Yes, Fall in Los Angeles does exist! Los Angeles, and in general, Southern California may seem seasonless, and hey, when compared to other places, it’s easy to see why. If you’re worried about the weather, Los Angeles stays relatively sunny all year long, with very little rain, snow, or any other dreary weather changes that other places may experience – what more can you want?
With that being said, this doesn’t mean that Los Angeles and its surrounding areas don’t know how to fall. Most Angelenos love apple picking, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes as much as the next person. In fact, you’ll be surprised by how many activities there are to experience in Los Angeles and areas nearby this coming fall season.
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Best Things to Do in Los Angeles in the Fall
When thinking of Fall you are immediately bombarded by images of pumpkins, and apple cider – just think of that smell and delicious taste when you have your first bite of pumpkin pie for the season.. Mmm.. nothing compares.
You begin to imagine the changing of the leaves from forest green to bright orange, burgundy, and golden yellow. All these vivid images of fall can’t help but bring up feelings of cozy goodness and a sense of warmth and comfort. If you are planning to visit the LA area during the fall season, then you definitely need to know the best spots to get your autumn fill.
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Pumpkin Patches Galore!
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is one of the most fun-filled pumpkin patches you can go to during fall in Los Angeles. It is filled with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, so there is definitely a variety to choose from. What makes this location great is that it is not only a pumpkin patch, though that is its main appeal, there are also food trucks and weekend afternoon live entertainment.
Not only are there food trucks and live entertainment, but there are also special events that occur at this pumpkin patch for Halloween. If you have a pet, then you are going to love their event called Howl-O-Ween, a pet costume contest – finally you can dress up with your favorite pawed friend together.
If pets are not your thing, then no problem. Come and check out their Halloween Spooktacular. One of the best parties around, where you can dress in a costume and enjoy some live entertainment and music.
Another great Pumpkin Patch to visit during fall in Los Angeles is Mr. Jack O’Lantern Pumpkin Patch. They too have a variety of pumpkins of different shapes and sizes to choose from. This location also offers food and is pet friendly.
Another unique feature of this pumpkin patch is that they offer party and event hosting. If you have a fall birthday or event, then this might be the best place to celebrate!
What makes this place stand out is that they offer a bunch of activities to do during your visit. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to . .
- Pumpkin decorating
- Photo Stations (for those oh so instagrammable pics!)
- Pumpkin Bowling
- Candy Corn Hole
- Animal Feeding
Different Locations to Check Out
Can’t make it to this location? No problem, they have other locations nearby:
- The Original Farmers Market
- 6333 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Hollywood, CA
- 6407 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Pick Your Own Apples
What’s fall without some apple picking? Stone Soup Farm and Heritage Orchard is technically not in LA or even LA county, but are still one of the best places to go apple picking nearby. It’s located in San Bernardino County in the rustic, country-feeling environment of Yucaipa, away from the city.
This heirloom apple orchard is 130 years old and offers a uniqueness in its fruit that you just can’t get at a commercial grocery store. Here, they value flavor and quality, and it shows in the deliciousness of their apples. Apple picking starts the first weekend of October and is a must-try during the fall season.
Once again, though Los Rios Rancho is technically not located in LA or LA County, it still made it on to this Fall in Los Angeles list because it is a great place to go apple picking. Also located in Yucaipa, Los Rios Rancho was established in 1906. It is California’s largest apple farm, home to over 10,000 apple trees. At this location, they not only offer apple picking, but they have a whole day of events you can attend during your visit.
Farm Visitor Itinerary
While at Los Rios Rancho, you can start your visit off right with a cup of coffee at their Wilshire’s Apple Shed (3 min from the farm). At the farm, you can then proceed to one of their many orchards and start apple picking to your heart’s content!
After apple picking, you have a variety of options to choose from, such as cider pressing, checking out their nature trails and botanical gardens, or going for a horse-drawn wagon ride.
If you’re wondering when you have time to eat, don’t worry, for lunch, you can enjoy a meal in their country kitchen or even bring your own picnic lunch. What is more, Fall-themed than a cute picnic lunch at an apple orchard? After your fun-filled day, I highly recommend getting a slice of hot apple pie from Wilshire’s Apple Shed. You won’t regret it!
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Experience the Fall Foliage
Another very autumnal thing to experience is the fall foliage. And yes, Los Angeles in the fall does have it. Though it may not seem like much, you can still definitely experience it. One of the best places to do just that is the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
Whether you visit this location as part of a guided tour like this one from trip advisor or explore the arboretum on your own, you are sure to feel and experience the beauty of nature and its changing seasons here.
The Arboretum also offers many different types of events that are often educational or wellness centric. During the fall season, many of these events are held during the late afternoon and early evening. One of the perks of LA is that the weather at night is usually comfortable with just a jacket or sweater. No need to worry about freezing your butt off!
Another great place to explore and experience the fall foliage in LA without driving hours away to places like Oak Glen or Big Bear Lake is the Huntington Library Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Home to gardens, libraries, and art galleries The Huntington Library is located on 207 acres of land.
Open and beautiful to visit all year round, The Huntington Library is especially amazing to visit in the Fall. November is the best month to visit if you truly want to experience the fall foliage. Just like at The Arboretum, you can choose to explore the grounds on your own or through a guided tour. Go and enjoy the beauty of nature!
Time To Have Some Fun At Oktoberfest
The last item on the list is technically, once again, not in Los Angeles County. It is an Old World Oktoberfest located in Orange County. Though there are other locations in the fall in Los Angeles that celebrate Oktoberfest, this is one of the best known in the surrounding area.
Fun fact: I grew up in Germany – and let me tell you. This place is fantastic if you want to have an authentic experience without making the jump over the pawn.
Old World Village is a Bavarian village that features outdoor shopping and dining. What makes this place unique is that it has quaint, European-styled buildings and cobblestone streets, completing the full aesthetic. Once you step foot here, you are immediately transported.
Old Village Oktoberfest has been going on since 1977 and is definitely one of the biggest parties of the year. When attending, you can expect a copious amount of imported German beers, authentic German food (home to the best Bratwurst in California), and German bands. If you plan on attending Oktoberfest, then this is the place to be!
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Final Thoughts . .
So, Los Angeles may not be your first thought when thinking of fall, but it has a different beauty and is a unique experience of its own. Fall in Los Angeles can still feel cozy, quaint, and magical. Even if it is warmer than a typical autumn day when compared to a place like Vermont.
If you are ever in Los Angeles and feel like the magic of fall is missing, don’t fret. With a little exploration, you can enjoy the amazing Southern California weather and pumpkin pie everything that fall has to offer.
P.S. Feeling the Halloween spirit this Fall season, then you need to visit Salem, MA in October. Here are my tips on how to navigate Salem for the best spooky experience.