Held annually in historic Robert Church Park, the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival is on of the larger cultural festivals in the Memphis area. Each year the focus of the festival is a different African country. Heading into the 30th year, the honored country for 2016 is The Republic of Tanzania. It is home to more than 49 million people and is about 365,756 square miles in size.

This year’s festival is being held April 13-17 and visitors can expect to experience a variety of cultural components 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.

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.

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 13, 2016: Entrepreneur’s Day – African International Business & Economic Trade Luncheon held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis from 11:30 am – 1 pm.
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016: International Vendors/Marketplace Set-Up Day held at Robert R. Church Park
  • Friday, April 15, 2016: Children & Senior Citizen’s Day held on Beale Street at Robert R. Church Park. There is an International Diversity Parade at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016: Family Health/Wellness, Community Day and Blues Showcase held at Robert R. Church Park.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016: International African-American Music Day – A Jazz, Gospel, and Reggae Festival held at Robert R. Church Park


By and photo credit: africainapril.org