The Best Los Angeles Events This April 2017

Check out all the best Los Angeles events and things to do this April 2017. Enjoy!

Young Literati’s Annual Toast
Saturday, April 1
Join Young Literati Chair Samantha Hanks and Honorary Co-Chairs Busy Philipps and Constance Wu for a celebration of the literary life of our city! Hosted by  Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks. Scheduled performers: Andrew Bird, Chelsea Handler, Kumail Nanjiani, Retta, Timothy Simons, Constance Wu.

Matt Adrian – Sierra Madre
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 20x20x1.65″ in 22x22x1.65″ frame.

Laluzapalooza at Wacko Soap Plant
Until Sunday, April 2
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. There are  144 pieces from 67 artists, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop.

Reykjavík Festival
Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, June 4
In Reykjavík’s close-knit artistic community, the contemporary music scene is indistinguishable from the rock, pop, and electronic music scenes. The Reykjavík Festival, curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daníel Bjarnason will highlight the creativity thriving in Iceland’s capital. Passing seamlessly across a wide spectrum of music, the festival encompasses Green Umbrella, World Music, Toyota Symphonies for Youth programs, orchestral concerts with Salonen, popular music and interdisciplinary partnerships, visual and installation art, lectures and film.

Welcome! A Fundraising Concert for the ACLU at Staples Center
Monday, April 3
Starting as a call-to-action on Twitter in response to the recent immigration ban, multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd has organized WELCOME!, a fundraising concert benefitting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The concert will be held on Monday, April 3rd at Staples Center with 100% of the profits from WELCOME! going to the ACLU.

Patti Smith at the Teragram Ballroom
Tuesday, April 4
Legendary artist Patti Smith performs with her band at the Teragram Ballroom near downtown.

The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor at LACMA
Wednesday, April 5
Renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor speaks with LACMA Director and CEO Michael Govan about the concepts behind his plans for LACMA’s future presentation of its collections. The new planned gallery building emphasizes exterior transparency as well as intimate interior experiences. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zumthor is known for creating unique architectural spaces such as Therme Vals, Switzerland; the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and Kolumba Art Museum, Cologne.

Science Fiction Film Series at Union Station
Wednesday, April 5
Metro Art presents “Blade Runner,” (1982, 117 min, Dir. Ridley Scott, 2007 Final Cut) as the first in our Sci-Fi at Union Station series.
(Doors at 7:00pm) in Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall
Special guest Susan King, to introduce the film
This screening is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook!

Rooftop Cinema Club at the Montalbán
Wednesday, April 5 – Wednesday, May 31
The masters of al fresco rooftop movie viewing are returning for their third season of screenings on the Montalbán’s rooftop.

Live Talks LA at New Roads School in Santa Monica
Wednesday, April 5 – Monday, May 22
A series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, humorists, artists, chefs, scientists and thought leaders in business.

First Fridays on Abbot Kinney
Friday, April 7
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl is a fun, food truck focused event with select shops open late, happy hours at select restaurants and special events in popup locations that vary each month.

Harry Potter Roller Skating Night at Moonlight Rollerway
Saturday, April 8
Attention Wizards, Witches, Squibs and Muggles of all ages! Join Moonlight Rollerway for the 6th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night! Enjoy a night filled with Harry Potter music, costume contest, games and raffle prizes, merchandise and Butterbeer from the snack bar for only $15 per person which includes skate rental. All ages are welcome!

Broke LA Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, April 8
LA’s Discovery Festival for music, art, goods, and all that other stuff you love but don’t know about yet. 2017 will mark the 7th edition of BROKE LA, which has steadily grown from a modest 250-person show to a 6,000 person multi-vertical festival in 2016. LA’s premiere discovery destination from music, comedy, & visual art, to food, makers, and wares, the event attracts thousands of Angelenos annually. 2017 attendance is projected at 7,000-10,000, up from 6,000 in 2016.

LA Beer Festival at LA Center Studios
Saturday, April 8
The 9th annual LA Beer Festival will feature over 200 beers, 80 breweries, food trucks, Power 106 DJ Truck, live music, dueling piano bar, and much more! Admission is $45 for General Admission and $80 for Connoisseurs, which includes access to private restrooms and a VIP lounge with an indoor/outdoor event dock overlooking the event as well as limited beers/ one-offs not available to general attendees. All tickets include beer with food sold separately. The LA Beer Festival’s proceeds will benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc whose aim is to rescue dogs from shelters and find permanent homes for rescued pets. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding food, shelter, and veterinary bills for rescued pets.

Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles
Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 9
The Food Truck Fetish Festival was created to aid in ending hunger in the Los Angeles area. The Food Truck Fetish Festival is partnering with Love Mission and Sistahs In Sync to “stomp out hunger”. A portion of all proceeds will go to funding these crusading non-profit organizations to directly impact the community.

Rose Bowl Flea Market
Sunday, April 9
The world’s most unusual flea market the shopping place of the stars. Featuring over 2,500 vendors and 20,000 buyers every Month. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the most famous markets in the world. Celebrating over 45 years of continued success at the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

An American in Paris at Pantages Theatre
Until Sunday, April 9
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 Broadway Season!

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
Thursday, April 13
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports local community economic development through a variety of year-round programs, which includes the self-guided “Art Walk” on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Idina Menzel at The Greek Theatre
Friday, April 14
With her breakthrough role as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, and singing the multi-platinum Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Easter Hoppening at Malibu Bluffs Park
Friday, April 14
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with an Egg Hunt for children ages 1-10, bounce houses*,food trucks*, art activities, photos with the Easter Bunny and more!

The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp
Saturday, April 15 – Saturday, April 29
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and show your love for the LA River – the Great LA River CleanUp is back for 2017! Registration is open now – join today and be part of the largest urban river cleanup in America. Last year 9,000 volunteers shattered records at the 2016 CleanUp and hauled off more than 70 tons of trash. This year we’re going to tear up the record books again with another record-breaking CleanUp! Are you going to be there? Be part of history – sign up for the CleanUp today!

Egg Bowl at Rose Bowl
Saturday, April 15
Search for Easter eggs at the Rose Bowl! The Pasadena stadium hosts its annual Easter celebration with face painting, balloon animals, Easter Bunny photo ops and more than 60,000 eggs laid out on the field.

Earth Day LA in Grand Park
April 19
Come to Grand Park, The Music Center and DWP to discover ways you can live clean and go green in L.A.

  • E-waste Drop Off
  • Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation Info
  • Tour Grand Park’s Sustainable Landscaping
  • Eyeglass Donation
  • Educational Performances
  • Composting
  • Tree* Giveaways
  • Food Vendors
  • Recycled Art Projects
  • Kid-Friendly Yoga and Bootcamp Sessions
  • Healthy Lifestyle Vendors

*Free trees will be available if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles. Verification will be required (ID/Driver’s License or LADWP bill). First come, first served. Limit 1 tree per address.

Los Angeles March for Science on Earth Day
Saturday, April 22
Marchers will assemble at Pershing Square Park and march to City Hall.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23
For one weekend in April, people who love books will gather with people who love to write, publish and sell books. And, there’s nothing like it anywhere.
150,000 attendees
600+ authors
300+ exhibitors
900+ volunteers
100+ author panels
6 outdoor stages
2 children’s areas

Taste of the Eastside
Sunday, April 30
Taste of the Eastside is a food+drink festival that showcases the evolving and diverse food scene of the eastside neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater and beyond. Taste of the Eastside invites over two dozen restaurants from the evolving and diverse food scene of the eastside neighborhoods. Each restaurant or chef showcases a signature dish or creates something unique just for the event.


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