This weekend is full of ways to get active. From planting trees to running after grunion, there's so much to do you won't have time to cry over not being at Coachella.
1. Cowboy Festival
The packed schedule includes concerts, movies, historical tours and plenty of barbecue. Be sure to check the program guide for exact locations and prices of events throughout the weekend. Musical performances will occur on four stages in William S. Hart Park from morning 'til night on both Saturday and Sunday for $10 tickets. Grab your boots and fringed vest, this festival is sure to transport you to the Old West.
When: Now - Sunday, April 24 | Program Guide
Where: Old Town Newhall Neighborhood, Santa Clarita
Price: Prices vary by event
Angel City Brewery is teaming up with the Natural History Museum to bring you a night of education, beer and bugs. As a part of a new research project, the museum is collecting insects from all around L.A., including the roof of Angel City Brewery. They will present their rooftop findings at 6 p.m. Sip on some Bug Juice — a one-night-only special brew made with strawberries, honey and hops — and enjoy a photo gallery of insects.
When: Thursday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Angel City Brewery | MAP
Price: Free admission
Spend your weekend laughing as L.A.'a most famous sketch comedy troupe presents a new show. Groundlings graduates include Lisa Kudrow and Kristen Wiig, and it's the sort of place where alumni are known to pop in and take the stage. The Action Playset is for ages 16 and up only.
When: Fridays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: The Groundlings Theatre | MAP
Price: Tickets are $20 | Get Tickets
Like things that go “bump” in the night? Visit more than 200 vendors and watch makeup demos at this monster-iffic affair. Catch a “Lost Boys” discussion with some cast and crew members or say "hi" to celeb guests Linda Blair, Bella Lugosi, Jr., Clint Howard and others.
When: Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24
Where: Pasadena Convention Center | MAP
Price: Tickets are $30 | Get Tickets
Get a glimpse of grunion on the SoCal shore — the only place in the world to see the silvery fish — as they gather on the sand during the peak season of their mating season. You can look, but don't catch. It's closed season and fishing for grunion is prohibited. Open season resumes in June.
When: Saturday, April 23, 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Where: Venice Breakwater straight down Windward Avenue
Can't fork out hundreds to go to Coachella? Broke L.A. could answer to your festival craving. The lineup showcases L.A. art, music, technology, film and food. You must be 21 or older to attend.
When: Saturday, April 23, 3 p.m. - midnight
Where: Imperial Arts Studios | MAP
Price: General admission $20 | Tickets
Celebrate the sentiment of Earth Day by helping to beautify Hyde Park. Spend the morning serving with California Greenworks to pick up trash and plant trees.
When: Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at Rivera Floor Covering | MAP
If your kids want to stare at a screen, take ‘em to see something different. This film fest features animated and live action short films from pros and amateurs across the globe for all ages. Check out “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs," "Lea and the Forest Pirates" and many more.
When: Saturday, April 23 - Sunday, April 24, various showtimes
Where: REDCAT Theater | MAP
Price: Tickets are $5 | Get Tickets
If you’re on one of the many who binge watched Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” odds are you have questions. Steven Avery’s defense attorneys, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, will speak on the case and the justice system. They'll also take questions from the audience, so prepare for cross-examination.
When: Sunday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where: The Theatre at the Ace Hotel Downtown | MAP
Price: Tickets range from $49.50 to $90
Check out 40 years of work by artist Julian Schnabel. In addition to a display of paintings in the downstairs gallery, approximately 40 of his drawings will be presented in the upstairs gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.
When: Now - Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Blum & Poe, Los Angeles | MAP
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