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Things to do in the fall in Los Angeles

Find L.A.’s best things to do in the fall, including the biggest seasonal events, fall-only activities and more

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Fall in Los Angeles is an elusive thing. There’s no nip to the air—au contraire, some of the warmest (and wild-fiery) days fall in these months—and any dramatic color changes take place in fashion rather than on trees.

Mostly, we think of fall as that period of time in L.A. after (most of) the tourists typically leave and just before palm trees get the Christmas light treatment. Even if you’re still sunning yourself on L.A.’s best beaches come October, you’ll recognize the signs: the impulse to jack up your reading list, to buy sweaters you won’t wear for weeks, to throw a scarf on over your sundress, to order seasonal squash dishes. You may even start craving the best pie in the city.

No matter, here are the best things to do during this very peculiar fall in L.A.—or, at least, things that’ll help make it feel like autumn is actually a thing here.

9 festive things to do in the fall in L.A.

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It’s basically just confined to one mountainous area, but Oak Glen becomes an apple picking frenzy each fall. The season typically runs from September to November, though this year it’s looking you’ll have to wait until October to find trees blooming with these delicious fruits just waiting to be picked. Purists can eat their apples straight from the tree, while others may choose to let the pros handle things and order some cider or a pie.

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Though there are a few farms fit for plucking, most of L.A.’s pumpkin patches set up in parking lots or open fields. If you’re simply looking for a pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern, any old supermarket selection of pumpkins will do. But you’ll also find about a dozen places that supplement their squashes with activities like petting zoos and wagon rides.

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We may not exactly be known for our German cuisine, but that doesn’t prevent Angelenos from grabbing a stein and swaying along to some oompah bands. You’ll find Oktoberfest celebrations starting in September with a mix of food and drink specials at local bars and ticketed events at day trip destinations.

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October is the only month you won’t mind being told to “get lost”—in a corn maze, obviously. Los Angeles has a few in the Valleys that are a guaranteed good time, as you weave through a labyrinth of corn husks (and maybe a few dead ends) until reaching the end. Some are even designed to create particular images and messages. Visit one, or visit all and be sure to take stock in the abundance of corny jokes that await (hey, we thought there was at least a kernel of humor in that one).

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Once the Santa Ana winds blow through the last of the season’s hot weather, cravings for all things warm and cozy are at an all-time high. So when the sun sets early and that cool Pacific Ocean breeze blows in, it’s time to head for the flames. These fireplace bars are keeping us warm with crackling flames and seasonal cocktails all fall and winter long.

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Most of the month of December is technically still considered fall, which means you can have a merry autumn as well. In fact, we’d argue that fall is the best time for most displays: The crowds, and sometimes prices, tend to be way more manageable, because not even Christmas lights can escape L.A. traffic.

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