Los Angeles in October

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    Things to Do in Los Angeles in October

    Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween
    Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween. Nomadic Lass/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    You'll have about 11 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in October.

    October's Big Holidays

    The LA-area theme parks put on quite a show. Disneyland gets decorated up, and Mickey throws a party, Universal Studios hosts the scream-filled Halloween Horror Nights, and  Knotts Scary Farm is a bunch of fun.

    Day of the DeadThe Mexican celebration of All Souls Day has some fun traditions - and Angelenos have lots of places to experience them.

    Los Angeles' Best October Events: Recommendations

    This is the short list of things I have done myself and recommend to my friends when they go to LA in October. 

    JazzTrax FestivalHeld on Catalina Island, it draws visitors from some pretty far-flung places - and is a lot of fun if you like the music.

    The fall horse racing season is on at Santa Anita Park

    The semiannual Brewery Art Walk gives you a unique chance to explore the place where more than 100 participating resident artists live and create. You can see new works, discover new...MORE favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists' studios. And best of all, it's free.

    Things That Look Like Fun to Do in October

    I'm sharing my LA bucket list here, a selection of events and things to do that look like fun.

    Oktoberfest: Alpine Village in Torrance and Old World Village in Huntington Beach celebrate German food, culture — and beer.

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    Things That Are Especially Fun in the Month of October

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    Surfing is Good in Los Angeles in October. Mike Kemp / Getty Images

    Although summer is peak time for outdoor concerts, the season at Hollywood BowlFord Amphitheatre, and the ​Greek Theatre runs through October.

    Surfline says September through November is the best time to surf in Southern California.

    In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

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    More About Los Angeles in October

    West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
    West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval. WireImage / Getty Images

    What to Expect from Los Angeles Weather in October

    Good weather winds down in October - and so does smog season. The only place you'll find fall colors is in a sunset, but you'll still have warm days with little chance of rain.

    • Average High Temperature: 78°F/26°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 59°F/15°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 0.38 inches (0.7 cm) rain, 82% sunshine

    Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. And - of course - check the forecast, too.

    If the weather tries to dampen your vacation fun, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in October

    United States, California, Los Angeles, Hollywood, View of the observatory
    Los Angeles Sunset. HOUDIN Nathalie / hemis.fr / Getty Images

    Always take a jacket if you're going to a beach town in the evening. Bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants, with a warmer layer. Bring the shorts, but they may stay in the suitcase.

    More Things to Do in Los Angeles by Month

    If you're trying to figure out the best month for your LA vacation, any time will be fine. You can use our monthly guides to find out more about events and what to expect all year long.

    In LA, winter is DecemberJanuary and February. It's sometimes rainy but otherwise the sky will be clear and sunny. After the end of year holidays, attractions will be less crowded.

    Spring season starts in March and extends through April and May. Signs of spring are subtle, but the weather is usually great — and except for spring break, attractions are still less crowded, up to the big holiday weekend at the end of May.

    Summer busy season starts in June. So does the dreaded "June gloom" which can keep the beach areas foggy all day long. It can extend into Ju...MOREly, too. By August it will be hot —sometimes very hot and mostly clear.

    After the big September holiday, things quiet down. Weather will still be good into October and the outdoor concert season extends into the middle of the month. November is variable. Sometimes it's more like fall and sometimes more like winter.