25 exciting April events for a month you’ll never forget


Funky Fish Fry
The Funky Fish Fry is a must-attend April event. (Mitchell’s Place)

Get ready, Birmingham—April is gearing up to be a month to remember. Read on for details on fun events like the annual Jewish Food and Cultural Fest, the Spring Plant Sale at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and more.

1. Bright Star

  • What: A story of success, love + heartbreak, you won’t want to miss Red Mountain Theatre’s show-stopping performance of Bright Star. More info.
  • When: Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 16 | Thursdays-Fridays, 7:30PM | Saturdays, 2PM + 7:30PM | Sundays, 2PM
  • Where: Red Mountain Theatre, 1600 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: $32+ for adults | $25+ for kids 2-12
  • Tickets

2. Cherry Blossom Festival

cherry blossom
Simply beautiful. (Japan-America Society of Alabama / Facebook)
  • What: Enjoy performances, food, Japanese cultural activities and gorgeous blooming cherry blossoms at this beautiful annual event. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 1 | 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Cost: Free admission

3. End Addiction BHAM Walk

End Addiction Bham Walk
End Addiction Bham Walk 2022. (Addiction Prevention Coalition)
  • What: Slip on those walking shoes to fight back against substance use disorder during the 7th annual End Addiction BHAM Walk. Thousands join this important walk every year to honor their loved ones, get active and give back to the community. Help make change happen. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 1 | Check-in/Registration – 10AM | Program Begins – 11AM
  • Where: CityWalk BHAM Amphitheater, 9th Avenue & 21st Street, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: Free to walk | $25 to raise funds and receive an event T-shirt + bracelet and “I’m Walking For” lanyard
  • Register online until Thursday, March 30 | Registration is also available at the event

4. Birmingham Diabetes WALK for Camp Seale Harris

Camp Seale Harris
(Camp Seale Harris / Facebook)
  • What: Raise funds and awareness of Type 1 Diabetes during this family-friendly walk/run. Proceeds benefit Camp Seale Harris—Alabama’s leading organization directly serving children with diabetes—and helps make it possible for kids living with diabetes to attend a special camp just for them. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 1 | 10AM-Noon
  • Where: Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Rd, Meadowbrook, AL 35242
  • Cost: Free to walk
  • Register
  • Donate to Camp Seale Harris

5. Hansel and Gretel Live

  • What: A fantastical world full of magic awaits during this classic tale from Brothers Grimm. The show features a cast of rising opera stars, the Opera Birmingham Chorus and is accompanied by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Perfect for all ages. More info.
  • When: Friday, April 21, 7:30PM | Sunday, April 23, 2:30PM
  • Where: Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, 800 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $25+ | Student/Child – $10

6. Stevie Nicks

  • What: Don’t miss your chance to see the one and only singer, songwriter Stevie Nicks at the Legacy Arena this April.
  • When: Wednesday, April 5 | 7PM
  • Where: Legacy Arena at The BJCC, 1898 9th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $64+
  • Tickets

7. CaddyShack Pub Crawl for LLS

  • What: Imagine playing nine holes of golf on a beautiful afternoon, except each hole is a bar and scores are determined by the beverages you drink… is it any wonder why you should attend? More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 8 | Noon-6PM
  • Where: Tin Roof, 2709 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: $28.52
  • Tickets

8. Spring Plant Sale

Man holding a plant at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Plant Sale
Head to the Spring Plant Sale to get your garden ready. (Birmingham Botanical Gardens)
  • What: Shop hundreds of beautiful plants during the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ annual Spring Plant Sale. Sale proceeds support the Friends’ mission to protect, nurture and share the wonders of nature. More info.
  • When: Members Early Bird Shopping – Thursday, April 13, 1-5:30PM | Non-members – Friday, April 14-Saturday, April 15, 8AM-5:30PM
  • Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Formal Lawn, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Cost: Free admission

9. Steel Magnolias

  • What: Visit Truvy Jones’ beauty salon to hear all the gossip and make life-long friends in the beloved stage adaptation of Steel Magnolias at the Virginia Samford Theatre. More info.
  • When: Thursday, April 13-Sunday, April 23 | Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30PM | Sundays 2:30PM
  • Where: Virginia Samford Theatre – Main Stage, 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Cost: $45 | Students – $23
  • Tickets

10. Ovation with Alabama Ballet

  • What: The Alabama Ballet will sweep you off your feet in this mixed repertory performance featuring works by legendary British Choreographer Christopher Bruce. The show also features an edgy contemporary ballet set to music by The Rolling Stones. More info.
  • When: Friday, April 14, 7:30PM | Saturday, April 15, 2:30PM + 7:30PM | Sunday, April 16, 2:30PM 
  • Where: Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, 800 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $40.50-$49.50
  • Tickets

11. Funky Fish Fry benefiting Mitchell’s Place

Birmingham, Funky Fish Fry, fundraisers, benefits, Mitchell's Place, Alabama Autism Society
Have fun and support a great cause. (Funky Fish Fry / Facebook)
  • What: Get groovy for a great cause during the Funky Fish Fry celebrating Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Enjoy delicious food, tasty drinks, live music from Livewire, plus family-friendly fun. Event proceeds benefit Mitchell’s Place and Autism Support of Alabama. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 15 | 11:30AM-5:30PM
  • Where: Avondale Brewing Co, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: General Admission – $10  | To-Go Ticket or Child Plate – $15 | 1 Ticket – $25 | 2 Tickets – $40
  • Tickets

12. Red Shoe Run: Rockin’ 5K

April events
Volunteers at the Red Shoe Run. (RMHCA)
  • What: Slip on those floppy shoes for this annual celebration of family, fundraising and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. Participants can run/walk either the 5K or 1-Mile course. Rock n’ roll costumes are encouraged and the best costume will win an award after the run. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 15 | 8AM-Noon
  • Where: Downtown Birmingham, 1700 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: In-Person 5K Run/Walk – $30 | In-Person 1 Mile Fun Run – $15 | Red Shoe Snoozer – $30
  • Register

13. Fido Fest

Fido Fest
Fido Fest is back this April. (The Summit – Birmingham / Facebook)

14. Jubilee Joe’s Crawfish Fest

  • What: Mark your calendar for the annual Crawfish Fest at Jubilee Joe’s this April. Benefiting Destination Hoover International, the event includes live music and the chance to enter the Takedown Challenge—eat three or more trays of crawfish and win a special T-shirt. More info.
  • When: Tuesday, April 18-Sunday, April 23 | 11AM-8PM
  • Where: Jubilee Joe’s Cajun Seafood Restaurant, 5190 Medford Dr Ste 114, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Cost: Free admission

15. Smokey Robinson

April events
Smokey Robinson. (Alys Stephens Center)
  • What: Love the music of Smokey Robinson? Then you’re in luck, my friend, because the acclaimed singer-songwriter is live in Birmingham on April 21. With over four decades of hits and numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, there’s no wonder this concert is one of the city’s hottest events this year. Low ticket alert—get yours while you can! More info.
  • When: Friday, April 21 | 8PM
  • Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Cost: $125
  • Tickets

16. Mutt Strutt: Dog-Friendly 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run

Birmingham, Hand in Paw, Mutt Strut, Homewood Central Park
Get ready for the Mutt Strutt. (Hand in Paw / Facebook)

17. Magic City Mimosa Festival

  • What: Raise those champagne flutes, it’s time to toast to the very first Magic City Mimosa Festival taking place this spring. Here’s what’s bubbling up at this upcoming event: bottomless mimosas, food from local restaurants, live music + more. *Must be 21+ to attend. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 22 | Noon-6PM
  • Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham , AL 35222
  • Cost: $20
  • Tickets

18. Dining Out for Life

Dining Out For Life
Dining Out For Life / Facebook)
  • What: Dine out at participating restaurants during Dining Out for Life benefiting AIDs Alabama’s support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. More info.
  • When: Thursday, April 27
  • Where: Participating restaurants

19. Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix

  • What: This three-day event benefiting Children’s of Alabama features the same cars and drivers as the Indy 500. Watch them compete on the 2.38-mile road course, plus more family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. More info.
  • When: Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | Gate opens at 8AM
  • Where: Barber Motorsports Park, 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35094
  • Cost: Friday $25 | Saturday $45 | Sunday $49
  • Tickets

20. Magic City Art Connection and Corks & Chefs

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2022 Magic City Art Connection (Bham Now)
  • What: From stunning art to scrumptious food, Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) is an event you’ll fall in love with year after year. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s planned: 175 local + national artists, live performances, Imagination Festival for Kids, special exhibitions, cafes + lounges, PLUS Corks & Chefs (separate ticket required to attend). More info.
  • When: 
    • MCAC: Friday, April 28, Noon-6PM, Saturday | April 29, 10AM-6PM | Sunday, April 30, 10AM-5PM
    • Corks & Chefs: Saturday, April 29-Sunday, April 30 | Time: TBD
  • Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham , AL 35222
  • Cost: 
    • MCAC: $13-$15 | Kids 15 + under – FREE
    • Corks & Chefs Cost: $50
  • Tickets

21. Birmingham Walking Tour: Breathing Life Into Landmarks

Vulcan Park & Museum, Birmingham Walking Tours
Birmingham Walking Tours. (Vulcan Park & Museum)
  • What: Join Vulcan Park & Museum for another exciting walking tour in Birmingham this April. On this tour, you’ll learn about the redevelopment of some of the city’s most cherished landmarks. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 29 | 9:30-11:30AM
  • Where: Meeting site revealed after ticket purchase
  • Cost: Members – $20 | Non-members – $30
  • Tickets

22. Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival

  • What: A skip from Birmingham at Bessemer’s DeBardelon Park, attend this annual festival for family-friendly activities, food, beer + wine, local vendors and live music. More info.
  • When: Saturday, April 29 | Noon-8PM
  • Where: DeBardeleben Park, 1623 2nd Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020
  • Cost: $20 online | $25 day of event | Kids 8 + under – Free with ticketed adult
  • Tickets

23. Earthbound’s Earthfest

24. Long Live: A Taylor Swift Inspired Dance Party

25. Jewish Food and Culture Fest

Levite JCC
Cooking up delicious meals for the Jewish Food and Culture Fest. (Levite JCC / Facebook)
  • What: Get ready to eat during one of Bham’s most popular events—the Jewish Food and Culture Fest. Along with kids’ activities and great food like brisket, falafel and matzah ball soup, this year’s event also celebrates the 75th Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) with an open-air market. More info.
  • When: Sunday, April 30 | 11AM-3PM
  • Where: Levite JCC of Birmingham, 3960 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213
  • Cost: Free admission

For more events happening around The Magic City, visit the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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