35 Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Fall Festivals, Fall Events, and More

Visit the rescue animals at Kfar Saba Urban Farm. Photo by Limor Ness
Visit the rescue animals at Kfar Saba Urban Farm. Photo by Limor Ness

It’s easy to buy into the notion that Los Angeles doesn’t have seasons. LA’s pendulum only swings from summer heat to a more temperate 70ish as fall falls. But that doesn’t mean Angelenos don’t look forward to fall activities and autumn adventures! Fall means we can start to do the things that it was too hot for in the summer (like hiking, camping, and taking trips to the desert) while still hitting the beach. We can even get our fill of fall fun like fall festivals, apple picking, pumpkin patching, and foliage seeking.

Without further ado, here are over 35 fabulous fall activities near Los Angeles. For more seasonal fun, be sure to bookmark our Fall Fun Guide.

Outdoor Fall Activities in Los Angeles

1. Meet the rescue animals at Kfar Saba Urban Farm

All the furry and feathered babies at Kfar Saba Urban Farm were lovingly rescued, and kids can take a tour and learn about each and every animal while meeting the goats, chickens, dogs, tortoises, alpacas, horse, and birds.

2. Find fall leaves

No airfare needed to find some stunning foliage; just hop in your car and head to one of these beautiful SoCal spots where the trees turn bright colors. 

3. Go apple picking

Everyone’s favorite fall activity returns. After apple picking, don’t forget to press your own cider and sample apple pie, cider donuts, and caramel apples.

4. Navigate a corn maze

Can you find your way out of the spooky fields of your local corn maze? (They’re spookiest for Gen X parents with terrifying memories of the original Children of the Corn.)

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Tanaka Farms

Pick a peck of perfect pumpkins at Tanaka Farms. Photo courtesy of Tanaka Farms

5. Visit a pumpkin patch with something extra

Irvine Park, Underwood Farm, and Tanaka Farms are all back with hayrides or train rides, pumpkins galore, and more harvest fun.

6. Visit the Oasis Camel Dairy

Take a day trip from Los Angeles to visit a camel dairy and hop up on a hump.

7. Go camping

Fall has the best camping weather when you live in Los Angeles—you won’t suffocate from heat in the tent.

8. Go glamping

Even better, go glamping, which is camping with all the fun and none of the work! We've got mountain glamping and beachside glamping near LA. What's your pick?

9. Going ziplining

As the leaves begin to turn, it’s the perfect time to whoosh through the trees on a zipline course near LA.

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Neptune's Net

Fall in love with seafood served seaside this fall. Photo by Meghan Rose

10. Tide Pools and Neptune’s Net

Take a short spin up the coast where you can marry the unlikely combination of tidepooling at Leo Carillo Beach with watching the motorcycles rip up the PCH while you have incredible seafood right by the beach.

11. Find your favorite fall festival

We’ve got dozens of fabulous fall festivals. You can celebrate the Autumn Moon, the sea, pumpkins, food, and so much more.

12. Visit the Gibbon Conservation Center

It’s pretty darn hot in Santa Clarita in the summer, so we save visiting these hooting, hollering human kin for fall when it’s a bit cooler.

13. Plan a day trip from Los Angeles

Sure, LA is lovely right now. But so is Ojai. And Santa Barbara. And Dana Point. And…

14. Head to Lake Arrowhead

It’s a bit too far for a day trip, but nothing beats that autumn mountain air in Lake Arrowhead.

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Polo

Fall is the best (and coolest) time to catch a chukker at the polo fields. Photo by Meghan Rose

15. Pinkies up, it’s (still) polo time

Polo matches take place at Will Rogers Park through October, so bring a picnic, blanket—and hiking shoes for a hike that includes ocean views.

16. See what’s in bloom

The Huntington, Descanso Gardens, The Arboretum & South Coast Botanic Gardens all have fabulous fall activities and you can see what’s blooming—something is always in bloom! This is LA. (Can’t you just hear Sheryl Crow singing that?)

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Theatricum Botanicum

A Midsummer Night's Dream plays past summer at the Theatricum Botanicum. Photo by Ian Flanders

17. See Shakespeare at the Theatricum Botanicum

While Shakespeare in the Park and by the Sea have folded up their stages for the year, kids can still thrill to the magic of seeing fairies emerge from twinkling lights in the hills of Topanga in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Big kids and grown-ups can catch Julius Caesar, too.)

18. PYO blackberries and raspberries

Pumpkins are not the only thing you can pick a peck of in the fall. Underwood Farms has berry picking well into autumn. 

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Star Trek at the Skirball

Beam me up to the Star Trek exhibit at the Skirball. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Pop Culture

Indoor Fall Activities in Los Angeles

19. Live long and prosper

First thing we’re doing is going to the Skirball, then we’re going back again! Noah’s Ark is now open inside, and the Star Trek exhibit opens on October 7.

20. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens

See the ruby slippers, practice your acceptance speech, and explore the Death Star-shaped theater—all at the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of Hollywood movie-making. It opens September 30 with an exhibition on Hayao Miyazaki.

21. See some pint-sized dinner theater

Dinner and a show, or dinner in a space where the restaurant decor is the show: from pirates to magic and more, get a side of entertainment with your entree.

22. Catch an IMAX movie 

See a movie on the bigger than big screen at the California Science Center. And while you’re here, stand in awe of The Art of the Brick.

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: NHM's Spider Pavilion

See the spiders at NHM. Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum of LA County

23. See creepy crawlies at the Spider Pavilion

The Natural History Museum’s annual eight-legged affair is back.

24. Take your kids to the city where kids rule

Pretend City lets kids set the rules, and offers a host of fall events that make a visit extra fun, like Talk Like a Pirate Day, Grandparent’s Day, Family Autism Night, and a Fall Festival.

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Aquarium of the Pacific

Meet Chase the sea lion at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Roberta Brown

25. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific

Activities and special events at the Long Beach aquarium are back, including fall favorites like the Moompetam Festival and the Baja Splash Cultural Festival.

26. See something at Brain Dead Studios

This summer, the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax quietly rebranded and reopened as Brain Dead Studios. While fall is full of spooky screenings, there are also some kid-friendly showings like Twins and The Nutty Professor.

Fall Events in Los Angeles

27. Celebrate the Autumn Moon

There are autumn moon festivals at the Huntington Gardens, in Chinatown, and at the Bowers Museum.

28. Missing the LA County Fair? 

Visit the Bite-Sized Fair, which is a bite-sized taste of all your fair favorites, from food to rides to games. (The food itself is not in fact bite-sized. It’s your typical over-the-top fried festival faves.)

29. Playoff baseball at Dodger Stadium

The way the boys in blue are playing, they should (knock wood!) finish the season with the best record in baseball, so Angelenos are in for some October baseball action!

30. Reyes Adobe Days

Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills is a fall favorite, and we’re so happy it’s back this year on October 2 (mark your calendars!).

35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Oktoberfest

Dig into spectacular food and drink at a local Oktoberfest. Photo by Dan McKernan / Big Bear Guide

31. Brews and brats at Oktoberfests

What’s not to like? Fabulous food, great beers, dancing, lederhosen, and oompah-pah music. There are fests near (Enegren Oktoberfest), far (Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake), and everywhere in between.

32. Carved comes back

Stroll through Descanso's beautiful gardens and woods, viewing hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns carved from real pumpkins along the trail.

33. See art in an immersive (and massive) fashion

It’s not just Van Gogh anymore! Monet, Banksy, Michelangelo, and Klimt are all getting the immersive experience treatment.

34. Hear the LA Phil at Disney Concert Hall

Unfortunately, the fall Toyota Symphonies for Youth concerts have been postponed until 2022. But the Phil leave their summer home (the Bowl) for their winter one each fall, and some great concerts are planned that will delight budding musicians.

35. Just a taste of Halloween

And we’ve been trying to save Halloween activities for October, but we’re just so excited for Brick or Treat at Legoland California and the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland, that we have to mention them. Stay tuned for all our Halloween activities, haunted happenings, and details about every single theme park scare!

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