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21 Essential Things to do This Spring in Los Angeles 2017

March 20, 2017 by Karin E. Baker

Spring has returned, and on the heels of our (relatively) wet winter after the years-long draught, spring 2017 is shaping up to be one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful and most green springtimes in memory.

So get moving! Check out the wildflowers in the surrounding areas, a free sci-fi film series at Union Station, amazing food festivals, and the Los Angeles Times book festival. March for science, see Björk’s amazing new virtual reality experience, watch outdoor movies, attend a fun music festival even if you don’t have a Coachella-sized budget, and more.


Our list of some of the best spring events in Los Angeles will remind you of why this city is such a great place to live. Enjoy!

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1. Sleepless After-Hours Party at the Music Center (March 24)

This multi-media sensorial experience is always full of surprises and the new event will be no exception. This year’s inspiration is renewal, migration, change, and growth, making it the perfect way to share the start of the season during a late night at the Music Center. -> More information

2. Science Fiction Film Series at Union Station (April 5, May 12 and June 9)

One of LA’s most beautiful buildings is home to a free series of sci-fi films this spring. Enjoy Blade Runner, Them! and Her in the gorgeous Mission Revival train station across from Olvera Street and Chinatown. -> More information

3. Broke LA Music & Arts Festival (April 8)

Formerly known as Brokechella, Broke LA gives you a full day of live music, comedy, art, film, giant art installations, a dog park and much more. The best part of all? Tickets are just $25. -> More information & Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

4. 6th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night (April 8)

Skate to music from the Harry Potter movies, enter the costume contest, drink butter beer and more during this fun annual event at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. -> More information

5. SoCal Corgi Beach Day (April 8)

Corgi owners and appreciators will enjoy this annual Corgi party in Huntington Beach where there’s a full day of games, contests and other dog-centric entertainment. -> More information

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

The Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017 comes to DTLA April 8-9 offering a massive selection of eats, all served via L.A.’s most humble form of dining establishment: The Food truck. Options will include Mediterranean, Mexican, Grilled Cheese, BBQ, and over 100 total options. -> More information

7. Montrose Food & Brewfest (April 9)

Enjoy unlimited food samples from local restaurants and chefs from the Montrose area with prices starting at $35 for general admission. -> More information

 8. Earth Day LA in Grand Park (April 19)

Celebrate the planet during Earth Day LA. Taking place in Grand Park in DTLA, you can enjoy composting workshops, make art using recyclables, learn from healthy lifestyle vendors and more. This family-friendly day also features kid-friendly yoga and bootcamp sessions. -> More information

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

Part of a nationwide march, this will probably be the largest assembly of scientists and science advocates in history. Come celebrate the role that science plays in protecting the environment and overall human happiness. -> More information

10. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 22-23)

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books connects book lovers with book creators. This book-centric weekend-long extravaganza on the USC campus will include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, photography exhibits, film screenings, Q&A’s, and other cultural entertainment activities. -> More information

11. Paul Simon: Words & Music at Skirball Cultural Center (April 27 – Sept. 10)

At this traveling exhibition curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, learn about the rock icon’s life, career, and creative process and check out various instruments, records, sheet music, photography, costumes, and more on display. -> More information

12. Taste of the Eastside (April 30)

Enjoy the evolving food scene of such eastside neighborhoods as Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Atwater Village and more during this special event at Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. -> More information

13. L.A. Taco & Beer Festival (May 6)

What could be better than cold cervezas and hot tacos on a sunny May afternoon? Not much we can think of. Some of L.A.’s best taco trucks and restaurants will be participating, so get your eating pants ready. -> More information & Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

14. Free Comic Book Day (May 6)

Some of the best comic book stores in L.A. are part of this nationwide event celebrating comics by giving away comic books, absolutely free of charge, to anyone who enters their stores. Get the list of stores from the link below. More information

15. Masters of Taste (May 7)

Celebrate the good life at this luxury food festival, back for a second year. Taking place at the Rose Bowl, you’ll be able to try food and drinks from over 40 of L.A.’s master tastemakers. along with beautifully crafted cocktails from master mixologists. -> More information & Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

16. Björk Digital (May 19 – June 4)

The always-innovative Icelandic singer brings her new project to The Magic Box at The Reef in DTLA. Björk Digital is a collection of 90 minutes of virtual reality videos and is set to be one of the most exciting cultural events in L.A. this spring. -> More information

17. EEEEEATSCON (May 20)

This brand-new, millennial-inspired food festival will feature food from some of L.A.’s best eateries, along with the chance to try food from Mario Batali’s famed Eataly during its very first appearance in Los Angeles and much more. Check the link below for the extensive list of participating food and drink purveyors. -> More information

18. Museums of the Arroyo Day (May 21)

During Museums of the Arroyo Day, six museums and historic homes in and around the Pasadena area will be free of charge. Making it even easier to navigate, there will be a free shuttle service between locations, making it easier to take it all in while helping the environment. -> More information

19. Last Remaining Seats (June 3 -24)

If you love stunning architecture or classic films — or both — Last Remaining Seats is one of the best events in Los Angeles for the vintage lover. This series of twice-weekly classic film screenings in Downtown’’s stunning movie palaces built nearly a century ago is always a feast for the eyes. -> More information

20. View Wildflowers in and Around L.A. (various)

During this unusually green springtime, you’ll want to check out the gorgeous poppies and other blooms while they’re at their lushest. Some of our suggestions: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Joshua Tree State Park and Point Mugu State Park.

21. Outdoor Movies (various)

Viewing movies under the stars is a favorite activity of many Angelenos. Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the pioneer of outdoor cinema in L.A. They’re popping up all over the city, but Rooftop Cinema Club atop the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, along with Street Food Cinema and Eat See Hear, are a few of the best.