Europe in April - Events and Festivals

Europe in April - Events and Festivals
There's lots to do in Europe during April -- from the Drag Olympics in England to the First Day of Summer in Iceland. Check out this sampling of events, festivals, and fairs.

Times, dates, and locations of events are sometimes changed or even cancelled. Always remember to check with organizers and local authorities before booking tickets and making travel plans.

April Fair (La Feria de Abril)
Seville, Spain
April (every year)
Bullfighting, flamenco, horse and carriage processions.

Arctic Circle Race
Sisimiut, Greenland
April (every year)
Ultimate challenge to cross-country skiers.

Banlieues Bleues
Paris, France
March - April (every year)
Blues and jazz performances and workshops.

Bellows Festival (Le Carnaval des Soufflets)
Nontron, France
April (every year)
Costumed procession - bring bellows and wear a nightshirt, bed cap, and clogs.

The Drag Olympics
London, England
April (every year)
Drag queens compete in limbo, high jump and obstacle courses!

Easter Bullfights (Feria)
Arles, France
April (every year)
Opening of bullfighting season.

First Day of Summer
Iceland
April (every year)
Parades celebrate the return of the sun after the long nights of winter.

Foire du Trône
Paris, France
April - May (every year)
Huge fun fair and shows.

Glacier Patrol (Patrouille des Glaciers)
Valais, Switzerland
April (starts fourth Thursday of every April)
A 32-mile hiking-skiing event.

The Grand National
Liverpool, England
April (every year)
Three days of world-class horse racing.

Holy Week
Braga, Portugal
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Events include Holy Thursday and Good Friday torchlit hooded processions.

Holy Week (Semana Santa)
Cadiz, Spain
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Events include images of the Crucifixion on Friday morning and a procession on Palm Sunday.

Holy Week
Gangi, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Easter Sunday celebrations include a competition between devotees of Mary and Jesus.

Holy Week (Semana Santa)
Granada, Spain
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Events include Holy Thursday’s Procession of Silence.

Holy Week
Palermo, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Processions on Good Friday and reenactments of the Last Supper on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week
Patmos, Greece
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Saint John is said to have completed Revelations here, Holy Thursday reenactment of washing of the disciples’ feet.

Holy Week
Piana degli Albanesi, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Albanian Greek-Orthodox tradition, events include Palm Sunday reenactment of the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem.

Holy Week
Pietraperzia, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Procession on Good Friday.

Holy Week
Prizzi, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
An effigy of Jesus is crucified on Good Friday, dance of the devils on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week
Rome, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Good Friday torchlit procession led by the Pope.

Holy Week (Semana Santa)
Seville, Spain
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Solemn daily processions. Huge event!

Holy Week
Sulmona, Italy
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Easter Sunday ritual of 'The Madonna Who Runs in the Square'.

Holy Week (Semana Santa)
Valencia, Spain
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Events include the Procession of the Holy Burial and the Procession of the Resurrection.

Holy Week
Verges, Spain
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Holy Thursday events include skeleton characters performing the dance of death.

Holy Week
Villaralto, Spain
April (every year - March in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016)
Judas is the star of the show here!

Icehotel
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
December - April (every year)
Hotel made of ice in Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle.

Kite Festival
Berck Sur Mer, France
April (every year)
The continent’s biggest kite festival.

London Marathon
London, England
April (every year)
Biggest and best international marathon, charity runs, street parties.

May Day
Oxford, England
April - May (every year)
Night-time celebrations start on April 30, traditional morris dancers, dawn singing.

May Day
Cerne Abbas, England
April - May (every year)
Chalk hillside carving of a man in a state of arousal is the location for dawn morris dancing.

Palio of Rome Final
Rome, Italy
April (every year)
Huge soccer tournament - 4 teams from each of Rome’s 94 neighborhoods.

Paris Film Festival
Paris, France
March - April (every year)
Diverse film festival.

Pilgrimage to the Monastery of Santa Faz
Alicante, Spain
April (every year)
Five mile walk to Veronica’s veil - she dabbed blood from Christ’s face as he carried the cross.

Ravello Festival
Ravello, Italy
March - June and September - October (every year)
Chamber music festival.

Ring Race (La Corsa all'Anello)
Narni, Italy
April - May (every year)
Medieval costumes and jousting competition.

Saint George's Day
Barcelona, Spain
April (every year)
Barcelona’s version of Valentine’s Day – Lover’s Day.

Scarecrow festival (Fête des Epeutnaerts)
Moringhem, France
April (every year)
Various activities associated with scarecrows.

Spring Festival
Budapest, Hungary
March - April (starts third Thursday of every March)
The country’s largest cultural event - film, dance, music.

Spring Festival
Zürich, Switzerland
April (starts third Sunday of every April)
Spring festival, parades, bonfire to burn away the winter.

Usini Festival (Jurgi Festival)
Latvia
April (every year)
Celebration of the beginning of summer, washing horses and killing roosters.

World Ice Golf Championship
Greenland or Norway
April (every year)
Drambuie organizes this golfing event In the harshest of terrain!


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