Mark your calendar on April 18-19 for the 25th annual L.A. Times Festival of Books, held on the campus of USC.
Bookworms will enjoy numerous conversations and performances by a variety of authors and other groups & individuals.
Additionally, hundreds of booksellers, literary organizations, and publishers will be present to all attendees. Food trucks will also be on-site!
Advance tickets for author conversations (some that are free!) are highly recommended.
7) See California’s Wildflowers & the California Poppy Festival
Plan a visit to any of the areas where California’s wildflowers and state flower, the poppy, grow through the whole month of April when they are typically in vibrant bloom!
During one weekend (April 27-28), the California Poppy Festival will be held in Lancaster where guests can enjoy entertainment, shop arts & crafts, and grab free wildflower maps to learn about the best places to view them.
Festival gates open at 10:00 am on both days. The festival is free and fun for all ages!
April 16-19, presented by TCM, LA’s Classic Film Festival hits Hollywood this April! Join film lovers from around the globe and watch classic movies on the big screen in some of the most historic and beautiful theatres in the country.
Further, enjoy appearances and panel discussions by a variety of celebrities and filmmakers. This year’s festival focuses on grand illusions: fantastic worlds on film!
Andrew Schulz Comedy
April 11-12 Andre Schulz will be at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown L.A. Be sure to reserve your tickets before they sell out!
Also, while you are there- check out the Orpheum Theatre, which is one of the oldest movie palaces in L.A.
Enjoy the Los Angeles Philharmonic
April 21 at 8:00 pm, the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents David Blood & Du Yum. If you are a music lover, experiencing music in the Walt Disney Concert Hall will be incredible!
One Saturday every month (April 25) the Observatoryhosts a night where guests can try amazing telescopes between 2:00 pm – 9:45 pm on the lawn.
You can also check out the free museum while you are there!
Free Monday night Concerts at Echo
If you love live music and are on a budget- head over to Echo on a Monday night for their free Monday night residency (18 +). Check out this hot spot on days other than Monday and the tickets are still very reasonable.
Smorgasburg in L.A.
Smorgasburg is the largest open-air weekly food market in America! Stop by every Sunday between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The marketis free but you will definitely be tempted to spend a few bucks on a meal or two or three.
March 20-April 19th, 2020 is Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Fest which honors its long-standing history with the fruit with a three-week festival celebrating unique foods and beer & wine.
Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the boysenberry! Indulge in over 75 boysenberry inspired dishes among many other events and activities!
After you’ve had your fill of boysenberry treats, you can also enjoy the theme park, of course!
Hunt for Easter Eggs
While all the official details have yet to be announced, Easter is April 12 in 2020 and events are likely to be held around then.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardenhosts a Big Bunny Spring Fling for 5 weeks where kids can make bunny-themed crafts, plant seeds, see a live bee show, and of course, play with some real bunnies!
All these activities are included (though some have an extra charge, like taking a photo with Mr. Bunny himself) with admission costs.
Skies will be clear or at least partly sunny on average for about 22 days this month.
March will normally see about 5-6 days with some measurable rainfall with significant rainfalls of 0.5 inches (12.7 cm) or more on 1-2 days. These rainy days are more likely early in the month than near the month’s end.
Daylight increases from about 11.5 hours on March 1st to about 12.5 hours by the 31st.
And if you are planning on visiting many of Los Angeles’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.
This section covers all of the best discounts available on tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, including information about tourist passes, discount sites and more.
If you’re planning to enjoy more than just Universal Studios while visiting Los Angeles, you may want to consider getting a tourist attraction discount pass to save money on a variety of activities and attractions.
The following passes include tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood:
Go Los Angeles Card
Los Angeles Explorer Pass
Build Your Own Pass
Los Angeles CityPASS
Starline Attraction Pass
These passes bundle dozens of popular tours and attractions together at up to a 50% discount off of retail prices.
Aside from Universal Studios Hollywood, here are some of the best attractions included with each of these tourist passes:
SeaWorld | $68
Disneyland | $129
LEGOLAND | $95
Knott’s Berry Farm | $64
Six Flags Magic Mountain | $93
Warner Bros. Studio Tour | $72
Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour | $50
Madame Tussauds Hollywood | $30
Pacific Park Santa Monica | $33
TCL Chinese Theater Tour | $18
Dolby Theater Tour | $25
OUE Skyspace + Skyslide | $33
Aquarium of the Pacific | $35
Whale Watching Cruise | $50
Depending on which service you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% – 60% off general admission prices for a variety of fun activities in Los Angeles.
Members of AAA are eligible for the following discounts at Universal Studios Hollywood:
$20 off the VIP Experience when purchased online.
$10 off Universal Express tickets at the gate.
10% off at select CityWalk locations.
All you have to do is present proof of valid AAA membership to take advantage of these deals.
Universal Studios Hollywood offers special rates for both active duty and retired military. These rates are only available through participating military ticket offices and cannot be obtained either online or at the gate.
That said, even if you don’t have time to visit a military ticket office, you can still save $3 off general admission tickets at the gate.
In addition to all the other opportunities to save money on tickets, you can also find admission to Universal Studios Hollywood on discount sites such as Groupon or Living Social.
On top of the deals they already offer (currently about 20% off), these sites typically provide additional coupon codes with anywhere from 10% – 50% off local activities.
Before making any purchase, please check both the top and bottom of each page for banners that may contain coupons you can use to save even more money!
This section will provide a few details about some of the other activities and attractions you can enjoy at Universal Studios Hollywood.
This studio is like an amusement park, so there are several great rides to enjoy that we will discuss below. There are also quite a few shopping opportunities you may want to consider.
If you want to get an even closer look behind the scenes, VIP tickets include exclusive access to the Universal Backlot, allowing you to check out actual sound stages and the prop department.
Many people report that while taking advantage of this opportunity, they have actually seen notable actors and celebrities!
This experience is best for movie buffs who legitimately want to learn more about the filmmaking process and see interesting locations related to their favorite films.
Believe it or not, this attraction is actually located right outside Universal Studios Hollywood, and you don’t need to pay for admission to visit CityWalk.
With more than 30 places to eat, a 19 screen theater and 30 stores to shop at, there’s plenty to see and do here. Best of all, if you’re a AAA member, you can save 10% at certain CityWalk locations!
There are several themed amusement rides at Universal Studios, including some of the following popular examples:
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Harry Potter: Flight of the Hippogriff
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride
Jurassic World: The Ride
Transformers: The Ride
The Simpsons Ride
Some of these rides are located in themed locations within the park that are designed to replicate the world within the films and shows they reference.
In addition to all the rides available in Universal Studios Hollywood, there are also several areas in the park that replicate the look and feel of film locations in popular movies and television franchises.
Here are some of the most notable examples:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Walking Dead Walkthrough
The Simpsons World
Each themed location typically includes at least a few rides, attractions, restaurants and shops where you can find a lot of great memorabilia related to your favorite franchises.
Much like a theme park, you can expect to see several notable characters walking around Universal Studios Hollywood, including some of the following examples:
Shrek, Donkey & Princess Fiona
And many more!
Aside from character sightings, you may also spot a few celebrities on the Universals Studio backlot while taking their studio tour!
TIP: For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. In some cases, you can save up to 50% of the cost you would normally pay to see many of the top Los Angeles attractions.