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April 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our April 2024 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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It’s Coachella time, but Angelenos have plenty of other reasons to sing April’s praises, too: Beach weather is practically here, and some wildflowers, too. From major museum exhibitions to concerts, there are plenty of fun things to do packed into our April events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2024

The best events in L.A. this April

  • Things to do
  • TV, radio and podcast recordings
  • Hollywood

Geek out with fellow TV nerds at PaleyFest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 41st year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is headed back to the Dolby Theatre with cast panels Curb Your Enthusiasm, Loki, The Morning Show, Young Sheldon, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a 25th anniversary celebration of Family Guy.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • USC/Exposition Park

Bibliophiles flock to the USC campus for this L.A. Times-curated event, where you can roam stalls from booksellers and catch readings and panels from some of the most recognizable names in literature on April 20 and 21.

In addition to the 300-plus exhibitors, this year’s event includes an always-impressive lineup of more than 500 speakers: Jose Andres, Ed Begley Jr., Sophia Bush, Jon Favreau, Max Greenfield, Tiffany Haddish, Tamron Hall, Mark Harmon, RuPaul, Kerry Washington, Henry Winkler and more, plus a cooking stage with Nancy Silverton, QCP and Tiffani Thiessen, among others.

  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Indio

Nearly 125,000 music lovers make a pilgrimage to the Empire Polo Club during each identical weekend of Coachella, whether bound for campgrounds or shuttling over from golf resorts and midcentury modern homes. Coachella’s all-embracing three-day lineup—topped this year by No Doubt, Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator—consistently crafts the pool of performers from which all other summer music festivals borrow.

RECOMMENDED: See our complete Coachella coverage

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • South Park

Carb lovers, rejoice: this two-day festival dedicated to all things pizza is returning to L.A. Live. Sample over 40 different vendors, watch live dough demos and hear from pizza experts like Danny Boy’s Daniel Holzman and food writer and pizza maker Karen Palmer. More than a handful of Time Out’s favorite pizzerias in town: Pizzana, Schellz Pizza Co, Apollonia’s, La Sorted’s and Ozzy’s Apizza. Newcomers this year include Pizzeria Sei and Triple Beam.

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  • Music
  • Indio

Strap on your cowboy hat and make the pilgrimage to country music’s biggest jamboree, taking up residence at Coachella’s digs, the Empire Polo Club. Stagecoach is coming back for a three-day fest; expect the usual mix of contemporary and classic country. Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Morgan Wallen headline the 2024 edition, with additional sets from Jelly Roll, Elle King, Post Malone, Willie Nelson and more.

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  • Music
  • Funk, soul and disco
  • Inglewood

Gospel legend Mavis Staples has been on a roll ever since her 2010 collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone. Now, to celebrate her 85th birthday, she’s performing at the YouTube Theater with some of her incredibly talented musical collaborators, including Tweedy plus Black Pumas, Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter, Hozier, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal and the War and Treaty.

  • Music
  • Pomona

Once affectionately known as Localchella, now officially (and boringly) billed as “Goldenvoice Presents April,” this two-week series brings a bunch of Coachella acts to smaller stages considerably closer to home. For 2024, you can catch Blur, Jungle, Hatsune Miku and more at venues like the El Rey, Fonda and Fox Theater Pomona. (You’ll also find shows in the Bay Area and San Diego.)

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