Guide to Easter in Los Angeles: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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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 April of 2019 should be sure to check out some of the great events, attractions, and activities coming to the city 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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Pershing Square Community Egg Hunt

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One of the best community-oriented events in Los Angeles takes place in Downtown's Perishing Square on the Saturday before Easter each year.

The annual Pershing Square Community Egg Hunt 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.

Additionally, dozens of other Los Angeles parks also host Easter egg hunts in the week leading up to the holiday (and on Easter Sunday itself). Visit the official LA Parks website for more information on when these events will take place in a community park near you.

02 of 09

Big Bunny's Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo

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Visiting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a memorable experience no matter what time of the year you're in the city, but for Easter each year, this famous attraction is taken over by​ Big Bunny's Spring Fling event.

At this three-day festival that takes place over Easter weekend, kids can make bunny ears, meet and pet real rabbits, and have their photo taken (for a fee) with Big Bunny and other cartoon characters. There will also be crafts, face painting, music, and more as well as admission to the rest of the facilities for one low price.

Additionally, there are plenty of other great things for kids to do when visiting the Los Angeles Zoo, and you can head just outside to Griffith Park for more family fun after you're done exploring the attraction

03 of 09

Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street

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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 the Saturday before Easter, 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 end at El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Festivities, however, will take place all afternoon—from noon to 5 p.m.— along the procession route.

04 of 09

Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park

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The New City Church of Los Angeles hosts an outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park in Downtown Los Angeles each year in celebration of the Easter holiday. In 2019, the 11th Annual Eastfest at Grand Hope Park will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 21.

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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05 of 09

Sunrise Service on the Battleship Iowa

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The Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is hosting two free non-denominational Easter Sunrise Services on its fantail, and the ship will open at 10 a.m. for regular guests over the Easter holiday weekend.

The sunrise services will begin at 5 a.m. and feature local pastors delivering sermons about the religious holiday. Guests visiting the Battleship Iowa should keep in mind that the facilities are not handicapped accessible, and you should wear closed, flat shoes to navigate the ship.

06 of 09

Champagne Easter Brunch Cruise in Marina Del Ray

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On Easter Sunday 2019, 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.

Boardings for the cruises will take place at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Marina Del Ray.

07 of 09

Have Easter Fun Aboard the Queen Mary

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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."

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Egg-Ceptional Celebration at the LA County Arboretum

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Limited to children aged 10 and younger, the Egg-Ceptional Celebration at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This annual event features an Easter egg hunt and crafts as well as access to an egg scramble, refreshments, prizes, and Easter baskets for all guests. Reservations are not required to attend, but this event may reach capacity as it's gained popularity in recent years.

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09 of 09

Discover Easter Events in Orange County

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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 late March to Easter 2019. The event features daily egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating, and train rides.

On Easter Sunday, 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, 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 2019 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.

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