Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Thru Dec 2017
Food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours—it’s the triumvirate of L.A. street fest staples in full force at First Fridays. The monthly Abbot Kinney celebration brings out locals and distant Angelenos alike for bites and sales in the fashionable Venice ‘hood. Show up early to find a parking spot.
There’s Something Happening Here Thru May 3 2017
Travel back to 1966 at There’s Something Happening Here…, a photography exhibition at the West Hollywood Library. The show features shots from Henry Diltz—responsible for the locally set Morrison Hotel album cover by the Doors—of the Sunset Strip in the throes of a pivotal counterculture year, one marked as much by Frank Zappa and Bufflao Springfield as restless teenagers.
Off Sunset Festival Apr 2
Los Angeles is a happening place without an off switch. The Off Sunset Festival adds even more spark to the city with half a mile’s worth of summer fun. This section is jam-packed with live music acts, energetic dancing, food truck awesomeness and plenty of adult beverages to keep cool under the LA sun.
2017 Roaring Twenties Lawn Party ~ Griffith Park Apr 2
Usher in the springtime bloom with this celebration of Japanese Roaring Twenties style!!! Pack up your picnic baskets, grab your blankets & dancing shoes! Our Roaring Twenties Lawn Party will be located by the famous Merry-Go-Round (right-hand side) look for the signs and all of the fabulously dressed vintage fashion lovers.
The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor Apr 5
LACMA director and CEO Michael Govan talks with Peter Zumthor about the Swiss architect’s redesign for the museum and how the plans will fit LACMA’s collection. The project is set to break ground next year and will move LACMA’s permanent collection from four disconnected buildings into one concrete-and-glass structure that spans Wilshire Boulevard.
TCM Classic Film Festival Apr 6-9
Deep within your being is a belly laugh that’s desperate to break out. The TCM Classic Film Festival has a selection of gut-busting comedies that’ve been drawing laughs since their debut in cinemas across the country. Not everyone has the same sense of humor, which is why TCM has come prepared with every kind of comedy that has successfully induced a laugh riot.
Los Angeles Beer Festival Apr 8
Choose from over 200 beers (don’t drink that many), snack on delicious food and enjoy live music at the LA Fall Beerfest. Thousands come to sample various beers from local brewers.
LA Times Festival of Books Apr 9-10
Don’t be fooled by the name, this festival has tons going on outside of books. Live music, live readings, celebrity panels and cooking shows consume two days. This festival draws big names to speak about their works and other topics.
Harry Potter Roller Skating Night Apr 8
Lace up your Muggle skates and roll around the not-Quidditch pitch at the annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. The fan group Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army takes over Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale for a night of Harry Potter-themed music, merch and games. Come dressed in costume and load up on candy and butterbeer—non-alcoholic, unfortunately—while you’re there.
The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp Apr 15
Sure, it doesn’t look so glamorous now, but give it a few years, a billion or so dollars and some much-needed rain, and the L.A. River will be a point of civic pride for Angelenos. Do you part in the process this April during the Friend’s of the Los Angeles River’s annual cleanup. Rather than focusing on one spot, the cleanup tackles a different branch each Saturday, with multiple meet-up locations at each. The annual “work party” will include live music performances, gift giveaways, family activities and refreshments.
Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street Apr 15
The Merchants of Olvera Street and a cow decorated with flowers lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession begins at 2 pm. Free pony rides and petting zoo. Animals and their owners assemble on the north side of the Plaza.
Downtown LA Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park Apr 16
New City Church hosts this outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets in Downtown LA. The event includes Easter arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, a bounce house, food and drink and an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs.
America’s Family Pet Expo Apr 28-30
You may like your human friends, but you LOVE your fuzzy animal friends. This is probably the happiest place in the universe assuming you aren’t riddled with allergies. There’s dogs performing stunts, cats being a skittish mess, birds squawking with glee and reptiles slithering about at America’s Family Pet Expo. This isn’t just a day at the zoo; however, the Expo also functions as a venue for showcasing the latest pet products in the industry.
The Big Parade Apr 29
The Big Parade in Los Angeles is a two-day walk covering 25 miles from Bunker Hill to Griffith Park. This leisurely stroll through L.A. gives participants the opportunity to meet new people and socialize while enjoying a scenic pilgrimage complete with floats and costumes. The journey follows a set route, allowing people to join in at any time, and artists, musicians, poets and historians take part in the walk, providing entertainment along the way.