Things to do in the fall
Fall is apple picking season, and even though we live in sunny Southern California, there are plenty of options around Los Angeles. From October to November, the Oak Glen area of Southern California will be blooming with these delicious fruits just waiting to be picked. Purists can eat their apples straight from the tree, while others may choose to press them into a cider or bake them into a pie.
If you're looking for a pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern, any pumpkin patch will do. But if you're looking for a pumpkin patch where you can enjoy the day, L.A. has plenty of patches that have enough fun for the whole family, including petting zoos and haunted mazes.
October is the only month you won't mind being told to "get lost"—in a corn maze. Los Angeles has plenty 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.
It may be fall, but thanks to our mild weather we can still enjoy a movie on a rooftop in Hollywood and Downtown. Rooftop Cinema Club will come to a close as the rainy season nears, so enjoy your favorite films while snuggling up under a complimentary blanket during the final days of the film series.
Los Angeles might be known for its year-round summer-like weather and beaches, but there is a reason to celebrate the fall season as well. One of the best is enjoying the colorful fall foliage around L.A.—yes, it does exist. From nearby gardens to the local mountains, there are plenty of spots to enjoy the colorful fall foliage all around L.A., so you'll never have to envy those East Coasters again.
While many people prefer to go camping during the summer months, we prefer fall. Lower temperatures, less crowded campgrounds and fewer bugs are just a few of the reasons why. Whether you're more an off-the-beaten-path camper or like more glamping style camping, there are plenty of great places to camp around Southern California.
Oktoberfest might be one of our favorite holidays adopted from other lands. Because, you know, beer. With all the craft beer the city has to offer—we have plenty of fantastic beer bars and biergartens in L.A.—Oktoberfest gives us the opportunity to visit them as much as possible and welcome autum with a bratwurst in hand. Put on your leiderhosen, brush up on your oompah dancing and raise a stein to the festival that encourages us to drink our dinner. Prost!
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. Now—let's get lit!
Summer may be gone but there are still plenty of music festivals in L.A. and around the country to check out this year. Take advantage of one last reason to hear music under the open sky, even if you need to bring a sweater.
Most of the month of December is technically still considered fall, which means you can have a merry fall as well. In between a deluge of Christmas activities and frantic shopping trips, take the time to check out these twinkling neighborhoods. Just make sure to bring along an extra sweatshirt and some patience: not even Christmas lights can escape L.A. traffic.
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