Happening This Weekend in Memphis: April 19-22


1. On Location Memphis Film Festival, Studio on the Square / Malco Ridgeway Four, Friday – Sunday, various times, $30 weekend pass

On Location is a four day celebration of international films. From Thursday, April 19 until Sunday, April 22, you can see music videos, documentaries, feature films, shorts, student films and animated features at two theaters. Tickets can be purchased for the full festival or for individual screenings. A full schedule is here.

2. Africa in April, Robert Church Park, Friday – Sunday, free

This year, the Africa in April cultural festival is celebrating the Republic of Mali with music, art, dancing, food, networking events and theatre. The family-friendly festival is held in the park immediately east of FedExForum.

3. Down to Earth Festival, Shelby Farms, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free

The Down to Earth festival is Shelby Farms’ annual Earth Day celebration. Expect live music (from bands like Star & Micey, Freeworld and Deering and Down), vendors, art, obstacle courses, carriage rides, crafts, hands-on areas and plenty of family friendly, environmentally focused activities.

4. V&E Art Walk, V&E Greenline, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., free

The first annual Vollentine Evergreen art walk is happening this weekend on Memphis’ other greenline – the one that starts at Watkins and North Parkway in Midtown. There will be artists from all over Memphis selling their work, hands-on activities for families and food from the Yolo and Fuel food trucks.

5. Southern Hot Wing Festival, Jefferson Davis Park, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., $10

More than 60 cooking teams will compete at the 10th annual Southern Hot Wing Festival. And unlike some food festivals, at the Hot Wing fest, some teams give samples for small donations. There are also bands, vendors and eating competitions, and all of the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. This year, the festival has moved from South Main St. to Riverside Drive, so there’s plenty of space for everyone.


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