All The Things We’ll Be Doing That Aren’t Coachella
Have you done your green socializing yet?
Sooo maybe you’re skipping Coachella this year. Don’t worry. There are still plenty of opportunities to rock your adorable outdoor hippie outfit--including a debut beachside music fest. Here are five great events to mark up your calendar with this spring and summer.
Volunteer Like You’ve Always Said You Would
Here’s a great way to meet other civic-minded and engaged Angelenos--pick trash up. Yes, that’s right, The Great L.A. River Cleanup is a series of public gatherings over three days. Get busy at 15 sites along the nearly-dry (but with El Niño and public works projects ever-pending, sure to be gushing and beautiful soon) L.A. River. We can hardly wait to tell our grandkids about our meet-cute over picking up a soda can!
When: April 16, 23, 30
Drink (A Lot) in Santa Barbara
Four days of wine tastings, meals, grape stomping, live music and outdoor parties makes up the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend and Festival. Because who doesn’t want to drink Pinot Noir from a food truck by the restaurant from Sideways?
When: April 21 to 24
Watch a Movie in a Park
Situate your picnic blanket just so--we recommend the VIP section right up front--at the Street Food Cinema, a mini-festival where each week, a city park ranging from the Palisades to Eagle Rock has a pre-movie live band and more than a dozen food trucks including lobster rolls, sushi and, of course, artisanal kettle corn. Oh, and a 50-foot screen showing classic and cult films like Dirty Dancing and Labyrinth.
When: May 7 through October 29
Take in Some Incredible Performance Art
The Pageant of the Masters is one of those oddities that has to be seen to be believed: An annual stage show in which actors dress and pose as exact replicas of famous works of art. These creations are called tableaux vivants, and since photography is expressly forbidden, you’ve got to be there in person to see how someone can twist themself into a 3-D Picasso.
When: July 7 to August 31
Do the Concert Thing--Far from the Desert
Yes, Angelenos, there is music after Coachella. Specifically, we’re hitting the Ohana Festival, a two-day concert with big names and up-and-comers. It’s not as huge as that desert fest, but it’s got ocean breezes, the novelty of this being its first year and killer acts including Eddie Vedder, Cat Power and Queen "Summertime Sadness" herself, Lana Del Rey.
When: August 27 and 28