Top Los Angeles Things to Do in April

"Love Never Dies" photos by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg | Los Angeles things to do

See “Love Never Dies” at Hollywood Pantages this April.

Spring is officially here and the city is celebrating big with festivals galore, new theater performances and more exciting happenings. Read on to discover the top Los Angeles things to do this month.

Edited by Christina Wiese.

 

“Significant Other”
Opens Apr. 3. After a successful Off-Broadway and Broadway run, playwright Joshua Harmon’s comedy about love and 20-something urban life arrives in L.A. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

 

“Love Never Dies’”
Apr. 4-22. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera is a story of boundless love, passion and drama. This new touring production reflects an extensive reworking of the material by an Australian creative team. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

Rooftop Cinema Club 
Apr. 4-28. The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftops of the historic Montalban Theatre and Level Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy street food and drinks while you take in views and watch acclaimed films, including recent Oscar winners (I, Tonya; The Shape of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Highlights this month include a Ryan Gosling double feature with La La Land and The Notebook. See website for full lineup and schedule. Ages 18+. $17-$28. 1615 Vine St., L.A.; 888 S. Olive St., downtown. rooftopcinemaclub.com

 

Mahler’s Song of the Earth
Apr. 5-8. Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Phil, tenor Russell Thomas and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as they take on Mahler’s penultimate work at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. laphil.com

 

L.A. Beer Festival
Apr. 7. This 10th annual celebration brings together 80 breweries, food trucks and a dueling piano bar to Westlake’s Los Angeles Center Studios. Noon-3 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. $45-$80. Los Angeles Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St., L.A. labeerfest.la

 

Opening Night: Cole Swindell
Apr. 7. The iconic The Greek Theatre, nestled in L.A.’s Griffith Park, opens its 2018 season with the chart-topping country singer-songwriter Cole Swindell, joined by special guests Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. Doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. lagreektheatre.com

 

Brewery Artwalk 
Apr. 7-8. This biannual art walk takes place in what organizers claim is the world’s largest art complex, which is inside a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery. Browse the personal studios of more than 100 resident artists, plus dine at a restaurant on-site. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 2100 N. Main St., L.A., 323.638.9382. breweryartwalk.com

 

Foodie Con
Apr. 7-8. Touted as a “Comic-Con for foodies,” Foodie Con—hosted at The REEF, downtown—
is more consumer show than typical food festival, with cooking demos, workshops, book signings and plenty of tastings. Sa 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$40. The REEF, 1933 S. Broadway, downtown. foodiecon.org

 

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach photo by Brian Brantley | Los Angeles things to do

Car races and live music collide at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Apr. 13-15. Expect car races, concerts, car displays, rock-climbing walls, racing simulators and more fun, family-friendly options, plus a lifestyle expo featuring green technology, at this 44th annual event. Check website for schedule. One-day admission $27-$90, three-day pass $65-$147. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 888.827.7333. gplb.com

 

Coachella
Apr. 13-15, 20-22. This mega popular music and arts festival in the desert includes headliners the Weeknd, Beyoncé and Eminem. Other buzzworthy bands on the bill are Haim, Børns and Portugal. The Man. Three-day pass $429-$999. Camping pass $113. Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio. coachella.com

 

March for Science Rally and Expo
Apr. 14. Head to Pershing Square for guest speakers and expo booths tackling climate issues facing L.A., the U.S. and the whole world. Please note there will not be a formal march to City Hall this year. Rally 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; Expo Stage 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Expo Booths 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown. laallianceforscience.org

 

“Sell/Buy/Date” 
Through Apr. 15. In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer/performer/comedian Sarah Jones brings to life characters who provide commentary on gender, sex and modern times. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

 

Spa Week
Apr. 16-22. This biannual event sees participating spas around the city offer signature treatments (massages, scrubs and facials that usually cost $100-$500) for just $50. See website for full list of spas and wellness locations. 212.352.8098. spaweek.com

 

Cultural Feasts: Los Angeles Museum and Restaurant Pairings

 

Taste of South Pasadena
Apr. 17. Find over 35 restaurants and craft wineries serving samples along Fair Oaks Avenue and Mission Street. 6-9 p.m. $15-$60, children under 7 are free. South Pasadena. tasteofsouthpasadena.com

 

Earth Day L.A.

Apr. 19. The Music Center and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power join forces with Grand Park for the city’s largest Earth Day celebration. Expect performances, plant giveaways, e-waste drop off stations, arts and crafts, composting workshops and much more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown. grandparkla.org

 

The Taste of the Valley
Apr. 19. Explore indulgences from local restaurants, wineries and microbreweries at the San Fernando Valley’s largest wine-tasting and food festival. Net proceeds will benefit the Valley Cultural Center. 21+. 5-8 p.m. $50+. Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. valleycultural.org

 

BROKE LA
Apr. 21-22. For those not making the trip to Coachella, discover over 50 up-and-coming music acts, artists and independent makers at this two-day event. Sa-Su doors 2 p.m., show begins at 3 p.m.  $15-$25. The Regent Theater, 448 S. Main St., downtown, 323.284.5727. brokelafest.com

 

Cherry Blossom Festival
Apr. 21-22. Learn about Japanese culture with dancing, taiko drumming, tea ceremonies and more at Monterey Park’s 21st annual Cherry Blossom Festival. An array of international food vendors will also be on-site, including many authentic Japanese vendors. Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park. montereypark.ca.gov

 

Clean Made
Apr. 21-22. Discover nontoxic goods, healthy foods and more at this brand new lifestyle festival from the visionaries behind Artisan LA and LA Food Fest. Throughout the weekend enjoy a shopping marketplace filled with health and wellness products, interactive activations, cooking demonstrations, talks from industry leaders and much more. See website for hours. $20-$75. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St. a727, downtown. cleanmade.com

 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books | Los Angeles things to do

Book lovers rejoice as authors and booksellers come together for a weekend of literary celebration.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Apr. 21-22. Authors, booksellers and readers mingle on the USC campus during this two-day celebration of the written word. Expect conversations with high-profile authors, live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on hot topics. Check website for lineup and schedule. Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, parking $12. University of Southern California, University Park Campus, L.A. events.latimes.com

 

Renegade Craft Fair 
Apr. 21-22. This celebration of the DIY and maker spirit features around 250 artisans selling their wares, plus food and drink, workshops, music and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., L.A. renegadecraft.com

 

CicLAvia Heart of the Foothills 
Apr. 22. Several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city. For the first CicLAvia of 2018, the event celebrates Earth Day with a brand-new route through San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont. See website for additional route details. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 213.355.8500. ciclavia.org

 

“Stomp”
Apr. 24-29. See what all the noise is about when this percussive hit returns with new surprises, like updated and restructured sections of the show and the addition of two new full-scale routines that utilize props like tractor tires, inner tubes and paint cans. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

His Girl Friday

View iconic films like “His Girl Friday” at the TCM Classic Film Festival.

TCM Classic Film Festival 
Apr. 26-29. View classic films on the big screen at iconic Hollywood venues—oftentimes with the people who made them—at this annual film festival. This year’s theme is Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen, celebrating the representation of the written word on the silver screen. See screenings of films including His Girl Friday, Kramer vs. Kramer and To Have and Have Not. Director Martin Scorsese will receive the inaugural Robert Osborne Award at the fest’s Opening Night Gala. Check website for schedule and venues. Individual tickets $20-$30, students $10-$15. Festival passes $299-$2,149. filmfestival.tcm.com

 

The Eclectic
Apr. 28. Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlines the 10th edition of South Pasadena’s free music festival and art walk. See website for more details. theeclectic.rocks

 

“Experience 33: Awkward”
Through Apr. 28. Revel in cringe-inducing family photos at this ESMoA exhibition highlighting just how  awkward family photos can be. Th 1-8 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo, 424.277.1020. esmoa.org

 

Festival of Colors
Apr. 28. In the midst of being covered with colored powder, enjoy dance, live bands and DJs, yoga and free hugs at this festive spring event. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $6-$8. Van Nuys’ Woodley Park, 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. festivalofcolorsusa.com

 

Justin Timberlake
April 28-29. The global superstar and pop icon returns to the Forum for two nights to promote his new album, Man of the Woods. 8 p.m. $80+. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Tickets

 

Fiesta Broadway
Apr. 29. Celebrate an early Cinco de Mayo at Fiesta Broadway—a free event featuring live music, food, carnival rides and games around City Hall. See website for complete details. allaccess-la.com

 

Art Garfunkel
April 29. The Grammy-winning singer takes the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform both solo hits and Simon & Garfunkel favorites from his half-century career. 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. laphil.com

 

Taste of the Eastside

Taste of the Eastside showcases established hot posts and buzzworthy newcomers in the L.A. culinary scene.

Taste of the Eastside
Apr. 29. This eighth annual food and drink festival showcases established culinary hot spots and buzzworthy newcomers from neighborhoods such as Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Atwater Village, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofits. Taste dishes from restaurants including Little Dom’s and Mohawk Bend. 4-8 p.m. (VIP 3 p.m.). GA $45-$55, kids 2-12 $15, under 2 free; VIP $75-$85. Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, 570 W. Ave. 26, L.A. tasteoftheeastside.com

 

Block Party 
All month. This celebration of the L.A. theater scene spotlights three encore productions from outstanding local theater companies. Bloodletting plays through April 8 while Ameryka plays April 19-29. See website for showtimes and pricing. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.  centertheatregroup.org

 

Coffee Manufactory Capsule x Hammer Museum
All Month. The coffee brand from world renowned San Francisco-based bakery Tartine is bringing caffeine power to one of L.A.’s most progressive arts and culture institutions. Choose from filter coffee, Americanos, espressos and more. Tu-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. coffeemanufactory.com

 

Month of Photography
All Month. The 10th annual Month of Photography Los Angeles presents discussions, exhibitions and projections celebrating the art at venues across the city. See website for a complete list of events happening throughout the month. monthofphotography.com

 

“KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh”
All Month. The California Science Center welcomes the largest King Tut exhibition ever in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the tomb discovery. Boasting more than 150 artifacts from the pharaoh’s tomb, 40 percent of the items will be traveling outside of Egypt for the first time, offering SoCal a rare cultural experience. See website for entry times. $19-$30. California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A., 323.724.3623. californiasciencecenter.org

 

“Love Never Dies” photos by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach photo by Brian Brantley.

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