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
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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.

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Shorter Lines at Theme Parks

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.

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LA County Fair

Orange County Fair
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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.

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Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San Gennaro
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
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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.

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Oktoberfest in LA

Oktoberfest Around LA
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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.

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October is Arts Month

blue13 dance company 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.

Unexpected Places to See Art in Los Angeles

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Harrowing Halloween Events

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.

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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.

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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Are Open

Downtown on Ice
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.

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Less Expensive

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

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