This winter, after years of drought, Los Angeles got more than its share of rain. The state is now in the midst of a super bloom both literally in and our collective attitude, setting the mood for Easter. From the Malibu cliffs to the mountain peaks to the inland deserts, typically coated in rustic hues, everything is verdant and sprinkled with flowers. SoCal residents feel rejuvenated from our physical, and spiritual, winter soaking. So this weekend, as Judy Garland sang in Irving Berlin's classic song, "Put on your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it!" But also, as your mother said, "Make sure you wear sunscreen!"

Bunny Ball

At L.A.'s "largest Easter-themed party for sexy adults," the lapin lovers’ third annual Bunny Ball releases cottontails out of Hugh Hefner’s embrace to dance with Red Riding Hood's wolves. At the Historic Globe Theater you'll find two floors of EDM, cosplay and Mad Hatters gone wild. Hang out in the Cheshire Makeover Station, the Playpit or the Playzone, where twerking and "Le Freak" are de rigueur. Southern California DJs like Donald Glaude, King Felix and Jason Blakemore will be banging out hare-brained beats. 

Where: The Historic Globe Theater, 
740 S. Broadway
, Los Angeles
When: Apr. 14, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; after-party, 2-6 a.m.
More info: Facebook


 

The Bunny Museum

Photo by Andy Brunner


Steven Labanski and Candace Frazee began their relationship two decades ago with a simple endearment of “honey bunny.” From then on, they gave each other a rabbit-related gift every single day. Now, more than 34,000 artifacts and a Guinness world record later, they have everything from wallpaper to stuffed toys, an Elvis-shaped bunny pitcher to water faucets. Their private collection is displayed in an Altadena residence. Hop on over with somebunny special. 

Where: 2605 Lake Ave., Altadena

When: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 626-798-8848; 
thebunnymuseum.com


 

The Portals Project

A goose did not lay the golden shipping container in downtown’s Grand Park. Instead, activist and Harvard grad Amar Bakshi crafted a project bringing people from different cities together in one room. Inside the gilded container, immersive audiovisual tech allows people to connect with others via “portals” around the world to foster personal connections and the exchange of ideas, music, thoughts and the details of daily life. Imagine learning a family recipe from someone in Mexico Citylearning how someone in Kabul spent their morning, comparing urban nightlife scenes with a Berliner. It’s all about getting to know one another. No reservations are left, but walk-ups may be accommodated.

Where: 
Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., 
Los Angeles
When: Through Apr. 23 
More info: 213-
972-8080; grandparkla.org


 

Easter Promenade 

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What good is sitting alone in your room when you and your closest friends can amble through downtown L.A.’s Pershing Square wearing enviable bonnets? An Easter Promenade, much like the one detailed in "Easter Parade," when ladies and gentlemen donned their finery and strolled down Fifth Avenue, will be taking place on Sunday. Bring a picnic lunch and put on a straw boater, an over-the-top fascinator, a veiled pillbox or a derby from Kentucky and strut your stuff. It’s free and open to the public. 

Where: Pershing Square, downtown Los Angeles
When: Apr. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 


 

Malibu Easter Hoppening

If looking for springtime creatures is your idea of a good time, to Malibu Cliffs Bluff. Thumper's hen pals have laid tons of pastel-hued eggs that are just waiting for yolks  excuse me, folks  of all ages to discover. Bring baskets and ready your cameras for the adorable event. Once the treasures have been gathered, snap a photo with the Easter Bunny and then enjoy bounce houses, food trucks, face painting and more. 

Where: 
24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
When: Apr. 14, 3-6 p.m.
More info: 310-317-1364; malibucity.org


 

Sunday Brunch Sans Bunny 

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Jessica Biel's shabby-chic Au Fudge specializes in dining with kids, making it a perfect eatery for Easter Sunday. After checking in, the restaurant’s au pairs will whisk the wee ones into the activities room ($10/hour). Among other tots, your progeny can nosh kid-friendly food while embarking on creative endeavors like playing music and making crafts. Meanwhile, the parents can hang with the Hollywood elite to talk movie scripts, production budgets and artistic visions while sipping cocktails such as an L.A. Coffee (vodka, cold brew, vanilla, cream) or one of the four varieties of mimosas. Don’t miss the marketplace, where a bag of bunny farts will set you back $15. Only in Hollywood.

Where: 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
More info: 424-
204-9228; aufudge.com


By Brian Garrido

Recently transplanted from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Brian is a marketer and freelance writer with a cooking blog. Having traveled to more than 200 international and domestic cities, he's in the process of writing his memoir about his deep female friendships and women that he's has loved as a gay man. He can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.