Spring’s version of November 1

Today is the spring version of November 1, the day when candy is half-off at Walgreens. Good day to stock up on Peeps, Cadbury creme eggs, chocolate bunnies, and whatever else floats your boat.

Big festival weekend coming up! Sunday is the annual Porter-Leath Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest down on the river. It will be on Riverside Drive and Wagner Place between Union and Beale. Buckets of crawfish will be for sale, and if you’re not into crawfish, come hungry anyway, because there will be carnival food and food trucks. There will be live music on three stages, a gumbo cookoff, crawfish races, and the always-entertaining bobbing for crawfish. Yes, live crawfish that have claws. This is a fundraiser for Porter-Leath, with the proceeds going to the development of 50,000 children.

My advice if you go to Rajun Cajun is to go early. By about 1 PM the lines for crawfish and beer get super long. Get there early, get a bucket of crawfish, find a place to sit on the grass outside AutoZone’s headquarters store support center and enjoy the beautiful weather and the music.

Saturday is Southaven Springfest down at Snowden Grove. There will be carnival rides, games, and food, and the headlining act on stage will be Santana. Normally I don’t blog about events outside of Downtown, but there’s a good reason I’m blogging this one. One of the components of Springfest is a regional BBQ competition, and my team the Moody Ques will be competing. Saturday is judging day, with awards ceremony at 5 (or thereabouts) and dinner and party time after that.

Closer to home, the Midsouth Food Truck Fest will happen this Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. It’s like a mobile food court, where you can purchase food truck fare from some of the best trucks in the city.

Ride the trolley or bus for free Thursday:

Memphis 901 FC hosts Charleston Battery at AutoZone Park this Saturday at 7 PM.

That’s all I got for now. Back tomorrow with more news.