Top Reasons to Visit Los Angeles in the Fall

Autumn in Los Angeles

Early Fall is a great time to visit Los Angeles. Although officially autumn runs from the fall equinox to the winter solstice, in most people's minds, it begins after Labor Day when kids go back to school, so that's the time frame included here.

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    It's Not so Hot!

    Cooling off in the heat at Universal Studios Hollywood
    Cooling off in the heat at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Summers in Los Angeles can be scorching, with temperatures regularly reaching triple digits in inland areas, including at some popular theme parks. Late September into November can be much more pleasant for activities like theme parks and walking tours, as well as hiking in Griffith Park and other areas.

    Top Ways to Beat the Heat in LA

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    Shorter Lines at Theme Parks

    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Once the kids are back in school, lines get much shorter at local amusement parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios, especially during the week.

    Top Los Angeles Theme Parks

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    LA County Fair

    Orange County Fair
    And the winners are... Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    LA County Fair is four weeks of all the typical fun of a county fair including agricultural exhibits, pig races, horse races, rides, exhibits, funnel cake and deep-fried everything. The Fair starts Labor Day weekend and runs through the end weekend of the fourth week.

    LA County Fair Guide

    Labor Day Weekend Events in LA

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    Feast of San Gennaro

    Feast of San Gennaro
    Feast of San Gennaro Italian Festival, Los Angeles. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    LA's biggest Italian event of the year brings Italian entertainers from across the country and around the world to the block below Hollywood and Highland for an Italian-American street fair. Of course, there is plenty of Italian food, rides and activities for the kids. The Feast of San Gennaro takes place the last full weekend of September. 

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    Los Angeles Lobster Festivals

    Lobster Fest
    Lobster Fest. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Los Angeles has not one, but three annual Lobster Festivals - in Long Beach, Redondo Beach and San Pedro - that all take place in September. You would think we'd be celebrating Pacific rock lobsters, but no, they're shipped in from Maine for the events.

    Lobster Festivals in Los Angeles

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    Oktoberfest in LA

    Oktoberfest Around LA
    Oktoberfest Around LA. Photo © Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    There are tons of Oktoberfest events in the greater Los Angeles area celebrating German culture and, of course, beer. Some events, like Alpine Village, last a full two months through September and October. Others are just for a weekend or a single day.

    Oktoberfest Events in Los Angeles

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    October is Arts Month

    blue13 dance company at the Ford Amphitheatre
    Kory Keith (Alice) and cast in blue13 dance company's performance of Paheliyan: The Story of Alice at the Ford Amphitheatre. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Although not as organized as it once was, the local arts communities still feature special events throughout the month of October in honor of Arts Month.

    Los Angeles Art Museums

    Unexpected Places to See Art in Los Angeles

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    Harrowing Halloween Events

    Halloween Horror Nights
    Halloween Horror Nights. Courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

    With so many special effects experts, Los Angeles is a master of Halloween horror, and the fun starts in September at some area theme parks and attractions. There is gruesome gore for hardcore fans and pumpkin patches and other not-so-scary options for the younger set.

    Halloween Events in Los Angeles

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    Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead
    Day of the Dead. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Not quite the same as Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday for All Souls Day. It involves cleaning graves, building altars to the dead, parading skeletons and sugar skulls. Events range from craft classes for kids to street and cemetery festivals.

    Day of the Dead Events in LA

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    Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Are Open

    Downtown on Ice
    Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square, Los Angeles. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Starting in early October, outdoor ice skating rinks a la Rockefeller Center - without the winter coats - start opening all over Los Angeles and Orange County.

    Outdoor Ice Skating in Los Angeles

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    Hotel and vacation package prices start coming back down in the fall, so you can get more vacation for your travel dollars.