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10 Best Things To Do In LA In April

Best Things to Do in LA in April
#5 best things to do in LA in April

“Ah! Los Angeles in the Spring”: said absolutely no one. But they should – LA is a great time to be at this time of year. The rainy season is behind us, the nights are longer, it’s nice and warm, but it still hasn’t gotten hot yet. Things are starting to gear up for summer and people are desperate to get out AND DO SOMETHING! But what? These are the 10 best things to do in LA in April. From movie stars to circuses, via marionettes and Mozart, Los Angeles has it all! And we’ve got the lowdown for you right here.

Events & Activities in Los Angeles This Month

1. VISIT A LOS ANGELES MUSEUM (ALL MONTH) 

We have a ton of world class museums in Los Angeles. Why not use April to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with one or two? This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s got more than enough institutions to keep you going for this month at least.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art AKA LACMA

Getty Center (free, pay for parking)

California Science Center (donation)

Natural History Museum

California African American Museum AKA CAAM (free)

Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles AKA CAM (donation)

The Broad (free)

Museum of Contemporary Art  AKA MOCA (free)

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum (free)

Academy Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

Huntington Library

Norton Simon Museum

Holocaust Museum LA (free)

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (donation)

Griffith Observatory (free)

2. LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS (APRIL 20-21)

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 festival has 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. Every year it’s one of the best things to do in LA in April.

More information here.

3. KNOTT’S BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL (TO APRIL 28)

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!

More information here.

4. VISIT GRIFFITH PARK (ALL MONTH)

Almost slap bang in the middle of Los Angeles, straddling the highest peaks of the Hollywood Hills between the Westside and the San Fernando Valley, (AKA ‘the valley’) is the wondrous Griffith Park.

There are several museums (including the Griffith Observatory), a zoo, a carousel, a gold course, tennis courts, cafe’s, a horse-riding ranch and numerous hiking trails offering unparalleled views of Los Angeles. And all that’s without even mentioning its most famous resident: the Hollywood Sign.

Is that enough to entice you to pay a visit in April? It’s one of the best month’s to visit, before temperatures climb too much and the sun sets at just the right time of da, so you can grab some great shots for IG, before heading off for dinner.

Read our guide to Griffith Park for a rundown of its fascinating history and information on things to do there.

5. WATCH A PUPPET SHOW (VARIOUS DATES)

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is always a great place to visit. A few years ago the company moved into a new (historic) theater in Highland Park, on York Boulevard. The shows are really something special as this type of theater is something of a lost art. But the kids will love it and there’s some sly humor for the adults too. This is definitely one of best things to do in LA in February.

Magic Strings whisks you away on a fantastic voyage, inviting you to sled down frosty slopes in a winter wonderland or become a flâneur strolling Parisian streets with puppet pals! Run away to the place where imagination dwells.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

More information here.

6. WALT’S BARN (APRIL 21)

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, part of Beverly Hills – and as you can believe that when we say “toy trains” we’re not talking about the Hornby train set you may have had as a child (like the one I had). Some of his toys are three-quarter size and even the smallest 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. Did I mention it’s free?

More information here.

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

Who couldn’t do with a good laugh at the moment? The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip is a very well established comedy institution here in LA, where many of the most famous comedians first started, and sometimes return to try out new material.

 Sprinkled with surprise star-studded guests and produced by Executive Producer Pookey Wigington, you are always in for a treat at Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show! Every Sunday for a double scoop of sweet, sweet comedy pleasure. Featuring comedians to be announced.

The Laugh Factory Hollywood

More information here.

8. 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.

More information here.

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

9. 2022 LA BEER FEST (APRIL 1)

Who doesn’t like beer? Well, if you don’t this event may not be for you – but if you do it might be right down your street. Taking place at Los Angeles Center Studios (the filming lot next to downtown, where shows like Mad Men were filmed), it “features over 80 breweries, 200 beers, LA’s best food trucks, live music, and much more!”

More information here.

10. GO TO A CONCERT AT THE MUSIC CENTER (VARIOUS DATES)

Talking of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, why not enjoy a concert there in April? It’s one of the best live music venues in the world, with one of the leading orchestras (the LA Phil) – and, arguably, classical music’s most charismatic conductor (Gustavo Dudamel). There’s a great program of concerts and events this month, including performances byJazz great Herbie Hancock and Yo Yo Ma and concerts featuring Mozart, Bartok and Debussy. You can even improve the experience further by adding a Complimentary Wine Reception for some of the shows.

More information here.

If you have any feedback on the 10 Best Things to Do in LA in April please email us or reach out on social media, we’d love to hear from you.

– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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