You guys already saw this coming, but there is no season we like more than fall. During summer we constantly complain about the heat and daydream about the cool autumn breeze. Fall is probably everyone’s favorite season, so we hope you all will enjoy this post.
We’ve seen so many fall bucket lists on Pinterest that we wanted to do something unique to our city. BTW, it’s still strange to call Los Angeles our city. The best part about fall in SoCal is that the weather never gets too cold, so you have a nice mix of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from. Although, I would trade a few degrees for some more color changing trees. So our list has specific events that we’re interested in that we wanted to recommend to you!
Preface: this list will not include events like Knott’s Scary Farm or Halloween Horror Nights because those are obvious choices and very popular, which means very crowded, which means avoid at all costs.
So, let’s get right into it!
The rooftop cinema club is literally the best way to watch a movie. Perched above Los Angeles on a comfy chair with a drink in hand. Yes, please. Tickets range from $19-$29 so it’s not even that much more expensive than the movie theater. We love the range of films they offer. Of course, you have some new releases like Wonder Women, but we’re the most excited about Clue on October 19th! It’s one of our all-time favorite movies and perfect for Halloween. Movies play through October 31st!
You may remember last year when we went apple picking. There are no orchards close to Los Angeles, so Oak Glen is really the only option. We prefer Willowbrook Apple Farm because it’s a little less crowded but Riley’s is the most popular and largest. Willowbrook takes their caramel apples to the next level. They cut the apple into slices and then pour fresh caramel and nuts on top. Ah-mazing. The apples at both orchards are on the pricier side but what do you expect? You’re getting fresh off the tree apples that taste absolutely heavenly. This year we hope to stay in town a little longer and possibly check out some wineries.
One of our favorite things to do come fall is craft. There’s just something about sitting around with some girlfriends, drinking wine, and making something pretty that just makes you feel at ease. After the hustle and bustle of summer and before the holidays it’s important to take some time for ourselves! Knot Knowledge is offering a few different macrame wall hanging workshops in October. Each is about $65 and that includes the cost of supplies and bottomless mimosas! Her events are in Orange County, specifically Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. But that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from LA without weekday traffic!
We live on the East Side so we may be impartial but it seems too good to pass up. For just $55 (early bird ticket price) you get access to over 30 food and drink vendors AND three drink tickets. Notable vendors include Angel City Brewery, Cafe Birdie, Frankie Lucy Bakeshop, Go Get ‘Em Tiger, HomeState (our fave), Kettle Black, Jeni’s (also our favorite), and more! We love trying new trendy LA restaurants but it can get expensive, quick. And more often than not we end up going to a spot we know is good and won’t break the bank. Events like this allow you to try new dishes without paying for a full meal.
Underwood Family Farms is probably the most popular pumpkin patch in Los Angeles. Probably because it’s one of the only actual farms in the area. This is still hard to get used to. Growing up in Wisconsin we had an abundance of pumpkin patches and the pumpkins were LESS expensive than at the grocery store. But Underwood does have an impressive looking Harvest Festival complete with live music and farm animals if that’s your thing.
If you have the money you should definitely see the Broadway musical, Hamilton. We haven’t been fortunate enough to go, but it’s now on our bucket list! We live close to the Pantages theater and it’s so much fun to see everyone all dressed up walking to the show. For those of you that don’t know, Hamilton is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. How talented is that man, by the way? If you can’t afford tickets (welcome to the club) they do offer a lottery for each performance!
A fall bucket list wouldn’t be complete without a haunted hayride, right? If you know us you know we despise being scared. We don’t watch scary movies, we don’t like haunted houses, and we probably don’t like haunted hayrides. But we’re doing this list for you. The haunted hayride takes place in Griffith Park (where else) and each year brings a new theme. This year’s being clowns, because duh. Tickets start at $35 and go up from there.
We hope you enjoyed this list! It’s more of a curated list of fun events but we always find these things useful! It’s so easy to say “go apple picking” but without any direction, many of us won’t go. So I hope this helps you make some concrete fall plans!