While Los Angeles isn’t exactly known for its fall colors, it is a great time to be in the city. Everything cools down, or gets as cool as California can get, things get less expensive, and like the rest of the country, the festival scene really winds up. It is a great time to get out and about before winter comes and things get less pleasant. So what does one do in the fall when frolicking through Los Angeles?
A few days and a dose of German culture short of being an Oktoberfest, Beer Festival is proof that it doesn’t need to be October to have a festival overflowing with beer. Taking place in Westlake in the last few days of September, simply named Beer Festival celebrates one thing – Beer. Entrance gets you unlimited samples from over 80 local breweries, plus a slew of outdoor music to enjoy while you sample endlessly. As with any festival, the food trucks will be there to make sure you don’t get hungry as well.
It is the Koreatown district and the movers and shakers within that have made Korean cuisine some of the hottest in the country right now. While the district went through some hard times in the past, now they are big enough to have their own festival – and it is quite the event too. Head on down to this free festival of a dose of Korean culture, pop music, and the best Korean food you will ever have anywhere in the United States.
Beyond Fest Horror Movie Film Festival
Starting in September and running into October, you can get in the Halloween spirit with a series of classic horror movies. Beyond Fest is dedicated to bringing you the best in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy from around the world. Wherever there is a badass in a miserable situation, they are ready to show it to you. Furthermore, they are ready to show it to you in a fine venue as well. Showings of these great films can be found everywhere a great theater can be found, from the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Philippines Food Festival
Hungry? While Los Angeles hasn’t given quite the rise to fame to Filipino food as it did with Korean food, that doesn’t mean the city doesn’t have it or doesn’t love it. If it hits October and you find yourself with a craving for Ube baklava, Abobo burritos, or and other interesting fusion of Filipino flavors, then hit up the Downtown area. While there is child-friendly entertainment at the festival, don’t forget to hit up the beer garden outside Boomtown Brewery as well. It is the perfect complement to the cuisine.
If you are looking for something to do on Halloween in Los Angeles, you will have a hard time not finding anything. You could walk down the street and walk into something for as much as is going on in the city. However, there is one iconic way to spend your Halloween, and that is in West Hollywood with half a million other people getting weird. On Santa Monica Boulevard from Doherty Drive to La Cienega Boulevard, it becomes packed with the best costumes for an evening of not too crazy debauchery. Hit up the food trucks, hit up the local bars, take in a show at the music venues, and, of course, gawk at the costumes.
The Great Los Angeles Walk
A lot of festivals involve a fair amount of walking around, but none more so than this. The Great Los Angeles Walk is less of a festival and more of an event, but it is something you should try at least once. As its name suggests, it consists of a lengthy 17-mile walk of the city’s sidewalks from Pershing Square downtown to the ocean. After it finishes, they swarm the local restaurants. However, most people peel off somewhere in between as they get enticed by other activities. It is a great way to see the city in a way you have never seen before.
Sushi and Sake Festival
Joining the ranks of Korea and the Philippines, the Japanese cuisine in Los Angeles also has a fall festival dedicated to them. Taking place in Downtown at the Hilton, you can enjoy everything Japanese. There are the things you would expect, like the ramen, soba, sushi, tempura, and sake. Then there are the things you might not expect like the Taiko drums and the tuna filleting. If you are in the mood for Japanese, then come on down.
Los Angles Pancakes and Booze Art Show
Do you know what is so charming about the festivals in Los Angeles? Sometimes you catch one with such an intriguing name, you really can’t just not visit it. This is one of those festivals. Throughout the month of November starting in Arlington Heights, you will find a traveling exhibition of over 150 artists. It has a typical festival fair with live music and art, but then there is also some not so expected stuff, such as body painting and a zombie fashion show. Oh, there is also free pancakes and not so free booze as well. It accents the art.
Day of the Dead
Halloween? Meh. It’s been done. If you are looking for something a little different and a little more cultural, wait a few days and enjoy the Day of the Dead festivals. There are a number of events that happens in the city, but if you find yourself in Hollywood, do pay a visit to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the Dia de Los Muertos events. It comes complete with live music, crafts, vendors, and so much delicious Mexican cuisine. If your children aren’t easily scared by face paint, they get in free until 4 PM when more adult-oriented events start. It is a great way to introduce the kids to the less candy-oriented side of Halloween that takes place in the city.