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10 Best Things To Do In LA, April 2022

Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles.

Things are starting to gear up again after the last two years of Pandemic-related closures and cancelations. People are desperate to get out AND DO SOMETHING! But what? These are the 10 best things to do in LA in April 2022. From classic movies to circuses, via marionettes and Mozart, Los Angeles is back with a bang! And we’ve got the lowdown for you right here.

1. AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE: WATCH LOCAL, GET FIT (APRIL 2, 9 & 16). 

The Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles Hotel opened in 1923 and its fitness room has everything: treadmills, Robert De Niro stalking Wesley Snipes, a Roman Style in-door pool, Harvey Keitel in a fedora, weight machines, wealthy high school teenagers acting like they are in 18th century France, a sauna, a 1956 Jaguar Roadster, Bitter Sweet Symphony by Verve, Benicio del Toro playing baseball, a collection of stationary bikes and a middle-aged Elliott Gould. It’s got a lot of stuff… American Cinematheque pays tribute to this Grande Dame of LA (and regular host of the Oscars Ceremony in the 1930’s and 40’s).

2. LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS (APRIL 23-24).

Even in this modern age, with smart phones, tablets and computers, there’s still something very nice about reading from an actual, you know, book. They also make for great home decoration. Since 1996 the festivalhas grown into the largest one of its kind in the entire United States. Based on the USC campus, the event features public readings, including performances by well-known authors and poets, and loads and loads of, you know, books.

3. KNOTT’S BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL (MARCH 18-APRIL 24).

Knott’s Berry Farm is in Anaheim, just south of Los Angeles (near the Mouse Kingdom) and is a great place to visit if you’re in Southern California (it’s also considerably cheaper its neighbor). The Boysenberry festival is an “annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. Indulge in a tantalizing lineup of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to one-of-a-kind specialty desserts and drinks that you can only find at Knott’s Berry Farm during this limited-time food festival”. Sounds good to me!

4. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL OVO (THROUGHOUT APRIL).  

According to Cirque du Soleil “the show plunges the audience into the hidden universe alive at our feet; an ecosystem teeming with life and unseen beings – insects that work, eat, crawl, flutter, feast, fight and court among each other in an ongoing explosion of energy and movement”. I saw it myself at the preview a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing, the little ones “oohing” and “aahing” constantly. Get tickets here.

5. BOB BAKER THEATER: IT’S A MUSICAL WORLD (APRIL 2, 3, 10 & 16).

At any time a show at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is one of the best things you can do in Los Angeles. They moved to Highland Park during the Pandemic and this month they’re putting on a new show. It’s “a rotating roster of musical celebrations, sights and sounds to get your toes tapping Bob Baker style! It’s music brought to life in its most enchanting form”. I’ve taken my daughter to several shows at Bob Baker’s old theatre, near downtown, and they’ve always been absolutely fantastic.

6. WALT’S BARN (APRIL 17).

Everyone knows Disneyland is in Anaheim, near Los Angeles, but not many people know of this attraction in Griffith Park. Walt had a toy train set at his house in Holmby Hills, near Beverly Hills – and as you may expect when we say “toy trains” we’re not talking about the Hornby train set you may have had as a child (or the one I had). Some of his toys are three-quarter size and even the smallest ones are pretty big. On the third Sunday of every month this small non-profit opens its doors for the general public to have a play. It’s free!

7. CHOCOLATE SUNDAES COMEDY @ THE LAUGH FACTORY (EVERY SUNDAY).

Who couldn’t do with a good laugh at the moment? The Laugh Factory is a very well established comedy institution here in LA, where many of the most famous comedians first started (and often return for surprise sets). This one “is unlike any other comedy show you’ve seen, featuring your favorite comedians, a hot DJ on the 1’s and 2’s, and LA’s sexiest crowd”. It’s free, although you’re expected to buy a couple of drinks.

8. 2022 LA BEER FEST (APRIL 2).CH 12).

Who doesn’t like beer? Well, if you don’t this event may not be for you – but if you do it’ll be right down your street. Taking place Los Angeles Center Studios (the filming lot where shows like Mad Men were filmed) it “will feature over 80 breweries, 200 beers, LA’s best food trucks, live music, and much more!” Get tickets, which include tastings and samples, here.

One minute video about the LA: Food + History + Design Tour

9. LA: FOOD + HISTORY + DESIGN TOUR (EVERY SUNDAY).

So many people – not only visitors to LA, but also residents – erroneously think that our city “doesn’t have much history”. How wrong they are! Why not spend a Sunday visiting some of the most historic sites here (where the city was founded), seeing some of the most iconic buildings in the World (such as Union Station, City Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall) and eating some great food (have you tried the French Dip sandwich, which was invented here?). Join us on a tour this month and let us show you a whole other side of Los Angeles.

10. MOZART’S GREAT MASS WITH MEHTA (APRIL 3).

Talking of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, why not enjoy a concert there this month? It’s one of the best live music venues in the world, with one of the leading orchestras (the LA Philharmonic), the most charismatic conductors (Gustavo Dudamel) and the best acoustics. Check out this concert, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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