The LA list: What to do in LA in April 2024

From a super-slick music festival to unmissable exhibitions, these are the best things to do in L.A. this April

The clocks have ticked forwards, lending Los Angeles evenings their famous golden tinge. And even though L.A. is known for its endless summer, the idyllic conditions of April in southern California are hard to beat. Whether you want to experience the tried and true glamour of Coachella or discover a “forgotten fantasy” in downtown, the attractions on offer this month are the crème de la crème. Enjoy.

Stella

Having taken over the Madeo space in West Hollywood, Stella has gargantuan shoes to fill. The design of the two story space pays homage to the art deco aesthetic of Hollywood’s golden age with a bold Mediterranean colour palette. But even with such a looming space, Stella is able to maintain a deep level of intimacy, making this a perfect location for a romantic night out. As far as the food is concerned, restaurateur Janet Zuccarini has proven herself many times over in both Toronto and Los Angeles, having last opened the widely respected Felix in Venice. Executive Chef Rob Gentile has created a menu of staples from northern, central and southern Italy, with particular attention paid to the fresh ingredients grown locally in southern California. Reservations are open two weeks in advance.

When? Ongoing

Where? West Hollywood, California

How much? Prices vary

Coachella

Known the world over as the event to see and be seen, Coachella is as elegantly put together as a music festival gets. Taking place on polo grounds in Indio, Palm Springs, the freshly manicured grass and large scale art installations create a serene backdrop for what is, as always, an incredible line-up. This year, headliners include Lana Del Rey; Tyler, The Creator; Doja Cat; and the southern California born-and-bred No Doubt. While there are plenty of pop ups from L.A.’s most delicious restaurants to choose from, there is one culinary experience that tops our chart. For the ninth year in a row, Outstanding in the Field will be hosting its coveted farm-to-table culinary experience in the Rose Garden. Whatever desire you have, Coachella is sure to satisfy in spades. A word to the wise: there is a speakeasy hidden on the grounds. Finding it will reward you with craft cocktails and much deserved air conditioning.

When? 12-14 and 19-21 April 2024

Where? Indio, California

How much? From $599

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Luna Luna

In 1987, Austrian Artist André Heller created the world’s first art amusement park in Hamburg, Germany. Featuring rides and attractions designed by Basquiat, Dali, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Lichtenstein, and many more, this was a marvel unlike any other. Even the musical accompaniment was unparalleled, with the likes of Miles Davis and Philip Glass providing the soundtracks for the ferris wheel and pavilion respectively. Due to a change in ownership and the ensuing litigation, the exhibit was shut and locked in shipping containers for almost forty years. The art park became the best-kept secret in art history. Until now. This “forgotten fantasy” will be open until 12th May in downtown Los Angeles featuring a collection of art by giants of the industry in their prime.

When? Until 12 May 2024

Where? Downtown Los Angeles

How much? From $30

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Deadmau5 at The Hollywood Bowl

On 27th April, Deadmau5 and his famous ears will be taking the stage at The Hollywood Bowl. The juxtaposition of his iconic cube against the backdrop of the 1920s clamshell stage at sunset is destined to be a mind-melting performance. The Hollywood Bowl has hosted everyone from The Beatles and The Stones, to Adele and Jay Z. It is one of the world’s great venues. As for Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman), he is one of the pioneering electronic producers of our generation. With eight studio albums, film and video game scores, and even his own Master Class series, Zimmerman is a gigantic presence in the industry. His performances are revolutionary, and while many have tried to replicate his style, he reigns supreme in the world of electronic music.

When? 27 April 2024

Where? Hollywood Bowl

How much? From $63

Deadmau5 at The Hollywood Bowl

Deadmau5 at The Hollywood Bowl

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

In the words of Atticus Finch, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Books are the greatest way to explore someone else’s mind and get to know more about the world as a whole. They can be transformative, illustrative, provoking, romantic, devastating, anything you can imagine and a little more. On 20th and 21st April, The Los Angeles Times will be hosting The Festival of Books. Featuring panel discussions and book signings by scientific experts, Hollywood stars, international reporters, sports financiers, world renowned chefs, and of course, literary authors, there is bound to be a topic that speaks to you.

When? 20-21 April 2024

Where? USC

How much? General Admission is free, panels vary

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Breathwork Ice Bath Class

In a city so consistently summery that the palm trees are wrapped in Christmas lights during the holidays, an ice bath always sounds refreshing. Although Wim Hof and cold plunges have taken the world by icy storm, Remedy Place in West Hollywood has exploded in popularity. Founder Dr. Jonathan Leary believes in educating people in order to help them heal themselves. They don’t just have a plunge pool and cryo chambers. They also offer a class that teaches holotropic breathwork before the plunge. Remedy Place takes healing practices and makes them more effective.

When? Ongoing

Where? Remedy Place

How much? $50

Breathwork Ice Bath Class

Breathwork Ice Bath Class

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The Love of Food at The Pendry Hotel

A staycation at The Pendry Hotel in West Hollywood always starts with a bang. Upon arrival, one is greeted with a mind-melting work of art by L.A. artist Anthony James. The “Icosahedron” is a glass and steel symmetrical structure filled with flawlessly placed LED lights that transport the viewer into another realm. The hotel rooms pay homage to the Art Deco aesthetic of Hollywood’s Golden Age but have been updated with a Southern California colour palette: think beachy blues and desert golds. In keeping with the high standards of the hotel, the trattoria is run by none other than Wolfgang Puck. In fact, “The Love of Food” offer includes $150 credit to spend at Puck’s West Hollywood restaurant Ospero. It’s hard to beat an Aperol Spritz and homemade pasta…

When? Ongoing

Where? Pendry Hotel

How much? From $595

The Love of Food at The Pendry Hotel

The Love of Food at The Pendry Hotel

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