California in April

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    California in April: 8 Wonderful Things to Do

    April is a Good Time for California Wildflowers
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    It's a short list, but a good one. First, these are a few things that have been tested and proven in person. You might enjoy them, too.

    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio: One of the largest music festivals of its kind (held over two weekends) it’s the place to see the year's most popular groups. Besides an eclectic musical lineup, Coachella attracts some innovative food makers and exciting visual artists.

    Toyota Grand Prix, Long Beach: It’s like a live version of a fast-driving video game, with Indy-style racecars zipping through the streets of downtown Long Beach at more than 200 miles per hour. If you’re starstruck, check out the celebrity race where you can see big names like Ricky Schroeder and Olympic medalist Dara Tores take a turn behind the wheel.

    LA Brewery Art Walk: In what is considered the world's biggest art complex; resident artists hold an open studio weekend. You can get a chance to speak to artists directly, purchase a fabulous new piece of art and even grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant.

    Del Mar Horse ShowThis three-week event is held April through May. It's one of the most significant equestrian events in Southern California and more exciting than it sounds.

    Yosemite National Park: In the spring, thawing snow fills the streams and brings waterfalls to their prettiest flow, the dogwood trees bloom, and plants sprout delicate green leaves. 

    Things That Look Like Fun To Do in April

    These events sound like fun, but they haven't been tested or visited yet.

    Stagecoach Festival, Indio is billed as California's Country Music Festival, with scores of performers and crowds of music-lovers. It's held near Palm Springs near the end of the month.

    Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, an opportunity to see motorized vehicles from the past, present and future. If it has wheels, motors or propellers, it most likely will be on display.

    Lyrid Meteor Shower: The best places to see the meteor shower's light show are far away from city lights and where there are few trees. The dark skies at Joshua Tree or Lake Shasta are excellent choices.

    Whale Watching in April: A few gray whales may still be migrating north this month. Humpback whales and orcas start to appear.

    Wings of Freedom Tour: The Collins Foundation’s annual vintage aircraft tour visits more than a dozen California locations in April and May. You can see a restored B-17, B-24, P-51 and others, take a flight or even get a little flight training yourself.

    Watch a Yacht Race: The Newport to Ensenada race kicks off in late April and watching them take off is fun, even if you don't get to see the ending of the three-day event which has been going on since 1948.

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    Things to Do in California in April That You Must Plan Ahead For

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    The Stagecoach Festival often sells out by January.

    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival also sells out far ahead of time. In fact, your best bet for tickets is to buy them when they're first released and before they announce the next year's lineup, which is about a week after the festival ends.

    If you want to go camping at a California state park in April, make your reservations six months ahead of time in October. Everything you need to know is here.

    If you're planning to camp at Yosemite between March 15 and April 14, be ready at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 15 to make your reservations online. For April 15 through May 14, mark your calendar for January 15. You can do that online or by phone at 877-444-6777 or 518-885-3639 from outside the US & Canada. Get an overview and more options.

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    More About California in April

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    More California by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your California trip, you may want to know what it's like year round, not only in April. You can get a look at every month of the year using these guides: California in the Winter is excellent for skiing and snow play and all the events you'll find in the guide to California in DecemberJanuary, and February. It's also an excellent time for a winter weekend getaway.

    Spring gets going in March and April, and clear skies will continue at the coast into May. Get an overview of things to do in California in the spring and try some of these California spring getaway ideas.

    Summer holiday season starts in June and continues through July and August. It's the busiest tourist season and some parts of the state get almost unbearably hot, but it's a great time for mountain hiking. Start exploring things to do in the summer and get busy planning your summer California getaway.

    Fall is a favorite time of year in California. You'll see why in this guide to California in the fall. Weather is beautiful in September and October. By November, winter rains may have set in – or not. Start thinking about your California fall getaway now.