Easter arrives earlier than usual this year on Sunday, March 31, but that just means we get to celebrate sooner for this special holiday. Whether you want to get your church on at the Hollywood Bowl (without waking up before sunrise!), feel like a fabulous brunch with friends, or want to enjoy fun family time in the great outdoors, there’s a whole lot going on this Easter weekend around LA and OC.
** EASTER EVENTS IN LA & BEYOND **
Blessing of the Animals @ Olvera Street www.calleolvera.com/animalblessing
Does your iguana, cow, duck, goat, dog, cat, bird, or other non-human friend need some divine intervention? Well, your prayers have been answered. Bring your pet to this beloved annual event (it’s been a tradition since 1930) on Saturday, March 30, from 12pm-5pm where Cardinal Roger Mahoney will offer a blessing over your animal. There will also be live music and entertainment, a petting zoo, free pony rides, not to mention all that tasty Mexican food. #Lovez!
Easter Service @ Hollywood Bowl www.easteratthebowl.com
Call it Holy-wood Bowl. Celebrate the real reason for Easter at this free service led by Bel Air Presbyterian with a worship choir, orchestra, band and guest speaker Francis Chan, best-selling author of Crazy Love. Unlike years past, there will be no sunrise service, so you can sleep in (Amen!). Doors open at 9am, service begins at 11am. Box seats will not have tables, but concession stands will be open serving breakfast and lunch items.
Community Egg Hunt @ Pershing Square www.laparks.org/pershingsquare
Celebrate Easter a day early in Downtown LA at the Pershing Square Free Community Egg Hunt. The celebration will include prizes, inflatables, children’s entertainment and arts & crafts on Saturday, March 30 from 12pm-3pm. Check the website for start times of each egg hunt for each age group.
Bunny’s Spring Fling @ LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens www.lazoo.com
This popular yearly event goes on Easter weekend Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm with lots of kid-friendly activities. Pet a fuzzy bunny, plant your own carrot, have your face painted, make fun crafts, have your photo taken with Big Bunny for a small fee, and enjoy musical entertainment. The event is free with paid zoo admission.
Easter Service @ Nokia Plaza LA Live www.livechurchla.com
If you wanna feed your spirit and your body, get over to Live Church LA’s free community service on Easter Sunday at Nokia Plaza @ LA Live. Service starts at 10am with free coffee, donuts and orange juice, followed by a family festival from 12pm-2:30pm with arts and crafts, face painting, Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter bunny. And yes, it’s all free! (Even the parking in the East Garage. Now that’s a first.)
Easter Hunt & Family Fun Day – Huntington Beach www.surfcityusa.com/easter
The annual Easter Hunt and Family Fun Day returns to the Huntington Beach Sports Complex on Saturday, March 30 (the day before Easter) from 9am to 3pm. Bring the whole family for live music, games, vendors, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and egg hunt. Children up to 10 years old are invited to hunt for candy and meet the city’s police and firemen. Admission is free, parking is $2 in Sports Complex lot.
Newport Dunes Resort – Newport Beach www.newportdunes.com
This resort and water park is hosting its annual Easter weekend celebration. Starting on Friday, March 29 there will be Easter crafts, egg decorating and an outdoor BBQ. Saturday is when you can enjoy a pancake breakfast buffet followed by a pizza party later in the evening. Easter Sunday kicks off with a bike ride parade in the RV park and brunch at Back Bay Bistro.
** EASTER BRUNCH IN LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY **
Westlake Village Inn – Westlake Village www.westlakevillageinn.com
For an Easter brunch celebration set against a beautiful garden backdrop, the Westlake Village Inn is a real treat. Served from 10:30am to 2:30pm, the brunch will offer multiple stations including omelet, seafood, cheese & charcuterie, carving, salad and dessert, plus a hot buffet serving traditional and inventive holiday options. There will also be a children’s brunch buffet for the kids, plus an Easter egg hunt with a petting zoo and face painting. Adults: $49.95 (includes a glass of champagne), children 12 and under are $17.95
El Cid – Silver Lake www.elcidla.com
If you’re looking for an Easter Sunday with some Spanish sizzle, check out El Cid in Silver Lake. This flamenco mainstay is where you can enjoy Easter brunch while watching Arte Y Pureza Flamenco show onstage. Brunch includes your choice of Spanish potato omelet, tofu scramble, chiliquillias or asada bravas with egg. Throw in bottomless mimosas or sangria for an extra $10.
Casa Del Mar – Santa Monica www.hotelcasadelmar.com
Let the beachside chocolate Easter bunny hunt begin. For the first time ever, Vosges Haut Chocolat is hosting an Easter pop-up shop at Hotel Casa del Mar. The gourmet choco brand known for its wild flavors (think bacon caramel-filled eggs) will be open in the lobby from 11am-5pm and is the first in a series of pop-ups at Casa. On Easter Sunday, enjoy weekend brunch while listening to music from KCRW’s DJ Raul Campos, then stop by the shop for a sweet finish.
Pinot Provence – Costa Mesa www.patinagroup.com
This rest inside the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel brings the warmth and rustic charm of Southern France to the OC. First course offerings include crispy potato vichyssoise (even if you don’t know what it means, it’s just fun to say, isn’t it?) while seven main course options range from lobster benedict to beef short rib. For dessert, choose between the piano colada cake and chocolate espresso cake. Served 10am-3pm, $40 for 3 courses, $16 for children 12 and under.
Inn of the Seventh Ray – Topanga Canyon www.innoftheseventhray.com
This former veg-only hideaway just screams Easter. (OK, it whispers.) For one thing, it’s all the way up in Topanga Canyon, so it just has that naturey, hippie-ish, spring-like vibe you can only get from a place like this. The Easter brunch menu includes entrees such as eggs benedict with duck bacon and boneless leg of lamb (they really want you to know they’re not veg anymore), a Waffle Bar, Fish Bar and Pastry Bar, as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes (they haven’t forgotten their roots). The full traditional brunch menu is $53 per person and the vegetarian menu is $40 per person.
Cafe Del Rey – Marina del Rey www.cafedelreymarina.com
On Easter Sunday, this Marina del Rey seaside destination is offering a Mediterranean twist on Sunday morning classics with a special three-course prix-fixe brunch menu ($42) alongside bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine, or sparkling cider. There will be also be a complimentary chocolate fountain and “Kid’s Corner” with a coloring competition and take-home coloring books for the little ones.
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen – Brea www.chachaslatinkitchen.com
On Easter Sunday, this tasty spot is where to enjoy wood-fired Latin food, live music and a two-course brunch menu with a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for $21.95 per person. Add $6 for bottomless mimosas. Kid’s menu also available.
Carousel Restaurant – Glendale www.carouselrestaurant.com
Awarma and eggs? Oh yes. If you’re looking for delish Lebanese-Armenian Easter brunch, this Glendale mainstay is where to go. Although known best for its Friday & Saturday night parties, the order-what-you-want Sunday brunch served 11:30am-1:30pm includes dishes like basterma & eggs and falafel hash browns. But I say do the chicken kebab, labneh, cabbage salad and ridiculously awesome muhammara. #PersonalFave
Chaya – Venice, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA www.thechaya.com
On Easter Sunday, all three Chaya locations are offering a three-course brunch — with bottomless champagne, mimosas or cider — priced at $42 per person. Entree options available at all locations include pappardelle with Kobe beef-porcini bolognese and poached egg, classic eggs benedict, or citrus French toast with granola crust. The Downtown LA location will also offer a $20 young adults menu.
Omni Hotel – Downtown LA www.omnihotels.com
The Grand Cafe at the Omni is putting on an Easter celebration for the whole family. The brunch buffet (10am-4pm) includes bottomless mimosas along with breakfast and lunch items, an omelet, Belgian waffle, salad and kid’s station. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance to pass out toys, candy and balloons and take photos with the kids. Adults are $49, children 12 and under are $10.
Cecconi’s – West Hollywood www.cecconiswesthollywood.com
Forget hiding Easter eggs — hide out on the lovely covered patio at Cecconi’s on Easter Sunday instead where you can enjoy seasonal menu specials that include an asparagus & black truffle benedict for brunch ($16), and a mustard & herb-roasted Sonoma Valley lamb chop served with potato gratin and lava beans, English peas, and artichoke ragout ($28) and pastiera, a classic Easter Italian tart, which will be available all day.
Terranea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes www.terranea.com
If you’re ready to splurge this Easter, then the stunning Terrenea Resort is the place to be. Held in the Palos Verdes Ballroom, the lavish Easter Brunch features about a dozen different stations from prime rib, waffles and sushi to a kids buffet. There will also be a host of activities for brunch guests including a petting zoo, egg hunt and activity station where you can create your own colored eggs, Easter cards, and other small craft projects. Seating times are 10am, 10:30am, 1pm and 1:30pm at $85 per adult (sparkling wine included) and $40 for children 5 to 10.
More info on Easter events in Orange County: www.orangecounty.net/easter