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April 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our April 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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. A beer fest at L.A. Center Studios, cycling the city streets and our favorite music festival in the desert all have a place in our April events calendar, much-needed rain showers be damned.

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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Vince Staples

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

A clear-eyed West Coast MC, Staples eschews the glitz of mainstream hip-hop for biting critiques of life, backed by sinister beats from the likes of Kanye West, mentor No ID and electro crooner James Blake.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Classes and workshops

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, USC/Exposition Park

If you’re sick of First Fridays only offering a high density of food trucks and lines at your favorite dive bars, check out something new—err, old rather—at the Natural History Museum, where First Fridays offer dinosaurs and DJs.

Descanso Gardens
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Amanda S.
Things to do, Classes and workshops


icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

Stroll Descanso Gardens’ grounds as the sun starts to set during this inaugural after-hours series of workshops and performances. This month’s theme: spring blooms (floral attire encouraged).

Turkey Leg at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Renaissance Pleasure Faire

icon-location-pin Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, San Gabriel Valley

The hour stands before another springtime, and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is nigh. Good mistresses and masters, prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the return of the oldest Ren Faire in the country.

Music, Folk, country and blues

José González

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Theatre, Downtown

The soulful, sensitive Swedish strummer returns with the Göteborg String Theory chamber orchestra in tow.

Young Literati's Sixth Annual Toast
Photograph Courtesy Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Things to do, Festivals

Young Literati’s Annual Toast

icon-location-pin City Market Social House, Downtown Fashion District

Listen to star-studded readings, comedy and music performances during this Library Foundation fundraiser.

Masters of Taste at the Rose Bowl
Photograph: Courtesy Masters of Taste/Kevin L. Ruiz
Things to do, Festivals

Masters of Taste

icon-location-pin Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena

Luxury food fest Masters of Taste is back for another year at the Rose Bowl with some of L.A.’s finest bars, restaurants and dessert shops.

Photograph: Courtesy Jeffrey Deitch
Art, Sculpture


icon-location-pin Jeffrey Deitch, Hollywood

Journey into the uncanny valley to see more than 50 contemporary, figurative sculptures constructed via a variety of means, like body casts and found objects.

Dave Barry
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Steve Rainwater
Things to do, Talks and lectures

Dave Barry

icon-location-pin New Roads School, Santa Monica

The prolific humorist shares lessons from aging alongside his dog, Lucy.

Grand Park.
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Earth Day LA

icon-location-pin Grand Park, Downtown

Celebrate Earth Day at Grand Park, the Music Center and DWP with green living demos and activities. If you live within the city of L.A., free trees will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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