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April 2020 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our April 2020 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Photograph: Courtesy Jordan Pulmano

While all in-person events have been canceled and major venues closed through at least April 19, we’re recommending what Angelenos can do from home (or a couple of things outside—safely). Find more suggestions in our Time In guide.

T.S. Eliot may have believed April is the cruelest month, but Angelenos have plenty of reasons to sing its praises: Concerts and festivals in L.A. kick into high gear this month as the weather warms up. An inclusive picnic in a Downtown park, an open streets event by the beach and our favorite music festival in the desert all have a place in our April events calendar, much-needed rain showers be damned.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2020

Gustavo Dudamel
Photograph: Danny Clinch, provided courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Music, Classical and opera

At Home with Gustavo

Online, Los Angeles

Disney Hall may be down for the moment, but LA Phil director Gustavo Dudamel is still sharing his favorite classical musical selections alongside some personal reflections with this radio series. You can tune in to KUSC (91.5 FM) and KDFC from Tuesday to Friday at 6pm, and a Spanish-language broadcast on Sunday at 7pm.

MacArthur Park
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia/Pintsmasher

Levitt en Vivo

Various locations in L.A.,

Levitt Pavilion has taken its MacArthur Park bandshell online with livestreaming performances from local bands every Wedneday afternoon. Find the shows streamed live on Instagram at @Levitt.LA and posted afterwards on Facebook @Levitt_LA.

Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/JD Mason
Things to do

Mindful Awareness Meditation

Online, Los Angeles

In the name of keeping Angelenos sane—and who couldn’t use some sanity right now?—the Hammer Museum holds free weekly drop-in sessions on mindful awareness, which is defined as “the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences.” The 30-minute sessions were previously held on-site at the Hammer, but they’ve moved online for the forseeable future. If you can’t make it to each Zoom meeting on Thursdays at 12:30pm, you can listen to the archives. Sessions are led by instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Think of them as your experts in stress reduction and overall health improvement.

Blood drive
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Obi Onyeador
Things to do

Common Space Brewery Blood Drive

Common Space Brewery, Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s Common Space Brewery is using its sprawling space for a social-distancing–friendly blood drive. On both April 7 and 14, you can swing by (register beforehand if you can) to donate blood, and you’ll even nab a $5 Amazon gift card.

Kirk Douglas Theatre
Photograph: Craig Schwartz
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Going Pro Career Fair

Online, Los Angeles

Considering a future in professional theater? Center Theatre Group’s Going Pro Career Fair is hosting a virtual day of networking and workshops specifically tailored for undergrad and grad theater students studying theater (though the fair is open to all). RSVP by 5pm on Thursday, April 16 for more information about how to join.

Yoshitomo Nara
Photograph: Courtesy the artist

Yoshitomo Nara

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile

LACMA is assembling 30 years of works from the wildly popular Japanese artist (known for canvases of fiendish, wide-eyed children and animals) and examining them through the lens of his longtime passion for music.

Grand Park.
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Earth Day LA

Grand Park, Downtown

Celebrate Earth Day at Grand Park, the Music Center and DWP with green living demos and activities. Tour Grand Park’s sustainable landscaping, demo electric vehicles, drop off e-waste and learn how to compost.

Grand Park.
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Our L.A. Voices: Spring Arts Festival

Grand Park, Downtown

Celebrate the diversity of L.A.’s artists during the return of Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices. The free two-day event includes a mix of performance and visual arts, including plays, live music and workshops.

Art, Drawing

Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World

Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Playhouse District

Find peace in chaotic dreamscapes at the premiere of this solo exhibition from Oscar Oiwa, which includes four large-scale surreal landscape paintings, plus an 800-square-foot site-specific mural, Dreams of a Sleeping World.

Things to do

The Zone

Location T.B.A.,

It’s Britney, bitch, and she’s getting in on the pop-up game. “The Zone” recreates some of Britney Spears’s most memorable music video moments (think the locker room from “…Baby One More Time,” the Mars station from “Oops… I Did It Again” and the sleek airliner from “Toxic”) across 10 made-for-Instagram rooms. Is it just a wildly expensive photo op? Yes. Will you dance in the rainforest with a snake around your shoulders anyway? Yes.

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