Los Angeles events April 2018. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events April 2018

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Easter weekend.

Easter festival

April 1, 2018 (2 to 5 p.m.)
Downtown (0.7 miles NE)
Buy a ticket online 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 at the zoo

April 1, 2018
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling includes crafts, music, rabbit petting, costumed characters, entertainment, and treats at Los Angeles Zoo.

Cannabis event

April 1, 2018
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Although the theme is marijuana, none is allowed at The 420 Games, which has a 4.2-mile walk/run, beer garden, music, comedy, speakers, and exhibitors to “promote the healthy and responsible use of cannabis” at Santa Monica Pier & Venice Skate Bowl.

Easter brunch cruise

April 1, 2018
Marina del Rey or Newport Beach
Take an Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise that includes two hours of views, a classic breakfast buffet, champagne, entertainment, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Berry festival

April 1 - 8, 2018
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.

Design festival

April 5 - 7, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Billed as America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design showcases modern design materials, furniture and accessories, home technology, kitchen and bath, and garden and outdoor materials, with speakers and classes at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Public tickets are cheapest on Saturday (students all days).

Scrapbook Expo

April 5 - 7, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Fairplex.

Party into the night

April 6 - 7, 2018 (11:30 p.m.)
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
Celebrate disco with pulsating beats, mirror balls, DJs, roller-skating dancers, and cocktails & small bites for sale at Sleepless in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Spring festival

April 6 - 8, 2018
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.

Beer festival

April 7, 2018 (12 & 5 p.m.)
Westlake (1.2 miles north)
A ticket to L.A. Beer Festival 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. Held in April & Sept.

Halloween event

April 7, 2018 (noon to 7 p.m.)
La Mirada (22.7 miles SE)
Get a free ticket and wear a costume to the Spook Show, which features 100 curated vendors, musicians, artists, and Halloween enthusiasts outside Halloween Club at 14447 Firestone Boulevard in La Mirada.

Salsa dance

April 7, 2018 (8 p.m.)
Fullerton (37.3 miles SE)
Join the young crowd at Salsa Culture Night [formerly 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.

Music festival with beer & tacos

April 7, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Dana Point (61 miles SE)
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival “is a day filled with craft beer, tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling, and live music” at Doheny State Beach for age 21+. Limited parking.

Pole-dancing competition

April 7 - 8, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Watch amateurs compete on both days, and professionals on Saturday evening at the Pacific Pole Championships at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Food convention

April 7 - 8, 2018
Downtown (1.2 miles SE)
Foodie Con is a consumer show featuring food and beverage vendors, product tastings, workshops, and cooking demos for all ages at the Reef.

Indoor art show

April 7 - 8, 2018
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.

Beer festival

April 8, 2018 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
Montrose (16.2 miles north)
Taste beer and restaurant food at Montrose Food & Brewfest at 2200 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose for age 21+.

Country music

April 8, 2018 (noon to 9 p.m.)
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Coastal Country Jam offers barbecue, beach bars, and big country music stars at Huntington State Beach. Held in April and September.

Monster festival

April 13 - 15, 2018
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
Celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic at Monsterpalooza, featuring a monster museum with life-sized creatures, horror films, celebrity guests, and 250 exhibitors at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Car race

April 13 - 15, 2018
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.

Science fair

April 13 - 15, 2018
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Family-friendly Imaginology has exhibits, hands-on activities, and competitions that relate to science, technology, engineering, artwork, animals, and math at OC Fair & Event Center. Free.

Noir film festival

April 13 - 22, 2018
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Egyptian Theatre.

Coachella music festival

April 13 -15 & 20 - 22, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Indio (132 miles east)
Watch 200 musicians perform at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, with food vendors, art installations, and camping at Empire Polo Club.

Earth Day

April 14, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Whittier (17 miles east)
Enjoy music and dance performances, make eco-friendly arts & crafts, and learn about environmental issues during Earth Day at 1955 Workman Mill Road. Free.

Chalk Festival

April 14, 2018 (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.

Native plant tour

April 14 - 15, 2018
Los Angeles County
Take a self-guided tour of 45 public and private gardens landscaped mostly with native plants during Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. No pets.

Car show

April 15, 2018 (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.

Taste of South Pasadena

April 17, 2018
South Pasadena (9.6 miles NE)
Get a taste of 12 wineries (5 to 7:30 p.m. at Canoe House) and 28 restaurants (6 to 9 p.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue & Mission Street) during the Rotary Club’s Taste of South Pasadena.

Earth Day

April 19, 2018
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 the Valley

April 19, 2018 (5 to 8:30 p.m.)
Canoga Park (26.7 miles NW)
The Taste of the Valley features tastes from 45 restaurants and 100 wineries plus cider and spirits outdoors at Westfield Topanga for age 21+.

Boat show on the coast

April 19 - 22, 2018
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.

Whiskey tasting

April 20, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Taste 60 whiskeys and hear a Daws concert at WhiskyX Los Angeles, with food trucks and restaurant food for sale at Barker Hangar for age 21+.

Earth Day

April 21, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Highland Park (8 miles NE)
L.A. Sanitation presents Earth Day LA, with games, entertainment, eco mascots, 75 green exhibitors, garbage trucks and other city vehicles for kids to explore, and free food at 6150 Piedmont Avenue in Highland Park. Free.

Neighborhood BBQ

April 21, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Anaheim (25.1 miles SE)
The Western BBQ has non-profit food vendors, local entertainers, a craft fair, a reptile show, pony rides, kids’ activities, and even pot-bellied pigs at Maxwell Park. Free.

Movies on the beach

April 21 - Dec. 1, 2018
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.

Tamale festival

April 21, 2018 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Riverside (56 miles east)
Riverside Tamale Festival [sound] promises fine food, a beer & margarita garden, live music, folklorico dancing, and a children’s area at White Park.

Free national park day

April 21, 2018
Nationally
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.

Music & arts festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Originally named Brokechella as a cheap alternative to Coachella, Broke L.A. is still affordable and offers four stages of multi-genre music by up-and-coming bands, a comedy showcase, art installations, and an outdoor market at The Regent for age 21+.

Book festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
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.

Craft market

April 21 - 22, 2018
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)
Renegade Craft Fair has independent craft makers, food trucks, and DJ music at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Free.

Japanese festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
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 21 - 22, 2018
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.

Vintage sale at Disney

April 21 - 22, 2018
Anaheim (29 miles SE)
Shop for vintage clothing, accessories, and home decor at the Dapper Day Expo, with live bands, dance lessons, and entertainment at the Disneyland Hotel. Held in April and November.

Cowboy festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
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.

Scandinavian Festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
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 on the campus of California Lutheran University.

Poppy festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
Lancaster (68.5 miles north)
Celebrate the state flower at California Poppy Festival, which has live music and dance on two stages, arts & crafts, food vendors, a farmer’s market, animal attractions, health exhibits, and a Sunday car show at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park.

Flower show in San Diego

April 21 - 22, 2018
Coronado (127 miles south)
Billed as the largest tented flower show in the nation, Coronado Flower Show surrounds a gazebo with bands playing, a food & wine pavilion, and a beer & wine garden in Spreckels Park. (Hours: Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Free rides on Earth Day

April 22, 2018
Los Angeles
Metro buses & trains are completely free on Earth Day.

Thai New Year festival

April 22, 2018
East Hollywood (7.3 miles NW)
Buy Thai food, hear jazz in the beer garden, and watch folk dancing, Thai boxing, and cultural demonstrations at Thai New Year Songkran Festival on Hollywood Boulevard (from Western Avenue to Normandie Avenue). Free

French film festival

April 24 - 30, 2018 (gala April 23)
Hollywood (10.6 miles NW)
COLCOA (City of Light, City of Angels) screens films and TV movies, holds happy hour talks, and offers discussions with directors at Directors Guild of America.

Home & garden tour

April 24 - May 20, 2018
Rose Bowl (11.6 miles NE)
Tour a 1915 Mediterranean estate renovated for modern living at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for age 12+. Restaurant and shops onsite, parking offsite with a shuttle. Closed Mondays. Details.
CityPass

Museum of Selfies

April 24 - May 31, 2018
Glendale (12 miles north)
The Museum of Selfies is a $25 temporary exhibition where you “explore the origin of the selfie through the lens of art, history, technology, and culture while taking some cool selfies.” Closed Mondays.

Comedy of errors

April 25, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Pasadena (18.3 miles NE)
Based on a film starring Carol Burnett & Michael Caine, Noises Off reveals hilarious backstage antics as small-town actors try to perform a play, at A Noise Within.

Ticket deal $22

Romantic musical

April 25 - May 13, 2018
La Mirada (22 miles SE)
South Pacific is the Rodgers & Hammerstein story of Americans living in exotic lands during World War II, dealing with love, prejudice, and cultural differences at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Ticket deal $18 to $29

Wine dinner at the zoo

April 26, 2018 (6 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
This month, the $150 Sustainable Wine Dinner Series features wine from Ramona Ranch Wines, a gourmet dinner, a talk by a zoo professional, and an up-close animal encounter at the Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Classic Film Festival

April 26 - 29, 2018
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.

Orange County film festival

April 26 - May 3, 2018
Newport Beach (47.2 miles SE)
Watch 350 films and attend evening galas during the Newport Beach Film Festival at theaters in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

Fresh Peter Pan

April 27 - 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)
Long Beach (25 miles south)
Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, in which a boy and a girl have a madcap adventure with pirates, orphans, and secret agents at Long Beach Playhouse.

Ticket deal $10 to $12

Arts festival

April 27 - 29, 2018
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Our L.A. Voices brings dance, music, and theatrical performances to Grand Park, with visual artwork for sale. Free.

Pet show

April 27 - 29, 2018
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Watch dogs perform stunts, see police K-9 demonstrations, check out birds and reptiles, and shop from hundreds of vendors at America’s Family Pet Expo at OC Fair & Event Center. Do not bring pets.

Sailboat race

April 27 - 29, 2018
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 (April 27, 11 a.m.). Free.

Country music festival

April 27 - 29, 2018
Indio (132 miles east)
Hear 50 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.

Funny thriller

April 27 - May 20, 2018
North Hollywood (14.5 miles NW)
Deathtrap is the story of a playwright who would kill for a hit show, with thrilling twists and razor-sharp wit at Lonny Chapman Theatre.

Ticket deal $13

Underground art show

April 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)
Arlington Heights (3.8 miles west)
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 150 artists, with pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays for age 21+ located at 4067 W. Pico Boulevard. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Music walk

April 28, 2018
South Pasadena (9.5 miles NE)
The family-friendly Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk features 60 acts on 14 stages, craft vendors, an art walk, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden in downtown South Pasadena, on and near Mission Street (from Edison Lane to Santa Fe Lane). Free.

Festival of Colors

April 28, 2018
Van Nuys (18.8 miles SE)
Get a ticket that includes packets of brightly colored cornstarch to throw at each other during Festival of Colors, which promises “interactive dance, live mantra bands, DJs, yoga teachers, cuisine, free hugs, and lotsa love” at Woodley Park in Van Nuys.

Ticket deal 2 for $24

Tea at the lighthouse

April 28, 2018 (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
San Pedro (24.4 miles south)
Take a tour of Point Fermin Lighthouse, visit the gardens, shop from artisans, and have tea (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) during Tea by the Sea in San Pedro. Donations.

Beer tasting

April 28, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
Newport Beach (47 miles SE)
Try unlimited tastes of beer from 50 Orange County breweries at OC Brewers Guild Invitational, with educational beer seminars and live music at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for age 21+.

Pasadena art fair

April 28 - 29, 2018
Pasadena (11 miles NE)
Shop from 200 artisans and food trucks at Jackalope Pasadena in Central Park. Held in April and November. Free.

Yoga event

April 28 - 29, 2018 (9 a.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Wanderlust 108 combines three events in one: a 5K run/walk, 75 minutes of yoga with DJ music, and 30 minutes of guided meditation, plus other activities at Santa Monica Pier. Optional lunch. Sunday page.

Renaissance fair

April 28 - May 20, 2018 (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 age 4 and younger are free.

Car show

April 29, 2018 (1 to 8 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
AutoCon Los Angeles features classic, modified, and exotic vehicles on display, plus music, food vendors, and talks on a drive-up stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Cinco de Mayo

April 29, 2018
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 for 200,000 attendees on Broadway and other streets near Los Angeles City Hall. Free.

Food festival

April 29, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
Cypress Park (4.3 miles NE)
Taste of the Eastside is an all-ages food and drink festival featuring unlimited tastes from 32 Eastside restaurants, drinks for sale, designer vendors, live music, and DJs at Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

Biblical rock musical

April 29, 2018 (3 p.m.)
Glendale (11.7 miles north)
Godspell tells the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of joyful and hilarious scenes, with a musical score that ranges from pop to vaudeville at Glendale Centre Theatre.

Ticket deal $17

Puppet festival

April 29, 2018
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 29, 2018 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Wear orange (and sunscreen) to Dutch King’s Day LA at ShoreLine Aquatic Park for a taste of Dutch popular music, games, entertainment, and food.

Taste of Huntington Beach

April 29, 2018 (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. Children age 3 and younger are free.