Earth Day: It's a positive turn that what started as a single 24-hour observation back in 1970 has now become Earth Month, with a full spectrum of celebrations around the planet. Those parties began mid-month around California, but there are more to come, including a two-day Earth Day Celebration in Long Beach on April 23-24, an Earth Day 5K at Descanso Gardens (plus a plant sale and other nature-y haps) on April 24, and a bouquet of to-dos at local state parks. High five our home turf, and all of its epic-o-sity, starting here.
Fiesta Broadway: Cinco del Mayo is just about two weeks away, but the largest street fair anywhere will rev up the scene early, as is tradition. Pablo Montero is the grand marshal, Villa 5 and a host of top acts will play, and the admission? It's free. The Sunday, April 24 street party festively fills several downtown blocks, so before you go best eye the map.
America's Family Pet Expo: Without a doubt this dogly and catly and fishly and birdly spectacular is one of the biggest pet-themed bashes around. One important note? This is not for your pets, so best leave your fur babies home. Once at the OC Fair & Event Center, though, get ready to see police dog demos, adoptable cuties, expert talks, and a bevy of booths with everything for your companion animal. April 23 and 24
What to do, where to go and what to see
BROKE LA: Not headed to Indio for weekend #2 of Coachella? There's lots of music downtown, at this six-years-along indie tunefest, a one-day gathering that's priced economically -- $20 ahead of the April 23 date, $25 there -- and full of vibes-y flow. Look for comedy, food trucks, and a dog adoption fair, too. Have an afternoon and evening for alt-style soundsmithing? Click.
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival: Concerts, costumes, and clip-cloppery, of the horsey kind, are some of the out-on-the-range hallmarks of this long-running lark. Bluegrass tunes, awesome banjos pluckery, the kind of chow you'd want to eat from a chuckwagon, ten-gallons by the truckload, and plenty of spurs-style sparkle fill Old Town Newhall through Sunday, April 24.