Spring is in the air (well.. almost)
From the beginning of the outdoor movie season to taco festivals, a bacon festival, cherry blossom festivals, books festivals, and even a free museum day, there’s more to do in L.A. this spring than you’ll likely be able to fit into your schedule… but don’t let that stop you from trying.
With that in mind, we hope you find this list helpful in doing a bit of planning for the coming months.
Enjoy the city, and the season.
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1. PaleyFest 2016 (March 11-20)
PaleyFest is a unique opportunity to see the stars and creators of your favorite television shows live, in person, at panel discussions and Q&A’s at the Dolby Theater over the course of this ten-day event.
2. Great Horror Movie Nights (March 11, April 1, May 13)
The Great Horror Movie Night series returns this spring beginning on March 11 with a showing of Poltergeist at the old abandoned zoo in Griffith Park followed by a April 1 screening of The Shining, then concluding with Friday the 13th (on Friday, May 13!).
3. Museum Day Live! (March 12)
Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to any and all guests presenting a Museum Day Live! voucher. In the Los Angeles area the event will include free admission to seven area museums.
4. Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival (March 12-13)
Head over to La Canada Flintridge in March for a two-day festival at Descanso Gardens celebrating Japanese culture and the spring bloom of the cherry blossoms.
5. Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre (March 13)
On Sunday, March 13 head over to Sierra Madre to view the world’s largest known wistaria vine as part of the annual Wistaria Festival.
6. Festival of Kites in Redondo Beach (March 13)
The 42nd Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier on March 13 for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun.
7. Treat Yo’ Self Dessert Tasting Event (March 20)
Some of the best bakeries, restaurants, and ice cream shops in L.A. will be handing out samples of their most popular desserts at the first ever Treat Yo’ Self presented by Time Out Los Angeles.
8. Rooftop Cinema (all April)
Classic movies screened at an epic rooftop location in the heart of Hollywood? Sounds good to us! Rooftop Film Club is back for 2016 starting in April with a FULL month of screening dates.
9. Sleepless After-Hours Party at The Music Center (April 1)
Held at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Sleepless is an after-hours party series that promises an extravaganza of sonic wonders that’ll delight guests until the wee hours of the morning (well, 3:00am at least). From curated DJ sets and musical performances, to video installations, fun activities, and sonic sculptures, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this April’s event.
10. TOMATOMANIA! at Descanso Gardens (April 2-3)
TOMATOMANIA! returns to Descanso Gardens on April 2 for a full weekend of tomato themed fun. Dubbed by organizers as ‘the tomato freaks Woodstock’ TOMATOMANIA! started as a west coast phenomenon in the 1990s and evolved over time into a coast-to-coast springtime tradition for tomato-loving gardeners of all types.
11. Masters of Taste at The Rose Bowl (April 3)
Some of L.A.’s top master tastemakers will come together for a day celebrating the good life. The inaugural Masters of Taste includes bites from 40 restaurants, an array of delicious sweets, handcrafted cocktails and tastings from esteemed bartenders, wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juicers and coffee roasters.
12. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April 9 – May 22)
Now in its 54th year, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire offers guests the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a whimsical recreation of an Elizabethen English Village complete with festival food, games, crafts, dancing, music, rides, and entertainment.
13. LA Time Festival of Books (April 9-10)
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has always been about one simple mission: to connect people who love books, both the creators and the consumers. This year that mission continues with a weekend long extravaganza on the USC campus that will include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, photography exhibits, film screenings, Q&A’s, and other cultural entertainment activities.
14. 4/20 Screening of Dazed and Confused at The Wiltern (April 20)
Richard Linklater’s cult-classic comedy Dazed & Confused will screen for movie night at The Wiltern at the ummm… most appropriate of dates. Be sure to pick up discount / VIP tickets from our friends at Goldstar so you can save a few bucks to buy some extra munchies.
15. LA Bacon Fest (May 1)
Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Bacon Festival is back this May for a pork filled affair at LA Center Studios in DTLA. The Bacon Fest feature dozens of restaurants and bakeries, all paying homage to the fatty flavor of bacon, presented in both sweet and savory dishes.
16. Free Comic Book Day (May 7)
As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is special day held annually on the first Saturday in May when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. In Los Angeles, be sure to check out the Blastoff Comicsfest, which will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day over at The Federal Bar in NoHo for the second year in a row.
17. Street Food Cinema (Starts May 7)
Street Food Cinema 2016 will feature over 50 different outdoor movie events from May 7 through October 29, each combining classic film screenings with live musical performances and tasty local area food trucks.
18. LA Weekly’s Tacolandia (June 11)
LA Weekly’s Tacolandia 2016 returns for its fourth annual installment with a festive day of more than 100 top taco vendors, all providing delicious samples of their best gourmet tacos. The taco madness will also live mariachi music, a cash bars and even awards for best tacos in select categories.
So what are you looking forward to this spring in L.A.? What’s not on the list that’s definitely on your radar? Let us know in the comments below!