Best of Spring 2019
Spring is here! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and it's the perfect time to relax and simply enjoy the season.
Listening to cool tunes is the best way to celebrate Spring.
Jazz at LACMA celebrates L.A.’s finest jazz musicians. With more than two decades at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it continues to be one of the museum’s most popular offerings. Jazz at LACMA takes place at 6 p.m. every Friday. www.lacma.org/programs/music
Throw on your cowboy gear and head out to EB’s at The Original Farmers Market every Saturday night. They present the best local and touring country western, Americana and rockabilly bands and serve marvelous beers and pourings from an ever-changing wine list. www.farmersmarketla.com
Delicious cuisine is featured all over Los Angeles.
Masters of Taste is a premier food and beverage festival. 100 percent of the event proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services. The event introduces a new host chef concept, featuring Michael Hung as the premier event host/ambassador. Join over 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts and walk the Rose Bowl field while enjoying delicious, unlimited tastings, craft cocktail bars, wineries and local breweries. Apr 7. Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. www.mastersoftastela.com
The 11th annual LA Beer Festival will feature dozens of international and domestic beers, over a dozen food trucks as well as live entertainment. Apr. 6. LA Center Studios Studios, 450 South Bixel St., Los Angeles. www.labeerfest.la
Enjoy a fun day out with friends discovering new foods, the latest products and new wine, beer and spirits at Foodie Con 2019. With over a hundred local exhibitors in one place, your new favorite food and drinks are only a sample away. Apr. 6 -7. Magic Box @ The REEF / LA Mart, 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles. www.foodiecon.org
Mother nature offers scenic beauty.
Stroll Descanso Gardens’ grounds as the sun starts to set during the inaugural after-hours series of workshops and performances. NightGarden offers plant-related activities in March, spring blooms in April (floral attire encouraged) and a spin on a science class in May. www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/nightgarden
The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is 33-acres of natural terrain encircled by the city of Thousand Oaks. From the the sweeping vistas at the peak of the Garden through fifteen unique, hillside specialty gardens, and onto the hiking trail along the riparian steam, the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is a destination not to be missed. www.conejogarden.org
A festival is the best way to celebrate Spring!
VegFest Los Angeles 2019 will be a magnificent day filled with food, fun and inspiration. The combination of a delicious vegan international food court, great live music, empowering speakers on health, environmental, humanitarian and animal topics, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, an eco-marketplace with over 150 vendors, and more, make for an an unforgettable earth-friendly experience that is sure to be enjoyable for all! May 5. Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Los Angeles. https://vegfestla.org
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is nigh. A spectacle that covers twenty Irwindale acres with Elizabethan libations and amusement: Fully armored joust tournaments and tea parties with the Queen along with beguiling stage acts, rides, games, delicious edibles and ales abound. Apr. 6 - May 19. Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, 15501 Arrow Hwy., Irwindale.http://renfair.com/socal
Flea Markets offer a plethora of unique items to buy.
Rose Bowl Flea Market is the Los Angeles area’s most iconic flea market – but what else would you expect? This Pasadena flea market encompasses new and old, hand-crafted and salvaged, the cheap and the costly. On the second Sunday of each month, an odd mix of vendors populates the loop around the stadium. Rows and rows of old furniture, albums and vintage clothes and accessories. There are plenty of duds, to be sure, but come out early enough and you may go home with that perfect purchase. This flea market attracts bargain hunters, collectors, and antique aficionados from all over the county. www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/flea-market
Topanga Vintage Market features 200 sellers, with merchandise ranging from vintage and antiques to artisan goods and up-cycled creations. Equipped with food trucks and live entertainment at every show, shoppers of all ages can enjoy a unique block party atmosphere. It’s a treasure hunt full of thousands of objects! Fourth Sunday of every month. Victory Blvd. at Mason Ave, Woodland Hills. https://topangavintagemarket.com
We should all love Mother Earth.
Do your part in cleaning up the Los Angeles River this April during the Friends of the Los Angeles River’s annual cleanup. The cleanup tackles a different branch each Saturday, with multiple meet-up locations at each. Live music performances, gift giveaways, family activities and refreshments. Apr 13, 20, 27. https://folar.org/cleanup-2019
Celebrate Earth Day LA with performances, children’s recycled-art projects, e-waste collection, drought tolerant plant tours, plant giveaways and demonstrations of the latest in green technology. Free trees will be available on a first come, first served basis. Apr. 11. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles. https://grandparkla.org/event/earth-day-l-a-2019
Museums and Art
Art is a beautiful expression of talent and a great way to enjoy your day.
First Fridays at the Natural History Museum offers dinosaurs and DJs. First Fridays runs through June and plays host to a KCRW-presented evening of music, DJs, guided museum tours, and scientist-led talks. Apr. 5- June 7. Natural History Museum, 900 W Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. https://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays
Arts Alive is a festival which celebrates the artists in our community and invites everyone to explore creativity. Join over eight acres of amazing art and artists at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive. Over 100 artists, art studios and art organizations. Enjoy live music, food trucks, entertainment, wine and beer gardens with premium local wines, microbrews and domestic beers. Demonstrations and talks throughout the day. May 4. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.http://studiochannelislands.org/events/arts-alive-2019
Since 1970 the Rotary Club of Studio City - Sherman Oaks has organized the bi-annual Art Show, a celebration of all forms of fine art and fine artisanal crafts. The Club's Art Show is an iconic neighborhood event. Artists and residents come back year after year. May 11 – 12. www.rotaryartshow.org
Lights, camera, action! Who doesn't love a great flick?
The 21st Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir returns to the Egyptian Theatre for a 10-night feast of danger, desire and despair. Eddie Muller, internationally renowned as the “Czar of Noir,” and host of TCM’s popular Noir Alley series, will join his Film Noir Foundation colleague Alan K. Rode to lead audiences on a fun and fascinating excursion through “Hollywood’s only organic artistic movement.” April 1 - 7. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood.www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/noir-city-hollywood-the-21st-annual-los-angeles-festival-of-film-noir
Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán provides an open-air movie theater complete with a large projection screen, state-of-the-art projector, noise cancelling headphones, fresh-popped popcorn and even blankets for a chilly night. It is outfitted with a bar, concession stand and full kitchen. www.themontalban.com/movies-at-themontalban
Discover the best places to chill out in Los Angeles.
Check out Malibu Family Wines, a hidden getaway in Malibu. Spend an afternoon lazily drinking and catching up with friends. Bring your own food, blanket, and board games! There are animals to greet you – a camel and a zebra among others. Buy a few bottles of wine to share – they start at $25. www.malibufamilywines.com
With L.A.'s perpetual sunshine and mild year-round climate, hotel swimming pools are attractive destinations no matter when you visit. Set amid the landscaped gardens of the Spa, the Four Seasons Westlake Village heated outdoor Serenity Pool provides an opportunity to relax and reflect while the dedicated staff pampers you with sunscreen applications, snacks of frozen and fresh fruit, and cooling spritzes. Chill out in one of 10 pool side cabanas, each furnished with lounge chairs and a flat-screen television. Cabana includes food amenity and bottled water. www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/services_and_amenities/pool/serenity_pool
Do you love horses? Then it's time to go on a ride.
Rocking K Horse Rentals, situated at the base of Sycamore Canyon in Newbury Park lets you see for miles from the top of the trails. The horses are quiet and gentle and delight in the scenic trails as much as you will.www.rockingkhorserentals.com
For a unique tour of Griffith Park, get in the saddle with Sunset Ranch Hollywood, the only horse ranch located in greater Los Angeles. Sunset Ranch offers a variety of services and activities, including guided trail rides, boarding and lessons. www.sunsetranchhollywood.com
March Madness Sidebar
What is March Madness?
March Madness is one of the biggest and most exciting event in all of sports. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship.
The NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament has been played every year since 1939. The inaugural tournament had just eight teams. In 1951, the field doubled to 16, and kept expanding until 1985, when the modern 64-team tournament began. In 2001, after the Mountain West Conference joined Division I and received an automatic bid, pushing the total teams to 65, a single game was added prior to the first round. In 2011, three more teams were added, and with them, three more games to round out the First Four.
March Madness was first used to refer to basketball by an Illinois high school official, Henry V. Porter, in 1939, but the term didn’t find its way to the NCAA tournament until CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger used it during coverage of the 1982 tournament. The is now synonymous with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament .
Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live. In the 80 years since the tournament’s inception, 35 different teams have won a championship, but no team has won more than UCLA, which has 11, 10 of which came from a span of 12 years from 1964 to 1975.