Events on Easter have a tendency to be segregated: Easter egg hunts for the kids and bottomless mimosas during brunch for the parents. But this is Los Angeles and there’s a wide range of stuff to do on Easter that everyone can enjoy. Whether you want to keep things traditional or kick it up a notch, check out these Easter day events in Los Angeles.
Downtown LA Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park
Grand Hope Park
9th & Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA. 90015
Date: Sunday April 5th, 2015 from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m.
For a good time to be had by all this Easter Sunday, head over to the New City Church and partake in its annual outdoor festival downtown. The festival is free to everyone thanks to the generosity of the New City Church. There will be plenty of arts and crafts, face painting, races and games and a mega bounce house for the kids with lots of food and drink for the adults. Of course, there will be an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs so all the kids will go home with a sizable bounty. Last year more than 3,000 people attended this event with possibly more expected this year
Alhambra Spring Eggstravaganza
800 S. Almansor St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2015 from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m.
Taking the Easter egg hunt to a new level, the Alhambra Spring Eggstravaganza has a mega “egg drop” where hundreds of colored eggs are dropped from a helicopter for kids of all ages to collect. A delicious pancake breakfast will keep you fueled up for a fun day of activities like ring tossing, arts and craft activities as well as a Penny Carnival. In addition, the Easter Bunny himself will be there for photo ops as well as the Alhambra Fire Department and a bright red shiny fire truck for the kids to check out.
Kegs and Eggs
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Like a lot of people who come to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune, family and hometown friends are far away. The friends made in this cut throat town of glitz and glam become like a second family and guaranteed not one of them is interested in an Easter egg hunt or traditional brunch. The FIG Restaurant in Santa Monica will serve a Kegs and Eggs brunch for all the holiday orphans. Bottomless draft beer, steaks and eggs, frittatas, quiches and eggs Benedict await you. Casual attire is acceptable, but reservations are recommended.
Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street
El Pueblo Historic Park
125 Paseo De La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 12 p.m. through 5 p.m.
Many people view their pets as part of the family and are worthy of receiving an Easter blessing right alongside everyone else. No animal is too small or too large or too scaly or too hairy. His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony will individually bless all animals that attend the centuries old tradition of blessing of the animals celebration. Following the ceremony there will be music, a lively procession, a petting zoo and entertainment for the entire family. If attending with a pet, please act responsibly to ensure the safety of yours and other animals.
Premier Gray Whale Watching Cruise
Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2015 from 12 p.m. through 3 p.m.
For those who see April 5th as just another day and have no desire to deal with egg hunts and Easter brunch, take a cruise out into the sea for some spectacular whale watching during their annual migration. Get as close as possible to blue and gray whales as well as dolphins and other marine life while soaking up some California sun. The Captains are knowledgeable and the state-of-the-art luxury catamarans are fast and can cover greater areas of water during your cruise. Use the promo code LBWHALEWATCH for a discount on tickets.
Pershing Square Community Egg Hunt
532 S. Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Noon – 4 p.m.
Free for the public, the City of Los Angeles’s Parks and Recreations are hosting a Community Egg Hunt at Pershing Square for Easter this year. Featuring prizes, storytelling, arts and crafts, poetry readings, entertainment for kids and more, the egg hunt is an exciting way to spend the day. Other activities include face painting, magic, juggling, jumpers and more.
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Big Bunny is back for an exciting three-day weekend at the Los Angeles Zoo’s “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” weekend. The “EGG-citing” activities for kids of all ages include petting real bunnies, face painting, live music, crafts, and plenty of spring-themed costumed characters. Kids can search through the zoo for rare egg-laying animals including tree frogs, a short-nosed echidna, a Madagascar tortoise, and an oropendola; after finding each egg-layer, kids will be rewarded with a special prize.
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Los Encinos State Historic Park
Los Encinos Historic State Park
16756 Moorpark St
Encino, CA 91436
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
Located smack dab in the middle of Encino on Ventura Boulevard is Los Encinos State Historic Park, a hidden gem that is as serene as it is unexpected. The annual Easter egg hunt is a tradition among locals and will feature many activities aside from the hunt such as traditional games, a blacksmith, old-time music, tours of the historic adobe and performers in period costume. The Egg Hunts will be grouped acording to age with 2 years and under going first at 1:30 and 7-10 year olds getting their chance at 3pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Celebrate Easter this year in style at The Queen Mary in Long Beach harbor. Accompanied by live harp music, the ship will feature an Easter Bunny, as well as a special family photo opportunity, and of course a delicious brunch. Along with a special Easter candy bar, you’ll get a chance to hunt for Easter eggs, visit their Easter petting zoo, win prizes, and even get your face painted. For brunch, offerings will include a mushroom strudel, an herb roasted citrus chicken or herb crusted rack of lamb, as well as rocky road for dessert.
In addition to the myriad of activities for Easter, many of LA’s top restaurants are serving up something special this year. Restaurants like Tanzy, Elysian, Culina, Greenleaf, Mr C Beverly Hills, Dia de Campo, Montage Beverly Hills, Edendale, Cavatina, the Huntington Library, Continental and others will be serving everything from waffles and French toast to slow-roasted meats, raw seafood and much more.