The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles During Coachella

Enjoy a car free, hipster free L.A.!

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.
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For music fans, Coachella is one of the biggest events of the year. While the masses head out to the desert for the next couple of weekends, Los Angeles has plenty of unique and awesome things to do - and you don't even need a VIP wristband.

Dive Into L.A.'s Hottest Hotel Pools

Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles

Gaze into the Infinity Mirrors at The Broad

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity" at The Broad
Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.

One of the most popular artworks on view at The Broad museum in Downtown L.A., Yayoi Kusama’s installation Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away is a mirror-lined chamber populated with a dazzling and seemingly vast array of LED lights, creating a sense of limitless space.

Learn How to Go Green at Earth Day in L.A. (April 21-22, 2018)

Planting a new tree with TreePeople
Photo courtesy of TreePeople, Facebook

LOL with Cheech & Chong at the GRAMMY Museum (April 20, 2018)

Cheech & Chong exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum
Cheech & Chong | Photo courtesy of GRAMMY Museum

Celebrate the Written Word at L.A. Times Festival of Books (April 21-22, 2018)

L.A. Times Festival of Books
Photo courtesy of L.A. Times Festival of Books, Facebook

The 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 at the University of Southern California (USC). The largest literary festival in America, the weekend-long celebration of the written word welcomes more than 150,000 attendees to experience conversations, live performances and demonstrations led by over 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 20, the 38th annual Book Prizes will honor pioneer of modern gay and Chicano literature, John Rechy, with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and Glory Edim (founder of Well-Read Black Girl) with the Innovator's Award, alongside 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year.

See the Next Big Thing at Broke LA (April 21-22, 2018)

DJ at BROKE LA
Photo courtesy of BROKE LA, Facebook

BROKE LA is back for its 8th year, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 at the Regent Theatre in Downtown L.A. The festival formerly known "Brokechella" features an eclectic lineup with indie, hip-hop, DJ, and comedy acts culled from an open-submissions process. BROKE LA's commitment to the community, ticket and drink prices have maintained competitively low despite a fluctuating economy. The festival proudly offers premium, accessible experiences for the budget set. Day Pass admission is just $15, and a Weekend Pass is $25.

Board the Magic Bus Experience (April 20-21, 2018)

Giant Zippo Selfie at the Magic Bus Experience
Photo courtesy of Magic Bus Experience, Facebook

Taking place at The Reef DTLA, the Magic Bus Experience is a 60,000 square-foot psychedelic wonderland featuring numerous whimsical environments inspired by marijuana culture. These interactive environments are designed to stimulate the senses, inspire creativity and engage the imagination, from navigating the “Hotbox" white-out maze to leaving your creative mark in the Giant Coloring Book or crawling through the adult-sized Pillow Fort to enjoy a drink at the Make-Believe Bar. Grab a quick bite at the Munchie Mountain, a floor-to-ceiling snack bar or satisfy your cravings with food from one of the many food trucks.

VIP guests enjoy expedited check-in, exclusive access to the Cloud Room VIP Lounge, a private cash-bar, and a complimentary all you can eat Chicken Nugget and Tater Tot Bar. Two sessions each day: 11:30am-4:20pm and 6-11pm. Tickets are now on sale at the Magic Bus Experience website.

Ring in the Thai New Year (April 22, 2018)

13th annual Songkran Festival in Thai Town
Photo courtesy of Songkran Festival, Facebook

One of L.A.'s largest cultural festivals, the 13th Annual Songkran Festival celebrates the Thai New Year in the heart of Thai Town. The festival spans six city blocks along a one-mile stretch of Hollywood Blvd between Western and Normandie Avenues. Highlights include a parade, beauty pageant, cultural dancers, Hill-Tribal Costume Show, Muay Thai Championship Face-Off, demos (Thai cooking, fruit carving, ice sculpture, lei making), Thai Wedding Ceremony, Singha Beer Garden with live jazz, and of course plenty of Thai food from local restaurants. The Songkran Festival takes place on Sunday, April 22 from 8am-8pm and admission is free.

Watch a Movie Under the Stars

"Purple Rain" at Cinespia
"Purple Rain" courtesy of Kelly Lee Barrett/Cinespia

EAT!

Whole Plate Short Rib at Majordomo
Whole Plate Short Rib at Majordomo | Instagram by @majordomola

If you're hungry for more, there are endless dining options in L.A., from pizza by the ounce to bustling food halls, hearty ramen bowls, modern iconic dishes, and delicious tacos as good as the motherland.

Help Celebs Save the Kitties at CATstravaganza (April 21, 2018)

MoShow the Cat Rapper with DJ Ravioli
MoShow the Cat Rapper with DJ Ravioli | Instagram by @iammoshow

Get your tickets right meow for CATstravaganza, the animal welfare fundraiser of the year! Taking place on Saturday, April 21 at the historic Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, CATstravaganza is presented by Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, the West Coast's only 100% feral cat socialization facility and rescue. Doors open at 7pm featuring live music by Almond&Olive, magic by Fantastic Fig and his cat Newton, carnival games and over $20,000 in prizes. Take your seats at 8pm for the star-studded World Premiere musical spoof, "Hamilton's Cats" featuring Fred Willard, Emily Deschanel, Mindy Sterling, Nicole Sullivan, Rumer Willis, MoShow the Rapper & DJ Ravioli, and many more. Join the stars for the afterparty and enjoy an open bar, tapas, treats, DJ and gift bags. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the Kitty Bungalow website.

Live Dangerously at the 20th Annual Film Noir Festival (April 13-22, 2018)

"Kiss Me Deadly" at the Film Noir Festival
"Kiss Me Deadly" at the Film Noir Festival | Photo courtesy of Egyptian Theatre, Facebook

Now in its 20th year, the Film Noir Festival of Los Angeles returns to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with an incredible lineup of rarities, presented as they were meant to be seen - on the big screen! The longest-running film noir festival in L.A. will delve deep into the archives to present a sizzling slate of sinister cinema - virtually all in glorious 35mm, including prints struck expressly for this series. Returning as hosts are Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode, whose Film Noir Foundation is presenting a program of sinuous shadows, dangerous desires and bitter beauties brimming with broken dreams.

Look Back at a Legendary Career with "Love, Liza" (April 4-29, 2018)

"Love, Liza" exhibit at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills
"Love, Liza" | Photo courtesy of The Paley Center for Media

The public has a once in a lifetime chance to see Love, Liza: The Exhibit, a blockbuster exhibition now on view at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The exhibit—featuring highlights of an upcoming auction produced by Profiles in History—showcases the legendary career of one of the world's greatest entertainers, Liza Minnelli. Highlights include photographs by Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and David LaChapelle; the finest collection of rare and unpublished photographs on the lives and careers of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli; important costumes from stage and screen including Liza’s iconic “Sally Bowles” look from Cabaret; and an extensive showcase of custom fashions by Halston. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Paley Center will screen classic Liza Minnelli television appearances, as preserved in the Paley Archive, every Saturday at 4pm throughout the exhibit’s run.

Welcome the LPGA Back to L.A. (April 16-22, 2018)

Golf course at Wilshire Country Club
Photo courtesy of Wilshire Country Club

The HUGEL-JTBC LA Open is the newest tournament on the LPGA's global stage. This spring, the world's greatest female professional golfers, including Shanshan Feng - currently ranked No. 1 in the world - and I.K. Kim (ranked No. 5) will compete for a share of the $1.5 million purse at the historic Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park. Rising stars like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko will play alongside longtime fan favorites like Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

Shop till You Drop at L.A. Malls

Sunset at Westfield Century City
Photo courtesy of Westfield Century City, Facebook

Westfield Century City has emerged from a $1-billion redesign with a stunning new three-level Nordstrom, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale’s, and a modern two-level Macy’s. In addition to over 200 designer brands, Westfield Century City is a dining mecca as well, featuring the West Coast’s first Eataly, Shake Shack, and the first Westside location of the famed Taiwanese dumpling house Din Tai Fung.

Soak Up the Sun & Surf at the Beach

El Matador State Beach at sunset
El Matador State Beach | Photo courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr

Take a Hike on L.A.'s Best Trails

Rocky Peak Park at sunset
Rocky Peak Park at sunset | Photo courtesy of Kevin Dinkel, Flickr

Rev Up with Coastal Drives & Motorcycle Rides

Corvette Stingray on PCH
Corvette Stingray on PCH | Photo courtesy of 45SURF, Flickr

Go Car Free at CicLAvia: Heart of the Foothills (April 22, 2018)

CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice 2017
Photo courtesy of CicLAvia, Facebook

The biggest open streets event in the country, CicLAvia kicks off 2018 with a brand new route: Heart of the Foothills on Sunday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day! Since the inaugural CicLAvia in October 2010, more than one million people have explored over 159 miles of open streets in Los Angeles County. This new route will connect San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont. Streets will be closed to cars and open to cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

CicLAvia is a free event and will take place from 9am till 4pm. CicLAvia is not a race. There is no starting point or finish line - begin where you like and enjoy the day your way. CicLAvia is two-way traffic, just like regular traffic. For info, visit www.cicLAvia.org.

Get Medieval at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

The Jousters at Renaissance Pleasure Faire
The Jousters | Photo by Ian Henry - courtesy of Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Facebook

Since its inception in 1963, more than 5 million people from around the world have visited Southern California’s Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire spans 20 acres, with 13 stages offering a variety of entertainment along with the Queen and her Court, arts & crafts, delicious food, fine spirits, rides and games.