Parks, public gardens, churches, malls, and other venues around Los Angeles and Orange County celebrate the Easter season in a variety of ways, from the purely commercial to the devoutly religious.
Visitors planning to travel to California in late March and early April 2018, sure be sure to check out these great events, attractions, and activities over Easter weekend. If you're in the mood for family fun, consider checking out the annual community egg hunt at Perishing Square or attending the Easter party at the Los Angeles Zoo, and if you want something more romantic, you could take a brunch cruise on the Queen Mary.
No matter what you decide to do, be sure to grab a ticket or make a reservation in advance to ensure you and your family can enjoy all the fun on this holiday weekend in Los Angeles. Be sure to check out the associated websites for more information about hours of operation, admission prices, and special instructions for holiday travel.
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The City of Los Angeles’ Park and Recreation Department hosts a free Community Egg Hunt in Downtown LA at Pershing Square on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The event includes prizes, poetry and storytelling, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, and inflatable bounce castles. Egg hunts will run in shifts by age group, and there is food available for purchase on-site. Dozens of other LA Parks also have egg hunts on March 25 through April 1, 2018.
- When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, all day
- Where: Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles
- Website: Pershing Square Egg Hunt
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Kids 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 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. There will be crafts, face painting, music and more as well as admission to the rest of the facilities all for one low price. There's plenty of other great things for kids to do when visiting the Los Angeles Zoo, and you can also head just outside to Griffith Park for more family fun.
- When: March 30 to April 1, 2018, all day
- Where: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
- Website: Big Bunny's Spring Fling
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Since Olvera Street first opened in 1930, the people of this historic downtown Los Angeles district have celebrated Easter each year with the Blessing of the Animals procession. On March 31 in 2018, members of the Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation and a cow decorated with flowers will lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession begins at 2 p.m. at Father Serra Park and will be led by Archbishop Jose Gomez.
- When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 12 to 5 p.m.
- Where: Father Serra Park and El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street, Los Angeles
- Website: Blessing of the Animals
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In 2018, New City Church of Los Angeles hosts its 10th annual outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park in Downtown Los Angeles. 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. However, the event will be capped at 2,500 people and no tickets will be available at the door, so be sure to purchase your ticks in advance on the official website.
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- When: Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 2 to 5 p.m.
- Where: Grand Hope Park, 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
- Website: Easterfest 2018
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The Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is hosting two free non-denominational sunrise Easter services on its fantail, and the ship will open at 10 a.m. for regular guests. This year, Pastor George Ramirez and Chaplain Doug Williams from the Community Christian Church and Chaplain Doug Williams of the Christian Family Fellowship will be putting on two services. The Battleship Iowa is not handicapped accessible, and you should wear closed, flat shoes to navigate the ship.
- When: April 1, 2018 at 5 a.m. (sunrise)
- Where: Fantail of Battleship Iowa, Berth 87, 250 South Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro
- Website: Easter Sunrise Service
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On Easter Sunday 2018, Hornblower Cruises in Marina Del Ray offers two separate two-hour brunch buffet cruises with free-flowing champagne, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Like most cruises, ticket prices are all-inclusive, but there are additional beverages available for purchase on board if champagne isn't your style. Kids are welcome and there are also sodas and juices available free of charge.
- When: April 1, 2018, with two boardings at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
- Where: Hornblower Cruises, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey
- Website: Marina Del Rey Easter Brunch Cruise
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The all-in-one restaurant, hotel, and cruise-ship the Queen Mary in Long Beach is a one-stop shop for all sorts of Easter events and activities this spring. You and your family can also enjoy an Easter champagne brunch accompanied by live harp music in the Grand Salon, and reservations also available at Sir Winston's and Chelsea Chowder House. This year, the Easter Bunny will be on hand for a special family photo-op, and complimentary afternoon programming on the picturesque Verandah Deck will include a prize-filled Easter egg hunt, Easter animal petting zoo, face painting station, and traditional "backyard games."
- When: March 30 to April 1, 2018
- Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach
- Website: Easter Sunday 2018 on the Queen Mary
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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 in its annual performances of "The Passion Play." This year, 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.
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- When: March 18 and 23 to 25, 2018
- Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch
- Website: The Passion Play
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This Easter and springtime celebration at Underwood Family Farms is an all-out festival in honor of the holiday. Tractor-drawn wagon rides, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and a giant Easter basket, an Easter storyboard labyrinth, a kids corral, a bee barn, a giant haystack, and Farmer Craig's Chicken Show are included in admission. You can also pay extra (in tickets) for pony rides, face painting, custom Easter basket making stations, cow or bumble bee train rides, carnival games, and to buy certain toys and goods around the festival.
- When: April 1-17, 2017, 9 am - 6 pm
- Where: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark
- Website: Easter on the Farm
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Limited to children aged 10 and younger, the Egg-Ceptional Celebration at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia features an Easter egg hunt and crafts. Also including in the event are an egg scramble, refreshments, prizes, and Easter baskets for all guests. Reservations are not required to attend.
- When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Where: LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 310 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia
- Website: The Annual Egg-Ceptional Celebration
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Easter Events in Orange County
Orange County is a popular destination any time of year, but if you're visiting this community south of Los Angeles, you can expect to find extravagant feasts, family-friendly festivals, and several Sunday services at gorgeous churches.
The Irvine Regional Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza is a two-week celebration that takes place at Irvine Regional Park from March 10 to March 31, 2018, featuring daily egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating, and train rides. Also on March 31, the Grand Reopening of the Orange County Marketplace coincides with Easter this year, and they're hosting a full day of activities to celebrate including a scavenger hunt, two egg hunts, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, you can enjoy a champagne Easter brunch at the Phoenix Club, which features an Easter egg hunt and visits from the Easter Bunny. Also at the Phoenix Club on March 25, you can browse everything you'll need for your kid's Easter baskets at the Ostermarkt Easter Bazaar, a German-themed market featuring homemade food and crafts.
If you're more in the mood for ceremony and worship, the Vista Hermosa Sports Park in San Clement will host the Pastors Fellowship of South Orange County for the Easter Together 2018 service at 6:30 a.m. This annual event features preachers from several different churches in Orange County as well as talented local artists performing worship songs and hymns.