Easter falls on a different date every year. Here are some future dates for Western Easter.
April 20, 2014
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016
April 16, 2017
April 1, 2018
April 21, 2019
April 12, 2020
Easter Events in Los Angeles
The Passion Play at Shepherd of the Hills Church
This is not your typical local church production put on by the Sunday School class. Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, at the very northern edge of Los Angeles, stages a professional production with some major Hollywood talent. There will be plenty of children and teens in the cast of hundreds, but also expect stellar voices and acting performances. The tented outdoor theater will also host Easter services on Sunday.
When: April 10-19, 2014
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Info: www.passionplaylive.com, (818) 831-7880
Note: A sign-language interpreter will be provided. Call the ticket office for seating for deaf patrons, and for wheelchair or group tickets.
Pershing Square Community Egg Hunt
City of Los Angeles’ Park and Recreation hosts a free Pershing Square Community Egg Hunt, including prizes, poetry and storytelling, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment and inflatables. Egg hunts will run in shifts by age group. Check the website for times. Food is available for purchase.
When: April 12, 2014, 12 - 5 pm
Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Parking: Parking garage for a fee under Pershing Square
Bunny's Spring Fling at the LA Zoo & Botanical GardensKids can make bunny ears, pet bunnies and have their photo taken (for a fee) with Big Bunny and other cartoon characters at this three-day event at the LA Zoo. There will be crafts, face painting, music and more.
When: Easter Weekend, Fri-Sun 10 am - 4 pm
Where: the LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, in Griffith Park, off the I-5 and 134 Freeways
Cost: Check website
Visitors Guide to the LA Zoo
Blessing of the Animals at Olvera StreetThe Merchants of Olvera Street and a cow decorated with flowers lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession with Cardinal Roger Mahoney begins at 2 pm. Free pony rides and petting zoo. Animals and their owners assemble on the north side of the Plaza.
When: Saturday of Easter weekend, noon to 5 pm
Where: El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street
Parking: For a fee in area lots
Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org, (213) 625-7074, (213) 485-8372
Easter Festival at the Orange County MarketplaceA treasure hunt, a puppet show, free face painting and free photos at this annual event.
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Where: Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $2 or Free with coupon on the website, kids under 12 are free without a coupon
Info: www.ocmarketplace.com, (949) 723-6616
Egg Scramble and Egg-spedition Egg Hunt at The LA County Arboretum & Botanic GardenAn Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids of all ages.
When: Saturday April 19, 2014, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum hours 9 am - 5 pm
Where: LA County Arboretum, 310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
Cost: General admission $9 adult, $6 students and seniors, $4 children 5-12, free under 5, plus $3 per child to participate in Easter event.
Info: www.arboretum.org, (626) 821-5897
Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens
The Patina chefs' are preparing Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens on both Saturday and Sunday. Children in attendance receive gift baskets with cookies to decorate.
When: April 19-20, 2014, Multiple seatings. Garden hours 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive , La Canada CA , 91011
Cost: $8 garden admission, plus $50 Adults; $23 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required at www.patinagroup.com/descanso.
Info: www.descansogardens.org, (818) 949-4200
Easter Service at the Hollywood Bowl
Free Easter celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. The celebration will feature a band, orchestra, choir, and an inspirational message. Hosted by Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Christian Assembly, and Fellowship Monrovia. Arrive early to get a good seat.
When: Easter Sunday, 11 am to 12:15 pm, door open at 9 am
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Downtown LA Easter Fest at Grand Hope ParkNew City Church hosts this free outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets in Downtown LA. The event includes Easter arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, a bounce house, food and drink and an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs.
When: Easter Sunday, 2 - 5 pm, no entrance before 2 pm
Where: Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets
Parking: Street parking is free on Sunday
Easter at L.A. LiveLive Church LA, holds an Easter service on Nokia Plaza, followed by a family festival with Easter arts and crafts, face painting,and an Easter egg hunt.
When: Easter Sunday, 10 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live,
Parking: East Garage at L.A. Live
Easter Brunch at the Battleship IowaThe Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is hosting an outdoor family Easter brunch including an on-board Easter egg hunt and ship tours.
When: April 20, 2014, 10:30 - 1:00
Where: Battleship IOWA, Berth 87, USS IOWA BB-61, 250 South Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
Cost: $50 16 and up, $35 6-15, free for 5 and under. IOWA Members & their Families receive a $5 Discount, (Beer, wine, and Mimosas available for purchase.)
Info: www.pacificbattleship.com, Tickets
Note: The Iowa is NOT handicapped accessible.
Downtown Burbank Arts FestivalA free art festival on the streets of Downtown Burbank.
When: April 19-20, 2014, 10 am - 5 pm
Where: San Fernando Boulevard, in Downtown Burbank, 91502
This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venues for the most current information.