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Los Angeles April 21–27: Earth Day Festivities, Monsterpalooza & Acro-Cats

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The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this week.

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This week in Los Angeles, celebrate Earth Day with a bash in Grand Park. Then, check out how your favorite monsters come to life, and catch the next viral feline on video. Top it off with a visit to Cali Fresh, a new food truck dedicated to the fusion of Colombian and Californian fare.

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April 22 | Festival
Earth Day
Celebrating Mother Earth is a holiday we can all get behind. Come downtown to hang with friends and learn a thing or two while you’re at it. You can tour the park’s sustainable landscaping (with nary a bit of astro-turf in sight) and do some yoga (and meditate on ways that you can help your planet all year long), contemplate buying an electric vehicle (and take a test drive), and make your own recycled art. Pro-tip: If you rent or own property in L.A., show your driver’s license or DWP bill with your L.A. address and receive a free tree while supplies last. That’s some seriously Earthy swag.
9 a.m.–2p.m. | Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles | $8 | website

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April 22–24 | Monster festival
Have you ever wondered how those scary zombies on The Walking Dead look so freakishly real? It’s thanks to the wonders of makeup and people that seriously know how to apply it. See demos at Monsterpalooza, where all of your favorite monsters (and their creators) will be in attendance. There will also be movie screenings, book signings, and panels all weekend long. At the very least, you’ll come away with a million ideas for your next Halloween costume.
Times vary | Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena | From $30 | website

April 22–May 1 | Show
The Amazing Acro-Cats
There’s a reason why the Internet is obsessed with cats: They just tend to do some pretty rad things. From playing instruments (oh, c’mon, we know you saw that video) to bike riding, some cats have serious skill. The amazing acro-cats take it to a new level, with props of their show including things like skateboards, tightropes, and balance balls. These circus cats are all rescue animals who have gained a new life onstage. Watch and be mesmerized.
Times vary | El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles | prices vary | website

April 23–24 | Escape the city
Capitola is often overlooked for its more famous neighbor to the north, Santa Cruz. But only a one-hour flight from L.A., it’s easy to get to, less crowded than surf town Santa Cruz, and full of music history. Stay at the Capitola Venetian, and channel some seriously Mediterranean vibes as you toast to the sunset on your private balcony. Then you may want to channel a little KISS, because Alice Cooper went to Capitola Elementary back when he was still Derek Sherinian.
Capitola Venetian, 1500 Wharf Rd., Capitola | website

Now open | Restaurant
Cali Fresh Truck
Next up on your L.A. food truck bucket list: Cali Fresh Truck, the newest addition to the street scene. It’s L.A.’s only food truck dedicated to Colombia/California fusion. We’re talking lively flavor combinations like fresh plantains and farmers' market tomatoes. Try a pisao, the Colombian version of a tostada, and the arepas (ground maize dough), and pretend that you’re in Bogota, not Burbank.
Times vary | Check Instagram for locations | website

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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