Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your April.
DRINK HERE → Hops and Hopes Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April 25, inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This all-day bash combines philanthropy and beer on behalf of Beer Autism Hope, a non-profit raising awareness and support for autism. General admission tickets run $50, while VIP ticket holders earn an extra hour of drinking and exclusive tastings for $80. OR HERE → LA Brewery Artwalk, a bi-yearly gathering inviting the community to visit more than 100 participating studios spread across the Brewery’s 16 acre campus. In between paintings and sculptures, be sure to hit the central beer garden and on-site restaurant—best of all, the event is completely free.
WATCH THIS → Mad Men. What else needs to be said? The acclaimed AMC series heads into its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5.
GO HERE → LACMA’s 50th Anniversary Spring Gala and Special Exhibition on April 18. Celebrating the occasion will be friends, trustees, civic leaders, and celebrities, along with the reveal of 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s 50th Anniversary. This exhibition opens to members April 20-25, and will open to the public during a free community day on April 26.
SUPPORT THIS → The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary as they host the 30th Annual Odyssey Ball on Saturday, April 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Sport your black tie or gown for the 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, which is followed by dinner, awards, entertainment and dancing. Tickets start at $500. AND THIS → Fight For Air Climb, a unique fundraising event put on by the American Lung Association that challenges teams or individuals to climb multiple steps in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas. This year, you can “Fight For Air” and healthy lungs by ascending the Aon Center, a 62-story Modernist office skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles on April 11. Register here.
HUNT FOR EGGS HERE → Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park on Sunday, April 5. Hosted by New City Church Of LA, each Easter egg hunt is organized by age group, and kids can happily “hop” from activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and bounce houses. $10 per family; 9th street and Hope Street; 2-5 p.m.
DO THIS → Igor Levit: An Evening of Beethoven Sonatas at The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts on April 21. Having appeared in major concert halls and music festivals around the world, the gifted Russian pianist travels to Beverly Hills to perform for the first time at the Wallis.
WISH YOU WERE HERE → The Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. for MOPLA’s (Month Of Photography Los Angeles) official kick-off event and exhibition. Cleverly named “Wish You Were Here”, the show features the work of 30 contemporary photographers on a series of postcards, which viewers can purchase, write and mail direcly from the gallery space. Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.