According to the calendar, spring officially returned to Los Angeles in mid-March, even though the temperature would say that it is more like mid to late summer! The flowers are in bloom and it is time for Easter baskets, egg hunts, family brunches and dinners, and other holiday activities. There are quite a few different Easter events in Los Angeles to celebrate the traditions of Easter over the upcoming weekend.
Celebrate Easter with the Animals
The LA Zoo hosts “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Zoo and Botanical Gardens April 3rd and 4th. There will be crafts, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny (for an additional cost) and petting really live bunnies. Saturday, April 4th from noon to 5pm is the “Blessing of the Animals” on Olvera Street at El Pueblo Historic Park. The merchants of Olvera Street lead a cow decorated with flowers in a procession of animals past a priest to get a blessing. There is also a petting zoo and free pony rides for children.
Family Friendly Events
There are many family oriented Easter celebrations in the Los Angeles area. The Orange County Marketplace host the annual Easter Festival on Saturday, 4th from 9:30am to 2:30pm. There is a treasure hunt, puppet show, face painting and free photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be special “Easter Food Truck Brunch” from popular food trucks. Kids of all ages will enjoy the “Egg-centional Celebration and Egg-spection Egg Hunt” at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Acadia, California. The special Easter event is April 4th from 9am to noon. Irvine Park Railroad Park in Orange, California finishes up with their “Easter Eggstravaganza” Spring festival on April 4th. There are Easter egg hunts throughout the day, meet with the Easter Bunny (there is an additional fee), hay rides, carnival games, face painting, food and entertainment for the entire family.
Easter Services and Festivals
Easter is celebrated with church services across the city. There are also some larger services and celebrations throughout the area. The “Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl” is on Sunday, April 5th starting at 9am. Easter services at the Hollywood Bowl were first held in 1919 and have been getting grander every year. There will be a band, orchestra, choir and inspirational messages. New City Church sponsors the Los Angeles Downtown Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park from 2pm to 5pm on Easter Sunday. The free festival has arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, egg hunts and food and drink and more!
Many restaurants in the Los Angeles area will be offering Easter Brunch and Dinner reservations. Find out what restaurants are open via Open Table. You can have your Easter brunch on famous ships in Los Angeles. The Queen Mary will have an Easter Brunch with an Egg Hunt and animal petting zoo for the younger family members starting at 10am. and the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is having an outdoor family Easter brunch with egg hunts and ship tours from 10am to 1pm on Easter Sunday.
No matter how you celebrate the holiday, Magellan Storage wishes you a very Happy Easter!