Memphis Downtowner May/June 2017 : Page 13

SPECIAL EVENTS dancing classes, world-class performances, outdoor marketplace, and more. 9a–4p, Overton Park, May 17: Bicycle Storytimes and Riding Lessons. From training wheels to two wheels, this interactive program takes a child's once-in-a-lifetime bicycle rite of passage into a memorable one supported by family and friends in this free, educational program, offered in partnership with Revolutions Bicycle Co-op. 2–3:30p, FREE. Cossitt Library Downtown, 33 S. Front, 415-2766, Million Dollar Quartet rocks the house at Playhouse on the Square through May 28. Experience all things Greek at the annual Memphis Greek Festival on May 12–13. May 2: PNA Senior Expo. Professional Network on Aging hosts the metro-Memphis premier senior event, with vendors, services, programs, and goods tailored specifically to the senior market. 9a–2p, Agricenter Int'l, 730-0528, May 4, 11, 18, 25: Peabody Rooftop Party. Weekends start on Thursday nights, through Aug. 17, with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of sunsets on the Mississippi River. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, May 5–7: Beale Street Music Festival. Named one of the world's 300 best festivals, this three-day music-infusion plays out on multiple stages with top acts from around the globe, to create one bodacious party in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. 525-4611, May 10: Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Honor 2017's inductees with a cocktail reception, followed by a ceremony worthy of entry into the Hall of Fame! 5:30p, Halloran Centre, 527-2583, May 11: HSMSC Pup Crawl. Cooper-Young is going to the dogs! Pup-friendly bars and patios offer pup-friendly merchandise, canine-themed drinks, live music (howl!), and tail-wagging eats. 6–9p, Cooper-Young Gazebo, May 11: 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. 5p, Cook Convention Center, 527-2583, May 12–13: Memphis Greek Festival. Opa! Greek food, music, dancing, marketplace, kids activities, food drive-thru, and church tours. 11a–8p, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, 327-8177, May 13: Latino Memphis Festival. A high-energy outdoor fiesta that parties Colombian style! Authentic Colombian cuisine, arts & crafts, kids activities, interactive soccer demos, salsa James Wessels May 17–20: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The Super Bowl of Swine smokes and squeals 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, May 19: Bike to Work Day. Events are happening all over the city. Get your friends, family, and coworkers to join you on the road, pedaling your commute. May 20: Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition. The general conference at the Metal Museum, May 18–21, includes foundry workshops, lectures, and expert talks and demos. But Saturday, May 20, is Family Fun Day, with food trucks and hands-on activities, 10:30a–2p. Visit metalmuseum. org/fire for details on both. May 20–21: Cooper-Young Garden Walk. Revel in 80+ gardens with personality. Quaint, quirky, and imaginative gardens that utilize space and purpose include chickens, beehives, raised beds, funky art, secluded patios, fountains, ponds, Billy Simmers she-sheds, gardens, and more. Vendors, food specials, speakers, and educational booths. 9a–3p, May 26: 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, May 26–27: Library Spring Book Sale. Spring cleaning time! Friends of the Library has set aside the best items to offer in books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, cassettes, sheet music, and who knows Blues Music Awards will be held May 11 at Cook Convention Center. Last year’s Koko Taylor Award winner Ruthie Foster performed and can be seen this summer at the Levitt Shell Summer Series on June 15. MAY/JUNE 2017 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 13

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