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15 Totally Fun Things Every Angeleno Ought to Put on Their Spring To-Do List!

March 21, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Hanging out in Los Angeles and need ideas for things to do for the Spring season? We’ve got you covered.

From the beginning of the outdoor movie season to open-street festivals to the return of Dodgers baseball, there’s more to do in L.A. this Spring than you probably have time to budget into your schedule… but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!

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That said, hope you find this rundown helpful in planning your next few months of entertainment.

Enjoy the list!

1. Check Out CicLAvia in The Valley

On Sunday March 22 at 9am CicLAvia, L.A.’s massive open streets initiative, makes its way to The Valley! We Like L.A.’s cycling czar Zachary Rynew profiled the CicLAvia organization and its history. There’s also a detailed guide on CicLAValley.org (also written by Zack) that will give you tons of good info on Sunday’s event specifically. And if you do go, make sure to take advantage of these 25 local discounts only available on the day of the event.

2. Do Fireworks and a Ball Game at Dodgers Stadium

It’s time for Dodgers baseball! And with a side of fireworks too? Bonus…

Grab some discount tickets for Friday April 17 versus the Rockies or Friday May 1 against the Diamondbacks and enjoy a fun-filled display of explosions after the Dodgers win (probably).

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3. Experience the L.A. Times Festival of Books

Meet authors, hear live music and poetry, and catch original works of art and photography, and sample tons of delicious food over this three day event in April. Check out the L.A. Times event page for more info.

4. See a Cherry Blossom Festival

What better representation of Spring than the gorgeous blooming of the cherry blossom? There are three different festivals this weekend (March 21-22) you can check out, but if that notice is too short then there is one more celebration happening in Monterey Park in April.

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossoms

Credit: Descanso Gardens on Facebook

5. Watch the L.A Film Festival

A massive and diverse slate of feature films, shorts and music videos from dozens of countries around the world, the L.A. Film Festival is one of the best ways to see what’s happening in the world of independent film. This year’s festival takes place from June 10-18 and pre-sale tickets go live on April 21.

6. Try to Escape from an Escape Room

Escape rooms seem to be all the rage these days, so why not use the rebirth of the Spring season as an excuse to try something totally new? For example, here’s one we found where you play the role of a private detective, but for other options check out this rundown of six different escape rooms that the LAist tried out.

7. Score Priceless Art at Incognito

Santa Monica’s annual art benefit sale, Incognito, returns May 2 and provides a unique opportunity to get one-of-a-kind artwork from contemporary masters. Here’s the premise: hundred’s of pieces on display, none of them are labeled,  all priced exactly the same. The artist’s identity is only revealed after the purchase, meaning if you have the right eye you might be able to spot an artwork that’s significantly more valuable than than the sale price. Proceeds go to the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

8. Take a Joshua Tree Excursion

If you’ve always wanted to check out the amazing beauty of Joshua Tree but needed a little extra motivation, consider this package that includes bus fare, a guided tour of local sights, and opportunities to dine at some of the best eateries in the area. Awesome excuse to go on adventure if you want to liven up your weekend. Get more information and discounted tickets on the package at Goldstar.

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9. Do an Easter Brunch

What better excuse to use for having an epic brunch than the Easter Sunday holiday? To help narrow down your choices, I’d recommend checking out the list of best brunches in Los Angeles we put together to point you in the direction of some delicious options.

10. Watch an Outdoor Movie Screening

Spring means the beginning of the outdoor movie season in Los Angeles, so why not partake in the fun? Street Food Cinema recently announced it’s 2015 schedule, with over 50 events scheduled at 11 spots throughout the city of angels, with classics ranging from Goonies to Raiders of the Lost Ark to Office Space playing at locations from Pasadena to the Westside to the South Bay. Another big fest is Eat See Hear, which kicks off its extensive summer movie program on May 9. And of course keep your eye on the Cinespia website, where they’ll be announcing their summer schedule also starting in May.

11. Explore the Renaissance Faire

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is the world’s oldest Renaissance fair. If you go you’ll see hundreds of costumed performers,  jousting,  knife throwing,  improv troupes, hundreds of artisans selling hand-crafted goods, and not to mention an incredible selection of food vendors. Get more information and discount tickets  to the Faire via Goldstar.

12. Go to the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

One of the the most iconic L.A. music festivals at one of our most beautiful venues returns on June 13-14. The 2015 lineup includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorterm the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, and many, many more!

13. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in L.A.

If you’re keen on celebrating Cinco De Mayo this year, there’s always plenty of options in the city of angels. Fiesta Broadway is a mile-long street fair in Downtown LA complete with Mexican music, games, and cuisine that’s happening in late April. There’s also a celebration in El Pueblo on Olivera Street you can check out.

14. Dance at a Rave of Thrones

Game of Thrones much? If that’s your thing here’s an all-night party event at Exchange LA featuring Game of Thrones themed decor, performers, and visuals… and of course all in attendance are heavily encourage to dress the part to complete the experience. Plus, a DJ set from Kristian Nairn, or as you probably know him, Hodor. Party starts March 26 at 10pm!

15. Hike Griffith Park With a Park Ranger

This Spring Ranger Ernie Ybarra leads a set of public hikes, all starting at the Griffith Park Ranger station. There are five hikes scheduled this Spring!

What’s on your Spring to-do list in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below! 

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