Los Angeles events April 2017. Fun things to do in LA & Orange County. Easter events, music festivals, art, plays, shows. LA events in Los Angeles April 2017.

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Find fun things to do with this calendar of events in Los Angeles & Orange County.

Distance is from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Chalk Festival

April 1, 2017 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Covina (24.7 miles east)

Watch artists transform concrete into colorful, temporary art at the Chalk Festival, with music and vendors in Heritage Plaza (at the corner of San Bernardino Road & Citrus Avenue) in Covina. Free.

People in the street

April 1, 2017 (3 to 6 p.m.)

Garden Grove (37 miles SE)

Bike, walk, skate, or play on car-free Garden Grove Boulevard during Open Streets, which promises art, music, food, beer and wine, live demonstrations, family activities, and an after-party. Free.

Beer in Balboa

April 1, 2017 (12:30 to 5 p.m.)

Newport Beach (48 miles SE)

Balboa Craft Beer Festival promises “an unlimited supply of 30 craft beers on tap from 15 local breweries and amazing eats from several local restaurants” plus live classic rock in quaint Balboa Village. Repeats Nov.

Free air show

April 1, 2017 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Riverside (53 miles east)

See military aircraft and vehicles, classic cars, and aerobatic shows at the Riverside Airshow, which promises “200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays, and community group exhibits” at Riverside Airport. Free.

Native plant tour

April 1 - 2, 2017

Los Angeles County

Take a self-guided tour of more than 40 public and private gardens that have mostly native plants during Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. No pets.

Indoor arts & crafts show

April 1 - 2, 2017

Downtown (1 mile east)

Artisanal L.A. Spring Show has 100 artists, crafters, and chefs with live music and family activities at California Market Center. Kids to age 12 are free. Repeats in Oct.

Popular culture convention

April 1 - 2, 2017

Anaheim (30 miles SE)

WonderCon promises comics, movies, TV, animation, books and authors, action figures and collectibles, a costume masquerade, and anime screenings at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Scandinavian Festival

April 1 - 2, 2017

Thousand Oaks (46.1 miles NW)

Enjoy authentic food, music, singing, dancing, games, and crafts from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland at the Scandinavian Festival throughout the campus of California Lutheran University.

Berry festival

April 1 - 23, 2017

Buena Park (25 miles SE)

Knott’s Berry Farm was among the first farms to grow boysenberries, which they celebrate during Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with berry-inspired dishes, drinks, a beer & wine garden, entertainment, and family activities. Reviews.

Discount tickets $39.

Scrapbook Expo

April 6 - 8, 2017

Anaheim (30 miles SE)

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Classic Film Festival

April 6 - 9, 2017

Hollywood (8 miles NW)

Watch classic movies on the big screen in some of the world’s most iconic venues during Classic Film Festival, sometimes joined by the people who made them.

Hispanic festival

April 7 - 9, 2017

Huntington Park (8 miles SE)

Carnaval Primavera has food vendors, arts & crafts booths, a free health fair, a children’s mask contest, entertainment onstage, and a carnival. Free.

Car race

April 7 - 9, 2017

Long Beach (27.4 miles south)

Join 200,000 watching turbocharged cars tear down city streets at up to 185 m.p.h. in multiple races during Grand Prix of Long Beach, which also offers a family zone, cars on display, and evening concerts at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Beer festival

April 8, 2017 (12 and 5 p.m.)

Westlake (1.2 miles north)

A ticket to L.A. Beer Festival [sound] includes samples of 200 beers from 80 breweries, live bands, DJ dance music, a dueling piano bar, and food truck vendors outdoors at Los Angeles Center Studios.

Music & arts festival

April 8, 2017 (3 p.m. to midnight)

East Los Angeles (6.8 miles NE)

Originally named Brokechella as a cheaper version of Coachella, Broke L.A. is still cheap and offers five stages of multi-genre music by up-and-coming bands, a comedy showcase, and art installations in a warehouse at 4560 Worth Street for age 21+.

Pole-dancing competition

April 8 - 9, 2017

Downtown (0.2 miles south)

Watch amateurs compete both days and professionals on Saturday evening at the Pacific Pole Championships at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Giant music festival

April 8 - 9, 2017 (noon)

Santa Ana (40.2 miles SE)

When We Were Young boasts a long lineup of 1990s and early millennial rock and punk heroes plus the modern indie bands they’ve inspired at The Observatory Orange County.

Flower show in San Diego

April 8 - 9, 2017

Coronado (127 miles south)

Billed as the largest tented flower show in the nation, Coronado Flower Show surrounds a gazebo with bands playing and a beer and wine garden in Spreckels Park.

Beer festival

April 9, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

Montrose (16.2 miles north)

Taste beer from 50 breweries and food from 20 restaurants at Montrose Food & Brewfest at 2200 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose for age 21+.

Car show

April 9, 2017 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Orange (34 miles SE)

See 400 pre-1976 street rods, custom, and classic vehicles on display at Orange Plaza Car Show, with 40 vendors and restaurants nearby in Old Towne. Free.

Easter at the zoo

April 14 - 16, 2017

Griffith Park (10 miles north)

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling includes crafts, music, rabbit petting, costumed characters, entertainment, and treats at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Coachella music festival

April 14-16 and 21-23, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Indio (132 miles east)

Watch 200 musicians perform at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival [sound], with food vendors, art installations, and camping at Empire Polo Club.

Virtual reality expo

April 15, 2017 (conference April 14)

Downtown (0.2 miles south)

Try hundreds of VR and AR demonstrations at the Virtual Reality Los Angeles Exposition (VRLA Expo), with panel discussions and presentations at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Blessing of the Animals

April 15, 2017

Downtown (2.4 miles NE)

Carry or walk your pet in the procession of farm animals and pets at Blessing of the Animals, which has lively music, colorful dancers, and a petting zoo at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Free.

Free national parks

April 15 - 16 and 22 - 23, 2017


Admission is free at national parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks (including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon). Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Movies on the beach

April 15 - Oct. 21, 2017 (dusk)

Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)

Buy a ticket online to see popular films at BeachFront Cinema at Huntington State Beach. Read what to bring with you on the guidelines page. Showing this month:
  • April 15 - Finding Dory

Easter restaurants

April 16, 2017

multiple locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Easter weekend.

Easter festival

April 16, 2017 (2 to 5 p.m.)

Downtown (0.7 miles NE)

Buy a ticket to participate in EasterFest, which includes egg hunts, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, games, food, drinks, popcorn, and music at Grand Hope Park.

Easter Brunch Cruise

April 16, 2017

Marina del Rey or Newport Beach

Take an Easter Brunch Cruise that includes two hours of views, a classic breakfast buffet, champagne, entertainment, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Easter breakfast on a battleship

April 16, 2017 (9 a.m.)

San Pedro (22.4 miles south)

Easter Breakfast features a buffet, a kids’ petting zoo, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and a tour of the Battleship Iowa.

Earth Day

April 19, 2017 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Downtown (1.6 miles NE)

Discover how to live green at Earth Day LA, with displays, performances, food vendors, recycled art, health exhibitors, and free trees (while they last if you have city of L.A. ID) in Grand Park. Free.

Taste of South Pasadena

April 19, 2017

South Pasadena (9.6 miles NE)

Get a taste of 14 wineries (5 to 7 p.m.) and 23 restaurants (6 to 9 p.m.) at the Rotary Club’s Taste of South Pasadena at Fair Oaks Avenue & Mission Street.

Cowboy festival

April 19 - 23, 2017

Santa Clarita (31.8 miles north)

Y’all head to Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival to hear loads of folk and bluegrass music, chow on cowboy grub, and shop from Western vendors. The main event is Saturday & Sunday at William S. Hart Regional Park.

Science fair

April 21 - 23, 2017

Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)

Family-friendly Imaginology has exhibits, hands-on activities, and competitions that relate to science, technology, engineering, artwork, and math at OC Fair & Event Center. Free.

Classical music

April 22, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.5 miles NE)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs works by Charles Ives, Christopher Rouse and Antonín Dvorak at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Earth Day

April 22, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Exposition Park (3.4 miles south)

L.A. Sanitation presents Earth Day LA, with games, entertainment, eco mascots, 50 green exhibitors, garbage trucks and other city vehicles for kids to explore, and a free lunch at Exposition Park. Free.

Salsa dance

April 22, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Fullerton (37.3 miles SE)

Join the young crowd at Salsa Showcase for a salsa workshop and dancing to a live band and DJ on the big new dance floor at CSUF Salsa Club (California State University Fullerton). Free parking.

Book festival

April 22 - 23, 2017

U.S.C. (2.1 miles south)

Shop from hundreds of booksellers and publishers, see photos and film screenings, attend author readings and panel discussions, watch chef demos, and hear live music at the Festival of Books (en español) at the University of Southern California. Free entry.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 22 - 23, 2017

Monterey Park (10.8 miles east)

Cherry Blossom Festival features Japanese dancing, taiko drumming, martial arts, a tea ceremony, children’s activities, Asian food, and craft vendors at Barnes Park. Free.

Earth Day Celebration

April 22 - 23, 2017

Long Beach (24.6 miles south)

Earth Day Celebration includes special programming and exhibits about climate change and protecting our environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Poppy festival

April 22 - 23, 2017

Lancaster (68.5 miles north)

Celebrate the state flower at California Poppy Festival, which has live music on two stages, arts & crafts, food vendors, animal attractions, aerospace exhibits, an acrobatics show, and a Sunday car show at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park.

Orange County film festival

April 24 - 27, 2017

Newport Beach (47.2 miles SE)

Watch 350 films and attend evening galas during the Newport Beach Film Festival at theaters in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.

Home & garden tour

April 24 - May 21, 2017

Rose Bowl (11.6 miles NE)

Tour a grand 1916 English estate renovated for modern living at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which also has an onsite restaurant and shops for age 12+. Free parking at Rose Bowl lot i (except April 29; May 14, 20, 21).


April 24 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Into the Woods

April 25 - May 14, 2017

Downtown (1.6 miles NE)

Into the Woods is a Tony-winning musical that has dazzling songs by Sondheim and uses familiar fairy-tale characters to tell an epic story at Ahmanson Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $79.

Rooftop theater

April 25 - May 31, 2017 (some dates sold out)

Hollywood (7.6 miles NW)

Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky, seated on your own deck chair, with optional bar drinks and cafe food for sale at Rooftop Cinema Club on the roof of Ricardo Montalban Theatre for age 18+.

Taste of the Valley

April 26, 2017 (5 to 8:30 p.m.)

Canoga Park (26.7 miles NW)

The Taste of the Valley features tastes from 45 restaurants and 120 wineries plus cider and spirits outdoors at Westfield Topanga for age 21+. Discount tickets $50.

Romantic musical

April 26 - May 7, 2017

Costa Mesa (41.8 miles SE)

An American in Paris tells the romantic post-war story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl with music by Gershwin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $20 to $50.

West Side Story

April 26 - May 14, 2017

La Mirada (21 miles SE)

See the classic musical West Side Story, with catchy songs like “America” and “Maria” at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Discount tickets $21 to $60.

Wine dinner

April 27, 2017 (6 p.m.)

Griffith Park (10 miles north)

This month, the Sustainable Wine Dinner Series features Malibu Family Wines, a gourmet dinner, a talk by a zoo professional, and an up-close animal encounter at the Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Italian opera

April 27, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

Downtown (1.7 miles NE)

Tosca is a passionate story about a fiery diva and a rebel artist, with a rousing score and beautiful arias sung in Italian with projected English at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Discount tickets $84 to $216.

Boat show on the coast

April 27 - 30, 2017

Newport Beach (47 miles SE)

Gaze longingly at 200 new sailboats and powerboats moored at the Newport Boat Show [sound], and shop from exhibitors shoreside at Lido Marina Village. Free offsite parking and shuttle bus.

Musical comedy

April 27 - 30, 2017

Thousands Oaks (55.7 miles NW)

Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is about a disco diva who must hide in a convent, with gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a moving story at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Discount tickets $20 to $48.

Asian Pacific film festival

April 27 - May 4, 2017

multiple locations

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival screens films “by and about Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and/or Asian Pacific diasporic culture, history and experiences” in Koreatown, West Hollywood, and downtown.

Cabaret-style entertainment

April 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.1 miles east)

Tease, If You Please is a sexy and seductive burlesque show at the historic Globe Theater for age 21+. Discount tickets $18 (and two-drink minimum).

Sailboat race

April 28, 2017 (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Newport Beach (48 miles SE)

Watch 100 sailboats head out to sea on the two-day Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race when they depart from Balboa Pier. Free.

Country music festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

Indio (132 miles east)

Hear 70 top country singers at Stagecoach, an all-ages outdoor music concert that has a dance hall, games, BBQ, restaurants, and bars at Empire Polo Club.

Game of Thrones parody

April 28 - May 21, 2017

Hollywood (7.4 miles NW)

Described as “darkly humorous and beautifully vulgar,” Thrones! The Musical features hilarious songs about six seasons of the HBO show at The Hudson Theatre. Discount tickets $18 to $20.

Student film festival

April 29, 2017

Irvine (39.4 miles SE)

Watch creative films and videos made by U.S. high school students at SoCal Student Film Festival at Beckman High School.

Weird night cruise

April 29, 2017 (8 to 10 p.m.)

Dana Point (61 miles SE)

See glowing plankton and sea creatures on the Bioluminescence Night Cruise aboard the 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer departing from Dana Point Harbor.

Dance on film

April 29 - 30, 2017

UCLA & Santa Monica

See films about dance at Dance Media Film Festival at UCLA. Free film at Santa Monica Pier April 29 and 30.

Drag convention

April 29 - 30, 2017

Downtown (0.2 miles south)

RuPaul’s DragCon features celebrity drag queens, lip sync contests, panel discussions, Q & A sessions, and 200 vendors at the Los Angeles Convention Center for all ages. The evening parties are for age 21+.

Women’s Expo

April 29 - 30, 2017

Downtown (0.2 miles south)

Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and join workshops at Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo [sound], which includes hundreds of beauty & health product vendors at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Discount tickets $5.

Indoor art show

April 29 - 30, 2017

Los Angeles (4.3 miles NE)

Twice a year, 100 artists invite you to visit their loft studios during Brewery Art Walk in the former Pabst Brewery at 2100 N. Main Street. Repeats in Oct. Free.

Pasadena art fair

April 29 - 30, 2017

Pasadena (11 miles NE)

Shop from 200 artisans and gourmet food vendors at Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Central Park. Free.

Renaissance fair

April 29 - May 21, 2017 (weekends)

Irwindale (24 miles west)

Watch knights joust on horseback, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop for art and food, and enjoy kids’ games and activities at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Children 12 and younger free.

Cinco de Mayo

April 30, 2017

Downtown (2.1 miles NE)

Billed as America’s largest Cinco de Mayo festival, Fiesta Broadway features Latin American food, live entertainment, and carnival games on the streets west of Los Angeles City Hall. Free.

Art festival

April 30, 2017

Brentwood (13.5 miles NW)

Brentwood Art Festival has juried fine art and crafts, kids’ activities, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment on San Vicente Boulevard (from S. Barrington Avenue to Bundy Drive). Free.

Puppet festival

April 30, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Bel Air (17.8 miles NW)

Buy tickets in advance for the Skirball Puppet Festival, which features stories told using an array of puppets (from shadow puppets to giant pageant puppets), live music, and art making at Skirball Cultural Center.

Dutch day

April 30, 2017

Long Beach (24.1 miles south)

Wear orange (and a hat) to Dutch King’s Day at ShoreLine Aquatic Park for a taste of Dutch popular music, games, entertainment, and food.

Taste of Huntington Beach

April 30, 2017 (noon, VIP 11 a.m.)

Huntington Beach (37.1 miles SE)

A ticket to Taste of Huntington Beach gets you tastes from 50 local restaurants and catering companies, unlimited sips from wineries and breweries, and live music at Huntington Beach Sports Complex. Reviews.
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