ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE: Two of the big headlines this year? The first female jouster is ready to saddle up and the festival celebrates its Golden Jubilee. Note that it is only on weekends and only through May 20. Ye olde opening day for the Irwindale affair is Saturday, April 7. Want our advice, though we bet you won't mead it? Come hungry. Yep. We said "mead" there. Disclosure: The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is a client of NBC4, advertising on air and online.
7 DAYS OF MATZO BRIE: There are many community coming-togethers to honor Passover, but look to Jar for a week's worth of variations on matzo brie. A traditional matzo will be available nightly, but we'd love to try the matzo with roasted apple and maple syrup. Starts Saturday, April 7.
EASTER FESTIVITIES: Backyard egg rolls, sunrise services, and family brunches fill the weekend, but there are a few other to-dos. The Bunny Museum in Pasadena is open on Sunday, April 8 (ready yourself for 28,000+ rabbit items). And the Blessing of the Animals barks at Olvera Street on Saturday, April 7. All pets of all sizes are welcomed, but arrive in time for the 2 p.m. procession.
HOLLYWOOD HALF MARATHON: If you're running in the Saturday, April 7 halfer, congrats and lucky you; you'll see Tinseltown and its hills in the soft early light of day. If you're not running, may we recommend not driving through Hollywood, or anywhere near the heart of the Boulevard, during that morning? Done and done.
LA BEER FESTIVAL: The first full weekend in April is half a year away from the first full weekend in October, the traditional kick-off to all sorts of Oktoberfest parties. So call this drink | eat | play bash a half-year Oktoberfest, if you like, though it will likely be light on the lederhosen. But not on fine brews, or atmosphere, either: Paramount Studios is the location. Saturday, April 7