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.
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:
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)
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.
- Hike a trail. Start with the Town Trail.
- Book a cabin or a vacation rental via Airbnb where you can snuggle up with your loved one in front of a fireplace.
- 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)
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.
- Take a boat tour of Lake Arrowhead and enjoy the view of fall foliage surrounding the lake.
- Hike a trail. Perhaps the Will Abell Memorial Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest.
- 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.
- Sky Park at Santa’s Village is hosting Pumpkins in the Pines 2021 every weekend starting Saturday, October 9th to October 31st.
Please note: The lake is on private property.
Lake Arrowhead | (Google Map it)
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.
- Visit Boccali’s Pumpkin Patch (they also have a hayride on the weekends!)
- 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
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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
TOP THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES, CA
Visiting Los Angeles, California? Planning to explore and be a tourist in LA. Walk amongst the stars on Hollywood Blvd. See the spectacular views of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory. Take a short ride on Angel’s flight. Here are the top attractions in the city of Angels.
Los Angeles Fall Activities: Halloween in Los Angeles
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
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.
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
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.
- Special Event tickets are on sale now for the Oogie Boogie Bash.
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.
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
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?
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