April Events to Put on Your Calendar

Last month we talked about the unpredictable weather that the month of March can bring. Do you think April will be any calmer? We sure hope so!
But just in case Mother Nature decides to delay spring further and another “weather event” happens, we’ll make sure to update our Event Calendar and Social Media with announcements.

So just as a reminder (or in case this is the first month you’re seeing this type of blog) we want you to be able to have the most accurate and updated event schedule handy to keep life simple, yet fun. Each month we will highlight some of the bigger events taking place in a blog and keep it as a featured post on our Facebook Page for quick access. We will always link to our full calendar to give you even more options for events and activities taking place in the Willmar Lakes Area.

For the month of April, we’d like to highlight these exciting events:
April 1st – Home & Outdoor Living Expo
Both arenas at the Willmar Civic Center will be full of the best local businesses and vendors highlighting the latest trends and innovations from home building, remodeling and décor to landscape design, party vendors to green energy, boats and docks, storage buildings, outdoor fun and adventure.

April 1st – Folsom Prison Experience
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show with Jay Ernest, one of the most prominent Johnny Cash impersonators in the country. This is an interactive experience where the audience are the “inmates” at the jail. It’s going to be a hoot! Get your tickets today!

April 1st – West Central Concert Series Presents Backtrack Vocals
Be sure to watch this unique performance by Backtrack Vocals, a 5-person professional a cappella singing group that transforms familiar pop, funk, Motown, standards, and Broadway songs with all-new vocal (and beatbox) arrangements! Their unique music videos featured new arrangements of familiar songs, bringing BTV millions of new fans. You’re going to LOVE it!

April 8th – Learn to Latin Dance
Learn to Latin Dance with John Salgado Maldonado and Nicole Konz of local non-profit, Purpose Artisans. John, a South American native from Chile, will guide us through some basic steps. Then after the session, try out your new moves to latin music. This is intended for all levels especially total beginners. Be ready to thaw those MN winter hips!

April 13th – Creativity & Cocktails
Little Theatre Auditorium is excited to present this social event series hosted by Maria Novak called Creativity and Cocktails. The series is a once a month opportunity to create a great work of art while learning a little bit of art history, practicing technical skills, and socializing with friends. Explore brush strokes galore! We’re thinking spring and channelling Cezanne’s Bird Nest this month!

April 13-16th, 20-23rd – The Andrews Brothers Production at The Barn Theatre
Love that Big Band music? Then you’ll love this show! Not only are you getting an amazing musical performance you’re also getting a comedy show! This musical will have you laughing until your sides hurt. Grab your tickets today!

April 15th – Goat Ridge Brewery’s 8th Anniversary Celebration
Help Us Celebrate 8 Years of Beers at Goat Ridge Brewing Co. with two new beer releases, food & beer specials, and live music from The Knotties and Alexander Craig!

April 21st – Life Connections
Join us for the Annual Life Connection Event! Filled with vendors, entertainment, fun, and time to connect with friends and make memories! Featured guest speaker this year is Boyd Huppert.

April 22nd – Earth Day Celebration at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
Come celebrate Earth Day with a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Enjoy entertainment, kid activities such as the Meadow Adventures Puppet Show and information about “greening” your life.

April 22nd – WillmarMania IV
The Midwest All Star Wrestling Tag-Team Championships will be on the line in a “Three Way Dance” (elimination) match featuring the best of the past, present, and future of the MAW Tag Team Division: School House vs Vioent Gentlemen vs Royal Flavuh. Other featured wrestlers competing are Rampage Santana, Carlito, Moses Mayhem The Midwest Mack Truck, The Real Drago, The Killer Bae Heather Monroe, Lena Solana and more! Don’t miss the biggest WillmarMania yet!

April 22-23rd  – West Central Singers Spring Concert
The West Central Singers presents A Garden of Music. Tickets are available at the door and are only $10 for adults and children & students are free.

April 29th – Youth Fishing Clinic
Don’t forget to register your kids for the Youth Fishing Clinic taking place on Saturday, April 29th at the Willmar Civic Center! Enjoy watching them learn about different types of fish, boat safety, casting, lines & knots! This event is FREE, but registration is required.

April 30th – Prairie Arts Chorale Spring Concert
Enjoy this performance of The Journey Home: Blue Skies and Country Roads by the Prairie Arts Chorale. A musical journey of longing to leave home, seeing the wide world, missing home, the road back, and ending with a rousing homecoming! Tickets will be available in advance through Eventbrite, from chorale members, and at the door. Children up to age 18 are free.

April 30th – Willmar Bikes Kick-Off Ride
Time to dust the bikes off and stretch those legs! Choose from a short, family-friendly 3.5 mile ride or a longer group ride. Meet by shelter #1 at Robbins Island to begin.

For the most udpated listing of events, please see our Events Calendar.

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