Metro Roundup: Birmingham’s best bets for April 2022


April 1 & 2: Building with bricks. Alabama Architecture Center, 109, boul. Richard Arrington Jr. S. In this hands-on event for kids and adults, create architectural designs using LEGO bricks with an architect. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free entry. 205-322-4386.

4 & 9 April: The Market at Place with pepper. 7am-noon. 2829 Second Ave. S. Pepper Place will feature the final two weekends of its winter market for 2022. Held indoors, the event showcases what grows in Alabama during the winter. Admission fee.

April 9: Red Shoe Run Rockin’ 5K. 8am-11am 1617 Third Ave. S. The event, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, includes a 5K, a one-mile run and a virtual option, as well as a block party and family activities. For details and registration, go to

April 9: Cahaba Que. 1-5 p.m. Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 Fifth Ave S., Building C. Hosted by Cahaba Brewing Co. and the Alabama Breast Cancer Research Foundation, this annual barbecue and fundraiser features professional and backyard grilling teams. Attendees can enjoy unlimited samples, craft beer and live music. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 10 and under are admitted free. VIP tickets are $50. 205-996-5463.

April 23: Pink Palace Casino Evening. 7:00 p.m. Soiree Event Gallery, 2132 Lorna Ridge Lane. The event features Las Vegas-style casino gaming, food, drink, live music and a silent auction to support the Alabama Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets are $100 and include hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and $500 in charitable play money. There will also be a cash bar. 205-996-5463.

April 30: Gumbo Gala. 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 Fifth Ave S., Building C. This 17th annual event features okra cooking, live music and perks Episcopal place, which provides affordable independent living for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. Tickets are $20. 205-939-0085.

April 30: ArtPlay Family Day. 1-3 p.m. ArtPlay, 1006 19th St. S. ArtPlay, a community arts education facility located in a Victorian home near Five Points South, will host this Spring Tea. Attendees can play games in the gardens with live music while tasting different types of teas. There will also be artistic activities and a story hour. Free entry.

April 30: Bal du Chat Jazz. 6:00 p.m. Sheraton Downtown Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. One of the largest animal rescue fundraisers in the South, the ball features a black-tie gala, seated dinner, live music by The Big Beyond, casino and online auction and live. Proceeds benefit the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. For more information, including ticket prices, call 205-942-1211 or visit


April 5: Bob Dylan. 8 p.m. BJCC Concert Hall. The legendary singer-songwriter will appear as part of his “Rough and Rowdy Ways” tour. For more information on tickets, go to

April 21: Choral Vespers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cathedral Church of Advent, 2017 Sixth Ave. N. The Cathedral Choir will sing this traditional Anglican service featuring beautiful prayers, lessons and hymns. Admission fee. 205-226-3505.

March 31-April 3: Fiddler on the Roof. BJCC Concert Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. The American Theater Guild presents this classic Broadway musical, which includes well-known songs such as “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Tradition.” Tickets start at $40. For times and tickets, call 800-982-2787 or visit

Until April 9: Mouse On The Move. 10am BJCC Theater, 2100 Richard Arrington Boulevard Jr. N. Birmingham Children’s Theater presents the story of Nellie and Amelia, two adventurous mice set to explore the world. The production is part of BCT’s Theater for Very Young Audiences series for children ages 5 and under. Adults $15; children $8. 205-458-8181.

April 8-24: Once. Red Mountain Theatre. 1600 Third Ave. S. This captivating musical is the only musical show to have won an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Tony Award. Regular admission (ages 13 and up) starts at $25. Admission for children ages 2-12 starts at $20. For times and tickets, call 205-383-1718 or visit

April 13-17: The musical SpongeBob SquarePants. 7:30 p.m. Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. S. Theater UAB will present this adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon television series “SpongeBob.” Directed by Valerie Accetta and Devin Ty Franklin under the musical direction of Carolyn Violi. Admission $15 and $20; students $6; UAB employees and seniors, $10. For more details, visit

April 22-24: Don Quixote. BJCC Concert Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Alabama Ballet will present this classic ballet about a nobleman obsessed with stories of ancient chivalry. Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza fight imaginary enemies to save Dulcinea, the woman of his dreams. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. For ticket prices, call 205-322-4300 or go to

April 28-May 1: An Officer and a Gentleman. BJCC Concert Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. The American Theater Guild will present this new musical, based on the Oscar-winning film. The play is on its first national tour. Tickets start at $35. 800-982-2787.



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April 8-10: Rocket City Trash Pandas, Field of Regions

April 19-24: Biloxi Shuckers, Field Regions.

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