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
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
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!
Austin International Poetry Festival
April 9th & 10th
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
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
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.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 17th – 23rd
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.
Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
April 22nd – 24th
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
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.