It's officially spring in Los Angeles, and the city is absolutely blooming with in-person activities! Here's everything you need to be doing in L.A. in April to come out smelling like a rose.
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DineLA Restaurant Week (April 1st to the 15th)
Spring DineLA is here, and it's the perfect time to get out and try a new restaurant with prix-fixe meals beginning at just $15. This season's standouts include a 3-course lunch at Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery in Pasadena for $35, which includes a Welcome Spritzer and their signature Meyer Lemon Tart. Next, DTLA rooftop hotpot LA Cha Cha Cha is offering a $65 4-course dinner which includes their Tostada Terraza bluefin appetizer. Lastly, EATALY L.A. in Century City has got you covered for takeout that feels like a night out with a 3-course lunch or dinner for just $25 that includes an Antipasti; Pasta, or Pizza; and a sweet Dolce finish.
Reservations are a must and can be made with the links above.
First Fridays at the Natural History Museum (April 1st)
Party with the dinosaurs after dark during the First Fridays event at the Natural History Museum. This month's theme is Wild Harvesting and includes live music, signature cocktails, and curated family fun.
Tickets are $20 or FREE for members. Get them here.
Santa Anita Spring Carnival (April 2nd-April 17th)
There's something for everyone at the Santa Anita Spring Carnival in Arcadia. Taking place the first three weekends in April, April 2nd and 3rd include a BBQ Championship and April 17th features an infield Easter Egg Hunt. Lastly, April 9th will include a pop-up from Hollywood hotspot Desert 5 Spot with music, cocktails, and a mechanical bull.
Purchase your tickets here and use the code RIDE22 for 20% off.
Dinner at Asterid (Anytime)
The highly anticipated Asterid from Chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish/BS Taqueria) is officially open at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Snag a seat at the bar for a Tequila and Passion Fruit or Zero Proof Coconut Milk Punch cocktail, or you can reserve a table for a dinner featuring "hyper-seasonal" ingredients like a Sunchoke Rösti with sunflower crème Fraiche and strawberry pepper jam ($15) or Lamb Shank with chile Japones and charred eggplant puree ($65)
Blippi the Musical (April 9th)
Love him or hate him, your kids know how to spell his name before their own. Blippi, the YouTube sensation is coming to Thousand Oaks with more songs than ever. Get your tickets here.
I'll Have What She's Having at the Skirball Center (April 14th)
Starting April 14th you can be part of, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli exhibition opening up at The Skirball Center. The show centers around the exploration of the Jewish-American experience through food. The delicious exhibition will run from April 14 to September 4, 2022.
Visit the website for more details. Admission is FREE on Thursdays.
Seder for Passover (April 15th)
Celebrate Passover with your extended family at JAR with Passover Seder in person or Passover Takeout on April 15th. The Seder at JAR will be led by Rabbi Ellen Nemhouser on April 15th at 5 p.m. ($250 pp) or you can choose to bring the holiday home for parties of 2 to 4.
Passover Seder at Jar will include tray-passed appetizers like House-Cured Salmon over potato pancakes along with a 4-course meal with sides. Passover takeout features à la carte options like Matzo Ball Soup with lemongrass broth ($16) and Pecan Covered Matzah ($12).
Make your reservations via TOCK.
Easy Mornings at Grand Park (April 16th, 23rd, and 30th)
Enjoy three hours of FREE family fun designed to support small businesses and encourage creativity in the community on Saturdays from 10 to 1 p.m. Activities include Children's Yoga, Puppet Shows, Crafts, and Live DJ Entertainment. Food will be available for purchase. See the link for an hour-by-hour schedule.
Brunch on Easter Sunday (April 17th)
Celebrate Easter Sunday with a fantastic Bunny Brunch all over the city. Favorites include a 4-course Brunch with spectacular views at Castaway Burbank ($92), or decadent Surprise-filled Chocolate Eggs from Bianca in Culver City.
FREE Coffee for Tax Day (April 18th)
Another thing you need to be doing in LA in April is your taxes, but doesn't April 18th feels a lot less ominous with a FREE coffee coming at you? Sign up for Corner Bakery's Rewards Program by April 17th to receive a FREE Hazelnut Cold Brew with purchase on Monday, April 18, at participating locations. New sign-ons also get a $5 bonus to use on your purchase.
Also sharing the FREE coffee love is The Pie Hole, who will be giving away a FREE Drip or Iced Coffee ALL WEEK LONG if you bring your own tumbler (purchase required).
You can file this under savings.
Spring High Tea and High Balls (Anytime)
Put a little spring in your step when you add some spirits to your afternoon tea. Taking place at Lilly Rose at The Wayfarer DTLA during April and May, the menu is floral-centric and features small bites and exotic teas and cocktails. Reserve here for afternoons beginning at noon ($50).
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd)
Although Earth Day falls on April 22nd, The Biggest Earth Day Event in L.A. is taking place April 23rd. Register here for the Santa Monica beach cleanup aimed at saving the turtles in the morning and an afterparty with yoga, music, and more from noon-4 p.m. The event is free.