Things To Do

34 Awesome Things to do this Easter Weekend in L.A. [4-14-17 to 4-16-17]

April 13, 2017 by Christina Champlin

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).


This Easter weekend in L.A. (Apr. 14 to Apr. 16) includes a Virtual Reality Expo, an Easter Egg hunt at The Rose Bowl, EasterFest at Grand Park, World Art Day, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.


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Friday April 14th, 2017

1. The 2017 Virtual Reality Expo is two days (April 14-15) of virtual reality and augmented reality demos, education sessions, immersive work presentations and more.

2. Enjoy a free screening of a new episode of CNN’s Emmy-nominated show United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. The event takes place at the Bing Theater at LACMA, and Bell himself will be on hand for an enlightening conversation. FREE

3. Festival M.A.R.S., a ten-day festival featuring unique merging of music, fashion, art and dance, is coming to Downtown Los Angeles from April 14 to 23. Taking place at Art Share L.A. and Angel City Brewery, the fest will include performances from 35+ local and internationally established musicians and visual artists.

4. Grand Park is hosting a site specific installation called The Portals Project, an immersive experience where Angelenos get to connect and communicate to people around the global in real time from Amman, Berlin, Mexico City and more. Happening April 10-23. FREE

5. Spend a Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific and explore the aquarium after hours. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Prohibition Era Cocktails.

7. The Wallis presents the West Coast debut of The Encounter. Described as one of the most moving theatrical experiences staged on Broadway and London, Encounter follows the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre as he finds himself lost in the Amazon. Combining excellent storytelling with 3D audio technology the show is directed and performed by Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Performances run April 6 through April 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show staged at Globe Theatre spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Trap’chella is two days of Trap partying. Get immersed in the vibes and culture of this music movement. Hosted by rapper PROBLEM!

10. Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo is three days (April 14-16) of egg-citing fun! Take a photo with “Big Bunny”, join in a family dance party, learn about rabbits and more. The event is included in the admission ticket.

11. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday April 15th, 2017

13. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE

14. Flash back to the ’90s during this prom-themed screening of 10 Things I Hate About You at the Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Goldstar has a limited number of discounted tickets, so we recommend grabbing them while they last! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The annual Egg Bowl will scatter 70,000 colored eggs all around the Pasadena Rose Bowl for a beloved Easter holiday celebration. Along with the hunt come a host of festive activities including a puppet show, contests and an Egg-celent brunch. The egg hunt is free to attend, and there is also a pre-hunt brunch priced at $22 for kids 9 + and adults, and $14 for kids 5-8. Children 4 and under eat free with a purchase of an adult ticket.

16. The Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival returns for another year of beer and oyster pairings. Get a taste of local food spots, local and regional breweries, music from both bands and DJs, chef demonstrations and more. Hosted outside Shoreline Aquatic Park. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Heritage Square Museum hosts its 13th annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea on Saturday in Montecito Heights, just north of Downtown Los Angeles.

18. Volunteer to clean up the L.A. River this weekend! Every year, thousands of volunteers scour various parts of the river, collecting trash and making an environmental difference. That could be you!!!

19. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


20. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

21. There’s a free workout class this Saturday morning right on the Santa Monica Pier. It’s called ROGA, a run and yoga event! Walkers and all experience levels for yoga are welcome. FREE

22. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be DTLA Arts District this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond.

23. The Los Angeles Arboretum is hosting an Egg-ceptional Celebration featuring an egg scramble and egg-expedition, make & take activities, plus refreshments and prizes. Starts at 9 a.m.

24. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Los Encinos State Historic Park is a free annual Easter event with egg hunts, throw back entertainment like a blacksmith, old-time music, tours of the historic adobe and period performers.

25. Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is hosting a springtime celebration now until April 17 with photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, a hay pyramid, a slide, animal shows, a tractor wagon ride and more.

26. The Howard Griffin Gallery L.A., will be hosting a party for IAA USA’s World Art Day and celebrate the launch and fundraise for the newly formed U.S. chapter of the IAA in Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets cost $35 and gets you access to a night of live art, dance performances by Sokamba Performing Arts Company, live sets by local DJs, exhibition of works by famed Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir, fun photo ops, and more! In addition to the entertainment, enjoy specialty cocktails and pours by Tres Papalote bites from local establishments and more.

Sunday April 16th, 2017

27. Head to Santa Anita Park for a family friendly Easter egg hunt right on the infield! Collect colorful eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and play in the family fun zone which includes pony rides, face painting, bounce house and more.

28. Bring the kiddos for an egg hunt, face painting, games, bounce houses, arts and crafts, book readings, popcorn, and more all at the 9th annual EasterFest at Grand Hope Park in DTLA.

29. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Duck away from the Easter madness and enjoy a double-feature over at the Egyptian Theatre. This Sunday catch Superman, starring Christopher Reeve and the 1950s sci-fi flick The Day The Earth Stood Still.


31. Flow + Flavor a “Silent” yoga session presented by ROW x Smorgasburg is a 75min “silent” yoga class, with Ashley Rideaux’s (lead teacher at YogaWorks) voice and blissful beats played on wireless LED headphones. After that head into Smorgasburg for brunch and walk off your food baby by exploring the pop-up shops at ROW DTLA.

32. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

33. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

34. Looking for options for where to have Easter Brunch? Here are a few options you may want to consider:

  • Put an Egg on Everything Day at Smorgasburg LA, they’ll be bunny free but their food vendors will have special egg topped creations for you to enjoy.
  • Culina is offering an endless brunch buffet. Cost is $125 per adult; $63 for children ages 5-12; complimentary for children 4 and under.
  • Mr. C is hosting their annual Easter Brunch poolside. The party will feature live music, a Bellini and Belvedere Bloody Mary Bar, spa services, Easter Bunny entertainment with egg hunt and a Cipriani style buffet. Cost $115 a person and $49 for ages 5 – 12.
  • Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is offering a special three course Easter Brunch menu. Cost is $45 a person.
  • BOURBON STEAK Los Angeles is offering a decadent three-course menu. Cost is $65+.
  • Craft Los Angeles is offering a three-course prix-fixe brunch. Cost is $60 per person.
  • There’s a Easter Buffet at Grub in Hollywood. Cost $25.99 per adult and $15.99 for kids under 10.
  • The Tuck Room Tavern, will be offering its signature Brunch Box, an Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar and an appearance from the Hipster Bunny during brunch service this Easter Sunday.
  • 71 Above is open for Easter Sunday brunch. The two course prix-fixe cost $45 per person and $35 for children under 12.
  • Enjoy a three course meal at Redbird and an egg hunt in the Vibiana Courtyard. Cost $48 per adult and $19 for kids under the age of 12.

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