Reasons April in Memphis is Great

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Lance Wiedower

Every month in Memphis has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Bluff City. For every person who loves Memphis in May there is another who enjoys Memphis in September.

April in Memphis is surely at the top for many people. It’s not crazy hot like the summer months tend to be, but we’re past the winter dreariness. Memphis in April is still basketball season, but it’s also time for baseball. And with crawfish and beer festivals, it’s time for fun.


The Memphis Grizzlies are winding down the regular season, which has come to be known as time to position for the playoffs. The Grizzlies are one of just a couple of teams to make it to the playoffs year in and year out since 2011. As the temps warm and we’re able to pregame on patios, it’s fun to walk down Beale Street waving Growl Towels on our way to FedExForum. And, Grit-Grind season really gets going when the playoffs begin, which is always in April.


Memphis isn’t on the Gulf Coast, but we’re close enough to enjoy good, fresh crawfish at several festivals around town, most of which take place during April. Those festivals include the annual Overton Square Crawfish Festival and the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. Usually, a beer festival or two has fans of the city’s great beer scene coming out in droves, too.

Baseball Season

The Memphis Redbirds have been entertaining baseball fans at AutoZone Park since the Downtown ballpark opened in April 2000. Hanging out at AutoZone Park, whether it’s in the seats near the dugout or on a blanket on one of the two grassy bluff areas, is fun for the whole family. Enjoy a Memphis-brewed beer while watching players who will be playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in the coming seasons. There are always plenty of promotions at the ballpark, whether it’s $1 hot dogs, fireworks or bobblehead giveaways.

 The Redbirds don’t have the only baseball game in town. The University of Memphis plays at the beautiful FedExPark on the Getwell Road campus.

Patio Season

Memphis loves patio season. Our winters are manageable but that doesn’t mean we still aren’t excited about temps hovering in the 70s that make for perfect patio weather. It might be over a cocktail, beer, dinner or brunch. Whatever the reason, patio season is the best time of the year in Memphis, and it usually gets going in April.

Memphis in May

Yes, Memphis in May technically is a month-long event in May. But most years at least the first day of Beale Street Music Festival is in April. And if there are ever times when it coincides with a Memphis Grizzlies home game in the playoffs, well, it’s magic.

Rooftop Parties

The annual Rooftop Party at the Peabody hotel begins in April and runs through late spring and summer. Every Thursday night, the rooftop of the hotel is turned into a party with live music and plenty of dancing.

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