Fall is upon us! Well, technically, but this stretch of the West Coast would never know it if it wasn’t for the smorgasbord of pumpkin-flavored everything being churned out at bakeries and coffee shops. Or the elaborate seasonal events taking over the city this October. Perhaps it’s that the notion of fall is so elusive in the surrounding natural landscapes that Angelenos feel compelled to make up for it in festive events and activities.
So, even if you’ll still be soaking up the sun for most of the month, here are some of the most exciting plans to get into the fall spirit through spooky events, concerts, shows, and more.
Step into a world where fear intertwines with wonder, as Angel of Light takes center stage! Immerse yourself in a spine-tingling journey that fuses the art of theater with the thrill of a haunted house. This terrifying tale about a cursed child and ancient rituals takes place throughout the entire LA Theater, from the historic lobby to the darkened back hallways. Enter if you dare — RSVP to Angel of Light here!
📅When: September 15 through October 31, 2023
📍Location: Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S Broadway, 90014-1803
The wildly popular Candlelight Concerts have never ceased to captivate audiences across the globe. The series brings you talented musicians who perform live concerts in beautiful settings, all bathed in Candlelight. The exclusive event is now taking over iconic Los Angeles spaces for a unique magical evening near you:
- October 5, 2023: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More
- October 10, 2023: Long Beach — A Tribute to Juan Gabriel
- October 11, 2023: Sherman Oaks — The Best of Hans Zimmer
- October 12, 2023: Yorba Linda — A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
- October 13, 2023: Friday the 13th Special — Favorite Halloween Themes
- October 24, 2023: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
- October 25, 2023: Santa Monica — A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
- Koreatown: October 26, 2023: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
- Koreatown: October 27, 2023: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
- November 1, 2023: Día De Los Muertos
- Gift your loved one the glow of a Candlelight Concert here!
Find the perfect gourd at one of these picturesque farms around L.A. You’ll get into creative carving and fill your home with your own glowing masterpieces. Plus there’ll be plenty of fun seasonal activities to keep you entertained while you’re at it. Find our favorite places to go pumpkin picking below:
- Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
- Underwood Family Farms
- Tanaka Farms
- Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch
- Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
- Get the full list of where to find your perfect pumpkin here!
Descanso Garden’s beloved Carved trail returns for three weeks from October 7 through October 31. You can take evening strolls under the stars amongst hundreds of glowing, beautifully hand-carved pumpkins and other oversized sculptures created from natural materials found in the gardens. Find all the details here.
📍Location: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Foodies and adventure seekers alike — go on a culinary quest with Mystery Picnics! You and your friends will indulge in a self-guided foodie adventure where delectable bites await at every clue you solve. Along the way, you’ll collect gourmet picnic treats and unlock the door to a hidden, picturesque picnic spot far from the hustle and bustle. Download the Fever app and join in Mystery Picnics here!
📍 Location: South Bay
Latinx Heritage Month is a time dedicated to celebrating and highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Latinx Americans in culture and throughout history—past and present. It’s no secret that Los Angeles is home to many Latinx’s, and their influence on our city is impactful. From desserts, restaurants, and cultural events—here are incredible ways to honor Latinx/o/a’s and our fellow Angelenos this month September 15 to October 15 and beyond! Find the perfect ways to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month here.
This Bubble World Experience is a multi-sensory adventure, transporting you to another universe to explore every imaginable kind of bubble. Step into over 10 immersive rooms, each with its own imaginative theme, and see why it’s one of the best immersive experiences in L.A.
🎟 Tickets: Float on over to Bubble World Experience here!
🗓 When: Now through October 2023
📍 Location: 1345 N. Montebello Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
This century-old lavender farm just outside of L.A. has the most enchanting night market. You can wander through a tree-lined avenue illuminated with twinkling fairy lights at Lavender Market Nights, where you’ll be treated to delicious food and drinks, live music, games incredible handcrafted goods, and more. Find all the details here.
📍 Location: 10600 Highland Springs Ave, Cherry Valley, CA 92223
Embrace the magic of autumn in the City of Angels! Get ready for some spooky events, explore cozy neighborhoods draped in vibrant foliage, and indulge in delightful fall festivities. Get ready to opt for that warm latte and make the most of this season around the city by checking off our ultimate fall bucket list!
Heighten your senses as you embark on a unique culinary adventure at Dining In The Dark. Get your tickets now to Dining in the Dark and immerse yourself in a mysterious and interactive experience! Grab your seat here.
In-N-Out is celebrating 75 years of deliciousness this month — and they’re celebrating with a first-ever In-N-Out Festival! Grab your friends, bring your appetites, and get ready to make some mouthwatering memories. Learn more about the In-N-Out Fest here!
🗓 When: October 22, 2023
📍 Location: In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, 2780 Fairplex Dr, Pomona, CA
Spooky season has arrived – it’s time to step into The Vampire Circus, an extraordinary, immersive theater experience blending mystery, terror, and exhilaration with breathtaking acrobatics and captivating characters. It offers fear, joy, laughter, and wonder, taking audiences on a phenomenal ride through the Underworld and Vampires. Get your tickets to Vampire Circus here!
🗓 When: October 1, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2023
📍Location: The Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., 90028
13. Feast on food and catch classic Halloween films under the stars at Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema is known for matching up the movie, food, and settings to the season. Since it’s Halloween, you can gather your picnic clique and head to one of these deliciously thrilling Halloween screenings at various open-air locations around L.A. Just in time for the spooky season, Street Food Cinema is lining up with Halloween Blockbuster hits, live music, and food trucks this month — all under the stars. Check out the schedule below:
- October 7, 2023: Practical Magic
- October 7, 2023: Shaun of the Dead
- October 14, 2023: Halloween (1978)
- October 20 and 21, 2023: SFC and Paramount Scares Present — Boo-ze, Bites, and Frights
- October 21, 2023: Halloweentown
- October 28, 2023: Hocus Pocus
See two genres collide at The West Coast premiere of Red Bull Symphonic with Metro Boomin playing alongside the Symphonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Anthony Parnther. Don’t miss your chance to witness and hear this mesmerizing show that pushes musical boundaries with the help of a 45-piece orchestra. Find more information here!
📅When: October 26, 2023
📍Location: Dolby Theatre | 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA, United States
Calling all Jedi and Sith alike! Prepare to be immersed in a galaxy far, far away at The Fans Strike Back exhibition. Witness the force of fandom as over 600 cherished Star Wars treasures are showcased. May the ultimate fan experience be with you! Get your tickets to The Fans Strike Back Exhibition here.
📅When: Open now through November 2023
📍Location: 434 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Hollywood
Cinespia is bringing another season of creepy movie magic to three iconic locations in L.A. This fall they’ll be taking over the Hollywood Forever Cemetary, the Los Angeles Theatre, and the LA State Historic Park with DJs, themed photo booths, good food, and more. Find the lineup below:
- October 20, 2023: THE RING (2002) at Los Angeles State Historic Park
- October 21, 2023: HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
- October 31, 2023: ROSEMARY’S BABY + HALLOWEEN PARTY at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Find the entrance illuminated with a dim amber lantern along Santa Fe Avenue in DTLA — and you’ll be welcomed into The Obscure. That’s if you have an invitation. This enchanting den pairs creative cocktails and art with craft spirits and creepy surroundings that will transport you to Hogwarts. Find out how to get in here.
Fill your spooky antics with delightful frights and familiar creeps with our list of haunting happenings across the city. From dark soirees to family-friendly events, here are all the thrilling events to fill your Halloween calendar with here!
At Titanic: The Exhibition, you can take an interactive tour of the Titanic with vast, jaw-dropping recreations of the ship’s interior and exterior. Visit the dock from where the Titanic first sailed, explore the galleries and boiler room, take a look inside a millionaire’s suite, stroll the exterior promenade deck under a starry night sky, and see the Grand Staircase with your own eyes. Grab your tickets here!
📍 Location: 4327 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90004-4409
A vibrant storybook experience is on its way to the Los Angeles area, and you won’t want to miss out! Tickets are officially live for The Dr. Seuss Experience — a spectacularly interactive experience that will allow you to travel through nine iconic Dr. Seuss stories. They’re bound to sell out, so grab your tickets to The Dr. Seuss Experience here! Sign up here to get access to the waitlist and save your spot.
Join the P-22 Day Festival where tribute will be paid to L.A.’s beloved big cat, P-22! This one-day celebration is all about honoring his memory and preserving our precious wildlife. Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable experience filled with wildlife talks, music, food, and fun activities for all ages! Let’s come together and keep P-22’s legacy alive. More info here!
📅When: October 22, 2023
📍 Location: Griffith Park
Get out your hiking gear and go seeking these magical waterfalls hidden amongst the rocks and trees. The soothing sound of a rushing waterfall in the distance makes the treks to find them all worth it. Find them all here.
While the rest of the world braces for cooling temperatures and watches the leaves turn shades of red, orange, and yellow, L.A. gets to pretend it’s fall while enjoying weather that’s only slightly cooler than summer. So if you refuse to exit vacation mode, Beach Society is here to assist. As the first and only daybed pop-up service in the city, you can rest assured—and in utter bliss— knowing they will deliver a luxury resort experience without you needing to leave town. Find out more here.
The weather begins to change and the leaves turn a different shade — well, sort of. Here in L.A., it means apples are ripe and ready for harvesting! One of our favorite things about this time of year is going apple-picking! Find 7 of the most wonderful farms to celebrate this delicious fruit.
After an incredible run last year, veteran multimedia studio Moment Factory is back with another galactic night walk. Astra Lumina is a cosmic night walk experience that lets you explore a world where nature meets stunning arrays of vibrant light and sweeping sound. Tickets are officially on sale — grab your tickets to Astra Lumina here!
With this colder weather, no doubt time will be spent indoors. What better way to spend a day than surrounded by art at one of our world-class galleries and museums in L.A. See a few of our top choices below:
- The Broad
- Getty Villa
- Hammer Museum
- California African American Museum (CAAM)
- Get the full list of free museums here!
Olvera Street is one of the city’s oldest landmarks and serves as a popular destination because of its colorful marketplace and a handful of delicious restaurants! The annual Dia de los Muertos Festival has been held on Olvera Street for over 30 years and has brought Angelenos the opportunity to celebrate life in such a beautiful way. From October 25 to November 2, 2023, participate in candlelight processions where Mayan blessings and cleansings will be offered; following each procession, free pan de Muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado (Mexican hot beverage) will be served! Find out more here.
Drop the candy and treat yourself to a scenic hiking trail instead. This giant pumpkin boulder in Norco might just be the perfect alternative to the usual Halloween traditions. Perched upon the highest hill in this small town, this huge Pumpkin Rock offers plenty of photo opportunities and comes with stunning 360-degree views. Find out more here!
Forget sweater weather, it’s sopa weather! From Salvadoran to Vietnamese, these dishes will surely bring comfort during this cooler weather. Check out our list of warm comforting dishes here!
It’s Halloween every day for Willy Wonka, Jack Skellington, Joker, Beetlejuice, and the rest of Tim Burton’s eccentric characters. But the spooky season is by far the most popular time to don your favorite striped suit and indulge in an “Edward Burger Hands” while sipping on concoctions like a “Jameson and The Giant Peach” as sword swallowers, fire eaters, psychics, and mentalists bring the magic right to your table at Beetle House LA. Find out more here!
No need to panic buy online or head to one of those dull pop-up Halloween stores — because we collected some of the best local Halloween shops and vintage stores to grab yourself the ultimate Halloween costume here!
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a 360º digital art exhibition that invites you to step into the world of the beloved Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. This immersive exhibit engulfs you in his artwork by showcasing it all around you with ceiling-to-floor screens — experiencing his art in a whole new way. Grab your tickets to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience here!
📍 Location: 1345 N. Montebello Boulevard, Montebello, California, 90640-2585
Get ready to be blown away by the powerful and sustainable work of Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo! Known for his jaw-dropping giant troll sculptures made out of recycled materials — his creations have traversed the globe, and now they have arrived at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Join them as they embrace Dambo’s extraordinary artistry merging creativity and nature. They’re only here for a few months, so don’t miss your chance to witness this monumental showcase!
🎟️ Tickets: FREE with Garden General Admission Tickets, grab them here!
📅When: Now through January 14, 2024
📍Location: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Every year the iconic composer brings the enchanting Nightmare Before Christmas show, but this year you’ll get to hear Danny Elfman’s classics from Batman, Edward Scissor Hands, and more, along with original compositions from his solo career. There will be two performances one on October 27, 28, and 29, 2023. Find out more here.
📅When: October 27 — 29, 2023
The crisp air, the vibrant leaves, and the cozy vibes are calling for a perfect fall picnic! Take in nature’s beauty at these idyllic parks in Los Angeles. Pack your favorite cozy blanket, indulge in delicious seasonal treats, and bask in the golden cool sunlight. It’s time to create unforgettable memories surrounded by nature’s own color palette. Check out the best picnicking spots in Los Angeles here!
Echo Park Lake is a tranquil paradise, especially during the autumn — where the signature lotus beds and mesmerizing fountain await you. Immerse yourself in one of the best L.A. activities by hopping onto a swan pedal boat for a whimsical adventure on the shimmering water. Cross this off your fall bucket list in Los Angeles, and grab your tickets to the beautiful swan boat on the lake here!
Coffee is what really gets Los Angeles going in the mornings, and there are plenty of coffee shops around to fill those needs. Whether you’re just stopping in for a quick pick-me-up before or after work, or looking for a spot to study — our list of favorite coffee shops have you covered!
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a time dedicated to acknowledging Indigenous peoples’ history, past, and present in the United States and celebrating the culture and heritage of native communities. This year, the observation takes place on October 11, 2023! We’ve listed incredible ways that you can honor and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day here — all month long and beyond in L.A.
Tucked away in the lush cliffside woods of Palos Verdes is this stunning glass chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright—son of famed American architect Frank Lloyd. It looks like it’s straight out of The Enchanted Isles from The Lord of the Rings, but you don’t have to nerd out to appreciate this stunning place. Find out all the details of this architectural masterpiece here!
Hikes in the fall, just hit different. You can experience the Hollywood Sign in a whole new way this month— up close and personal! Get ready for an awe-inspiring hike with an expert tour guide. This extraordinary tour hike is an experience you’ll surely want to cross off your summer bucket list — don’t miss out and book your Hollywood sign tour hike here!
41. Get to know Shakira like never before at this GRAMMY Museum exhibit featuring memorabilia from her personal archive
Open now at the GRAMMY Museum, Shakira, Shakira takes an intimate look at the legendary artist’s decade-spanning career. Featuring her iconic outfits, priceless instruments, and handwritten notes, the exhibit will explore Shakira’s growth from a fan of Latin rock in Barranquilla, Colombia to a global superstar. Click here to learn more about Shakira, Shakira and get your tickets for this unforgettable experience!
Unleash your inner ghostbuster and prepare for a spine-tingling journey through the mystical streets of Chinatown! Join forces with a fearless ghost guide who’s ready to explore the supernatural side of this historic neighborhood. It’s time to confront the unknown! Are you ready for Real Ghost Hunting in Chinatown?
📅When: Now through November
This one is for the kiddos! The incredible Dinos Alive exhibition invites families to explore and discover life-size animated replicas in an immersive Jurassic venue. Come face to face with the giant creatures that roamed our world millions of years ago! Get your tickets here.
📍 Location: 1345 N Montebello Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
Get ready for an exciting night on SATURDAY OCT 14TH for AFRO-CARIBBEAN UTOPIA vibes. Bringing you good music, from the Caribbean, Africa, and diaspora. More info here!
📅When: October 14, 2033 · 10pm — October 15, 2023 · 3am
After sold shows in Buenos Aires, Ibiza, Barcelona, and more, this neon and glittering fiesta is coming to Los Angeles. Originating in Argentina, BRESH has quickly become a cultural hub for influencers, music-makers, and good vibes across the world. So get your tickets before they’re gone and prepare to dance till dawn!
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Come experience the magic of cinema through the lens of filmmakers, and legendary industry figures. Grab your tickets to The Academy Museum here!
October loves L.A. — and our boys in blue are officially in the NLDS. Catch us there with a miche and Dodger dog in hand! Grab your tickets here.
The iconic Chef Anthony Bourdain always gave us insight into the culinary world and showed us the beauty in overlooked gems. By scouring the web, reading interviews, and watching episodes of his shows, we have compiled a list of establishments across L.A. that he loved and that you could visit yourself!
Join the Catalina Museum on Wednesday, November 1, for the grand celebration of our 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Family Festival, a mesmerizing tribute to the vibrant Mexican tradition. Immerse yourself in kids’ art projects, savor the flavors of tequila tastings, explore a delectable array of local food vendors, and bask in the rhythms of live music and captivating cultural performances, including the enchanting Ballet Folklorico Quetzal. Experience the kaleidoscope of colors that is the Mexican tradition, celebrating life while paying homage to our dearly departed loved ones. The festivities also include art projects, tequila tastings, local culinary delights, live musical performances, cultural showcases, and an exciting opportunity to win cash prizes in the Ofrenda/Altar and Art Contest. More information can be found here!