21 Really Cool Things to do This April in Los Angeles (2017)

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?

We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in April around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.


April 2017 event highlights include the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Broke LA Festival, the VRLA Expo, the California Poppy Festival, a Harry Potter Roller Skating Night, and much more.

Our complete rundown starts after the jump.


Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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1. 6th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship at Santa Anita Park (April 1)

Th9s annual event returns to Santa Anita Park for a mouthwatering showdown of BBQ masters. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests will have a chance to taste some of the best BBQ as sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. There will also be a People’s Choice Award at the end of the event.

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2. International Pillow Fight Day Los Angeles (April 1)

Saturday, April 1 is International Pillow Fight Day (yup… that’s a thing), and meet-ups are planned in cities around the world to mark the occasion. Locally, a group will be meeting to square off against one another in a friendly foray of feathers at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. -> More information

3. Rooftop Cinema Club Kicks Off It’s 2017 Season (starts April 5)

The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back for 2017 with another exciting season of outdoor movie screenings atop the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. The screening schedule opens with Blade Runner on April 5. -> More information

4. The TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood (April 6-9)

The TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood from April 6 to 9. This ultimate event for classic film lovers brings over 80 movie screenings to iconic Hollywood venues: the Chinese Theater (opened in 1927), 1922’s Egyptian Theater, and the venerable Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. -> More information

5. Monsterpalooza 2017 at Pasadena Convention Center (April 7-9)

Monsterpalooza 2017 comes to The Pasadena Convention Center April 7 through 9 for the ultimate celebration of monsters and movie magic. -> More information

6. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Returns (April 7-9)

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is back from April 7 to 9 with auto showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and the featured IndyCar event on Sunday. -> More informationDiscount tickets (via Goldstar)

7. The Broke LA Music & Arts Festival is Back (April 8)

Enjoy the festival vibe without breaking the bank at Broke LA 2017. Music fans will once again be entertained by a lineup of musicians, bands & comedians along with food vendors, a dog park, art installations and more. -> More informationDiscount tickets (via Goldstar)

8. 9th Annual L.A. Beer Festival Returns for Another Round (April 8)

Hosted by Drink Eat Play, the LA Beer Festival is back for their spring event at Los Angeles Center Studios on April 8. Guests are invited to sample dozens of local and national beers while listening to 90’s-inspired tunes. There will also be various food trucks with delicious snacks and meals available for purchase. -> More information

9. 6th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night at Moonlight Rollerway (April 8)

Calling all wizards and muggles alike – this Harry Potter event will feature music from the film series, a costume contest, raffles, butterbeer & more! -> More information

10. Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles (April 8-9)

Foodies, you’re in for a treat. The Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017 comes to Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th for the ultimate spread of all time. Mediterranean, Mexican, Grilled Cheese, BBQ, or maybe Homemade Southern comfort food? With 100 food trucks to choose from, you will not walk away hungry! -> More information

11. The 2017 Virtual Reality Expo at the L.A. Convention Center (April 14-15)

For two days, convention attendees will have access to virtual reality and augmented reality demos, education sessions, immersive work presentations and more. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

12. 13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show & Tea Time At Heritage Square (April 15)

Heritage Square Museum hosts its 13th annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea on April 15 in Montecito Heights, just north of Downtown Los Angeles. -> More information

13. Los Angeles March for Science on Earth Day (April 22)

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., marchers will gather at Pershing Square to celebrate science and urge environmental, as well as human rights protection. -> More information

14. Celebrate the Ultimate Throwback with the 12th Annual Freestyle Festival in Long Beach (April 22)

This one-day music festival will feature hit-makers from the 1980’s through 1990’s including Bell Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa, The English Beat, Naughty by Nature and more. -> More information

15.  Renew- Reuse, Recycle, Restyle at Angel City Brewery (April 22)

Celebrate Earth Day weekend with this annual bazaar featuring live music, a clothing drive, photo booth, food, and more. This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles. -> More information

16. The Annual L.A. Times Festival of Books Returns to USC (April 22-23)

The FREE two-day festival features live readings from authors, cooking demonstrations, intimate conversations & forward-thinking panels on U.S.C.’s campus. -> More information

17. Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival at Barnes Park (April 22-23)

The Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival comes to Barnes Park April 22-23 for an arts event with entertainment, learning, and fun in honor of the Japanese American culture. -> More information

18. California Poppy Festival (April 22-23)

The poppies are poppin’ this year, and there’s no better time to place to learn about these brilliant wildllfowers than at the California Poppy Festival. Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors can can pickup free wildflower maps and tips on the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to see the incredible spectacle for themselves. -> More information


19. The 18th Annual Taste of the Valley Returns to Westfield Topanga (April 26)

Guests will get a chance to taste food from over 45 local restaurants to enjoy wine, spirits and beer from over 120 wineries, breweries and local makers. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

20. Paul Simon: Words & Music Exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center (April 27)

Curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, fans can learn about Simon’s life, career, and creative process while perusing various instruments, records, sheet music, photography, costumes, and more on display. -> More information

21. LA Weekly Presents Burgers & Beer at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (April 29)

LA Weekly Presents Burgers & Beer on comes to the Coliseum on April 29 for an afternoon of unlimited slider samples and beer pours from some of L.A.’s best restaurants and breweries. -> More information

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout April. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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