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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

By Time Out editors
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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 know it 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.

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

apple picking
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Go apple picking

Things to do

Fall is apple picking season, and even though we live in sunny Southern California, there are plenty of options around Los Angeles. From September 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.

Tapia Brothers Farm Pumpkin Patch.
Photograph: Monique Batac

Play in a pumpkin patch

Things to do

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 wagon rides. Just a heads up: A number of patches this year require reservations or are limited to curbside service.

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Oak Glen
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Don Graham

Take in fall foliage

Things to do

Look, it’s not Vermont, but Los Angeles does indeed have some fall colors. Mountainous environs like Oak Glen and Big Bear are usually the go-to, but you can find some splashes of color closer to home, too; we typically turn to one of the region’s stunning botanical gardens for some seasonal vibes.

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Go camping

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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.

Christmas lights in Los Angeles: Christmas Tree Lane.
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Check out Christmas lights

Things to do

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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