April brings some cool festivals and events for interliners to attend. Where and when? Here is our list for April 2016.
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BaliSpirit Festival – Bali, Indonesia – Mar. 29 – Apr. 3, 2016 – We have all been to those music or cultural festivals where we needed a vacation from our vacation. Took weeks to recover from the event. Well BaliSpirit offers a relatively new approach, a festival where you build yourself up instead of tearing yourself down. Offering health and wellness presenters from around the world and attendees from over 50 countries. Attending BaliSpirit is a new experience. Be prepared for a beautiful experience that will engage all six of your senses as the lovely and lush Bali has done for visitors for hundreds of years. Need a deal on your hotel in Bali? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Cape Town International Jazz Festival – Cape Town, South Africa – Apr. 1 – 2, 2016 – Called “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one of the largest jazz-oriented events in the world and the largest music event on the continent of Africa. This celebrated, annual music festival appeals to devotees of jazz in a traditional sense and mainstream audiences alike. For a proudly South African event, the festival highlights native South African artists and international marquee stars in equal measure. Need a deal on your hotel in Cape Town? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Kanamara Matsuri, Kawasaki, Japan – Apr. 3, 2016. There is no larger celebration of the Japanese happy stick than Kawasaki’s Kanamara Matsuri. also known as the Festival of the Iron Phallus. Now this is no Fantasy Fest, regardless of the smirks and grins from Westerners, it’s an ancient tradition that serves as a celebration of fertility, long marriages and healthy births. It is also a way to promote awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, most importantly HIV. This LGBT-friendly festival attracts the best collection of kimono-wearing cross-dressers in Japan. Now if you are looking to get pregnant, mounting the phallus-shaped seesaw is considered a fertility aid. Yeah you have to get a picture of you on that when you go. While his festival has a deeper meaning, you can’t avoid that it’s still a penis festival. We can promise you that you won’t be disappointed if that’s what you came to see, just not the actual real ones though. Plenty of unique items to buy and bring home including penis hats, penis puppets, penis floats, penis costumes and penis lollipops! Perfect gifts for that next bachelor or bachelorette party! You’ll see elderly Japanese alongside young couples seeking cures for impotence and infertility. Penis icons are not in short supply, with all shapes and sizes made from iron, wood and inflatable plastic. Even the most modest among us will barely blush by the end of it all. However when you get home you may never look at a Kawasaki motorcycle the same again. We also offer you hotel discounts in Kawasaki, Japan for our members! [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Songkran (Water) Festival – Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 13 – 15, 2016. Bring your water balloons, Super Soakers and virtually any other sort of spray bottle as they become weapons of water during Thailand’s Songkran (Water) Festival, April 13-15. The roots of this festival are spiritual, with water dousing representing a purification ritual to wash away evil spirits in anticipation of the Thai New Year. However it has now become an enormous countrywide water fight that will leave you soaked and laughing the entire time. Thais spend three very hot days soaking their fellow neighbors and anyone else in range for what amounts to the biggest party of the year. We have deals on hotels in Chiang Mai for our members! [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Tortuga Music Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Apr. 15 – 17, 2015. This will be the 4th year for this event. Last year the attendance reached 44,000 patrons for the Tortuga Music Festival and advanced tickets sold out before the lineup was even announced! The festival now expands to three days for 2016! Past and future headliners included are country superstar Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, The Zac Brown Band, Sheryl Crowe, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ziggy Marley, Eric Church and Ben Harper among others. Standard general admission tickets cost $199 at regular price and you need to get them NOW!! Special packages include VIP from $899, Super VIP from $1,499, and the Admiral Pass, the price of which you can obtain by calling the promoters, it’s that expensive. Looking for a hotel deal in Ft. Lauderdale for the Tortuga Music Festival then you need to book now! [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival – Thrissur, India – Apr. 17, 2016. This is one of the most popular temple festivals in all of India. The Thrissur Prooram Elephant Festival has been taking place for over 200-years and is one of the best ways to get a flavor of India and their festivals. Raja Rama Varma created this festival in 1798 because he and his friends were not allowed into a nearby festival because they were late. He invited temples in this Kerala region to the main temple in Thrissur to pay respects to Shiva, the presiding deity. This festival offers you a combination of religion and color, Thrissur Pooram starts with the ceremonial hoisting of the flag seven days before it begins. Fireworks begin on the fourth night and are a consistent fixture of the festival from then on. On the sixth day, Apr. 17th, the main Pooram (festival) begins with activities happening at all kinds of temples throughout the Kerala area and conclude at Nilapaduthara near the western gorpuram of the Vadakkunnathan Temple. Of course have deals on hotels in Thrissur for our members! [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana – Apr. 22 – May 1, 2016 – Jazz fan or not, this is the festival you want to attend. The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is all about the celebration of music. Spread over two weekends, last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, the Big Easy opens its history that’s filled with tribal African beats, harmonic church hymns, and American pop music. The festival will fill 12 stages with everything from jazz to the blues to rock and folk music. This soulful festival has a relaxed cool vibe. that is perfect if you want to experience New Orleans culture without the madness of Mardi Gras. So what kind of rates can we get you in New Orleans? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Vive Latino – Mexico City, Mexico – Apr. 23 – 24, 2016. Join over 70,000 high-energy music lovers each day as they swarm Vive Latino! Enjoy endlessly singing, clapping and rocking to the beats a huge lineup of acts that play a variety of music genres, some well outside of the mainstream. The best perform in the Vive Latino lineup. Legendary international bands perform on the main stage and up and coming Latin American artists are also prevalent during the event. Besides the main stage concerts, there are multiple other stages for music and cultural activities – street theater and dance performances. Also check out the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, founded by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, which takes place in a large tent. It’s become a part of Vive Latino in the last several years, and is a break from music and dancing. Looking for a deal on your hotel in Mexico City? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Kings Day (Koningsdag) Amsterdam – Apr. 27, 2016 – Looking for a great no holds barred party? Then Amsterdam’s annual celebration of their monarch’s birthday, Koningsdag, is the ultimate Dutch event for you. Amsterdam is known for its “anything goes” party vibe but this annual event is the wildest 24 hours of the year. The laws are more than tolerant the other 364 days and rules practically don’t exist on this day as police are strictly forbidden to intervene in the festivities. It’s all in the name of a good time and between the costumes, clubs, canals and street parties, the whole city is focused on having fun, painting the town orange and celebrating all things distinctly Dutch. So need a deal on a hotel in Amsterdam? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
SunFest – West Palm Beach, FL – Apr. 27 – May 1, 2016 – This is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Plus SunFest is one of the best bargains around. For just $80 you get to enjoy five days of big-name acts spanning genres and eras, amid palm trees and bobbing boats. Check out this years lineup. More than 175,000 fans pile in, most from the surrounding South Florida area and take in all that is SunFest. People show up in jean shorts and t-shirts, shades, bikinis and flip-flops. Depending on which of the three stages you’re at, and who’s playing, you might see people setting up lawn chairs on the grass, hippie girls swaying to a jam band, or couples sitting along the seawall, catching a cool breeze. Everyone sips cold drinks from plastic cups, and a Jimmy Buffet like Margaritaville mood prevails. The lineup is a wide ranging from 50s rock, country, R&B, jazz, reggae, pop and rock and roll bands cross chords here. SunFest is also gives Florida bands a shot at glory, so you may discover a new jazz band or swamp bluegrass favorite among the lineup. Yes, we have hotel discounts in West Palm Beach! [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival – St. Lucia – Apr. 29, 2016 – The St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is often cited as one of the world’s best jazz and arts festivals in the world and it’s in the Caribbean! Acts like R. Kelly and Diana Ross have headlined in recent years, but it’s the action-packed line-up of Caribbean musicians that gives the event its distinctive vibe. Take in a brass blowing Dominican zouk band one night then enjoy a hot-fingered Cuban pianist the next night then enjoy a bass-thumping Jamaican reggae group the next night. The festival’s other big attraction is the island itself, whose lush green mountains and sandy beaches provide the perfect backdrops for the shows. So need a deal on a hotel in St. Lucia? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]
Bealle Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN – Apr. 29 – May 1, 2016 – The three-day Beale Street Music Festival is actually the kick-off event for Memphis in May. Each year Memphis is May pays homage to a different country and in 2016 Memphis in May salutes Canada! Memphis in May is a month-long, multi-festival event that has been running for forty years and includes events like World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (yum), and the Great American River Run 5K and Half-Marathon. Though it’s not a blues festival per se, it would be impossible to ignore the rich musical heritage of BSMF’s setting. A former hangout of the likes of Louis Armstrong, Memphis Minnie, B.B. King, and Rufus Thomas, the blues tradition that grew up on Beale Street developed into a genre all its own, known fittingly as “Memphis Blues.” Be sure and take in the concert by the river, yes as in the Mississippi River which is your backdrop to the concert stage. The iconic Mississippi River complete with passing steamboats as a real-life backdrop, and you’ve got a festival that’s rooted in history and full of some of the best contemporary music around. Book early for your hotel in Memphis for the Bealle Street Music Festival and all of the events during Memphis in May! Looking for a deal on your hotel in Memphis? [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]