When spring is in the air, downtown comes to life. This month’s events tend to have a colorful streak, celebrating the blossoming flowers, savory flavors and diverse cultures that make each community unique. When you step outside to enjoy the spring air, make sure to turn your attention downtown.
East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic
April 13, 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia
The East Coast She-Crab Soup Classis celebrates one of the region’s favorite flavors. Local restaurants, including many of Virginia Beach’s favorite seafood spots, will compete for People’s Choice and Critic’s Choice Awards. Sample the most delicious she-crab soup while you listen to live music, all along the picturesque oceanfront. More information is available from Beach Street USA.
Rossini Festival & International Street Fair
April 13, 2019
This event will create a street fair like you’ve never heard before. The annual Rossini Festival celebrates the performing arts by featuring 11 consecutive hours of live performances, ranging from opera and jazz to gospel and ballet. More than listen, this event invites the Knoxville community to enjoy an international experience, as the streets of downtown transform into a European-style street mall. Learn more about this family-friendly event from Downtown Knoxville and the Knoxville Opera.
April 13-14, 2019
Vero Beach, Florida
Vero Beach’s annual Hibiscus Festival draws attention to the city’s historic downtown district with a vibrant mix of music, art and activity. This two-day festival will include a fine art and fine craft show, live musical entertainment, a children’s art show, delicious food and a charity shopping cart parade. More details are available from Main Street Vero Beach.
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
April 13-21, 2019
San Francisco, California
Cherry blossoms aren’t just for our nation’s capital. This annual event, now in its 52nd year, will celebrate the beauty that cherry blossoms and Japanese culture bring to the West Coast. The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will feature origami exhibits and demonstrations, Japanese music, a fashion show and a Grand Parade. Learn more from the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival website.
Red Poppy Festival
April 26-28, 2019
Officially known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, Georgetown has a rich history of springtime beauty. The red poppy first appeared in Georgetown after World War I, when an American servicemember sent seeds from Europe home to his mother. Now, this 20-year tradition celebrates the annual reseeding of the red poppies with a multi-day festival. The Red Poppy Festival features live music, local vendors and a bustling parade. More details are available from the Red Poppy Festival website.