Many consider Coachella the holy grail of music festivals. Since its inception in 1999, fans from all over the world flock to the city of Indio for a weekend of sunshine, music and unique art installations. However, the fun doesn’t stop in the desert. Los Angeles is just as jam-packed with cool things to do that’ll get you in the music festival mood. Whether you’re passing through L.A. on your way to Indio or skipping Coachella all together, read on for some fun ideas to help you kick off festival season.
Australian indie-electronic musician Chet Faker heads to Microsoft Theatre on April 13 and 15 for a performance you don’t want to miss! Best known for his downtempo cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”, catch this up-and-coming artist in a more intimate setting before he makes his 2015 Coachella debut. Get your tickets here.
You don’t need to drive all the way to the desert to experience the energy of a music festival. Brokechella is an independent music and arts festival taking place in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District on April 18. Now in its fifth year, Brokechella will feature more than 50 acts ranging from hip-hop to EDM and post-punk. There will be designated dog-friendly zones (Puppychella), food vendors and a wide array of art installations, photography and paintings throughout the massive event space. Tickets for this unique 21+ festival can be purchased online or at the door for $25.
For one weekend in April, people who love books will gather with people who love to write, publish and sell books for a celebration of literature unlike any other! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the country’s largest celebration of the written word, comes to L.A. on April 18 & 19. Stroll the beautiful USC campus while browsing an amazing array of vendors, booksellers, nonprofit organizations and much more. The LA Times will also debut their new Speakers Series this year and will feature Malcolm Gladwell, #1 bestselling author and phenomenally popular TED Talks speaker. For the 20th year in a row, festival admission — including all outdoor programming — is free and does not require a ticket. Bring the whole family to experience an array of fun activities, live music and food! Learn more here.
With pool party season just around the corner, many of L.A.’s hottest hotels are gearing up for crowds of sun worshippers and cocktail sippers. Whether you’re looking for a rowdy poolside party complete with cabanas and bottle service or a relaxing oasis with top-notch amenities, L.A. has got you covered. Stop by one of these L.A. hotspots pre- or post-Coachella and enjoy the Southern California sun.
Can’t wait to rock out in the Sahara tent at Coachella? Practice your moves at one of L.A.’s top dance cubs. From techno powerhouses like Sound Nightclub and Exchange LA to more low-key spots like Complex, experience the electrifying energy of Electronic Dance Music at top venues around the City of Angels.
Coachella not only boasts a killer music lineup but also a number of can’t-miss art installations. Get your art fix before heading to the festival by checking out L.A.’s unique street art landscape. L.A. has thousands of street murals depicting life via artistic styles that range from classical to modern, and impressionistic to punk and hip-hop. Read on for our car-free guide to Downtown L.A.’s art district.
Experience an eclectic blend of music and art at the 2015 JazzReggae Festival taking place on the UCLA campus on April 25, 2015. This year’s lineup features a mix of established acts like Wale and Portugal. The Man as well as up-and-coming artists such as Marian Hill and Lido. Festivalgoers can expect good vibes, a top-notch vendor village, sustainability education and food offerings from all around the world. Get your tickets here.
1 Day. 35 Venues. 150 Performances. All Free! Make Music Pasadena offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience a wide range of quality music at no cost. This unique festival takes place on June 6, 2015 and will take over 20 city blocks throughout downtown Pasadena. The lineup features an eclectic mix of diverse music, including seasoned award-winning performers and emerging homegrown talent, coming together for one day to celebrate the spirit of music and community. Learn more here.