Los Angeles Fall Activities: Things To Do in the Fall in LA

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While Fall in Los Angeles isn’t as prominent as in other parts of the country, we Angelino’s do find ways to celebrate.

What is Los Angeles like in the fall? Subtle. Sometimes you don’t realize it’s fall until you see people wearing sweaters and boots on a 70-degree day while holding an iced pumpkin spiced latte.

It does get cooler, mostly morning and night.

Full disclosure, I’m a Spring and Summer kinda girl, but I do appreciate certain things about the Fall season. For example, apple cider donuts, Thanksgiving dinner, apple pie, and hot chocolate. No one can’t deny that the pretty colors of fall foliage aren’t beautiful.

Also, Halloween in Los Angeles is pretty fun. If you haven’t been terrified at the famous Haunted Hay Ride or chased down at one of Universal Horror Night’s mazes, then you have to start planning right away.

Not into being scared? No worries. Carved at Descanso Gardens is a wonderful display of pumpkins for the entire family. Fall at Disneyland is always fun.

Now that we are vaccinated and getting back to life, aren’t you ready to experience Fall in Los Angeles? While many Los Angeles fall activities were closed last year in the middle of the heart of the pandemic, plenty will be open this year. Including Halloween at Disneyland, Carved at Descano Gardens, and Universal Studios Horror Nights.

SnowLine Orchards for mini-apple cider donuts are a must every fall season. Then off to apple picking at one of the many orchards in Oak Glen. Without a doubt, we will be attending Carved at Descanso Gardens and celebrating Halloween at Disneyland.

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In my years living here, I never thought much about fall in Los Angeles until my sister-in-law moved here. As an east coaster that loves the fall season, she sought out all the fall activities Los Angeles has to offer. I had no idea we could go apple picking in Los Angeles… I mean… apple picking a short drive away from Los Angeles. 

This list is inspired by her love for fall and everyone that seeks things to do in the fall in Los Angeles.

Excited? I am!

Things to do in the fall in Los Angeles

Take a Day Trip or Weekend Trip to Experience Autumn

If you live in Los Angeles or know someone that does, you have probably heard, “let’s drive to the snow.”

That’s what we do here in the winter when we feel like seeing the snow. We visit it. It’s basically the same during autumn.

To get the full effect of fall, you may want to leave the city and experience autumn. I’m referring to fall foliage, the crisp cool air, the crunching of leaves under your feet, and the real need for a scarf while you sip hot cocoa.

With a trip an hour or two outside the city, you will find places that scream fall and satisfy your love for fall.

Here are a few favorite fall day trips from Los Angeles:

OAK GLEN

mini apple cider donut
warm apple cider mini donuts from SnowLine Orchard

The cute town of Oak Glen turns into the epitome of fall. You will find the beautiful colors of the changing season, apple picking, fall festivals, homemade pies, jams, and more.

  • Go Apple Picking at Los Rios Rancho.
  • Visit and purchase some of Mom’s Country Orchards jams, apples, homemade pies, apples, and other goodies. I LOVE their pumpkin pie butter. Spread some on a graham cracker with whip cream and you have an instant pumpkin pie craving fix from your fridge.
  • Stop by SnowLine Orchard for their fresh just-ou-of-the-fryer mini-cider donuts.
  • Stop by Apple Annie’s and take home one of their famous 5-lb high mile apple pie.
  • Don’t miss The Village of Oak Glen, now known as Oak Mountain! Fourteen acres of family fun. You’ll find quaint shops, a petting zoo, pony rides, bakeries, and more.

You can read more about the things to do in Oak Glen, California here.

Oak Glen | (Google Map it)

BIG BEAR

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Fall colors in the Village of Big Bear Lake

Before everything is covered with snow in Big Bear, the two-hour drive from Los Angeles is worth seeing all the colors of fall. The fall peak is in the month of October.

There are a number of activities that take place here and you will want to plan in advance.

  • Big Bear Lake celebrates fall with Oktober Fest starting Sept 11th to Nov 7th.
  • The Village of Big Bear Lake, CA has all the pretty fall foliage around town to admire.
  • Prepare a picnic and enjoy it by the lake.

Here are some tips for your day trip to Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear | (Google Map it)

LAKE ARROWHEAD

About an hour and a half away from Los Angeles, you will find every orange color of autumn on display. It’s a beautiful scenic destination.

  • Visit Lake Arrowhead Village. Its European-style architecture will make you feel like you’re in the Swiss Alps.
  • Book a cabin or a vacation rental via Airbnb. This would be a great weekend getaway.
  • The 2021 Lake Arrowhead Oktober Fest will be taking place from Sept 18-October 30th every Saturday and Sunday. Make reservations in advance.

Please note: The lake is on private property.

Lake Arrowhead | (Google Map it)

OJai

Boccali's Pumpkin Patch... pumpkins with female running through the pumkin patch
Excitedly running through the amazing pumpkin patch at Boccalli’s ranch.

Last October we went on a day trip to Ojai for a city break and it was one of the best days. The scenery there is beautiful and you get a peek of fall foliage here and there.

We also came across Boccalli’s Pumpkin Patch. This is a great little getaway for everyone.

  • Go olive oil Tasting at Ojai Olive Oil
  • Take a stroll through Ojai Meadow Reserves

Ojai | (Google Map it)

Day Trips from Los Angeles

Looking for the best day trips from Los Angeles for you and here. Here are some of the best spots to visit outside of Los Angeles.

Apple Picking Near Los Angeles

Hand picking an apple from a tree

As mentioned above, you can go apple picking! The ultimate fall in Los Angeles activity? Bring delicious apples home.

Get ready to prepare an amazing apple pie or apple crisp. I love the aroma of apple, cinnamon, and sugar caramelized together, wafting in the air.

You can’t exactly find apple picking in Los Angeles, but you can go apple picking near Los Angeles. Here are some of the top apple orchards:

Riley’s Apple Farm (Oak Glen)

  • Pick your own apples from August to October.
  • And then press your own delicious cider.
  • Farm activities

Riley’s Apple Farm | 12201 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map it) | Website

Snow-Line Orchard and Winery (Oak Glen)

You can’t pick your own apples here, but you can buy them in their store.

What they do have is… MINI CIDER DONUTS

You’re not going to find apple cider donuts at every apple orchard you visit, but you will at Snow-Line. That’s worth a visit!

  • Don’t miss the Apple Cider Donuts!
  • Eat your donuts with some fresh-pressed apple cider. They have three kinds: traditional, cherry, or raspberry apple ciders.
  • They do have apple pie – if you feel like a trying a piece!
  • If you go on the weekends during the fall, they’ll have live music and flights of wine.

Take home a bottle of their apple brandy.

Snow-Line Orchard | 39400 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map it) | Website

SLO Creek Farms (San Luis Obispo)

Go apple picking in San Luis Obispo in Slow Creek Farms 40 acres of organic apple trees.

  • Taste test their hard cider appropriately named Liquid Gold.
  • Apple Brandy is available during apple season.
  • Open every day for u-pick apples from Sept to Nov.

SLO Creek Farms | 6455 Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (Google Map it) | Website

Explore the Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

MR. BONES PUMPKIN PATCH

More than just a pumpkin patch in Culver City, this family favorite is a great way to spend an afternoon. They were closed for 2020, but according to their site open for 2021. Keep an eye out on their site.

  • Choose a pumpkin & decorate it.
  • Explore the straw maze
  • Ride a pony
  • Visiting their petting zoo
  • And so much more…

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Path | 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Google Map it) | Website

FORNERIS FARMS

Every October, Forneris Farms opens its Farm-tastic Maze of Oz. This corn maze is a fun and popular fall activity in Los Angeles. This is not a haunted corn maze, so it’s a great activity to do with the kiddos.

Can you get through their 4-acre corn maze?

The maze was closed for 2020 due to the pandemic. We are looking forward to it opening in 2021. Check back later.

You will also find a pumpkin patch and other fun activities at Forneris Farms.

  • This farm is cash only.

Forneris Farms | 115200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills, CA 91345 (Google Map it) | Website

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch

One of the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles, Shawn’s pumpkin patch opens up only during the fall. It features many family activities from painting pumpkins, crafts, pony rides, carnival games, tractor rides, and even a straw maze.

Your kids will have so much fun!

  • Dates and location to be announced.
  • Free to enter, but activities start at $3.

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch | | Website

Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch

Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns has multiple pumpkin patches in Southern California. The ones in Los Angeles features a Pumpkin decorating station and a photo station.

  • October 1-31
  • Free admission. Activities and pumpkins are extra.

Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch | Website

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Los Angeles Fall Activities: Halloween in Los Angeles

eat, drink and be scary sign and a wicker broom

Halloween is a huge part of the fall season and Los Angeles uses its Hollywood magic to celebrate.

In 2020 many of the events that normally take place in the city were canceled and reinvented due to the pandemic. Some of those reinventions were honestly lame. We went to a drive-thru haunted Halloween activity in Orange County and it was so bad.

Thankfully, this year in 2021, many of them are already advertising and selling tickets. If there is anything you were looking forward to like Halloween at Disneyland, start buying your tickets now. Dates are already selling out.

HAUNTED HAY RIDE

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is one of the most popular attractions. This year it is returning to its original location and former scary glory in Griffith Park. The hayride takes you into a frightening world of Halloween fun.

  • The Haunted Hay Ride returns from September 24th to October 31, 2021.

Haunted Hay Ride | 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Purchase Tickets Here

PARAMOUNT STUDIOS AFTER DARK TOUR

Take a 2.5-hour walking tour of the Paramount studio backlot after dark. Get spooked by tales of the other side as you head on over to exclusive access to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

  • Sept 20 to Nov 16 | $99 pp

Paramount Studio | 5515 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Google Map It) | Purchase Tickets Here

NIGHTS OF THE JACKS

The Nights of the Jacks is a fun Halloween and fall experience for the entire family. Scenes are created from thousands of hand-carved and lit-up Jack-o-Lanterns. It’s beautiful and spooky all at the same time.

Also, expect food trucks, a bar, live pumpkin carving shows and lots of Halloween treats.

This year the walking trail is back at King Gillet Ranch in Calabasas.

  • Sept 24 to Oct 31
  • Cost $30 and up. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Nights of the Jacks | 26800 West, Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302 (Google Map) | Purchase Tickets Here

Carved at Descanso Gardens

This fun Halloween and autumn event is back this year at Descanso Gardens. We will definitely be there.

Plan a night out and take the family to these beautiful gardens for the fall. Enjoy the glowing carve pumpkin and art displays set up throughout the park.

  • Oct 11-31, 2021
  • Tickets go on sale to non-members on Oct 1st.
  • Cost $35 pp

Descanso Gardens | 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 (Google Map It) | Purchase Tickets Here

CELEBRATE FALL AT DISNEYLAND

One of the best times of year to visit Disneyland is in the fall. If you have never been to the Happiest Place in the World during the fall, I highly recommend it.

The autumn decorations and details throughout the park really bring the magic of fall to life.

For an extra cost, you can attend one of their famous Halloween party… the Oogie Boogie Bash Dress up and meet up with Mickey and Minnie and go trick-o-treatin’ at your favorite park.

Your kids and the inner child in you will love it. Note that these tickets for the Oogie Boogie Bash, sell out quickly.

  • Both parks celebrate fall and Halloween Sept 3 to Oct 31.
  • Advance tickets and reservations are required.

Disneyland | 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802 (Google Map It) | Theme Park Tickets

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Hollywood HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

It’s officially been announced back for Fall 2021.

If you like to be frightened, this is the one event you should plan for. It’s an immersive experience that takes place in parts of Universal Hollywood’s backlot.

You will feel like you’re in the middle of some of your favorite horror movies and shows. 

  • You must be vaccinated or provide negative covid test results to attend.
  • Sept 9 to Oct 31
  • This event takes place on select nights and at an extra cost.

Universal Studios | 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (Google Map It) | Theme Park Tickets

Haunt O’ WEen

A family-friendly immersive Halloween experience taking place at Westfield Mall in Woodland Hills.

Join in on the fun, interact and engage with all the Halloween activities at this event. Pumpkin picking, trick or treating, performances, food trucks, and more.

  • Oct 1 – 31
  • Cost $30 per person on weekdays, $35 pp on weekends

Haunt O’ Ween | 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA (Google Map It) | Purchase Event Tickets

Check Your Local Neighborhood Events

Sometimes your local neighborhood will have fall and Halloween activities and festivities planned within the community that you won’t find blasted online.

Join your local community Facebook group or check with your local library.

While this is not a complete list of Los Angeles fall activities, I hope these highlights get you excited for fall in Los Angeles. 

Looking forward to apple picking in Oak Glen and celebrating Halloween in Los Angeles.

Where do you celebrate Fall in Los Angeles? What is one of your favorite Los Angeles Fall activities?

Bookmark this post and check back throughout the fall season. I will be updating this post with more fun fall activities in Los Angeles.

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10 thoughts on “Los Angeles Fall Activities: Things To Do in the Fall in LA”

  1. You and Christine are finally making me realize it’s fall. And Awellreadtart too since she’s unpacked all her sweaters preparing for the cold weather that’s to come. Nooooo!
    Your opener cracked me up- “What is Los Angeles like in the fall? Subtle.”?
    But now I have to have graham crackers with pumpkin pie jam and whip cream. That sounds delicious! Did you just invent that or was that already a thing? Yum!
    Lake Arrowhead sounds beautiful. I’d love to see this “Swiss Alps” one day!
    And both you and Christine have made me want to get lost in a corn maze. I didn’t get to the lake or ocean this summer but maybe I can get to a corn maze this fall. We’ll see!
    Great post!

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    • I think we should all start a new type of corn maze trend: where you have spiked cider along the route… Except then at some point, you’d have to pee…and if you couldn’t get out or got very lost, you’d be screwed. But still, I want boozy corn mazes!

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      • Hahaha!!! Omg. That would make me nervous – the lack of bathroom.? My biggest fear is having to pee without any restrooms around. That’s why I’ve broken up my In Five Years tour.?
        That does sound sooo fun though! Probably get lost for days.?

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        • I seriously try not to drink when I go out because of the bathroom situation. Now with Covid and things closed, I hate going anywhere far because I’m not sure when I’ll be able to stop and use the bathroom.

          Btw, so looking forward to your Five Years tour!

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    • I love that you are cracking up at my honesty. ? If you don’t go searching for Fall in LA, you’ll miss it.

      Not made up at all. Mom’s country store literally has pumpkin pie in a jar and when she gives you a taste test (I’m sure with covid that currently doesn’t exist), it’s on a graham cracker. She’ll ask if you want whip cream and I mean, why would you say no? It’s the best thing ever. She hooked me on the spot and I got a HUGE jar to go.

      I love that little country store. All homemade jams. They make fresh baked loaves of all kind of breads like banana, blueberry and the such. And they have like an antique school stove/oven they make fresh apple pies in.

      The corn maze I think is easy to make pandemic friendly, right? Perhaps longer lines but you should definitely find a corn maze and go. I definitely would like to try one out. I like that they aren’t haunted. Hubby wants a haunted one.

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  2. I feel like an Asheville fall is semi-subtle, too? And even this weekend, it was close to 90 but will suddenly be dropping into the 50s at night and 70s during the day next week. It’s sneaky like that.

    I LOVE the fall so we might be a little different there. Summer is eh to me, haha. But yes to the fall food!! I also covet fall beer and fall cocktails. Like apple, cinnamon, pumpkin everything, please. Cider donuts?! Yup! Thanksgiving stuffing?! Yup! Pumpkin Spice coffee?! Hell yuppie yessss!!

    Yes, to visiting apple orchards and apple picking, too! I’m so glad that you have them out that way. I mostly think of wineries. Hehe. And as you know, Florida had NONE. Like go pick a stupid orange.

    Do you think Big Bear will still have their Oktober Fest with this dang pandemic? I’d love to find one around here, too. So much fun. I want U.S. Christmas Markets too. Europe traditions need to take over in the U.S.

    OMG even your wineries have cider donuts?! Now I am jealous! *Gets on a plane with a mask and sanitizer.*

    You just reminded me that we have to go get our pumpkins for the year. I love baby white and orange pumpkins for the mantle. I’m hoping the church down the road from us puts theirs out soon. It’s my favorite part of driving home – seeing those pumpkins on the hill. Too bad ZoomBa loves to eat them, too.

    I love love love a good haunted house – we need to find something similar here too. In Florida, I did Halloween Horror Nights and while that was expensive as heck, I loved it.

    I want to visit L.A. in the fall! It sounds like a blast.

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    • When I mean subtle, I mean, we’d miss fall entirely if halloween and pumpkin patches were’t a thing. The nights may start cooling off but the days are too warm to wear sweaters and feel oh so cozy for fall. The best part for you is that you can look out your window during the peak of fall and see the leaves changing. Our leaves take forever to change here but you’ll spot a tree here and there as you’re driving around.

      Snow-Line Orchard and Winery is the only place that has the homemade seasonal apple cider donuts. At least from what I can find. Can you believe that? I have to keep my eyes and ears open when I go eating my way through these fall Los Angeles activities.

      I checked to see if Big Bear would cancel Oktoberfest and it seems like they were moving forward with it. There may be new guidelines to follow. I mentioned it for those that would love to attend, but you know, that’s not our thing.

      OMG, I WISH we had Christmas markets like in Europe. WE have fake ones and they don’t give me all the feels. I also think it’s also the environment the markets are set up. We are not surrounded by beautiful European architecture and Christmas magic. I think it makes a huge difference.

      I’m sure you have Haunted Houses or a good drive-thru like they are doing now here for some events. We used to go to a haunted firehouse in NY that was so much fun. They did an amazing job. Every year they’d change it up a bit. One time, I came out crawling out of it running from Satan. It was terrifying. All proceeds went to a charity which was nice.

      Come visit!

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  3. Okay, I’ve never thought about going to LA during Autumn, but now I’m feeling a little more inclined to do so! I love that my fav place/area, SLO, got a little shout out there!! I’ve never been to the Creek Farms before, and I’m totally going to have to go there for sure. This post got me into the Autumnal spirit! It’s dreadful here in the central valley, so I’m just (im)patiently awaiting the cooler weather and the time when I can actually put on a nice long cardigan and not immediately burn up :’)

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    • I’d wait for the fires to pass and the smoke to clear before coming out this way. There is a fire in Yucaipa where the Oak Glen apple orchards are. I’m hoping the fires never reach the farms. It’s so sad.

      I can’t wait for cooler weather too! Going to be making some trips to these places on the list.

      Share your pics if you get to enjoy any of this fall fun this year.

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