Things to Do in Los Angeles in Spring 2017 – April May & June Activities & More

Everybody loves a good trip to L.A. From Hollywood to Santa Monica, there is something for all visitors who come to the City of Angels.

Spring is an especially good time to visit, with more reliably warm weather (although Los Angeles never gets very cold), noticeably shorter lines, and easier admission into top attractions.

If you’re looking for things to do in Los Angeles in Spring 2017, check out our list of some of the best activities and attractions.

Save on Springtime Activities

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Check out all available Los Angeles attractions, passes, and prices.

Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm
March 19 – April 3, 2016

Image credit: Knotts Berry Farm Facebook page.

Image credit: Knott’s Berry Farm Facebook page.

Come join the Knott’s Berry Farm family at their amazing historic event, the Boysenberry Festival. Located in the Ghost Town region of the park, this special event celebrates the iconic berry at the heart of Knott’s heritage.

Enjoy dozens of boysenberry-inspired drinks, food, snacks, and more. Sample new adult beverages at the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden.

Delight in live entertainment from PEANUTS Party in the Park to all kinds of live music. Admission to this event is included with regular park admission.

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Dana Point Harbor
March 5-13, 2016

Image credit: Dana Point Festival of Whales Facebook page.

Image credit: Dana Point Festival of Whales Facebook page.

Marvel at the majestic gray whales and their calves as they migrate north along the Southern California coast.

In honor of this amazing natural event, Dana Point Harbor throws a two-weekend party that includes a parade, a street fare, and even a whale-themed musical performance.

Families can also enjoy arts and crafts. Want to see the whales up close? Hop aboard a whale-watching cruise.

LA Times Festival of Books

USC Campus
April 9-10, 2016

Image credit: LA Times Festival of Books.

Image credit: LA Times Festival of Books.

This is one for the book lovers. The LA Times Festival of Books is a fantastic free event that promises tons of bookish fun and excitement.

In addition to dozens of famous author readings and signings, you’ll also enjoy special workshops, professional talks, and of course, plenty of books for sale.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Santa Clara
April 20-24, 2016

Image credit: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Facebook page.

Image credit: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Facebook page.

Have a taste for country western tunes? Got a kid who is horse-crazy? Then the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is a must-see event for you and your family. Unfolding at historic Old Town Newhall, this year’s festival promises to be a great one.

Guests will enjoy musical acts spanning the gamut from bluegrass to spoken word, delicious BBQ fare, fascinating tours of local venues like the Reagan Library, and unique goods at original, Western-inspired vendors. Come with your cowboy boots on!

PPLA Food Fare

Santa Monica
March 3, 2016

Image credit: PPLA Food Fare / Time Out Los Angeles.

Image credit: PPLA Food Fare / Time Out Los Angeles.

Known for being the oldest culinary event in Los Angeles, the PPLA Food Fare brings together over one hundred restaurants, chefs, caterers, wineries, bakeries, and more.

From high-end cuisine to inventive food trucks, you’ll be able to sample cuisine from all across the city at this fantastic event.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Descanso Gardens
March 12-13, 2016

Image credit: Descanso Gardens.

Image credit: Descanso Gardens.

Few things signal the onset of spring quite like the fragrant blooming of the delicate cherry blossom.

This year in Los Angeles, the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens will be the place to celebrate these delightful natural wonders.

Enjoy musical performances, guided nature walks, delicious food, and even origami classes.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Various locations
April 21 – 28, 2016

Image credit: LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Image credit: LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Founded in 1983, the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is now a local institution.

Having shown thousands of original films over that time period and presented hundreds of seminars, panels, guest speakers, and awards, they’ve certainly got the credibility when it comes to showcasing great art.

It’s the largest festival of its kind in SoCal and you won’t find anything like else quite like it. A must-see for film buffs. 

More Local Ideas

Explore Universal Studios

Image Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

Image Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

While a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood is always a blast, this year there’s something extra special in store for guests.

Don’t forget to explore Universal CityWalk after you’re done with all the rides and attractions – it’s a great evening activity with food, dining, and entertainment options.

Roam Griffith Park 

Image credit: Los Angeles Zoo Facebook page / George Stoneman.

Image credit: Los Angeles Zoo Facebook page / George Stoneman.

There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors in spring; with the first hints of warmer weather and the blooming trees and flowers, it’s a truly beautiful time to enjoy nature.

This year, spend some time exploring the expansive and impressive Griffith Park.

There’s the fascinating Griffith Observatory (which offers free admission!), several bike trails and driving paths, a golf course, and even the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens. That’s just the beginning, too!

Visit Santa Monica

pacific-park-santa-monica-pier-boardwalkVisitors often forget about this little paradise nestled on the Los Angeles coastline, but locals love it for a number of reasons.

There’s so much to do, so many places to dine and shop, you’ll never run out of ideas.

Take the kids to the charming Pacific Park or the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Rent a bike and enjoy the leisurely pace of life by the beach.

Or, just get in some sunbathing – just stay out of the chilly water!

Breathe Fresh Air at the Huntington Library & Gardens

Image credit: Huntington Library Facebook page.

Image credit: Huntington Library Facebook page.

While it is a little bit of a hike from downtown Los Angeles (you can actually get there via mass transit, however, it’s just a longish ride), the Huntington Library is a fabulous attraction that combines the appeal of a historic research library, an art gallery, luxurious gardens, and literary artifacts all into one inspiring destination.

Be sure to explore the gardens in particular this time of year – the roses are spectacular.

Remember to Save on Admission

Did we miss anything? A few things to do in Los Angeles in the spring, including some special events, other seasonal activities in April, May, and June.

Please note, the spring events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not available with the Go Los Angeles Card.

We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your spring vacation itinerary.

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