35+ Fall Activities near Los Angeles for Kids: Fall Festivals, Fall Events, and More
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.)
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.
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
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
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.
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?)
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.
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
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 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
Meet Chase the sea lion at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Roberta Brown
25. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific
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.
Check out live holograms at the L.O.L. Surprise! Live show. Photo courtesy of Terrapin Station Entertainment
Fall Events in Los Angeles
27. Celebrate the Autumn Moon
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. See Lady Diva, Royal Bee, Neonlicious, and Swag
The L.O.L. Surprise! special hologram concert is coming to Thousand Oaks this fall, and we know some little fans who just can’t wait.
30. 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!
31. 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!).
Dig into spectacular food and drink at a local Oktoberfest. Photo by Dan McKernan / Big Bear Guide
32. 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.
33. Carved comes back
Stroll through Descanso's beautiful gardens and woods, viewing hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns carved from real pumpkins along the trail.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. 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!