Apr 1: Backyard Bash. Celebrate the start of Earth Month with a fun family concert by the Friendzies! Play earth-friendly games and activities, and enjoy after-hours play in My Big Backyard. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Lemonade and cookies are provided. 6–8p, $20 per family. 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Apr 2: Found Footage Festival. Come one, come all! Witness strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid videos found in garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses, and dumpsters across the country. You’ll find no mild YouTube chuckles here! Only the worst of the worst! 8p, $10.Young Avenue Deli, 2119 Young, 214-5171, indiememphis.com. Apr 2: Pawing through History. Bring your puppy to Elmwood and enjoy a guided tour of the grounds, focusing on the animal symbols found on the headstones. 1p, $15. Elmwood Cemetery, RSVP 774- 3212, elmwoodcemetery.com. Apr 2: The Policeman’s Ball. Honoring Director of Police Services Larry A. Godwin and in support of the Memphis Police Foundation, this special evening promises a night of magic. 6:30p–till, $100+. Gibson Guitar Factory, 145 Lt. George W. Lee, 527-5683. Apr 3: Sickle Cell Jazz Concert and Art Show. Support the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee at this benefit concert featuring American jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright. 6p, $50. Minglewood Hall, 271- 5545, minglewoodhall.com. Apr 3: Shelby County History Festival. 25 historical societies, chapters, organizations, and museums unite their Civil War collections. Displays, artifacts, book sales, and demonstrations. 12:30–5p, $5. Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org. Apr 4: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. The museum continues to “Connect People and History” at this event that includes speakers, music, a showing of the documentary Citizen King, and laying of the wreath. Noon, free. National Civil Rights Museum, 521- 9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Apr 7: Cooper-Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip district, restaurants and stores host live music, specials, and assorted cuisines. This month features a night of fire dancers, belly dancers, drummers, and circus style performances from 5–6p. 1st Thursdays, 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. Apr 7, 21, 28: Sunset Atop the Madison Kick-Off Event. The Madison Hotel kicks off another season of its signature after-work parties featuring live entertainment, cash bar, a special rooftop terrace menu with tapas and small plates — and the best sunset view in Memphis!5:30–10p, $7. 79 Madison, 333-1200, madisonhotelmemphis.com. Apr 8: Wild World of Wine and Beer. Fine wines, specialty beers, live entertainment, and silent auction featuring animal-inspired artwork to support conservation projects. 7–10p, $50. Memphis Zoo, 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. Apr 8: Wine Down at the Dixon. Sit back, relax, and take in the smooth Latin sounds of Marcela Pinilla while tasting and learning about South American wines on the Dixon Terrace. 6–9p, $20. Dixon Gallery, 761- 5250, dixon.org. Apr 8, 9: Wildflower Plant Sale. A garden tradition with hard-to-find native plants along with favorite cultivars, from groundcovers to trees, sun to shade. 8a–4p, free. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org. Apr 9: Overton Square Crawfish Festival. It’s gonna be a “big” time, Cajun style! A ton of music, a ton of fun, and a literal ton of “mud bugs” are cooked! Red beans, rice, and gumbo also available at this benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. Noon–6p, free. Bayou Bar & Grill, 2094 Madison, 281-6468, bayoumemphis.org. Apr 9: Family Day at the Dixon. Celebrate the life and works of Louisa May Alcott. Enjoy art and garden activities, incredible games, art demonstrations, live music, refreshments, and stop by the exhibition Joe Jones: Radical Painter of the American Scene and complete a radical scavenger hunt! 10a–2p, free. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org. Apr 9: Rock ’N’ Romp. Local bands and musicians play at this “backyard” party that introduces children to the magic of live music. 2–5p,Free. Mud Island, 576-7241, mudisland.com. Apr 9, 10, 16, 17: WKNO Action Auction. Support public broadcasting by bidding on any of the hundreds of items available on television and online. Wkno.com. Apr 10: Beale Street Wine Race. Bathing suits, lots of grapes and plenty of wine — what could be better? Watch from your favorite restaurants as they compete in four events for cash and prizes. 1p, free.On Beale between South Main and Fourth, 529-0999, bealestreet.Com, bealestreetmerchants.com. Apr 14, 21, 28: Peabody Rooftop Parties. The South’s Grand Hotel hosts live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and sunset views over the Mississippi River. 6–11p, $10, ladies free till 7p. Peabody Hotel, 529- 4000, peabodymemphis.com. Apr 15–17: Spring’s Best Plant Sale. Support Memphis Botanic Garden at their largest plant sale of the year! Choose from a huge assortment of perennials, annuals, tropicals, herbs, shrubs, and trees, plus specialty garden items by local artisans. Expert Garden staff on hand to assist. 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Apr 15, 16: Lichterman Native Plant Sale. The nature center’s master gardeners and volunteers have grown favorite native plants, as well as several hard-to-find plants for all to purchase and enjoy. 10a–4p, free. 5992 Quince, 767-7322, memphismuseums.org. Apr 16: Big Wig Ball. Don cocktail attire and your coolest wig! Enjoy food, cocktails, and local music until King and Queen of Big Wig Ball are announced. Proceeds benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. 8p– midnight, $70. Minglewod Hall, 287-6308, lebonheur.org. Apr 16: Earth Day. The Memphis Zoo is working hard to save some of the world’s endangered animals and protect our environment. Learn all about conservation through information stations, special keeper chats, a scavenger hunt, eco-friendly crafts, and games! Memphis Zoo, 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. Apr 16: Jamming to the Music: Springfest 2011. Celebrate spring!Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic lunches and enjoy continuous stage performances, including the Luv Clowns and Delta Rhythm Cloggers. Pony rides, face painting, crafts, bouncers, and races — something for everyone! 10a–1p, free with admission. Children’s Museum of Memphis, 458-2678, cmom.com. Apr 16: Secure Your I.D. Day. Bring documents you want to destroy, and Better Business Bureau will shred them on the spot at this drivethru document-shredding extravaganza! 9a–noon, UofM parking lot, Poplar at Conlee, 757-8627, bbb.org. Apr 16: Kids Katch Youth Fishing Experience. An event designed to provide local youth the opportunity to enjoy the sport of fishing in a safe, non-competitive environment. 9–noon, free. Mud Island, 576- 7241, mudisland.com. Apr 17: Down to Earth Festival. The Midsouth’s most expansive celebration includes demos, park tours, hikes, live music, a kid zone, and food!10a–5p, free. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org. Apr 17: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. A large crawfish boil, annual gumbo cook-off, zany contests, VIP tents, and live entertainment to benefit Porter-Leath. Noon–6p, free. Beale at Wagner Place, 577- 2500, porterleath.org. Apr 17: Spring Arts on the Bluff. Blacksmiths demonstrate their skills, local art groups perform, and fun family activities abound! Noon–5p, $6. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. Apr 17: Street Scenes Unity Spring Fest. Showcase of independent and unsigned talent of various ages and genres to bring unity to Memphis using music and entertainment. 2–5p, free. Handy Park Pavilion, Beale Street, 412-5128, streetscenesmemphis.com. Apr 18: Steak n’ Burger Dinner. A unique evening attended by and in support of youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. While adult donors eat hamburgers, youth dine on steaks! 7:30p, $200. Racquet Club of Memphis, 278-2947, bgcm.org. Apr 21: GreenShoe at the Lake. A cocktail party with an elegant, earthy feel and a breathtaking view of Patriot Lake. Enjoy great food and dance the night away with the coolest crowd in town. Benefits Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline. Shelby Farms Park, RSVP 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org. Apr 23: Pack, Pedal, and Picnic! Start your weekend right with an incredible day of biking, food, music, and fun! Ride to Shelby Farms and back to the grand opening of Cheffie’s Cafe, where there’s music, beer, wine, and wonderful food. 9a, $15. 483 High Point Terrace, 521- 8117, envisionmemphis.com. Apr 23: Cupcake Camp. This family-friendly charitable celebration brings together local, professional, and amateur bakers, as well as people who love to eat cupcakes to raise money for local nonprofit organizations! All-you-can-eat cupcakes! 11a–2p, $3. Agricenter, 757- 7790, cupcakecampmemphis.com. Apr 24: Sunday Funday: Games, crafts, rides, entertainment, fitness, and more! 11a–4p, free. Mud Island, 576-7241, mudisland.com. Apr 25: South Main Trolley Tour. Enjoy a trip on the Downtown 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, 6–9p, free. South Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. Apr 28: Women’s Foundation Annual Tribute Luncheon. Musician and author Naomi Judd speaks at this year’s fundraiser. Fashion Designer Hilton Hollis introduces a signature scarf designed for the Power of the Purse auction, which takes place at the luncheon. Memphis 11:30a– 1:15p, $100. Cook Convention Center, 578-9346 ext. 212, wfgm.org. Apr 28: Dance Works Reception. Enjoy performances by Dance Works students and Tony Thomas, who accompanies dancers and performs through the reception. 5:30–9p, $15. Playhouse on the Square, 452- 8811, danceworksinc.org. April 28–May 1: Southern Black Writers & Artists Film Festival. Join authors, filmmakers, poets, artists, and more for intimate viewings and performances. 9a–9p, $5+. Hilton Hotel East & Malco Ridgeway Four, 680-2018, memphisblackwriters.com. Apr 29–May 1: Beale Street Music Festival. Four big stages, more than 50 acts, and one outrageous weekend on 33 acres overlooking the Mississippi River. Fri 5p–12:30a, Sat 1p–12:30a, Sun 1p–10:30a, Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. Apr 29, 30: Double Decker Arts Festival. Local and regional musicians perform all day at Oxford’s Courthouse Square while artists display Their wares. Competitive and fun races, bike rides, and culinary treats from local restaurateurs at the “Taste of Oxford” food court. 10a–10p, free. 102 Ed Perry Blvd, Oxford, MS, 662-232-2367, oxfordcvb.com. Apr 29–May 1: Aberdeen Southern Heritage Pilgrimage. Tour beautiful, historic mansions and townhouses, enjoy gospel music and a community theater production, and visit the Old Aberdeen Cemetery. $20+. Aberdeen, MS, 800-634-3538, aberdeenpilgrimage.com. Apr 30: Playhouse Original Art Auction. More than 100 professional artists donate original art to support Playhouse on the Square. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages flow freely as bidding becomes more and more competitive with each piece. 6:30p, $25. Playhouse on the Square, 725-0776, playhouseonthesquare.org. Apr 30: Tree Tour of the Carlisle S. Page Arboretum. Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees, some of which are older than the cemetery itself! Join staff gardener Jim Dennis as he leads a tree tour of the cemetery grounds. 10:30a, $5. Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.com.
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