Virtual Events Keep Entertainment in Bloom This April

The Coachella Valley has tons of fun stuff to enjoy, including golf, hiking, shopping, and more. However, these activities aren’t always an option, so we put together a curated collection of some of our favorite virtual events to fuel your curiosities and keep you connected. Check out the list below for more.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Through April 11th

Check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival, live streaming from Washington, D.C.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival goes virtual this year, giving you prime viewing of stunning scenes from Washington, D.C.

This vibrant event invites you to “Step Into Spring” through experiences from Washington, D.C., both in person (for those in the D.C. area) and virtually from afar. Taking place each spring, this festival is a celebration of the friendship between the United States and Japan, which is symbolized by the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. The D.C. area will be in bloom with a variety of events to celebrate, including a “Petal Porch Parade” where residents decorate their porches with cherry blossoms, a student art showcase presented in an online gallery format, art installations across the city, and more.

Virtual festival goers can live stream the National Mall’s “bloom cam” for a unique aerial perspective of the area. Additionally, you can enjoy an on-demand virtual tour of the Tidal Basin area from a National Park Service ranger, detailing the history and significance of the cherry blossoms.

For more information on this treasured national spring celebration, check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s website.

Virtual Hapalua Festival

April 1st – 30th

The Virtual Hapalua Festival takes place this April, with three different distances to take on.
Get out for a walk/run at the Virtual Hapalua Festival, with 3 different race course distances to challenge.

Participate in the largest half marathon in Hawaii from anywhere in the world by entering in the Virtual Hapalua Festival. This race features 3 course lengths of 5k, 10k, or the Hapalua half marathon. If you are feeling extra spry, you can run or walk all 3! You have the entire month of April to complete your race(s), and if you feel so inclined, can even complete them on multiple days – there is no time limit!

Each race features its own shirt and finishers medal – complete the Big Kukini Challenge, which is running all of the course lengths, to collect all 3!

For more information on the race, including to register, visit the race website.

Austin International Poetry Festival

April 9th & 10th

The Austin International Poetry Festival features a cacophany of curated creations.
Enjoy the beauty and creativity of poetry from the Austin International Poetry Festival.

Savor the creativity of poetry in its written and spoken word forms at the Austin International Poetry Festival. Gather with poets from around Texas, the nation, and the world for this 2-day celebration of poetry through virtual performances, workshops, and readings. Featured events include open mic sessions for registered poets, workshops, and panels & performances.

For more information on this inclusive and diverse event, including a schedule of events and to register to submit poetry and/or attend, visit the Austin International Poetry Festival website.

Sun Valley Film festival

April 14th – 18th

Check out the Sun Valley Film Festival, live streaming online from Sun Valley, Idaho.
The Sun Valley Film Festival highlights established and upstart filmmakers with an impressive schedule of films, talks, and more.

Running since 2012 in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho, the Sun Valley Film Festival celebrates and spotlights independent film and the magic of storytelling. The film festival honors and awards established and emerging filmmakers while giving them a platform to showcase their creative work to a unique and engaged audience. The festival also features Q&A sessions and special presentations in addition to an impressive slate of feature films.

You can stream the entire festival lineup this year from the comfort of your couch. Passes are $150, granting you access to the full program.

For more information the Sun Valley Film Festival, click to the festival’s website.

American Youth Circus Festival

April 17th & 18th

From the big top to your big screen, catch the American Youth Circus Festival online this April.
Balance your schedule to catch the American Youth Circus Festival, highlighted by workshops and activities centered around circus performance.

Ever wanted to learn how to juggle, tumble, be an acrobat, or something else circus-related? Then this one is for you! Taking place over World Circus Day Weekend, the American Youth Circus Festival offers workshops, activities, social events, and so much more, all centered around circus performance.

Whether you are a huge fan of the circus or want to experience something unique, engaging, and fun, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a weekend of exciting interaction – and perhaps pick up a few new tricks in the process. The event schedule is loaded with a variety of topics, including flexibility training, juggling, contortion, hula hoop tricks, balancing objects, and more.

To get the full details on the American Youth Circus Festival, visit the festival’s section on the American Youth Circus Organization’s website.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 17th – 23rd

Don't miss the Los Angeles Time Festival of Books, bringing a juicy lineup of incredible speakers and workshops, spanning a variety of genres and topics.
Catch a packed lineup of speakers, authors, and more, covering a broad range of genres and topics, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Now in its 25th year, the Los Angeles Time Festival of Books delivers a buffet of delicious content for everyone. From fiction and fantasy to science and politics, and everything in between, this 6-day festival is jam-packed with engaging topics, riveting speakers, and so much more.

Check out the festival’s schedule and select the event(s) you want to attend. Simply register to attend (ticketing it done through EventBrite) and follow the prompts. There are a few sessions that require a book purchase, but the rest are free to attend.

For the full lineup of events and more details, visit the festival’s website.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

April 22nd – 24th

Catch the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival and engage with others on long-term change
Celebrate nature at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, a 3-day event highlighting different sectors making a positive impact on our world.

Turn Earth Day into a 3-day celebration at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. Each day is dedicated to key segments of leadership who are making a difference in combating climate change, including youth, business, and community, with the focus spotlighting leaders within each segment.

In addition to keynote speakers, you can catch live music, including a performance by Kenny Loggins, art and poetry contests, engage with exhibitors, and discover how you can enact meaningful long-term change to make our world a better place for all.

For more information, including the see a schedule of speakers, visit the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival’s website.

Philly’s All City Jazz Festival

April 30th

Hit a high note to end the month of April with the All City Jazz Festival, broadcasting live from Philadelphia.
Philly’s All City Jazz Festival is a must-see event for music and jazz fans alike.

Led by the Philly POPS, catch the All-City Jazz Festival for virtual performances and Masterclasses led by Philly POPS and the Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra. Some of the top student jazz musicians in Philadelphia join with the pros for stunning live performances that are must-watch for music and jazz fans alike.

For more information on this all-day music extravaganza, head over to the festival’s dedicated page on the Philly POPS website.

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