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It’s always a wonderful time of year in Los Angeles, thanks to perfect weather and an incredibly diverse lineup of activities, concerts, festivals, and culinary experiences. Before the blazing heat of summer, we love enjoying the fabulous outdoor events across southern California, and we think you will agree your luxury rental makes for the perfect home base when it comes to exploring all the area and the season have to offer.

The Great Outdoors

Springtime is ushered in by the blossoms of the new year, and there are plenty of festivals to celebrate Mother Nature’s rejuvenation in and around L.A. The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season in March, with origami demonstrations and flower-arranging workshops throughout the month ($4-$9). Celebrate Japanese culture and witness the trees blossom in vibrant shades of pink throughout the beautiful Descanso Gardens.

Also marking the beginning of spring, The Festival of Whales (March 3-11) marks the migration of the gray whales along the California coast and has two weekends full of events at Dana Point and along the coast. A full listing of events can be found here. In a similar vein, L.A. Nature Fest celebrates the unique wildlife that call the city home and features garden tours, bird watching, and nature walks at the Natural History Museum (March 17-18)

As summer approaches, indulge your green thumb at one of the myriad farmer’s markets or check out the strawberry festivals: the 35th annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard (May 19-20) or the 3rd annual Balboa Strawberry Festival in Encino (June 10). Both feature family activities, rides, carnival booths, and plenty of berry-themed food and dessert. Check out the arts and crafts and feast on the sweet berries grown right here in southern California.

Fun in the Sun

The ultimate experience in art, music, and culture, the Coachella Valley Art and Music Festival runs for two weekends in the desert outside of Indio, California (east of L.A.). Party in the desert and soak up the scenery and the incredible music lineup featuring Beyoncé, Eminem, A Perfect Circle, The Weeknd, HAIM, Cardi B, and many, many more. The schedules are identical for each weekend (April 13-15, 20-22) and tickets and information – including camping and travel packages – can be found on the official website.

A Book Most Fair

For the literature lover, you won’t want to miss the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books, April 21-22. Held at USC and free to all, the festival brings together authors, publishers, and reading enthusiasts. It is highlighted by book fairs, fabulous food options, and the chance to sit in on intimate conversations with some of your favorite authors. Check the festival website for more information!

Cultural Exploration

There is never a shortage of exciting festivals and cultural events around the city. Whether you want to try your luck at the Arcade Expo’s three-day pinball tournament (March 16-18); plaster friends and strangers in technicolor powders in celebration of Holi (the Hindu “festival of love”) at the L.A. Festival of Colors (March 10-11); or revel in the colorful and festive culture of Mexico at Fiesta Broadway, the largest Latin cultural festival in the country (April 29), there is always something exciting to try. Here at the Luxury Rental Group we know your exclusive vacation rental is just the beginning of your exciting stay in our vibrant city, and we invite you to make the most of the diversity the L.A.-area has to offer!