What To Do in LA in April

This post covers the best things to do in LA in April, including free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities, updated for 2020.

 

 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES IN APRIL

This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in LA throughout April.

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass


1) Go to a Concert

Los Angeles has many options when it comes to enjoying music and we’ve listed the highlights below.

You can find all the April concerts in LA from StubHub.

 

 

Find all of the concerts happening in LA here.


2) Attend a Sporting Event

April is a wonderful month to enjoy a Los Angeles game! Check the information below for game specifics.

 

 

Hockey

Basketball  

Baseball

You can find all the game tickets here

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening! For more things to do at night, check the section down below.


3) Attend the Theatre

Live theatre is a wonderful thing to enjoy while traveling. And of course, Los Angeles loves to entertain!

Here are just a few of the many plays and musicals during April.

 

 

You can find all the theatre tickets here


4) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

To make the most out of your time in LA, and save a lot of money while seeing the sights, consider purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.

You’ll pay one fee upfront and receive free or highly discounted entry into many of the city’s most popular attractions and activities.

 

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Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.   

Read our post comparing the different LA tourist discount passes. Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.


5) Step Back in Time at the Renaissance Festival 

On weekends from April 4 – May 17, you can enjoy the original Renaissance festival.

 

 

Take a day to visit the Renaissance Faire which has drawn more than five million people since its inception as a way to create “living history” in 1963.

Guests of all ages will enjoy live entertainment, creative food choices, activities, 

More information and tickets can be found on the website


6) Get Inspired at LA’s Book Festival

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! 

Find more free things to do in the section below.


8) LAughter Comedy Fest 

The largest comedy festival in the US is the Los Angeles Comedy Festival in April in L.A.

In past years, the festival has brought together thousands of performers and hundreds of films in which some have gone on to win a number of awards.

 

 

The fest features a film, live comedy act, and screenplay competition and showcases emerging artists and well-known stars.

Check back on the website as more information becomes available!


9) Go on a Sightseeing Tour

We offer pay-what-you-like walking tours or you can try our self-guided walking tours.  Check out our calendar to book a guided walking tour.

 

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If you’re looking for a bus tour, we have a great comparison of L.A.’s best. From hop-on-hop-off buses to nonstop our nighttime tours, you’ll find one to suit you

Another option is to check out a studio tour.  See what it is like to be a working Hollywood actor or a gaffer. Or find out what a gaffer does! 

Check out our post about Studio Tour options


10) Celebrate Earth Day 

LA’s largest Earth Day event will take place from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on April 22 in downtown’s Grand Park.

Where attendees will enjoy tours, plant giveaways, performances, and demonstrations.

 

 

This is event is free and open to people of all ages.

For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on Things to do in LA.

 


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THINGS TO DO IN THE EVENING IN APRIL

Below is just a sampling of the many things to do at night in April.

 

 

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post Things to do at Night in LA.


Classic Film Festival

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! 

This is also the starting location of our Downtown L.A. Tour.


Evening Events at Smorgasburg

On April 26 at 7:30 pm, head to the Smorgasburg Beer Garden for a free event of storytelling to celebrate the visual legacy and power of hip-hop called An Evening with Contact High.  

On April 27th at 7:30 pm, National Geographic presents award-winning photographers combined with storytelling.

Bring your picnic blanket and get cozy under the L.A. night sky!


Head to the Wallis Center

The Wallis Center in Beverly Hills has amazing performances year-round. In March 2020, we can look forward to several fantastic events and entertainers:

 

 

  • April 2 Violins of Hope
  • April 4 | Ory Shihor on piano
  • April 15-18 |  Heidi Duckler Dance
  • April 18-25| The Minghella Project 

See Live Stand-Up Comedy

If you’re in need of a good laugh, Los Angeles is home to some of the best comedy clubs and improv in the world and there are a lot of notable comedians who perform here throughout the year.

Improv/Sketch Comedy

Stand-Up Comedy

TIP: For many more ideas, be sure to take a look at our post Things to do at Night in LA.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

April is a great time to take advantage of the many free events and activities in LA.  

 

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For even more free activities, see our Guide to Free Things to Do in LA.


Art Books at MOCA

April 3-5 is a perfect weekend to head to MOCA- L.A.’s free Contemporary Art museum. There will be a special L.A. Book Art Fair which is sure to please!


National Free Museum Day

Across the country on April 4 is the National Free Museum Day! Be sure to get tickets for your museum in advance before they sell out. 

Click here for more information.


Free National Park Week 

A few times a year the National Parks offer free weekend for visitors but in April, there is an entire free week from the 18th through the 26th!

If you have an available car, this is an excellent time to pack up the family and enjoy a park in California! 

 

 

The closest National Park to Los Angeles is Joshua Tree.

It is located roughly an hour and a half outside of the city and California is also home to Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Pinnacles that are day trips from LA.

On free weekends, you can expect parking to be limited and crowds to be large so go early for the best experience!


Boat Show

On April 23-26, Newport Beach hosts an annual Boat Show. 

There will be 200 new sailboats and a variety of other boats on the water.  There will be vendors with local wares and plenty of street food.


Public Art Fair in Pasadena

April 25-26 trek out to Pasadena for the Jackalope Pasadena Art Fair. This event is held April, August, and November, and is free to attend.  

Of course, you may end up spending a few bucks on some amazing art!


Perform in Hollywood

Let yourself be heard at VOX Hollywood. It is an open mic night held every Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Frances Howard Goldwyn – Hollywood Regional Library.


Public Star Party at Griffith Park Observatory 

One Saturday every month (April 25) the Observatory hosts a night where guests can try amazing telescopes between 2:00 pm – 9:45 pm on the lawn.

 

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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 market is free but you will definitely be tempted to spend a few bucks on a meal or two or three.

TIP: Our Guide to Free Things to do in LA lists a number of activities and events that won’t cost you a dime!

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

There are lots of things to do in L.A. with families! Here are a few more kid-friendly activities for the month of April.

 

 

Be sure to read our full post on things to do with kids in LA.


Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 

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 Garden hosts 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.

You can look into Los Angeles Tourist Discount passes for free entrance into the zoo.

You can also take part in the free Pershing Park Easter Egg Hunt that is free and open to the community with hunts for different ages, face painting, and a bouncy castle.

In fact, you’ll find many other LA Parks also have egg hunts.


Dutch Day

April 26 is Dutch Day in Long Beach!  It is known as the largest Holland Orange Festival of SoCal.  

There will be Dutch street food, a beer garden and a D.J. Plus fun attractions for the kiddos.


Travel Town

Does your kiddo love trains? A great activity is to go to Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park. There are daily miniature train rides as well as docent tours the second Saturday of the month.


Spongebob Squarepants – The Musical!

The Dolby Theatre presents the tour of Spongebob Squarepants in April and it is a must-see! 

 

 

This musical is perfect for a family but also really quite wonderful even with a group of adults.

It features music from a huge variety of artists like Plain White T’s, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, They Might be Giants, Sara Bareilles, and the list goes on.


See a Movie at the El Capitan Theatre

There is nothing for L.A. than watching movies! The El Capitan Theatre is a gorgeous movie palace in the heart of Hollywood. 

If you are a Disney-lover, this is a great theatre to visit because it is owned by Disney and only plays Disney movies! The best part is that there is often a pre-show event or performance on stage.

Check their website for the updated movie schedule.

TIP: For more ideas of things to do with kids in LAsee our post Things to do in LA with Kids

 


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Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!