Things to Do in Los Angeles in Fall 2017 – Attractions, Activities & More

Planning a trip to Los Angeles sometime this Fall? You’re in luck, because autumn is a fantastic time of year to visit this fantastic city. Lines are usually shorter, the weather is cooler, and there are plenty of seasonal events and things to do.

If you’re planning a trip and looking for things to do in Los Angeles in the Fall, take a look at our suggestions for the top attractions and activities to check out this year, including…

  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Knott’s Scary Farm
  • Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • and more!

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Regular admission to a number of these Los Angeles area activities are included on the Go Los Angeles® Card.

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Please note, some of the Fall events listed below may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Select dates, September 16 – October 31, 2017

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a big event every year, offering two different styles of Halloween fun.

During the day, family-friendly frights abound as kids can take advantage of in-park trick-or-treating, costume contests, and other gentle scares.

But at night, all bets are off as the truly scary things come out to play. Geared towards older teens and adults, this truly terrifying atmosphere combines the mayhem of monsters, mazes, and scare zones with the excitement of all your favorite thrill rides.

Getting In: Admission to Fright Fest Events (and general admission to Six Flags Magic Mountain) is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Select dates, September 21 – October 31, 2017
Knott’s Berry Farm

Image credit: Knott's Berry Farm.

Image credit: Knott’s Berry Farm.

One of our favorite seasonal activities is the annual Knott’s Scary Farm, where the area’s most historic theme park transforms into a super scary destination full of mayhem and horror.

Scare yourself silly in terrifying mazes, haunted hospitals, grotesque stage performances, and much much more. Check out Knott’s Spooky Farm for a more kid-friendly version during the day.

Getting In: Admission to Knott’s Scary Farm is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

General admission to Knott’s Berry Farm is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary

September 28 – November 1, 2017

Queen-Mary-3
Dark Harbor is resurrected this fall with its cast of sinister spirits ready to deliver another season of blood curdling terror.

Scream your way through 10 terrifying experiences at what TIME Magazine calls “One of the top 10 most haunted places on earth.”

This year, they’ve added a new Ship Maze, which promise to be suitably terrifying. Dark Harbor is a unique haunted experience in Southern California, and one that fans of Halloween shouldn’t miss.

Getting In: Admission to Dark Harbor is separately ticketed and not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

General admission to The Queen Mary is included on the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Go on a Whale Watching Cruise

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Although most people think of cruise-like activities as ideal summer fun, the fall and winter seasons for whale watches are actually often better.

Catch migrating whales as they head down the California coast and enjoy your up-close-and-personal encounter with these majestic creatures.

During November and later, keep an eye out in particular for the magnificent gray whales, who migrate along the Southern California coast en route from Alaska to Mexico.

Getting In: Whale watch or Harbor Cruise by Harbor Breeze Cruises are included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Image Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

Image Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

Since the weather has cooled off a bit, it’s actually a really good time to be enjoying the major theme parks in L.A.

There are often times fewer crowds with kids back in school, so you’ll be able to take advantage of shorter lines, emptier rides, and less risk of sunburn.

One of the most popular is Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers an amazing studio tour, fantastic rides, and the fun Universal CityWalk.

Some of the featured areas of the park include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “The Walking Dead Attraction,” and “Fast and Furious: Supercharged.”

Getting In: Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood is included as an option on the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Los Angeles® Cards.

Enjoy some time roller blading or biking Santa Monica

santa monica bike pathEnjoy the cooling air and the suddenly open boardwalks with a relaxing bike ride along the beach.

It’s a great time of year to be out and active without getting overheated, and it’s the perfect way to scope out the (admittedly limited) fall foliage in the area.

Didn’t bring a bike? It’s easy to rent one right from the boardwalk. Or, if you’re looking for something fun and unique, try a roller skate rental!

Getting In: Perry’s Beach Cafe and rentals are included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Huntington Library & Gardens

Image credit: Huntington Library.

Image credit: Huntington Library.

Are you a leaf lover? A fan of ferns? Then you’ll want to check out the seasonal gardens at the Huntington (which also doubles, well, quadruples, as a library, art gallery, and research space).

The Huntington gardens are filled with the bounty of nature, spanning a variety of trees, flowers, and other plants for you to enjoy. See the changing of the seasons happen before your very eyes.

They also have a number of special exhibits that rotate periodically, including “Drawn to Paradise” (closing October 23, 2017), which explores the importance of the creation narrative to early modern visual culture.

Getting In: Huntington Library & Gardens tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Brewery ArtWalk

October 21-22, 2017
2100 N. Main Street

Image credit: Time Out Los Angeles / Brewery ArtWalk.

Image credit: Time Out Los Angeles / Brewery ArtWalk.

Show up to support L.A.’s arts scene at this popular open studio event.

In addition to a wide variety of works for display and for sale (created by over 100 artists!), you’ll also be able to enjoy a meal at the Brewery’s on-site restaurant or sip a few brews at the beer garden.

Getting In: Admission to the Brewery Art Walk is free.

Farmer’s Market Fall Festival

October 14-15, 2017
Original Farmer’s Market

Image credit: Time Out Los Angeles / Farmer's Market Fall Festival.

Image credit: Time Out Los Angeles / Farmer’s Market Fall Festival.

Looking for some gentler Halloween fun for your little ones? The Original Farmer’s Market hosts a kid-friendly Fall Festival each year that provides seasonal entertainment without all the scary stuff. Enjoy carnival games, a petting zoo, and peppy banjo bands to set the mood. A

Getting In: Admission to the Fall Festival is free.

Dia de los Muertos

October 28, 2017
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Image credit: Time Out Los Angeles / Michael Juliano.

Image credit: Time Out Los Angeles / Michael Juliano.

This iconic Californian celebration is a wonderful, authentic imagining of this important Mexican holiday.

Designed to honor the dead and explore the boundaries between life and death, Dia de los Muertos is colorful, festive, and vibrant.

Enjoy beautiful works of art, authentic costuming and sculpture, and, of course, some tasty food! Come in costume!

Getting In: Admission to the Dia de los Muertos celebration is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visit the attraction website.

A Few Other Fun Things to do in Los Angeles this Fall

Image credit: KCET / Zach Buhrens.

Image credit: KCET / Zach Buhrens.

  • Pick up a pumpkin from the Farmer’s Market and get carving.
  • Visit one of the many Octoberfest celebrations in the area.
  • Enjoy a hockey or basketball game (we hear the L.A. Clippers are pretty good).
  • Keep an eye out for our special Halloween posts for holiday ideas.
  • Scare yourself silly on a haunted hayride.
  • Enjoy special exhibits at the area’s top museums (the L.A. Natural History Museum is a must-see – included with the Go Los Angeles® Card)
  • Head out of the city for some great apple-picking opportunities.
  • Hiking the trails in Griffith Park is a great way to enjoy the lovely weather.
  • Visit historic places like the La Brea Tar Pits.
  • Buy a ticket to one of L.A.’s many (many) costume parties.

Let’s Recap

So there’s our list of popular things to do in Los Angeles in the fall. From festivals to fall foliage (we promise, there is at least a little in L.A.), we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

And remember, you can save on combined admission on many of these popular attractions, tours, and more with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Please note, some of the Fall events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.
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