Things To Do This Easter Weekend in Los Angeles [3-29-2024 to 3-31-2024]

Rainy morning on the 1st St Bridge in DTLA. Photo by Christina Champlin

Welp, it looks like we’re heading for an Easter rainout. If you had outdoor plans for the holiday weekend, you might want to re-consider, as the current forecast calls for potentially heavy rain on Saturday, and thunderstorms on Sunday. So much for the egg hunts, eh?

Nonetheless, there are few ideas you might want to explore for the last days of March, including stand-up comedy at PetSpace, Eyes on the Road at the Petersen, L.A. Intersections at The Broad, new exhibitions at Torrance Art Museum, From Canvas to Screen at The Norton Simon Museum, and a couple of Easter brunch ideas too. We’ll get into the full list below.


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Stand Up for Pups -> On Friday, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace and Can’t Even Comedy present Stand Up for Pups, a dog-friendly comedy show to support animal rescue. Hosted by Caitlin Benson the evening includes a DJ set and a meet-and-greet with adoptable pups. Tickets start at $25. More info here.

Beyonce playback party at Desert 5 Spot -> This Friday, Desert 5 Spot invites guests to join them for a Beyoncé playback party in honor of her debut country music album release. The event will take place during the venue’s weekly Frontier Fridays, offering two for $6 tacos, $6 beer & wine, and $9 cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. Then from 9 to 10 p.m., attendees can enjoy the album once more, nestled between line dancing and the bar’s usual live music performances. Throughout the night, resident DJs will seamlessly weave the album’s tracks into their sets.

Spring Fling Big Bunny at the L.A. Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates easter with a “Spring Fling Big Bunny” event from Friday through Easter Sunday. Enjoy Easter-themed activities meet the Easter Bunny, participate in egg hunts, and enjoy special animal presentations throughout the zoo. This special event is included with admission. More info here.

Eyes on the Road Exhibit Opening Reception -> On Friday the Petersen Automotive Museum hosts an opening reception for “Eyes on the Road.” The exhibit features automotive related artworks by Ed Ruscha, Vik Muniz, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Mr. Brainwash, Roger Kuntz, Harry Chandler, and many others. Tickets start at $45 a person. More info here.

L.A. Intersections at The BroadM TP > This Saturday, enjoy an after hours event at The Broad for L.A. Intersections a festival celebrating diverse music and spoken word scenes in Los Angeles, featuring punk, ska, jazz, rap, noise, and Filipinx artists. Tickets cost $30. More info here.

New Exhibitions at TAMFA TP > This Saturday, the Torrance Art Museum opens three new exhibitions for the spring: RISKY BUSINESS, The Marvel of Old Masters, and Reflecting Pool: Emergence of the Third Eye. To mark the opening, there will be a panel discussion from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. featuring Sharon Barnes, Barbara Friedman, Zachary Keeting, and Marie Thibeault, followed by an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. Works remain on view through May 4. More info here.


From Canvas to Screen at The Norton Simon Museum -> The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena presents a selection of films that encapsulates some of history’s most celebrated works of art. Held on consecutive Saturdays this month, the films are free with general admission to the museum on a first come first served basis. This weekend they’ll screen Marie Antoinette. The Theater opens 30 minutes before screening.

Forest Lawn Celebrates Centennial Easter Sunrise Service -> On Sunday, Forest Lawn’s centennial Easter Sunrise Service will be celebrated with six in-person events across Southern California. The featured event will be Forest Lawn-Glendale’s 100th anniversary service, offering bilingual services in English and Spanish. Following the Glendale service, there will be a Family Easter Celebration including Bob Baker Marionettes, an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and unveilings of Forest Lawn’s monumental Crucifixion and Resurrection paintings. Additionally, the Forest Lawn Museum will host the “100 Years of Easter at Forest Lawn” exhibit. These free centennial events will take place on March 31 from 6 to 7:30 am at Forest Lawn’s Cathedral City, Covina Hills, Cypress, Glendale, Hollywood Hills, and Long Beach locations. Forest Lawn-Glendale’s Family Easter Event will follow services from 8 to 10 a.m.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The interior of ZOZO at Maison Midi. Photo credit John Troxell.

$38 Easter Sunday Brunch at ZOZO -> [UPDATE: The Easter Sunday brunch event has been cancelled] ZOZO at Maison Midi is offering an Easter Sunday Brunch for $38 per person. The brunch includes pita and hummus for the table, a choice of either spring soup or salad to start, and a choice of main course. Entree options include traditional Green Chilaquiles, an Omelet with lardon, goat cheese, and spring peas, or a Poached Egg Benedict with smoked paprika hollandaise and Spanish serrano ham. Additionally, each table will receive a bottle of their choice from options such as Apple Cider, Provence Rose, or Brut. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

A Portuguese Easter Special -> On Easter Sunday, Tapizôn, a Brazilian Asian restaurant in El Segundo, is serving a traditional Brazilian Easter dish called Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa. This dish features Portuguese salted cod served on a bed of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and olives, with eggs on the side. The meal includes a glass of wine and costs an approachable $35.

Easter Brunch, Jazz and Champagne Flights –> Santa Monica wine bar Esters will open an hour early on Sunday for a special brunch. The brunch will feature dishes like Tortilla Española and Waffles, with the option to add caviar. Starting at noon, guests can also enjoy a Jazz Trio and a Rosé Champagne flight for $35, which includes three wines. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations can be made via Resy. More info here

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