Looking for some fun things to do in Los Angeles this April? With springtime in full swing, there are plenty of events and attractions in LA to keep you entertained all month long. From the beloved California Poppy Festival to Dodgers Baseball, there's something for everyone. You can experience once-in-a-lifetime festivals, unique popup stores, thrilling exhibitions, delicious dining, primetime events, and beautiful art experiences. There is a lot to explore in Los Angeles, so here is our guide to the best things to do in LA in April.
Things to Do in LA (TOP PICK)
California Poppy Festival
43011 10th St, Lancaster
There’s no better way to enjoy the beginning of springtime in LA than at the beloved California Poppy Festival. This year is a special one, as it is the 30th anniversary. The event will officially open on Friday, April 21, continue on Saturday, April 22, and end on Sunday, April 23. Celebrate at the AV Fair & Event Center where you’ll find inspiring art and live entertainment all honoring the California state flower.
Rose Bowl Wine Festival
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena
Wine drinking at one of the most legendary sports locations in California, perhaps even the US, is simply a recipe for awesome. Cleverly titled Rosé Bowl, the second annual event will be held at the Rose Bowl Stadium on April 15 at 3:00 pm. It will feature over 40 wines along with gourmet food and even music. Guests are encouraged to wear pink, making for a fun atmosphere of unlimited wine drinking at a historic stadium.
Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino
Perhaps one of the most beautiful and atmospheric places on this list, the Huntington is a library, art museum, and garden all in one. It's not just pretty to look at either - their library offers over 11 million items spanning multiple centuries and their museum displays 45,000 pieces of art from all around the world. The Huntington is also known for being a historic filming location in LA, most notably in the action-packed final battle where Iron Man and War Machine team up in Iron Man 2 (2010). There are currently a few temporary exhibitions that you won't want to miss out on. Find out more on Huntington.org
Dodgers Baseball Game
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles
Attending a Dodgers game in April is an event that sports fans should not miss out on. Not only is the weather during this time of the year ideal for outdoor activities, but it's also an opportunity to see how the team will start off the season. Plus there's a chance the game is as crowded as it gets in the summer. From being in the iconic Dodger Stadium itself to the team's rich history and success on the field, there are countless reasons why going to a Dodgers game in April is a must-do.
America’s Got Talent Audience
300 E Green St, Pasadena
Don't miss your chance to be part of the television audience of NBC’s America’s Got Talent on April 11, 12, and 14. The live shows are filmed at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the best part is - all tickets are free, you just have to reserve them ahead of time. This opportunity to be part of primetime television is one of the most exciting things you can do in April.
Yakitoriguy at Wine and Eggs
3129 1/2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
Yakitoriguy is a Japanese social media sensation who earned his fame by cooking Yakitori online. Once quarantine occurred due to the pandemic in 2020, Yakitoriguy turned to YouTube where he really stepped into the spotlight and then expanded to TikTok and Instagram. He now travels and appears at multiple popups throughout LA and has gained quite the following, whom he refers to as "Yakigang." His next popup is at Wine and Eggs which opened in 2021 in Atwater Village, California.
Great Gatsby Party
650 S Spring Street, Los Angeles
This Roaring Twenties inspired party brings to life the iconic scene from the Great Gatsby, the grand party. This isn’t an ordinary party, it’s wild with live music, dancers, aerialists, and other performers. Don’t forget about the uniqueness of dressing up in a 20s outfit, which is perhaps the best part as you are transformed back to Gatsby’s time in 1920's NYC. If you’re sick of the same old parties at your local bar, try out a party you won’t want to miss.
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
15501 E Arrow Highway, Irwindale
Speaking of transporting back in time, The Renaissance Pleasure Faire celebrates the spirit of a more classical time. With actors, stages, and props, you really feel like you are living in the Renaissance time period. Have fun with rides, games, and entertainment all in a single day. The Faire takes place every Saturday and Sunday throughout all of April starting on the 15th. If you're looking for a very different experience with some family bonding, this is the one for you.
Festival of Books
3301 S Hoover St, Los Angeles
The LA Times' "Festival of Books" takes place from April 22-23 at the wonderful campus of the University of Southern California. This is a paradise for all fans of literature and pop culture with both indoor and outdoor events like readings, author signings, and exhibitor booths and panels. This festival hosts 155,000 reading and writing fans from all around the country, making it the largest book festival in the US.
World of Barbie
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
Explore the infamous lifestyle of Barbie at the World of Barbie interactive exhibit. Tour the full-size iconic Barbie Dreamhouse, chill with your friends in the camper van, or even jump in the Barbie Music Studio to sing your heart out. World of Barbie opens on Friday, April 14 and is for all ages. Get tickets on their website so you can discover everything Barbie.
628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach
According to the creators, the Halloween Hootenanny was made as a chance to celebrate the halfway point to their favorite holiday of the year, Halloween. The 2nd year annual event will take place inside the historic and haunted Rancho Los Cerritos. Halloween Hootenanny is for 21+ adults only and features a stacked line-up of craft beer, ciders, and wines from all over the world. Along with the tasty drinks, there’s local food vendors, spooky art, and musical guests. The party begins on Saturday, April 29 from 1pm til 5pm.
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show
4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
No, this isn't just a quirky title to stand out. The Pancakes and Booze art show is quite literal. This fresh feeling party has become one of the largest art and live music shows in the US. On April 22, they host their show which is now celebrating 10 years. As they like to say, this isn't your typical "wine-and-cheese" art event. They serve free pancakes while you enjoy thousands of art canvases. Additionally, as advertised, you can accompany your pancakes with some beer in their free spirited environment.
Melrose Rooftop Theater
1319 W 11th St, Los Angeles
Right in the heart of West Hollywood, Melrose Rooftop Theater is undoubtably special. This movie theater has unique beanbag chairs for your viewing pleasure which makes it really stand out - if the fact that it was on a roof didn’t do that already. Enjoy their full bar and snack area along with the scenic views, and I’m not talking about what’s on the screen. They have a wide movie catalog including cult classics and even new releases, meaning there will always be something for everyone.
Parallax Art Fair
1319 W 11th St, Los Angeles
Parallax has been a massive art fair in Europe hosting dozens of independent artists for over 11 years. Thankfully, they started doing a Parallax Art Fair in LA just last year. Parallax prides themselves on being different; this isn’t just an ordinary art show. They have a great combination of art, designs, music, technology, and more. The fair is on Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, with free entry.
Super Mario Bros. Movie
@ TCL Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
Super Mario Bros. just hit theaters and the best way to see the beloved hero battle against the all-powerful Bowser is at the TCL Chinese Theater. Watching an iconic pop culture character like Mario at a cultural landmark only makes sense. The TCL has a state-of-the-art IMAX laser projection system and a game-changing Dolby Atmos sound system. The massive seating capacity of over 900 makes it the perfect place to see Mario with your friends or family.
We Found New Music
@ Hotel Ziggy
8462 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Hotel Ziggy is the host of a revolutionary event called "We Found New Music." In West Hollywood, you will find their live music lounge and weekend long parties. We Found New Music is a jumping off point for artists, organizations, and fans to discover or be discovered. Throughout all of April, there will be live music shows which are meant to introduce the world to new artists, songs, bands, and DJs. They have a widely diverse lineup that changes every day so you are always in for something new.
French Food Scene @ Juliet
8888 Washington Blvd. Los Angeles
Between all the fun and craziness of things to do in LA in April, you're bound to have a big appetite. Head to Juliet, a brand new restaurant in the heart of LA, which is already being praised as a top French restaurant in the Los Angeles area. With a modern approach, they mix classic French techniques with west coast seafood and produce. Their 1,500-square-foot patio is a superb spot for anytime dining.
Dine LA @ LA LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
Dine LA is a 15-day diverse dining experience like no other. During this two week journey, you can visit multiple restaurants and taste delicious prix five meals throughout Los Angeles. Participating in Dine LA is a fantastic way to support local restaurants while trying out the best dishes LA has to offer. The first Dine LA of the year starts on April 28 and lasts until May 12.
Rollerblade in Venice Beach
517 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
If you're looking for something more active, rollerblading on the gorgeous Venice beach is quite the choice. You can easily rent rollerblades on the Venice boardwalk rental website. The weather in April is perfect for this activity as it’s not uncomfortably hot just yet. Striding through Venice Beach and the Boardwalk is an unforgettable adventure as you can bask in the sun while having an incredible view.
Acura Grand Prix
3000 Pacific Ave, Long Beach
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is a street circuit race founded by Christopher Pook. The event itself is a 3-day festival which usually draws about 185,000 fans. You will find Indy 500 race cars, sports cars, trucks, and more. The next few races will be held from April 14-16, so don't miss out! Get tickets now for the Grand Prix to witness heartpumping, world class racing and non-stop family fun.
626 Night Market Mini
@ Downtown Santa Monica
1324 5th St, Santa Monica
626 Night Market Mini is back with their food festival this Spring in Downtown Santa Monica. This festival is free to attend and features almost 40 local food popups crafted by their team at 626 Night Market. The next markets in April take place on April 15-16 and April 29-30 with their hours lasting from 1 pm to 10 pm everyday.
Party/After Party Exhibit
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles
Located at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, DJ Carl Craig’s Party/After-Party exhibit was created to give visitors a glimpse into a night out at the club from the perspective of the DJ. This immersive audiovisual experience isn't just something nice to look at, it's a full on journey from the beginning before the crowd arrives all the way to the deescalation and quietness of the after party. There are multiple dates throughout all of April that you can attend this exhibit, beginning on April 16th.
24151 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita's Cowboy Festival is a top tier western music festival with an unmatched atmosphere full of live music, dancing, and storytelling. Visitors can also participate in western-themed activities such as horseback riding, hatchet throwing, and cattle roping lessons. Guests are welcome to wear anything in the style of their inner cowboy. Get a feel for what the Old West was genuinely like when the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival makes its big return on April 22-23.
Springtime Easter Festival
3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark
Get ready to truly hop into spring with the Springtime Easter Festival at Underwood Farms. This fun-filled event is the ultimate way to celebrate the arrival of spring and the Easter holiday with family and friends. The festival features an Easter egg hunt, a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, and much more. Let's not forget about the main attraction - the Easter Bunny himself. So grab your Easter basket and head to the Springtime Easter Festival.
Serrano LA Popup
751 N. Virgil Ave, Los Angeles
Jorge Serrano’s popup at Melody Wine Bar is home to Chilean wine and a highly praised Spanish menu. With Melody hosting the Serrano Experience, you have a chance to enjoy a wide range of Spanish food. While wine drinking is not necessary, it is encouraged with Serrano. Chef Jorge Serrano is a big believer in putting the culture back in the food and that can be seen in the flavor and passion. If you're hungry, don't miss this LA popup.
Los Angeles, CA
Buying a piece of clothing or a souvenir is a lovely way to represent the city, whether you're a local or a visitor. Many local stores and street vendors sell LA-themed t-shirts, so you can easily find one that suits your taste and budget. But nothing is easier than visiting our LA Merch online store. Simply take a look at our iconic t-shirt collection and you'll see we have all you'll need. From vintage to graphic oversized t-shirts, wear our stylish collection.
Date Night @ Dave N Busters
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
Need a new date night idea? Look no further than Dave N Busters, the ultimate arcade with entertainment, food, and drinks. Play games like Pac-Man, skeeball, and basketball to win tickets and redeem them for fun prizes. If you're feeling competitive, challenge your partner to see who can win the most tickets in one night; or work together to combine your tickets. The lively atmosphere and entertainment options at Dave N Buster's make it the ideal spot for a memorable date night.
Pizza City Fest
1005 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles
Pizza lovers, rejoice! The Pizza City Fest at LA Live is back on April 29-30. This annual festival brings together some of the best pizzerias in LA for a weekend of indulgence. From classic New York-style slices to creative toppings, there's something for everyone at Pizza City Fest. Visitors can sample delicious pizzas from various vendors, enjoy live music, and participate in hilarious activities like pizza-making classes and pizza-eating contests. Pizza City Fest is the perfect event to satisfy your cravings.
@ Santa Monica Pier
380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Pacific Park is a world-famous amusement park at the Santa Monica Pier which features 12 rides like the West Coaster and also games and activities. You get an oceanfront view at any spot in the park or on any ride. Their most famous ride, the 130 feet solar-powered "Pacific Wheel" is an absolute must. This destination will bring you endless fun, all day and night.
The Grotto Hike
The Grotto trail is a 2.7-mile round trip located near the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on the west side of Malibu. A hike on the Grotto trail is a great opportunity for people both young and old, although it's considered "moderately challenging" taking about a 1hr 30min to finish with a creek and some caves along the way. The Grotto is a popular hiking trail and is open all year round, but April has some good weather to visit.
Have a Good Time Dancing
@ Davey Waynes
1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles
If none of these festivals, events, or popups excite you, the next best option would be to get loose and dance like no one is watching. Good Times is a 1970's style bar with a relaxed and welcoming vibe. There's a spacious patio area for socializing outside and vintage decor like retro furniture on the inside. If you're in the mood for a good time, head there to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and great drinks.
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