If William Shakespeare’s right that “all the world’s a stage,” then his role was certainly one of the most influential of all time. From eighth graders studying Romeo & Juliet to catch phrases he coined still used today like it’s “Greek to me,” “I’ll not budge an inch” and “the short and the long of it,” Shakespeare did a lot more than leave behind a set of plays.

On April 23, the writer of wit would have been 450 years old, and Shakespeare fans the world over are celebrating in a variety of ways from giant birthday cakes to special exhibits to performances around the globe. Here are the highlights of the festivities in the U.S. and beyond, paying tribute to the Bard’s birth.