Calendar April 2019 | Best events, festivals, and fun things to do in L.A. & Orange County.

April 2019

Noir film festival

April 1 – 7, 2019

(begins March 29)
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)

Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Egyptian Theatre.

Berry festival

April 1 – 28, 2019

(begins March 29)
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.

Comedy festival

April 4 – 14, 2019
West Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)

Los Angeles Comedy Festival includes live stand-up performances, short films, and a web series, at 916 N. Formosa Avenue. Held in April and November.

Wilson Phillips

April 5, 2019
Agoura Hills (35.3 miles NW)

Grammy nominated Wilson Phillips sings new songs and hits like “Hold On” at The Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Ticket deal $30

Design festival

April 5 – 7, 2019
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).

Spring festival

April 5 – 7, 2019
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 6, 2019

(noon & 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 & Oct.

Festival of Colors

April 6, 2019
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.

Halloween event

April 6, 2019
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.

Country music

April 6, 2019
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 June.

Ventura street fair & tasting

April 6, 2019
Ventura (71 miles NW)

Formerly called Champagne on Main, Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair [website has sound] is a free street fair with live music (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and a $50 wine walk including beer & champagne (3 to 6 p.m.) on Main Street. For $20 more, add the VIP chocolate lounge.

Native plant tour

April 6 – 7, 2019
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.

Food convention

April 6 – 7, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $6 to $30

Craft market

April 6 – 7, 2019
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)

Renegade Craft Fair has independent craft makers, food trucks, and DJ music at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Free.

Indoor art show

April 6 – 7, 2019
Los Angeles (4.3 miles NE)

Twice a year, 100 artists invite you to visit their loft studios during Brewery Artwalk in the former Pabst Brewery at 2100 N. Main Street. Held in April and Oct. Free.

Scandinavian Festival

April 6 – 7, 2019
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.

Music festival with beer & tacos

April 6 – 7, 2019
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.

Renaissance fair

April 6 – May 19, 2019
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.

Ukrainian Easter eggs

April 7, 2019

(12 to 5 p.m.)
East Hollywood (5.4 miles NW)

Learn how to make beautiful Easter eggs​, see crafts on display, and taste Ukrainian food at Ukrainian Pysanka Festival at the Ukrainian Culture Center. Free.


April 7, 2019

(7:30 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.2 miles west)

South Carolina quintet Ranky Tanky plays music rooted in Gullah culture at The Broad Stage. Gullah is a unique mix of African and English from descendants of enslaved Africans isolated on the southeast coast.

Ticket deal $25 to $45

Beer festival

April 7, 2019
Montrose (16.2 miles north)

Taste beer and restaurant food at Montrose Food & Brewfest at 2200 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose for age 21+.

Earth Day downtown

April 11, 2019

(9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)

Discover how to live green at Earth Day LA, which offers performances, children’s recycled art projects, drought tolerant plant tours, plant giveaways, e-waste collection, and demonstrations of green technology in Grand Park. Free.

Wine dinner at the zoo

April 11, 2019

(6 to 9 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)

The monthly $150 Sustainable Wine Dinner Series features wine from a local winery, a gourmet dinner, a talk by a zoo professional, and an up-close animal encounter at the Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Taste of the Valley

April 11, 2019

(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+.

Classic Film Festival

April 11 – 14, 2019
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.

Magic in Malibu

April 12, 2019

(7:30 p.m.)
27.7 miles west

“Blending art and illusion with his captivating style,” magician Vitaly Beckman wins high praise for his show An Evening of Wonders at Pepperdine University.

Ticket deal $20 (minors $10)

Art books

April 12 – 14, 2019

(preview April 11)
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)

Browse artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines from 300 exhibitors at the L.A. Art Book Fair at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Free.

Monster festival

April 12 – 14, 2019
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 12 – 14, 2019
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 12 – 14, 2019
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.

Coachella music festival

April 12 – 21, 2019

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 in Whittier

April 13, 2019

(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 13, 2019
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.

Neighborhood BBQ

April 13, 2019
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.

Tamale festival

April 13, 2019
Riverside (56 miles east)

Riverside Tamale Festival promises fine food, a beer & margarita garden, live music, folklorico dancing, and a children’s area at White Park.

Pole-dancing competition

April 13 – 14, 2019
Downtown (1.3 miles NE)

Watch amateurs compete on both days, and professionals on Saturday evening at the Pacific Pole Championships at The Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Book festival

April 13 – 14, 2019
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 at the University of Southern California. Free entry.

Sleep on a battleship

April 13 – 14, 2019
San Pedro (22.4 miles south)

A $175 ticket to Bunk Up on the Battleship Iowa includes dinner in the mess hall, a tour of the ship including areas not open to the public, a bunk (bring bedding and a flashlight), breakfast, and a Q&A session with actual veterans, for age 16+.

Vintage sale at Disney

April 13 – 14, 2019
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 13 – 14, 2019
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.

Flower show in San Diego

April 13 – 14, 2019
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.)

Shakespeare tragedy

April 13 – 28, 2019
Pasadena (18.3 miles NE)

Othello is the story of a general in the Venetian army, his new wife, and a manipulative man trying to drive them apart, at A Noise Within.

Ticket deal $35 to $40

Sexy poetry

April 14, 2019

(6 p.m.)
Silver Lake (5.3 miles north)

Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and cabaret entertainment at El Cid for age 21+.

Ticket discount $20 to $25

Car show

April 14, 2019

(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 16, 2019
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.

Evenings at the Autry

April 19, 2019

(6 to 11 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10.1 miles north)

Bring a blanket or chair to Odd Nights at the Autry, where you’ll find food trucks, live music, and “the coolest SoCal vendors for crafts, vintage items, home goods, and oddities.” Your ticket includes Imagination Gallery & Montgomery Gallery until 9 p.m. Children age 12 and younger are free. Free parking.

Ticket deal $2.50

Blessing of the Animals

April 20, 2019
Downtown (2.4 miles NE)

Carry or walk your pet in the procession of farm animals and pets at Blessing of the Animals, which has lively music and colorful dancers at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, on Main Street (from Arcadia to Cesar Chavez). See schedule. Free.

Dog festival

April 20, 2019
West Hollywood (10.1 miles NW)

Pawsapalooza offers “pet products and services, live music, delicious food and drink (for humans), and a festive family-friendly celebration of the human-animal bond” at West Hollywood Park. Free.

Free national park day

April 20, 2019

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.

Easter restaurants

April 21, 2019
multiple locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Easter weekend.

Easter festival

April 21, 2019

(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 brunch cruise

April 21, 2019
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.

All-American musical

April 21 – May 12, 2019
La Mirada (22 miles SE)

Singin’ in the Rain is a song and dance classic about actors in the early days of Hollywood, including the title number complete with an onstage rainstorm at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Ticket deal $16 to $35

Home & garden tour

April 21 – May 19, 2019
Rose Bowl (11.6 miles NE)

Tour the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge during Pasadena Showcase House of Design for age 12+. Restaurant and shops are onsite, and parking is offsite with a shuttle. Closed Mondays. Details.

Magic Bar

April 22 – 30, 2019

(7 & 9 p.m.)
Encino (19.3 miles NW)

Magic Bar is a “sleight-of-hand saloon” that serves you close-up magic in an intimate bar located inside Woodly Proper restaurant for age 21+. Reviews.

Ticket deal $13

Parody of “Friends”

April 25, 2019

(8 p.m.)
Anaheim (31 miles SE)

Featuring characters from the TV show and all of their mannerisms, Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something New Yorkers with original music at City National Grove of Anaheim.

Ticket deal $20

Boat show on the coast

April 25 – 28, 2019
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.

Orange County film festival

April 25 – May 2, 2019
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.

Pet show

April 26 – 28, 2019
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.

Country music festival

April 26 – 28, 2019
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.

Giant concert: Freestyle Festival

April 27, 2019

(8 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles north)

Freestyle Festival offers an impressive lineup of artists (Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa, Jody Watley, Trinere, Sweet Sensation, Cynthia/Johnny O, Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Melle Mel, Scorpio & 30 Years Of Slick Rick) at Microsoft Theater.

Ticket deal $82

Earth Day in Van Nuys

April 27, 2019

(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Van Nuys (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 Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys. Free.

Music walk

April 27, 2019
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.

Tea at the lighthouse

April 27, 2019

(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 27, 2019

(12 to 4 p.m.)
Garden Grove (34.2 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 Garden Grove Elks Lodge for age 21+.

Poppy festival

April 27 – 28, 2019
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.

Arts festival

April 27 – 28, 2019
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)

Our L.A. Voices brings dance, music, and theatrical performances to Grand Park, with visual artwork for sale. Free.

Japanese festival

April 27 – 28, 2019
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.

Pasadena art fair

April 27 – 28, 2019
Pasadena (11 miles NE)

Shop from 200 artisans and food trucks at Jackalope Pasadena in Central Park. Held in April, August, and November. Free.

Yoga event

April 27 – 28, 2019
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. April 28.

Earth Day in Long Beach

April 27 – 28, 2019
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.

Cinco de Mayo

April 28, 2019

(noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
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 28, 2019

(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.

Thai New Year festival

April 28, 2019
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

Puppet festival

April 28, 2019

(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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 28, 2019
Long Beach (21.7 miles SE)

Wear orange (and sunscreen) to Dutch King’s Day LA at Long Beach POA Park for a taste of Dutch popular music, games, entertainment, and food.

Taste of Huntington Beach

April 28, 2019

(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.

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