31 Ways To Have A Blast In L.A. This Month

Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures; REX USA; Aquarium of the Pacific; Wondercon.
Ever get into one of those Netflix-and-wine slumps when you’d rather stay home than do just about anything? Well, it’s time to snap out of it. This is not the month for relaxing — L.A. has way too much going on in April to stay on your couch. If you don’t know where to start, don’t fret. We’ve done all the legwork to round up the very best to-dos our city has to offer.

Whether you’re a foodie or a DIYer, a vintage lover or anything in-between, there’s an event here for you. If you want to up your Instagram game, we’ve got the perfect workshop. If you’re looking to meet a fashion legend in the flesh, we’ll fill you in on the details. Click through for all 31 ways to have the best April, ever.
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Iris Screening
Not only will you get to see this documentary about fashion legend Iris Apfel before it comes out in theaters, but the screening is followed by a Q&A with the 93-year-old herself. Even more special: It’s the final film from renowned documentarian and Grey Gardens director Albert Maysles, who passed away just last month. Admission is free with RSVP.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Where: USC Ray Stark Family Theatre, 900 W. 34th Street (near McClintock Avenue); aago@cinema.usc.edu.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nasty Gal.
Nasty Gal Santa Monica
Hot off the heels of the retailer's first brick-and-mortar store in West Hollywood late last year, Nasty Gal has just opened its second L.A. outpost. A stone's throw away from the beach at Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, the massive 6,500-square-foot space was custom-designed by architect Rafael de Cárdenas. Good luck leaving empty-handed.

Nasty Gal, 1254 Third Street Promenade (near Wilshire Boulevard); 310-566-1700.
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Photo: Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center.
Rock & Roll Billboards Of The Sunset Strip
These days, Sunset Boulevard is dotted with billboards of all the latest blockbusters, but this photo exhibit highlights the old-school — and much cooler — rock-album billboards. From The Doors to The Beatles, peek at over 20 photos of the best oversized ads from the '60s through the '80s.

When: Now through Sunday, August 16
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard (at Skirball Center Drive); 310-440-4500.
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Photo: Courtesy of DSTLD.
DSTLD Collective Pop-Up
Local denim line DSTLD is hosting this multi-designer pop-up shop, where you’ll find under-$100 jeans from the brand, plus a slew of spring-ready items from StyleSaint, Voda Swim, Lunya, and more. Complimentary wine, Health-Ade kombucha, and Make Up For Ever samples sweeten the deal.

When: Saturday, April 4, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: DSTLD, 8899 Beverly Boulevard (near North Swall Drive); 888-246-7163.
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Photo: Courtesy of Duff's Cakemix.
Easter Cupcake-Decorating Class At Duff’s Cakemix
How cute are these cupcakes? Get a head start on Easter at Duff’s Cakemix, where you’ll be given everything you need to make your own bunny-bedecked creations. (Yes, there are even vegan options!) They’re sure to be the hit of your Easter brunch.

When: Friday, April 3, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Duff’s Cakemix, 8302 Melrose Avenue (near North Sweetzer Avenue); 323-650-5555.
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Photo: Courtesy of Echo Park Craft Fair.
Echo Park Craft Fair Pop-Up
No need to wait 'til the next Echo Park Craft Fair — founders Rachel Craven and Beatrice Valenzuela have curated a pop-up shop at MOCA, where you can find the ladies’ own creations — plus over 20 other designers' goods.

When: Now through Sunday, May 10
Where: MOCA Store, 250 South Grand Avenue (near West 3rd Street); 213-626-6222.
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Photo: Courtesy of Julie's Kitchen/Poketo.
Food-Styling Workshop
Want to up your Instagram game? Allow food stylist, photographer, and chef Julie Lee of Julie’s Kitchen to help. After you pick a basketful of fresh produce courtesy of Summerland, Julie will help you create a delicious meal and snap the perfect shot of it, emphasizing expert composition, food-styling techniques, and color theory.

When: Saturday, April 25, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Normandie Avenue); 213-381-7411.
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Photo: Courtesy of Santa Anita Racetrack.
Santa Anita Derby
Grab your best wide-brim hat for the annual Santa Anita Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Try not to let the stylish scene distract you from California Chrome’s quest for the $1-million prize.

When: Saturday, April 4
Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Drive (at Colorado Place); 626-574-7223.
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Photo: REX USA.
Azealia Banks Concert
Yep: Azealia Banks is trading the 212 for the 213. Get your tickets before they sell out!

When: Thursday, April 16, 9 p.m.
Where: Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Boulevard (at South Figueroa Street); 213-765-7000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Rose Creamery.
Sweet Rose Creamery Pop-Up
Considering it’s already summer as far as L.A. weather is concerned, this pop-up hits the spot. Sweet Rose Creamery will be serving up new flavors of its made-from-scratch, artisanal ice cream at one of our favorite Venice shops, Tortoise General Store, once a month through September. We couldn’t think of a better way to cool down in style.

When: Sunday, April 26, 1 to 5 p.m. and the fourth Sunday of every month through September
Where: Tortoise General Store, 1208 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (near Aragon Court); 310-314-8448.
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SoCal Corgi Beach Day
Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like. Corgi owners (and dog-loving onlookers) will be posting up at Huntington Dog Beach next Saturday. Adorable Instagram opportunities await!

When: Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Huntington Dog Beach, 100 Goldenwest Street (at Pacific Coast Highway); 714-841-8644.
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Yallwest
Adult YA fans will not want to miss this festival, complete with two days of panels and book signings from over 30 New York Times best-selling authors. Who knows: You might brush shoulders with the author of the next Hunger Games.

When: Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12
Where: Various locations
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Photo: Courtesy of Craft & Folk Art Museum.
Craft & Folk Art Museum’s 3rd Annual Vintage Marketplace
This “bargain-hunting paradise” will feature unique clothes, accessories, textiles, jewelry, and more, courtesy of local collectors. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the museum, so you officially have no excuse not to go.

When: Sunday, April 26, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Curson Avenue); 323-937-4230.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac Concert
You can go your own way…as long as it’s to Fleetwood Mac’s concert at The Forum.

When: Tuesday, April 14, 8 p.m.
Where: The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard (at South Prairie Avenue); 310-330-7300.
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Photo: Courtesy of Santa Barbara Vintners.
33rd Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend
Not that you really need an excuse to road trip to beautiful Santa Barbara, but the Vintners Festival is the perfect reason to head up the coast. Your ticket includes unlimited tastings from a whopping 120 Santa Barbara County wineries and food sampling from local restaurants, plus informative seminars, live music, a silent auction, and more. You’re definitely going to need an Uber for this one.

When:
Thursday, April 23, through Sunday, April 26
Where: Riverview Park, 151 Sycamore Drive (at Meadow View Drive); 805-688-0881.
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Intro To Ceramics
Get your DIY on at this five-week ceramics workshop, where you’ll learn wheel-throwing, hand-building techniques, and glazing.

When: Beginning Wednesday, April 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Hand & Machine Studio, 2035 Bay Street (at Mateo Street); 310-809-4887.
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Photo: Courtesy of The L.A. Times Festival of Books.
20th Annual L.A. Times Festival Of Books
Speakers at this year’s Festival of Books are a diverse bunch: Jason Segel, Billy Idol, Malcolm Gladwell, Octavia Spencer, chef Roy Choi, and lots more are scheduled to appear. There will be plenty of music, food, and art to add to the book revelry. Who said print is dead?

When: Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19
Where: University of Southern California, 3551 Trousdale Parkway (near West 34th Street); 213-740-4211.
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Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles Beer Festival.
Los Angeles Beer Festival
With over 200 beers ready to be sampled, along with over a dozen different food trucks and two live bands, there definitely won’t be a dull moment at the annual Los Angeles Beer Festival, now in its seventh year.

When: Saturday, April 4, 12 to 8 p.m.
Where: L.A. Center Studios, 1201 West 5th Street (near South Bixel Street); 213-534-3000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Brothers.
The Goonies Screening
Relive the classic flick in all its '80s glory at this screening next weekend. Who needs fancy 3-D movies when you have all the cool nostalgia of a drive-in theater?

When: Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Electric Dusk Drive-In, 1000 San Julian Street (at East 9th Street); 818-653-8591.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wondercon.
WonderCon
Can’t make the trek to San Diego for Comic-Con? Geek out at Anaheim’s massive WonderCon, which celebrates comics and pop culture and features guest appearances by the writers, authors, and artists behind Batman, Catwoman, and more.

When: Friday, April 3, through Sunday, April 5
Where: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue (near South West Street); 714-765-8950.
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Photo: Courtesy of LA Weekly.
LA Weekly’s Artopia
Art, food, music, cocktails — what more could you possibly want? LA Weekly’s 21+ event features the very best of L.A.’s art scene, including performance artists, painters, vendors selling handcrafted wares, and even live body-painting.

When: Thursday, April 30, 8 to 11 p.m.
Where: The Container Yard, 800 East 4th Street (near South Alameda Street); 310-720-1759.
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Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles Cocktail Classic.
Los Angeles Cocktail Classic
Know your way around a liquor cabinet? The Los Angeles Cocktail Classic will be right up your alley. Taking place at the historic Park Plaza Hotel’s ballroom, the swanky night will feature every kind of cocktail under the sun, plus a DJ and jazz, mariachi, and mambo bands. Time to bust out your best party dress!

When: Saturday, April 18, 9 p.m.
Where: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, 607 South Park View Street (near West 6th Street); 213-381-6300.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kohn Gallery.
Candles & Lasers Exhibit
Don’t miss local artist Tom LaDuke’s cool, colorful art on display at his first solo exhibit at Hollywood’s Kohn Gallery. Good luck trying to decipher the meaning behind his out-there, truly surreal pieces.

When: Saturday, April 11, through Saturday, May 16
Where: Kohn Gallery, 1227 North Highland Avenue (near Fountain Avenue); 323-461-3311.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Peninsula.
Le Grand Cercle Des Vins De Bordeaux Wine Tasting
Calling all oenophiles! This is your chance to sample top-notch wines from 36 of Bordeaux’s best wineries. You’ll be able to hear from expert winemakers and enjoy live music while you sip and swirl to your heart’s content.

When: Thursday, April 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard (near Charleville Boulevard); 310-551-2888.
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Photo: Courtesy of REX USA.
Art Of The 1960s Class
Love Andy Warhol? Learn how ‘60s culture influenced art of the time, including Warhol’s famous pop art, at this enlightening six-week class.

When: Wednesdays beginning April 15 through May 20
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard (at Skirball Center Drive); 310-440-4500.
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Photo: Courtesy of Month of Photography Los Angeles.
Month Of Photography Los Angeles
This month-long series features over 20 different events and exhibitions celebrating all things photography. Don't miss the kick-off event tonight, "Wish You Were Here Vol. 2," an exhibit dedicated to postcards by 29 different contemporary photographers.

When: Various dates in April
Where: Various locations
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Photo: Courtesy of Schott NYC.
A Tribute To Rock 'N' Roll
Catch never-before-seen photos of rock's most famous legends, like Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and more at Kevin Mazur's photography exhibit.

When: Now through Sunday, April 19
Where: Schott NYC at The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way (at Caruso Avenue); 818-637-8982.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ojai Pixie Month.
Ojai Pixie Tangerine Month
Ojai has designated April Pixie Tangerine Month, which means tons of rad activities and special deals for you. Think: Jeep tours of the city’s citrus groves, discounts at a host of local boutiques, pixie spa treatments and cooking classes, and dozens of other seasonal specials.

When: Various dates
Where: Various locations throughout Ojai
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Photo: Courtesy of The Motley.
The Motley x Frank & Oak Pop-Up
Need a gift for a dude in your life? Head to this pop-up collaboration from two online retailers, where you’ll find stylish clothes, grooming products, and accessories sure to earn you major brownie points.

When: Now through Sunday, April 12
Where: 40 Smith Alley (at Fair Oaks Avenue); no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wilding Cran.
"Here Now" Exhibit
This exhibit at downtown's posh Wilding Cran gallery highlights six works of art by six L.A. artists. Local love and cool art: We couldn't think of a better combination.

When: Now through Saturday, May 2
Where: Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe Avenue (at Sacramento Street); 213-453-9000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aquarium Of The Pacific.
Earth Day Festival At Aquarium Of The Pacific
Celebrate all things nature at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s family-friendly 15th Annual Earth Day Festival, where you can participate in hands-on demonstrations, learn tips for protecting the environment, and more.

When: Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way (near West Shoreline Drive); 562-590-3100.

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