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May/June 2016 Events

Thru May 1: Beale Street Music Festival. 3 music-infused days + 5 stages + 60 top artists + 25 acres of Mississippi River front = 1 bodacious party. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org.

May 4: Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Honor 2016's Hall of Fame inductees with a cocktail reception, followed by a ceremony in Downtown's newest state-of-the-art performance venue. 5:30p, Halloran Centre, 527-2583, blues.org.

May 5: Blues Music Awards. No red carpet. No black tie. No green room. BUT all the BLUES you can stand during the world's best night of the blues. Cocktail reception, auction, dinner, awards, and performances. 5p, Cook Convention Center, 527-2583, blues.org.

May 5, 12, 19, 26: Peabody Rooftop Party. The weekends start on Thursday nights with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of the Mississippi River sunset. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

May 6–7: Greek Festival. Opa! Greek food, music, dancing, marketplace, kids activities, food drive-thru, and church tours. 11a–8p, FREE with 3 canned goods for Mid-South Food Bank. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, memphisgreekfestival.com.

May 7: Latino Memphis Festival. Festa do Brasil is a cultural paradise of interactive Zumba and martial arts Capoeira, parade, Samba performance by world-renown Brazilian Passistas, Cinco K Mayo 5K, salsa-making championship, Kids Carnaval Corner, arts and crafts, Brazilian BBQ, and the national cocktail of Brazil! 9a–4p, FREE. Overton Park, 366-5882, latinomemphis.org.

May 7: The Party for the Century. 100 years at the Brooks Museum! Live music, art-making, tours, and surprises — including the grand opening of Inside Art, a new hands-on family art gallery — all highlighting the museum's renowned world-art collection and creative year-round programming. Noon–7p, FREE. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org.

May 8: Symphony in the Gardens: An evening of big band and classical music with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Lawn chairs and creative picnics welcome. 6p, Dixon Gardens, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org.

May 12–14: Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. This squeal deal is the Super Bowl of Swine, smoking with hundreds of teams competing for tens of thousands of dollars in prizes. Ms. Piggie competition, best booth contest, and all the meat you can eat. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org.

May 14: River Series at Harbor Town. Local music by Greg Cartwright's Reigning Sound; food from Miss Cordelia's and beer from Wiseacre; good neighbors and beautiful spring weather. $5 donation, 6p, Harbor Town Amphitheater, 740 Harbor Bend, 527-3444, facebook.com/riverseriesattheharbortownamphitheater.

May 14: Pairings. Craft beer meets craft dance at this Ballet Memphis fundraiser, where Memphis's local brew scene provides inspiration for aspiring young artists. Each beer tasting is paired with a creative, contemporary, new short dance work on the site of Ballet Memphis's future home. 7p, corner of Madison & Cooper, 737-7322, tickets.balletmemphis.org.

May 17: An Evening With Heroes. Hosted by Lt. Col. Oliver North, this Salvation Army fundraiser includes dinner and inspirational stories from the community's servicemen, first responders, and program participants. 7–9p, Hilton Memphis, 260-9120, uss.salvationarmy.org.

May 19: Toast of the Town. Taste a very rare collection of single-cask, single-malt Scotch whisky — all imported from Edinburgh, Scotland — to benefit Theatre Memphis. Music, song, and tradition enhance the tasting experience, with a seated dinner, bagpipes, and Templar Knights. 6:30p, Theatre Memphis, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org/scotch-tasting.

May 20: Voices-A-F!RE. Open mic is a BYOI (bring your own instrument) showcase for new and experienced artists to present poetry, comedy, music, and performance before a live audience. 8–10p, FireHouse Community Arts Center, 985 S. Bellevue 948-9522, memphisblackartsalliance.org.

May 20: CrimeStoppers Night at the Theater. The whole house belongs to fundraising for CrimeStoppers, when guests enjoy a pre-show reception and a special performance of "Memphis (the Musical)," the story of the birth of rock 'n' roll. 6p reception, 8p show, Playhouse on the Square, crimestopmem.org/nightattheater.html.

May 21–22: Memphis in May Triathlon. A festival for both athletes and spectators. 700 triathletes plus 1,500 fitness enthusiasts come locally, regionally, and nationally for a 3-day competition. Watch the action and visit the Sports Expo, with vendors, demos, and speakers. Edmond Orgill Park, Millington, runsignup.com/race/tn/millington/memphisinmayprinttriathlon.

May 21: Grand Auction. Join Schramsberg, Chappellett, Justin, and Rock Wall Wines under the tent for a GRAND live auction of 50+ auction lots. Tasting 5pm, auction 6pm, Brooks Museum, 544-6209, brooksmuseum.org.

May 21: Cooper Young Garden Walk. A self-guided tour of 20 private, urban, offbeat gardens and 3 business green spaces in the C-Y neighborhood. Experience organic vegetable gardens, free-range chickens, and cottage, formal, and whimsical gardens. Live music, keynote speaker, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drink venues. 10a–4p, Cooper-Young Gazebo intersection, 299-5887, cooperyoung.org, facebook.com.

May 21: Bugs and Frogs Family Day. A garden celebration, with bugs and critters as the guests of honor. Meet them and their environs. Art, live music, and healthy snacks. 10a–2p, FREE. Dixon Gardens, 761-5250, dixon.org.

May 21: Dragon Boat Races. Racers swing their paddles to benefit St. Jude. 50 teams compete in 46-foot ornamental dragon boats, while spectators cheer them on. Live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities throughout the day. 8a–3p, Mud Island River Park's Wolf River Lagoon, stjude.org/dragonboat.

May 26: South Lawn Cinema. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and friends to enjoy the movie "Toy Story" on the lawn. Complimentary popcorn while supplies last. 8p, Dixon Gardens, 761-5250, dixon.org.

May 27: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

May 28: Summer Symphony at the Live Garden. A new Memorial Day weekend tradition aligns when Memphis Symphony Orchestra meets Live at the Garden for a holiday evening beneath the stars. Bring picnic blankets, camp chairs, and coolers. Gates 5:30p, concert 7:30p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 576-4107, summersymphonylive.com.

May 28: River Series at Harbor Town. Local music by Memphis roots/Americana trio Motel Mirrors, with swamp soul maven Marcella & Her Lovers; food from Miss Cordelia's and beer from Wiseacre; good neighbors and beautiful spring weather. $5 donation, 6p, Harbor Town Amphitheater, 740 Harbor Bend, 527-3444, facebook.com/riverseriesattheharbortownamphitheater.

Jun 2–6: Memphis Black Expo. Citywide events include panel discussions, cocktail receptions, cultural festival, visual art and fashion party, celebrity appearances, and big-plate events: memphisblackexpo.com.

Jun 2, 9, 16, 23: Peabody Rooftop Party. The weekends start on Thursday nights with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of the Mississippi River sunset. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Jun 2, 9, 23: South Lawn Cinema. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and friends to enjoy a movie on the lawn. Complimentary popcorn while supplies last. 8p, Dixon Gardens, 761-5250, dixon.org.

Jun 3: Black Expo: Welcome to Memphis. An evening with Ginuwine and Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, presented with the Black Expo's Lifetime Achievement Award in Soulful Music. 7–10p, Stax Museum, memphisblackexpo.com.

Jun 4: Night at the Lorraine. Step back in time to the swinging, storied history of the Lorraine Motel in its heyday. Relive the magic with live '60s music and dancing, silent auction, special museum experience, and food inspired by iconic Memphis restaurants. 7–11p, Nat'l Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org/event/night-at-the-lorraine.

Jun 4: National Train Day. All aboard! Real locomotive and passenger car tours, train-centric displays and vendors, free museum admission, Double J Smokehouse food truck, music, and choo-choo surprises. 10a–5p, Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum, 545 S. Main, 590-3099, mrtm.org.

Jun 6–12: FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic. One of the longest-running stops on the PGA Tour schedule brings golf's finest to town to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. TPC Southwind, stjudeclassic.com.

Jun 10: Live at the Garden: Heart. With 2,500 people seated at white-linen tables and 4,000 people partying on the lawn, bring food and drinks (or purchase on site), relax, and listen to some of the hottest touring artists in the world. 6p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

Jun 24: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

Jun 26: Live at the Garden: Gregg Allman. With 2,500 people seated at white-linen tables and 4,000 people partying on the lawn, bring food and drinks (or purchase on site), relax, and listen to some of the hottest touring artists in the world. 6p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

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