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Los Angeles in April

What to Expect from Los Angeles in April


Most years, winter rains end by April. In an "El Nino" year , ocean currents bring California more rain than usual and you can get wet until the middle of the month or later. Surprisingly, April is no sunnier than January (on the average).

Los Angeles Weather in April

Average High Temperature: 71°F/22°C
Average Low Temperature: 54°F/12°C
Rain & Clouds Index: 1.16 inches (2.9 cm) rain, 73% sunshine

What Pack, What to Wear in April

In a cool year or if you're going to be near the ocean, a jacket is still a good idea. Otherwise, short-sleeved shirts and light weight pants with warmer layer will be fine. Shorts can be comfortable on the warmest days.

Los Angeles April Events

  • Doo Dah Parade: Held in Pasadena, this quirky parody of the Rose Parade feels like a small-town main street parade. Except that it morphed into a quirky, tongue-in-cheek extravaganza. Crowds are light enough that you can find a place to stand just a few minutes before it starts.

  • For sports fans, baseball season opens for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels. Check your favorite team's calendar for dates.

  • Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza: Beverly Hills' annual food and wine event delivers top-notch quality sipping and nibbling - in gorgeous surroundings. Outdoor stations feature more than 50 exhibitors. They include some of Los Angeles' best restaurants and specialty food vendors. More than a dozen wineries and a generous number of non-alcoholic beverage makers are on hand, too. The associated silent auction gives you a chance to get something special at a great price. And to top it all, proceeds of the event support the Beverly Hills Bar Association's pro bono work.

  • Toyota Grand Prix: A weekend-long event and the longest running major "street" race in North America, with the Indy-style cars racing not on a track but on the city streets.

  • Classic Film Festival: This festival features screenings of classic films in some of the city's finest old movie houses. The sponsor is Turner Classic Movies.

Especially Fun in April

March through August is time for something uniquely southern California, the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.

In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

Averages and Reality

Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. There's no substitute for checking the Los Angeles weather forecast before you leave home.

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