Fall has officially arrived, and even in Southern California, the changes are noticeable. While the days here are still sunny and beautiful, there’s no denying that the leaves are changing color and the air feels a little crisper.
Autumn is an amazing time to visit Los Angeles, especially if you’re in denial about the end of summer and want to stay in the sunshine. Every year, the City of Angels and its surrounding suburbs host some impressive fall events you won’t want to miss. So book your flights, take a look at Super Cheap’s Los Angeles car rental reservation packages, and get ready to greet the new season LA-style.
Here are a few of the amazing autumn events that await you:
Music Tastes Good, September 30 and October 1
The annual Music Tastes Good Festival is taking over downtown Long Beach on September 30, and this year’s lineup is, as usual, spectacular. Hear some excellent music and indulge in a farm-to-table dinner, Bloody Mary brunch, and countless other culinary delights. Get your tickets here.
Alpine Village Oktoberfest, until October 28
Torrance is the place to be for Oktoberfest in the LA area! Southern Californians have been celebrating Oktoberfest here for almost 50 years, and USA Today once named it one of the best Oktoberfests in the world. The festival is held on seven consecutive weekends, but you can expect (fun) crowds whenever you’re there. Tickets cost between $5 and $20 depending on when you go.
Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival, October 7
If you’ve ever been curious about paddling, or if you just want to watch the lion dancers on the sidelines and crazy outfits on the teams (there’s a costume competition), head to the LA Dragon Boat Festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in El Monte on October 7. This is a unique festival you won’t want to miss.
Manhattan Beach Street Fair, October 7-8
LA’s beach cities are beautiful and unique, and Manhattan Beach is no exception. At their street fair, you can shop from over 200 artists and vendors, drink at the beer and wine garden, enjoy food from nonprofit groups, and visit a kids’ area at Live Oak Park. Best of all, it’s all free.
Joshua Tree Music Festival, October 5-8
Joshua Tree is about a two-hour drive from LA, but luckily you’ll already have your inexpensive car rental Los Angeles already covered. If you’ll be in town on these dates, head to the desert for a music festival like no others. This party features over 30 bands who are not yet household names (but just as talented), yoga classes, and free water for all.
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, October 14
Will Rogers State Historic Park hosts the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, a celebrity favorite (Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore and Isla Fisher love to go). Make sure you wear your wide-brimmed hat and fancy attire for this polo match, which is led by Nacho Figueras, an Argentine polo star. Get your tickets here.
Off the Hook Seafood Festival, October 14
If you’d rather dine on oysters and shrimp on the Santa Monica Pier on October 14, the Off the Hook Seafood Festival may be more your style. This event features some of the city’s best restaurants and seafood dishes, and they’ll also have cocktails, cooking demos and live music.
Boo at the LA Zoo, October 1-31
If you’re traveling to Los Angeles with children (or you’re just a kid at heart), head to Boo at the LA Zoo on any date in October. Adventures will include special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and live performances, just to name a few. On October 28 and 29, they’ll also have trick-or-treating.
Day of the Dead at the Cemetery, October 28
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is always a popular tourist attraction, and they host a few spooky events in October. Their Day of the Dead celebration features costumed crowds, ornate altars, live music, and Mexican food.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnival, October 31
On Halloween, Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive for the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. This free event is open to people of all ages, though it’s definitely best suited for adults. The all-night celebration includes music stages, a parade, and plenty of other excitement.
Knott’s Scary Farm, through October 31
From late September through Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into something a little more sinister. The entire theme park gets in on the action, making it the most haunting Halloween event in Southern California. From haunted houses to mazes to wandering monsters and even haunted midway rides, you should come expecting to scream (especially when you see the creepy clowns). Admission starts at just $40, which isn’t outrageous considering all the costs of production.