April 17-21, 2013
Memphis is home to a wide variety of annual cultural festivals. These festivals honor a particular country or culture and strive to educate the public about the culture.
One of the larger cultural festivals in the Memphis area is Africa in April. This festival takes place each year and focuses on a different African country. It is held in historic Robert Church Park in downtown Memphis. Visitors to the festival can expect to experience a variety of cultural elements including:
The Africa in April festival is never short on food vendors. You will have the opportunity to experience new foods that come from the honored country or other African regions. Or if you prefer more familiar tastes, you can enjoy southern favorites like fried catfish and barbecue.
One of the most beloved facets of the festival is the entertainment. Watch as African dancers and musicians perform and delight the crowds. On Friday morning of the festival, there will also be a diversity parade.
There is no need to go overseas to buy authentic African wares as the Africa in April festival features many vendors who are selling authentic African goods including art, clothing, home goods, and even health and beauty products.
The honored country for 2013 is the Republic of Senegal. This nation is located south of the Senegal River in western Africa. It is home to about 14 million people and is more than 76,000 square miles in size.
Schedule of Events
While the vendors, entertainment, and food will be available throughout the duration of the festival, here is the schedule of special or one-time events:
- Wednesday, April 17, 2013: International Entrepreneur’s Day – African International Business & Economic Trade Luncheon held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.
- Thursday, April 18, 2013: International Vendors/Marketplace Set-Up Day -- At Robert R. Church Park from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 19, 2013: Children & Senior Citizen’s Day – Held on Beale Street and at Robert R. Church Park. There will be an International Diversity Parade at 10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, April 20,, 2013: Family Health/Wellness, Community Day and Blues Showcase -- Held on Beale Street and at Robert R. Church Park.
- Sunday, April 21, 2013: International African-American Music Day – A Jazz, Gospel, and Reggae Festival.
Learn more about this year’s honored country by checking out these links:
Be sure to check out the other cultural festivals that take place annually in the Memphis area:
- India Fest
- Memphis Greek Festival
- Memphis in May International Festival
- Memphis Israel Festival
- Memphis Italian Festival
- Memphis Music and Heritage Festival
- Mid-South Pride