All the Ways to Get the Fall Experience in L.A.

If you live in L.A. then you know that it's the rare fall day that dips below 70 degrees.

We feel spoiled when we complain about the weather because most of the U.S. is usually battling inclement chill during the cold months. But if we're being honest, we'd really like to experience a season other than spring or summer every now and then.

If you desperately want to experience your favorite season in full swing, these are the things you need to do in L.A. this fall:

Night at Cinespia

One of the top annual events in L.A. is Cinespia. While the summer session just wrapped up, you can also attend this movie screening in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery throughout fall.

This is a must-do activity if you're looking to find the perfect fall experience. Snag yourself a ticket to one of your favorite old fright films from their lineup, bring blankets and snacks, and join the rest of the city for a movie in the cemetery. It's fun and spooky all in one.

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The Haunted Hayride

If you're in for a real spooktacular event, you have to reserve a seat on the Haunted Hayride. This seasonal event takes place in one of L.A.'s most famous spots, Griffith Park, and has a variety of main events to choose from. Be pulled in a wagon through the Griffith Park Old Zoo filled with frights or, for the more timid at heart, join in on some trick-or-treating. Whatever you choose to do, you'll enjoy the scarier side of fall within the heart of L.A.

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Creep Los Angeles

Creep is a fully-immersive walk-through event. Think your standard haunted house times ten. This event just keeps getting more and more popular each year. This year's theme is Lore, so prepare yourself to be spooked!

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See a Rams or Chargers Game

For many people, football season signals the start of fall. Get some tickets and see the Rams play at the Coliseum or the Chargers play at the StubHub Center. Breathing in the fresh fall air while surrounded by cheering fans is the best way for sports fanatics to experience the season in the city.


Get Your Farmer's Market On

The farmer's markets in L.A. (the one in Hollywood is a personal fave) are just as much a fashion show as they are a shopping excursion. You're bound to be immersed in fall fashions that will help add the knit elements into your season, even if the weather doesn't fall for it.

Fall staples aside, you'll also be able to stock up on autumn fruits, veggies and floral arrangements.


See the Leaves Change

You aren't going to notice much of a change in leaves when it comes to the palm trees that line most streets in L.A. In order to get some good old fashion fall leaf viewing under your belt, there's a number of nearby places you can visit.

For some classic fall foliage, you have to hit up the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.

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For an extra special event, get tickets for the Enchanted: Forest of Light event at Descanso Gardens. This event brings a whole new meaning to watching the leaves change. This light fest only runs through fall and winter months so you'll want to make sure to snag tickets while the season is fresh.


Visit a Theme Park

From Universal Studios to Disneyland, you'll love the way these parks decorate for fall.

Universal is now home to Harry Potter World which basically exists in fall and winter year round. Also at Universal you can join the annual event, Horror Nights, which features mazes decked out in scary pop-culture themes including The Shining and American Horror Story.

Of course Disneyland is a great place to visit if you're looking for fall activities that are a little more on the tame side. Who doesn't want to trick or treat with Mickey?


Hike Malibu Creek

Fall is the optimal time to get outdoorsy in L.A. While Malibu Creek is a great place to visit during summer months to splash in the natural lagoon, this state park offers great hikes and a chance to see some leaves change for free.


Get Your Seasonal Fix On Ice

As much as we love pipping hot PSLs, you may be more comfortable ordering these seasonal flavors over ice. We're talking pumpkin spice drizzled in an iced latte or apple cinnamon whipped into creamy ice cream. You can still get these delicious flavors while beating the L.A. heat.

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Save Your Hot Drinks For the PM

If you insist on ordering your PSL hot, you may want to hold off until the nighttime hours. The sun sets early in the fall so hitting up your local coffee shop before taking an evening stroll through the fallen leaves is a great way to experience the season without the heat beating down.

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Boo at the Zoo

If watching elephants and giant tortoises munch on whole pumpkins sounds pretty amusing to you, then you definitely need to hit up Boo at the Zoo. The L.A. Zoo is always a fun place to be, but it's even better when the zoo is decorated for the season's best holiday.

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