Discover the Arts In April



See all of the April events on our Event Calendar by choosing the category "ARTS IN APRIL" from the dropdown.

Here are a FEW highlights of the MANY arts events in April!

Week 3 | April 16 - 22, 2017

Africa in April

April 19 -23, 2017

This is a unique event that focuses on bringing African dignitaries, ambassadors, and culture to the Memphis Community on an annual basis. The Festival will showcase African countries from an international perspective using a multiplicity of mediums- education, economics, culture, fashions, arts/crafts, music, history, and cuisines. event details


It's more important than ever to contact our legislators and ask them to #SavetheNEA. ArtsMemphis is setting up a postcard writing station at Theatre Memphis. We ask you to take a moment to tell our elected officals write why the arts matter to you. #artsmatters  Each postcard is addressed and we will add the stamp plus mail it for you.

We recently heard from one Representative who said he received 65 postcards in one day. It makes a difference!

Dearly Departed

April 21 - May 14, 2017
Presented by The Circuit Playhouse 

In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the Turpin family has just suffered the loss of their father, but their problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. First-born Ray-Bud drinks himself silly; Junior, the youngest son, is dealing with financial ruin, monster no-neck kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity (in the family car); last, but certainly not least, their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring mountains of junk food. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn to their friends and eccentric community of misfits who pull together to help them through their hours of need. Dearly Departed proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. event details

The Sixth Annual V&E Artwalk

April 22, 2017
The Artwalk is sponsored by Midtown’s V&E Greenline

The sixth annual V&E Artwalk will feature over 65 artists from the Greater Memphis area selling their crafts. It will also include a silent auction, large children’s area, local musicians, exciting food options, local craft beer, wine and soft drinks. event details

Rasheeda Speaking

Friday, Apr 7-23, 2017
Presented by Theatre Memphis | Next Stage

Contemporary Conflict.  Office politics and protocol are central in a confrontation that occurs between co-workers as one is promoted to review the other and decide her fate. .. at the insistence and leading suggestion of their boss.  Contention, racism, bigotry and gross generalizations are prevalent as the war of the workers comes to a head via the prickly relationships. event details

The Glass Menagerie

Friday, Apr 14-30, 2017
Presented by Germantown Community Theatre

The Glass Menagerie is a five-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Rose. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller. event details

Week 4 | April 23 - 30, 2017

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

April 28 - May 14, 2017
Presented by Theatre Memphis

The family relationships of a wealthy Southern tycoon are explored as recurring motifs of social mores, greed, mendacity, decay, sexual desire, repression and death are presented against the scene of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta. Bigger than life characters rule the stage with Big Daddy, Big Mama, Brick and Maggie the Cat. event details

A Passion for Dance

Saturday, Apr 29-30, 2017
Presented by IRIS Orchestra at Ballet Memphis

Dance and music are natural partners, and so are IRIS and Ballet Memphis, who come together for the first time for the final program of the season. Ballet Memphis has helped redefine the cultural landscape of the mid-South. In 25 years, it has grown from an inspired idea in the mind of its founder to a nationally recognized arts organization, heralded by the Ford Foundation as a “national treasure,” and performing on all the leading dance stages in the U.S., including Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, and the Kennedy Center. Both IRIS and Ballet Memphis bring new vitality to classic works, and champion the creation of the new: IRIS by commissioning new American music, and Ballet Memphis by producing more original works than any other company its size. So it is only fitting that this concert marks another first: the first time IRIS has commissioned original choreography. event details

Ongoing April Events

A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100

March 23, 2017 - August 31, 2017
Presented by Stax Museum of American Soul Music

March 26, 2017 marks what would have been “The World’s Oldest Teenager’s” 100th birthday and in commemoration, the Stax Museum presents this special new exhibit of photographs, promotional materials, stage costumes and other memorabilia to show the wide swath Thomas cut across Memphis music history — from the beginnings of black radio at WDIA to the glory days of Beale Street, as well as his crucial role as the first hitmaker for both the Sun and Stax labels.  event details