The “Five Wits” exhibition at Rozelle Warehouse this weekend features work by Josh Mintz and Grace Porter.
409 South Main
Fri., April 17, 7-11 p.m.
Helping the hapless creatures in Memphis and honing your howling — I mean singing — voice will be easy at this event benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Traditionally a bike ride, this year Bark After Dark has been totally overhauled into a fun cocktail party with karaoke, dancing, and food and drink stations. Friday will also be the first day of Forging on the River, a three-day blacksmithing conference at the Metal Museum including demonstrations, lectures, opportunities to forge, and a seated dinner and auction on Saturday.
Maybe you haven’t heard of the Wedding Dress Ball but you might want to check it out. It’s a chance for brides to wear their wedding dress again while raising funds for the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. Don’t have a wedding dress? You can also wear that hideous bride’s maid dress that you swore would never see the light of day again. Also on Saturday is Elmwood Cemetery’s African-American History Tour that will introduce you to the south’s first African-American millionaire, a hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, Memphis’ first African-American schoolteacher, and others. Want to just read about them? Bookstock 2015 is also on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Surely you can find something about the Elmwood residents at this book event held at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The event features more than 40 authors, live music, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, face painting for kids, cooking demonstrations, gadget labs, and more.
Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway
Sat., April 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
With most of this weekend being very adult oriented, I wanted to give some space to some really fun family-friendly events such as this spring festival at Rhodes College, the 12th Annual Maria Montessori School Regatta benefiting Maria Montessori School, and the 9th Annual Linking Hands for Life festival benefiting Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc. For some quiet time, there are some lovely plant sales as well this weekend including Memphis Botanic Garden’s Spring’s Best Plant Sale and the once-a-year Volunteer Plant Sale at Lichterman Nature Center. At Lichterman you can find thousands of native and wildlife-friendly plants grown on site. Experts are also on hand to answer questions about plants and gardening topics with half-price plants available on the last day of the sale, Saturday after 2 p.m.
East Buntyn Neighborhood, 461 S. Prescott
Sat., April 18, 2-7 p.m.
I absolutely love this event which started a few years ago with neighbors deciding to showcase the neighborhood’s best asset, namely the artists who live there. You can enjoy these walkable kid- and pet-friendly outdoor art galleries by parking anywhere in the neighborhood and going from yard to yard. The headquarters is at St. James Church on Prescott featuring complimentary food and wine, live music, a silent auction, and more. I recommend parking near there. Also on Saturday is the “Five Wits” exhibition at the Rozelle Warehouse, 822 Rozelle, featuring the work of Josh Mintz and Grace Porter. My big art pick this weekend is “Art Squared.” All three weekend days will feature work in metal, glass, clay, fiber, jewelry, paintings, and more throughout Overton Square.
AutoZone Park, Third and Union
Sat., April 18, 4-7:30 p.m.
Planning on drinking responsibly this weekend? If not, I hope to change your mind. The Memphis Brewfest will feature more than 100 craft beers at AutoZone Park. Once you are done drinking responsibly, take a cab to the resurrected — by popular demand — Downtown Olympics where teams compete in the Olympic game of beer drinking benefiting Urban Bicycle Food Ministry. Participating bars include Cafe Pontotoc, SOB, Rizzo’s, Max’s, and Double J. Be sure and take notes, you may not remember the winners once the games have begun. The judges sure won’t. For the more sophisticated palate, try Footprints in Motion Auction and Party on Friday which includes a scotch whisky tour paired with classic Memphis cuisine benefiting the Campbell Foundation and Footprints in Motion at Memphis Botanic Garden.
Wagner Place, Downtown between Union and Beale
Sun., April 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The big food event this weekend benefiting Porter-Leath is the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival featuring carnival food, train rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, games, crafts, and more for children and families. But there are also some warm-up events you won’t want to miss like the Harbor Town Crawfish Festival, Tiger Lane Mid-South Food Truck Fest, Brookhaven Pub & Grill Boil on the Patio, and the Haystack 4th Annual Music and Crawfish Fest all on Saturday. For you lightweights — pun intended — Saturday morning starts with donuts and coffee at the “Dunkin Donut” Door Dash, the first component of the 2015 Adapt A Door event at Howard Hall.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with the #memphisflyer hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.