Overton Square Crawfish Festival
The crawfish, the crawdad, the humble mudbug has many names, but it's something of a universal signifier of spring. Once the tents go up, the band strikes up, and the freshwater crustaceans get boiled, then spring has sprung in the South. This year, Midtown's annual crawfish festival benefits A Betor Way foundation.
Overton Square, April 13th, noon-6 p.m. www.overtonsquare.com.
Memphis Tequila Festival
There are a handful of songs about tequila, but most of them either have no lyrics or are super depressing (I'm looking at you, Eagles). So let me just say that with DJs, spooky face painting, a costume photo booth, and samples from more than 30(!) different types of tequila, the Memphis Flyer's Tequila Fest is a party to get anyone in the spirit of the season. Each ticket purchaser will be able to choose 15 tequilas to sample from. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis, so every sip counts.
Overton Square, October 25th, $34. www.memphistequilafestival.com.