Fall is the favorite season of many people for a good reason. Sleeping with the windows open, the gorgeous change in the color of the leaves, hot apple cider, and pumpkin-flavored everything, just to name a few things. It’s also a great time to get out and enjoy a wide variety of events and festivals.
In Los Angeles, there is no shortage of things to do year-round, but these fall events are some of the most fun to be had whether you’re a kid or just a kid-at-heart. Here are 10 awesome Fall 2019 events to attend in Los Angeles.
10 The Original Farmers Market’s Fall Festival
The Original Farmers Market in LA has an interesting history of how it came to be. The land had more than a few identities, including a dairy farm, an oil field, and space for local farmers to sell their goods and set up shop.
Every fall the Farmers Market holds a fall festival to celebrate the fall harvest. The event includes lots of family-friendly activities like a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and of course arts and crafts. This year’s festival will be held on October 12th and 13th, serving as the perfect kickoff to the season for the entire family.
9 Spider Pavilion & the Science of Scary
Fall is the season to be scared and there’s not much that is spookier than taking a walk through the realm of spiders. Or in less dramatic vernacular, the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an open-air exhibit that is only open in the fall.
Head to the museum and take a walk through the pavilion where spiders are spinning their webs out in the open. There are a variety of spiders to be found out in the open and also part of the exhibit that is enclosed to house jumping spiders, tarantulas, and wolf spiders. This location has the bonus of also being home to the Science of Scary exhibit which opens October 8th and will use film footage, interactive props, and rare film props to teach about the history of horror movies.
8 Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Test the limits of your fear by heading to Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain on select dates from September 14th through November 3rd. Fright Fest is definitely for the thrill-seekers, as the event offers a whole line-up of attractions that go far beyond the rides.
Check out the haunted attractions like Vault 666 Unlocked and Condemned - Forever Damned. Alternatively, head over to the Scare Zones that include Demon’s Door, Witches Lair, or Territory Twisted. Once the sun goes down, there is more adult entertainment to be found at Voodoo Nights and a hypnotist. Some scares might be a bit much for children, so Magic Mountain suggests Fright Fest is best for those 13 and older.
7 Whale Watching Cruise
If spending some time on the water sounds like the perfect fall day, then a whale-watching cruise might be the perfect outing. Different species of whales have different migration patterns and there are specific times of year that are best for sighting them.
In October, for instance, gray whales make the trek south, traveling over 6,000 miles from the Bering Strait to Baja, Mexico. There’s no shortage of companies offering whale watching tours. Check out the different cruises and find the right fit for the perfect day out on the water.
6 Rooftop Cinema Club October Movies
As the days get shorter and temperatures are cooler at night, there's nothing better than grabbing a blanket and bundling up in some warm clothes to catch a spooky movie. The Rooftop Cinema Club shows films outside so you get city views and fresh air with your favorite film.
At the Rooftop Cinema Club, you can enjoy a cocktail, grab a meal, and for the traditionalists, there is always popcorn. In October, there are films that will hit everyone's sweet spot for Halloween. Films like Hocus Pocus, Nightmare on Elm Street, Beetlejuice, Practical Magic, and Candyman will be playing, ensuring there's a little something for everyone.
5 Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Los Angeles is an international city. One of the great things about LA is the opportunity to experience the traditions of other cultures within the boundaries of the city. The Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a great example of a fall event that’s both fun and educational.
This Chinese festival is held to celebrate the harvest and is a time for families to gather. This festival is held in Chinatown and attendees should be prepared to enjoy mooncakes, take in live music, and see some demonstrations that teach traditional Chinese culture.
4 Autumn Equinox Event
The Griffith Observatory is an iconic image in Los Angeles. Immortalized in films over the years, this familiar landmark is not just great background scenery but is also an educational facility. The observatory has free telescope viewing available to the public on nights when the sky is clear.
There are also a variety of exhibits within the observatory, including the Wilder Hall of the Eye, a Solar System Lawn Model, and a Rebel Without a Cause Monument. The observatory celebrates the change in seasons with free talks about the solstices and equinoxes twice a day. The Autumn Equinox Event is a great chance to learn more about the stars.
3 Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary was built as a luxury ship created for transatlantic travel with her maiden voyage occurring in 1936. In WWII, the Queen Mary became a troopship known as the “Grey Ghost” because of the gray color that camouflaged the ship. As people began to travel less and less by ship the Queen Mary settled into retirement in 1967.
Ever since it has been used as a hotel where patrons can get a feel of what it was like to travel in luxury in a different era. During the fall, the Queen Mary hosts several fun events. Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor opens up the doors to one of the most haunted locations in Southern California where monsters abound in six horrifying mazes. You can also book a room for the night and see if anything goes bump in the night. If you’re brave enough.
2 Knott’s Scary Farm
If Six Flags Magic Mountain only whets your appetite for a mix of tricks and treats, then this next item on our list might be the perfect solution. Knott’s Berry Farm transforms their park into a completely new experience of spooky attractions and terrifying shows.
Not to mention all of the creatures you might encounter during your visit. This is the perfect fall activity to get in the mood for Halloween. Knotts also has some options for the little ones, catering to children ages 3–11. There are Halloween themed shows and kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for a daily contest. Knot’s Scary Farm runs from September 19th through November 2nd on select nights.
1 Día de los Muertos
The Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos includes many traditions meant to honor and remember the dead. There are many ways to celebrate in Los Angeles, but one of the largest celebrations is the Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Families are encouraged to visit and watch the performances that take place at the graves of many of Hollywood’s greatest. There is food and elaborate altars created as well as music and processions to celebrate. This bright festival is a great way to wrap up the season of fall events.