22 Really Cool Things to do This April in Los Angeles (2018)

Sleepless After Hours Music Center
The entrance at Sleepless at The Music Center from Sep. 2016. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 2018 event highlights include the opening of the Museum of Selfies, the L.A. Times Festival of Books, the Broke LA Music & Arts Fest, a pop-up mini golf course in Little Tokyo, Sleepless at The Music Center, and much more.


Our complete rundown starts after the jump.


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Things to do in L.A. for April 2018

1. The Museum of Selfies (opens April 1)

Billed as an exploration of the “history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie,” the Museum of Selfies offers an array of installations and exhibits for visitors to both learn about the art of the selfie, and take plenty of their own. -> More information

2. Dwell on Design: A Design & Architecture Convention (April 5-7)

Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the three-day convention will feature speakers, panels and consultations by acclaimed architects, interior designers and design visionaries. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

3. Sleepless at The Music Center (April 6-7)

Sleepless, The Music Center’s beloved late-night event, returns on April 6-7 for two evenings of art, dancing, and music! This year’s theme is Disco Lives. Guests will dance, roller boogie, watch film clips of the era, and much more. -> More information

4. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire Kicks Off (April 7)

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale for another year of fun every Saturday and Sunday from April 7 through May 20. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

5. Foodie Con 2018 (April 7-8)

Hosted at The Reef in Downtown L.A., Foodie Con will feature shopping & book signings, cooking product demos, food court vendors from local restaurants and chefs,  plus beer, wine and spirits sampling. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

6. 9th Annual L.A. Beer Festival (April 7)

The 9th Annual L.A. Beer Fest returns Saturday April 7 at Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. for another afternoon showcasing 80 breweries serving up 200 beers. -> More information

7. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Returns (April 13-15)

The Toyota Grand Prix features live street racing, live music concerts, a lifestyle expo, kids kart racing, dancing contests, food trucks and more. -> More informationDiscount tickets (via Goldstar)

8. Monsterpalooza at the Pasadena Convention Center (April 13-15)

Celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic during Monsterpalooza at The Pasadena Convention Center, a three-day monster fest with over 250 exhibitors, screenings, panels and more! -> More information

9. 20th Annual Film Noir Festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre (April 13-22)

See dark tales focused on murder, mayhem, and femme fatales at the 20th Noir City: Hollywood Film Noir Festival at Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 13-22. -> More information

10. Earth Day 2018 Community Festival in Whittier (April 14)

The Earth Day 2018 Community Festival comes to the Joint Administration Office in Whittier on April 14 to celebrate the majestic planet we call home. -> More information

11. Victorian Tea & Fashion Show at Heritage Square Museum (April 14)

Heritage Square Museum Victorian in Montecito Heights presents its annual Victorian Tea and Fashion Show on April 14. See fashions inspired by First Ladies, including Martha Washington, Jackie Kennedy, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and more. -> More information

12. The Great L.A. River Cleanup (April 14, 21, 28)

Volunteer to clean up the L.A. River! On April 14, 21 and 28, thousands of volunteers scour different parts of the L.A. River, collecting trash and helping to improve the environment. -> More information

13. Record Store Day 2018 (April 21)

Record Store Day returns on April 21 for another celebration of the legacy of brick-and-mortar record stores and the special role they play in their communities. Dozens of Los Angeles stores will participate. -> More information

14. CATstravaganza at Kitty Bungalow (April 21)

CATstravaganza is a star-studded, feline-themed musical benefit for Kitty Bungalow, taking place at the Montalban Theatre on April 21. -> More information

15. Pop-Up Mini-Golf Course in Little Tokyo (April 21,22, 28, 29)

The Inaugural Little Tokyo Mini Open will be held at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) April 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nine-hole course was designed by local artists who took inspiration from the past, present, an future of the neighborhood. -> More information

16. Broke LA Music & Arts Festival (April 21-22)

Broke LA, the homegrown music & arts festival is returning to The Regent in DTLA for another 2-day event featuring over 50 performers, a local marketplace & more! -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

17. 23rd Annual L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC (April 21-22)

The 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the University of Southern California April 21-22. -> More information

18. Meet the Goats in Rancho Palos Verdes (April 22)ca

Stop by Meet the Goats in Rancho Palos Verdes on April 22 for your chance to meet the goats of RPV! The unique meet and greet will feature educational sessions plus fun activities with the  goats. -> More information

19. The Oregon Wine Trail Comes to L.A. (April 24)

50 Oregon wineries will be represented as The Oregon Wine Trail comes to The Line Hotel on April 24. In addition to generous pours of select Oregon–based wines, guests will enjoy a few goodies from Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. -> More information

20. Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park (April 27-29)

Dubbed the “Best of L.A. Arts Festival,” Grand Park is hosting a weekend long art celebration. Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival, from April 27-29. -> More information

21. The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show Returns (April 28)

The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes to Union Nightclub on April 28 for for its premiere underground art show… served up with a stack of pancakes! -> More information

22. Annual Puppet Festival at the Skirball on April 29

The family-friendly Puppet Festival at the Skirball will feature various performances & storytelling through the art of puppetry, as well as a chance to make your own puppets. -> 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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