The Memphis Weekend: April 29- May 1 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Weekend: April 29- May 1

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Though a rainy weekend is likely, here's a list of a few awesome events to make it a weekend to remember!

Beale Street Music Festival 

Yes, BSMF gets it's own section. I've waited all year for this event. It'll be my first BSMF since high school, and I couldn't be more excited. Neil Young?! Weezer?! Barenaked Ladies?! Indigo Girls?! Gin Blossoms?! PAUL SIMON?!!?!?!

This three day festival only gets better each year. With four stages, food, drinks, and probably every person you've ever met in Memphis, you're sure to have an awesome time.

If you've never been (or even if you're a veteran), WMC Action News 5 compiled a list of our tried-and-true Music Fest hacks, i.e. always wear your rain boots (NO SANDALS! Seriously, you'll thank me later), and drink all the water you can get your hands on.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bring the sunscreen and mosquito repellent, grab a friend or five, and head to Tom Lee Park for an amazing weekend.

Events and Exhibits

However, if music festivals aren't your thing, here's a few other options for your weekend.

Brooks Museum Reopening 

I can't imagine a better rainy day activity than visiting the brand new Brooks Museum. It's been closed for a while, but after talking to a few of their execs, this place is going to be amazing. They've got more gallery space than ever before, and while the brand new cafeteria won't be open just yet, it's another exciting change that's coming soon!

Spend a day wandering the corridors and taking in some gorgeous art. Think back to your Intro Art History class in college and get pretentious with it. I promise you'll have fun.

#RedBall Project 

In conjunction with the Brooks' grand reopening, an awesome outdoor art project has rolled its way into Memphis. No, you're not hallucinating. A giant red ball will be wedged into Memphis landmarks all over the city. It's an art project that has been all over the world, from London to Chicago. It's one of the longest running street art projects in history.

Take your picture with the Red Ball, then tag that photo on Instagram with the hashtag #myrbmemphis for the chance to win Choose 901 and the Brooks Museum's contest!

South Main Trolley Night 

And speaking of art, you can walk the streets of Memphis and peek into galleries for South Main Trolley Night! Meet local artists and enjoy local music as you stroll down South Main (or take the trolley bus for free!).

South Main Trolley Night happens on the last Friday of every month, rain or shine.

Zambezi River 

Watch out, Mississippi River, there's a new river in town. Well, sort of. The Memphis Zoo finally unveiled their brand new Zambezi River, focused on the animals that live in the African countries surrounding the river, most significantly, the hippos!  The hippos at the zoo have a brand new enclosure with an enormous tank. What's more, you can see them both above and under water with a special glass viewing area.

New friends joined the hippos in the exhibit, including Nile crocodiles, flamingos, okapis, and more.  There's also an event space where you can host your next big party.

The Zambezi River exhibit opens Friday and is available to all zoo visitors as part of a regular ticket price.

Bodies Revealed 

I am so upset I'm going to miss this exhibit-- I've been wanting to see it for YEARS. Though it's about two hours from Memphis, it's going to be worth your while to drive to Discovery Park of America to see Bodies Revealed, a look at actual human bodies that have been donated to science. It's an amazing learning opportunity to look inside the human body from various angles to see how it all works together.

This is your last chance to see the exhibit, which closes May 1. It's a special ticketed event in addition to the cost of visiting the park.  Non-members pay $7, and members pay $6. Students K-12 are $5 and students in pre-K or younger are free.

Oak Hall Run for St. Jude 

It wouldn't be a weekend in Memphis without a race for an awesome cause- and this weekend is no exception. Oak Hall's Run for St. Jude kicks off Sunday at 3 p.m. It's a three mile run with all proceeds benefiting the children's hospital.  Registration is $25 before race day and $30 at the event.  The race leaves from Oak Hall on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

Stax Spring Concert

We started with music-- we're gonna end with music. Stax Music Academy's 15th annual SNAP! After School Program Spring concert is set for Sunday in Overton Square!

The students have been working all year in preparation for this event, so you can be sure it's going to absolutely WOW you!  The ensembles performing include the Stax Academy Rhythm Section, Soulsville Jazz Ensemble, Stax Vocal Jazz, Street Corner Harmonies, Premier Percussionists, Stax Vocal Classic and Audio Engineering and Production.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard. Admission is $5.

Know of more events happening this weekend? Send an email to and we'll add it to our list. Did you snap a picture at one of these events? Email it to or tag #wmc5 on Twitter or Instagram!

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