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The Memphis Weekend: May 6-8

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Feeling the post Beale Street Music Fest Blues? No worries! This weekend's amazing events are sure to bring a smile to your face. Better yet, with Mother's Day on Sunday, bring your mom along too and bring a smile to her face!

Events

4-Legged 4k 

My dog is not a big fan of running, but I may just need to drag him to this pup-friendly race. The 4-legged 4k supports the Outback Off-Leash Dog Park at Shelby Farms-- a favorite of pups across the city.

The race kicks off Saturday at 12 p.m. and features water stations for both humans and dogs. It's all part of the Dog-A-Roo festival at Shelby Farms, which starts at 10 a.m.

Greek Festival 

Food, dancing, shops...did we mention food? I personally can't wait for this year's Memphis Greek Festival. The two day event boasts tons of entertainment and vendors at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. If you bring three cans of food for the Mid-South Food Bank, you can get in for free.

Festa do Brasil 

It's a double dose of culture this weekend! Latino Memphis is hosting their annual festival with a tribute to Brazil!

The event will feature dancing, food, music, soccer, crafts, a 5k and family fun run, a salsa-making competition, and more!

Check it out at Overton Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Party for the Century 

Help the Brooks Museum celebrate their 100th birthday in their newly renovated space! The Party for the Century is a day long event featuring crafts, cake, and the grand opening of their hands on art gallery, Inside Art. 

Plus, you'll be able to check out the museum for free. Head to the museum Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Baby Day 

ANIMAL BABIES!!!! Do I even need to say more? Saturday marks Memphis Zoo's third annual Baby Day. Learn about all of the new babies the zoo has welcomed this year between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Get Down & Derby 

Did you really think we'd forget about Derby Weekend? Dust off your best hat and get Down & Derby with the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South. Join them in Overton Square from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, a hat parade, food drinks, and art. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association.

Can you say "mint julep?" I can. Several times. Tickets for the event are $75 each, or $30 for a self-advocate ticket. 

iHeart Women's Expo

It's a day all about those wonderful women in your life (but what day isn't?!). The expo boasts ways to inform and inspire, as well as indulge-- aka, SHOPPING!

Check it out at the Columns on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Bluff City 10k 

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, I couldn't imagine a more perfect weekend for a long run! Even better-- a long run that benefits an awesome cause. The second annual Bluff City 10k will raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

The race kicks off at Overton Square on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Mother's Day at Overton Square 

If you're looking for a morning with mom that'll really show her how much you love her, take her to Overton Square. Restaurants are offering special mother's day brunches (Mom-osas at Babalu, anyone?!), and The Art Project is offering flower-themed art projects for the perfect present. You can also take Mom to Bikram Yoga for a free class!

Food

Food Truck Fest 

When I lived in New Haven, my absolute favorite thing was sampling different meals from the food carts outside the building where I worked. Korean food, Indian, Taiwanese, Pho, Burgers-- they had everything!

Needless to say, I'm going to be like a kid in a candy store at this weekend's Food Truck Fest. With an enormous list of vendors, I don't know how I'll even decide where to stop first.

The event, which costs just $5, benefits Literacy Mid-South and the Southern Friends Animal Society. Come hungry, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Liberty Bowl.

Cafe du Memphis 

Memphis is bringing in that New Orleans feel Saturday morning with the Rotary Club of Memphis' Cafe du Memphis, benefiting the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality.

Indulge in shrimp and grits, beignets, cafe au lait and more from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Overton Square Pavilion.

Brews for Books 

What better way to wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week than raising funds for a Memphis-based charter school? KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School is hosting their inaugural fundraiser, Brews For Books.

For just $30, you'll have access to tons of beer, a silent auction, and a live musical performance. All proceeds will go to KMAM's new library, set to open in Fall 2016.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at Wiseacre Brewing Company. If you can't make it but still want to donate, you can do so by clicking here.  

Brunch at the Botanic Gardens 

Treat mom to an unforgettable brunch in the Memphis Botanic Garden's Japanese Garden. Sample treats from a gourmet buffet, enjoy live music, and have a day of family fun.

The brunch is $55 at the door. There are two seating times, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. Call 901-636-4131 to reserve your ticket; they expect to sell out!

Art

RedBall Memphis 

It's your last chance! The RedBall will bounce its way out of Memphis this weekend. Catch it before it rolls away Friday at Stax Museum or Saturday at Memphis Brooks Museum during the Party for the Century.

When It Rains 

If you like graphic novels, you're not going to want to miss this black comedy at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. When It Rains tells the story of two couples in the form of a live-action graphic novel, entirely lit by video projector.

The work, performed by one of Canada's most highly acclaimed touring companies, has just one showing, Saturday night at 8 p.m. Audience members must be over 18 years old.

MEMPHIS the Musical 

It's time to celebrate, Memphis style. A phenomenal tribute to Memphis music, this Broadway smash hit has finally made it to the stages of its namesake's local theaters.

The story, inspired by true events, is both touching and empowering, and infused with Memphis soul. Opening night at Playhouse on the Square is Friday with a show at 8 p.m. You can also catch it Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.

Symphony in the Gardens

When I imagine the pinnacle of class, I think about listening to a symphony orchestra in a beautiful botanic garden. And my dream came true! The Memphis Symphony will perform Symphony in the Garden at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens this Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. The program involves a tribute to dance, with selections form classical ballets.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Picnic dinners will be available for purchase, but you can also bring your own refreshments.

Know of more events happening this weekend? Send an email to web@wmctv.com and we'll add it to our list. Did you snap a picture at one of these events? Email it to my5@wmctv.com or tag #wmc5 on Twitter or Instagram!

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