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What to do in Lyon in April?

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Last updated date : 18/07/2023

Would you like to enjoy the Lyon metropolitan area beneath the spring sun of April? To your diaries! In April, in Lyon, you will find crime fiction, jazz and electronic music, Easter egg hunts and more… There’s something for all tastes.

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Music and concerts in Lyon in April

In April, most electronic music fans will already have booked a weekend to go to the Reperkusound festival held at the DoubleMixte. In a different genre, on the 30th of April, jazz will be celebrated for International Jazz Day; initiated in 2011 by the legendary Herbie Hancock and UNESCO, to “highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.” And the Lyon metropolitan area is no exception.

Shows in Lyon in April

Show venues have a busy programme on offer in Lyon in spring! Among other things, you can discover the festival ‘Les Fabricants’ at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins, which includes a performance by art students from the Artist Diploma course at the CNSMD (National Conservatory of Music and Dance) of Lyon.

Cinema in Lyon in April

Even when the weather is fine, Lyon’s cinemas are a tempting proposition for film lovers. Several festivals are held, including ‘Les Mauvais Gones’, a 100% Lyonnais festival that offers a chance to see cult gangster movies, again or for the first time, and ‘Cinémas du Sud’, held at Institut Lumière, which explores cinema from North Africa and the Middle East. 
Lastly, ‘Hallucinations Collectives’, organised by the association ZoneBis in collaboration with the cinema Comoedia, is a celebration of alternative films.

Litterature in Lyon in April

April is the season for book fairs in the Lyon metropolitan area, such as ‘Quais du Polar’, which has become the leading gathering for the crime fiction genre in France, the ‘Fête du livre jeunesse de Villeurbanne’, the second biggest youth literature event in France after Montreuil, or ‘Les Intergalactiques’, which combines science, science fiction, humanities and pop culture…

What to do in Lyon in April with your children?

How to occupy children in Lyon in April during Easter holidays? All (or nearly all) of the museums in the Lyon metropolitan area offer fun activities for children during the holidays, including Lugdunum, Musée des Confluences, the Gadagne Museums and Musée des Sapeurs-Pompiers (firefighting museum). 

April for gourmets

This is the perfect activity for chocolate lovers in April: the Easter egg hunt! Taste the tempting creations of our local chocolate-makers. Alternatively, you can take a dip into the world of beer at the Lyon Bière Festival…