Lavish yourself in the food, flavors, and smokes of the Caribbean while dancing to an island beat and sampling a dinner buffet and specialized rums at the cash bar to benefit the Int’l Children’s Heart Foundation. 6:30pm, $75. Askew, Nixon Ferguson Architects, 869-4243, babyheart.org. May 9: The Grand Auction. Casual evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and silent auction followed by a tent with free-flowing wine, tapas, and celebrity auctioneer with 65 lots. $150, 5pm. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. May 10: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch. An unforgettable experience in the Japanese Garden, with gourmet buffet, live music by the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, roses for moms, carriage rides, and children’s crafts. 10:30am–2pm, $40. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. May 14–16: Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The Super Bowl of Swine smokes out hundreds of teams competing for more than $90,000 in prizes, plus Ms. Piggie competition, T-shirt face-offs, best booth contest, and all the meat you can eat. Thu & Fri 11am–midnight, Sat 10am–11pm, $8. Tom Lee Park at Riverside & Beale or Riverside & Georgia, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. May 16: Above Par Classic. Wine and beer tastings, culinary delights, extensive live and silent auctions, music, and a unique $10,000 Putting Challenge for golfers and non-golfers alike to raise funds for PKD Foundation. 5:45pm, $65. Windyke Country Club, 491-4799, pkdcure.org/memphischapter. May 16: Symphony in the Gardens. Bring family and picnic baskets to this Memphis tradition celebrating the arrival of spring with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra surrounded by beautiful gardens. 6pm, $20. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org. May 18: The Salvation Army Annual Dinner. Honoring Brig. Gertrude Purdu’s 100th birthday and lifetime of service, this fundraiser includes keynote speaker Willard Scott from The Today Show and other birthday festivities. 7pm, $125. U of M Holiday Inn, 260-9130, donateyourageonline.com. May 22: Zoo Brew. Sample 100 beers from around the globe and enjoy the music stylings of Memphis’s Snowglobe. 7–10pm, $25. Memphis Zoo, 333-6572, memphiszoo.org. May 23: Memphis in May Sunset Symphony. The swan song to Memphis in May is its oldest event. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the river, and a spectacular fireworks finale. 2–9pm, $8. Tom Lee Park at Riverside & Beale or Riverside & Georgia, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. May 29: Rockin’ Hallelujah Happening. Southern style and smiles at this Theatre Memphis fundraiser that includes live and silent auctions, Sister Myotis, and dancing to Solid Gold music. 6pm, $150. Theatre Memphis, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. May 29: Polos and Pearls. This Party with a Purpose includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, silent and live auctions, and host Joe Birch to benefit the Midsouth Multiple Sclerosis Society. 7–10pm, $75. LaPavillion, 755-0994, msmidsouth.org. May 29: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Hop a trolley or stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries open their doors, displaying unique art, merchandise, and cuisine. Every last Friday, 6–9pm, free. South Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. May 29–31: Memphis Potters’ Guild Spring Show. Whimsical meets serious in creations by local artists using porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware to make jewelry, sculptural vessels, and home accessories. Fri 5–9pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm, free. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, thememphispottersguild.com.
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