April is here this weekend! Be sure to check out all the Easter Activities going on around town over the next few weeks. Don’t forget you can check the EMM Calendar for daily activities, too! Here are some events I’m really excited about (if you are, too, don’t forget to check if you need to buy tickets beforehand.)

April 2017 Memphis Special Events

Ongoing

Pick Your Own Strawberry Patch
Agricenter
Corner of Walnut Grove and Farm Road
Ongoing until May 1 or picked over!
8a-6p
$5/quart or $15/gallon. You can also buy pre-picked strawberries for the same price. The varieties of strawberries grown in the patch are Camino Real, Sweet Ann, Camarosa, and Chandler.

Lantern Light Festival
Agricenter
(Starting Friday, then ongoing for several weekends)
Adults – $20.00, Seniors/Military – $18.00, Groups – $18.00 (only available online), Kids (3-12) – $16.00, Kids under 3 – FREE
The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine.

Saturday, April 1

Shelby Farms Down to Earth Festival
Shelby Farms
10a-5p
$5/vehicle
Celebrate sustainability at the biggest Earth Day celebration in the Mid-South! Join us for a day full of live music, high-adventure play, eco-friendly vendors, local/sustainable food options and clean, green fun in Heart of the Park!

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Memphis Botanic Garden
2-4pm
MBG members $15/non-members $20.
Enjoy “Eat Me” treats and snacks provided by Frost Bake Shop. Craft projects will be sure to please any Wonderland wanderer. Bring your camera and snap a picture with our whimsical characters. Proceeds benefit the Garden’s educational programs.

Sunday, April 2

Church of the River Kite Day
Church of the River
Downtown Memphis
12:30pm
Join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kite Day. For 50 years, church families have gathered on this special day to fly colorful kites above the Mississippi River bluff as a welcome to Spring. Bring your own kite, or buy one from the church’s two youth groups. You can even buy a sandwich “brown bag lunch” from the youth groups so your family can enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

Sunday Tea & Egg Hunt
Woodruff-Fontaine House
690 Adams Ave, Memphis
1pm
Adults $12, Children $10
Dust off those fancy shoes and fluff that over-sized hat! We’re kicking off the Spring season with a charming tea party in the Gingerbread playhouse and an Easter egg hunt on the beautiful Woodruff-Fontaine House grounds. Refreshments will be served along with games and crafts for the kids.

Friday, April 7

Lights for Life Neon 5K
Trustmark Parking Lot
5350 Poplar, Memphis
7pm
$30 registration
Light up the Night at the Lights for Life Neon 5K benefiting the National Foundation for Transplants! Kick off your weekend at a fun, glow-in-the-dark 5K through the heard of East Memphis. Collect neon souvenirs along the way and wrap up the evening at a post-race celbration with Memphis-style BBQ and live music.

Saturday, April 8

Collierville Kite Day
Hinton Park
10524 East Holmes Rd, Collierville
9-11am
Join us for the 10th annual Collierville Kite Day at Hinton Park! There will be food trucks, prizes, and much more.

Mud Island River Park Opens for the Season
Downtown Memphis
10a-5p

Wednesday April 12

Teen Movie Night
Germantown Community Library
5-7pm
Join us and watch movies set in the past, present and future during evening of film, fun and refreshments. Call for movie titles. Pre-registration is required and begins the Wednesday before each program.

Saturday April 15

SRVS Bunny Run
Independent Presbyterian Church
9am
Join us as we empower children with disabilities one hop at a time.

Fireworks at the Redbirds Game
6:34pm Game starts

Sunday, April 16

Easter!

Friday, April 21

Earth Day Family Campout
Shelby Farms
6p-overnight until Saturday 9am
$10/person
Celebrate Earth Day with an overnight adventure at Shelby Farms Park! Join us for a family-friendly campout in the Woodland Discovery Playground, which ncludes a guided nocturnal nature hike, earth science activities, sustainable arts and crafts, breakfast with the buffalo and more!

The Lion King Jr
The Landers Center
Southaven
April 21-30
The Lion King Jr is a two-act theatre musical adapted from the animated Disney film The Lion King which is an Disney film that has a completely original idea. The production runs between 60 and 80 minutes.

Saturday, April 22

Mother-Son Superhero Breakfast
Collierville Parks & Rec
440 W Powell, Collierville
$30/pair, $15 each add’l sonJoin us for the first Mother Son Superhero Breakfast Bash at the Cox Community Center Gym. Recommended for ages 4-12 years old. Mix-and-mingle with your favorite superhero, enjoy breakfast, and participate in mini-bootcamp sessions by the Desoto Athletic Club & Parisi Speed School. Costumes are welcome! Breakfast includes a variety of breakfast sandwiches by Chick-fil-a, juices, coffee, and a donut bar by Donut Hutt.

Thursday, April 27

Repurpose and Upcycle Contest
Morton Museum, Collierville
Submit projects at 3pm
Judging will take place Fri, April 28
One of the goals of the Collierville Environmental Commission is educating the public about environmental issues in our community. This contest is a fun way for students and families to explore recycling, repurposing, and upcycling methods in a creative way. Rules, guidelines, and instructions are provided here. You may choose to enter the Repurposed Art Contest or the Upcycle Contest.

Saturday, April 29

MommyCon
Memphis Cook Convention Center
Downtown Memphis
9a-4p
$45
MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting.