World Calendar: Must-Attend April Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April: 

  • In the mood to party? Head to Seville, Spain, for the Feria de Abril (April 21-26), which celebrates the arrival of spring with characteristic Andalusian élan. Join Sevillanos as they take to the streets, often in traditional costume, for six full days (and nights) of dancing, drinking, and tapas noshing in casetas (canvas tents) that line the city streets.
  • Music festival season is finally afoot. Jump in headfirst by traveling to New South Wales for the Byron Bay Bluesfest (April 2-6). With an impressive lineup that includes Jurassic 5, Jimmy Cliff, and the Black Keys, this Australian aural extravaganza has something for everyone (including the occasional koala sighting).
  • In 1986, the town of St. George, S.C., made a delicious discovery: that the residents there ate more grits per capita than any other place in the world. Thus the World Grits Festival (April 11-13) was born. Today, the annual event draws tens of thousands of grits lovers for three days of gluttonous fun that includes a “rolling-in-the-grits contest” and a campy parade.
  • The arts take center stage during Budapest’s Spring Festival 2015 (April 10-26). For well over two weeks, the Hungarian capital comes alive with concerts, theater and dance performances, and visual art exhibitions that celebrate and demonstrate the importance of culture.
  • Enjoy one of nature’s greatest shows at the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (April 4-8) in Seoul, South Korea, where some 1,500 cherry trees in peak bloom bathe the city in delicate shades of pink and white. Street performances, fireworks, and a flower-art exhibit make this a cut above the average cherry blossom festival (and one you have to witness firsthand).

What would you add to the list? Let us know what we’re missing by leaving a comment below.


    August 3, 2015, 9:26 pm

    thanks for the calendar mate…

  2. Salina akter
    April 9, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Don’t miss the Pohela Boishakh (first day of Bangla Newyear) carnival in Dhaka, Bangladesh April 14

  3. Juan Carlos
    Vail, CO
    March 29, 2015, 12:42 am

    Must visit the biggest and most important fair in Mexico…. extraordinary to say the least…..

  4. K. Reed
    Seattle WA
    March 28, 2015, 11:29 pm

    Everything looks amazing…want to do it ALL, but so happy for Spring in Seattle!!

  5. Orasa
    Miami, FL
    March 27, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Do come and enjoy the Thai NewYear celebration of water all around Thailand on April 13-15. Don’t forget to bring your water pistol. It’s so funny.

  6. Cin Whitaker
    March 26, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Burning Man is held in Nevada on the Black Rock Desert each year! A photographer’s eye is always welcome …

  7. Charles Leocha
    United States
    March 22, 2015, 11:27 am

    Don’t forget Africa. The Festival du Sahel has recently moved to Senegal because of political issues. However, it is one of the largest world music festivals. Stay in a tent out in the sand dunes and enjoy the music of sub-Sahara regions.

  8. Eliana
    March 22, 2015, 10:59 am

    Don’t forget Songkran festival (April 13 – 15) in Thailand!! It’s a nationwide water fight to celebrate Thai new year!

  9. DP
    March 22, 2015, 10:13 am

    Keukenhof tulip gardens, Netherlands. Open mid-March-May showcasing blooming extravaganza of tulips in a wide variety of colors and decorations. Although overcrowded with locals and tourists alike, it’s a must visit when in the Netherlands during this season. If you can’t find the tickets expensive or want to escape the crowds, simply bicycle along the fields surrounding the town of Lisse and treat yourself.

  10. John Stutts
    United States
    March 20, 2015, 8:17 pm

    The Shetland Folk Festival! It’s awesome… this year will be the 35th annual occurrence. I believe it starts 30 April and runs to about 3 May.

  11. Markre
    Red Bluffs, CA
    March 20, 2015, 6:45 am

    you neglected to mention the Red Bluffs Round-up, a premier example of how a sporting event can transform a small California town into a thriving metropolis during a long weekend. Naturally, Red Bluffs welcomes this yearly event and you should too.

  12. Richard
    Arizona, US
    March 20, 2015, 5:30 am

    Tobago Jazz Experience, April 18th-26th!

  13. Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    Shanghai, China
    March 19, 2015, 11:57 pm

    I second the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival! I used to live in Seoul and it was one of my favorite things to experience :)

  14. Kathy Nolan
    Long Island
    March 19, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Passport to Dry Creek Weekend.
    Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg, CA. (Sonoma)

  15. amirhossein
    March 19, 2015, 6:29 pm

    i would point to a very famous and old traditional cerebration in April. acatually I mean NOUROZ in Iran. every year at the beginning of sprig we set a lot of cerebration such as HAFT SIN( seven S) a complex of apple, gold fish gross and etc in apiece of clothe. every thin in HAFT SIN are a symbol. for example apple is a symbol of health
    happy your NOUROZ my friends

  16. Alan
    Bangkok, Thailand
    March 19, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Thai Water Festival April 14-15.

  17. Russ Hahn
    March 19, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Thai New a Year celebrations? I understand they occur in April throughout Thailand.