It’s officially Fall! Which means it’s time to cuddle up in front of the fire with a hot cup of cocoa. That is, unless you live in Los Angeles. It can be a little difficult to enjoy the season when it’s 75 degrees outside – but not impossible! LA has a million places to go to get your Fall on.

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin patches are the best place to go to feel like it’s autumn. I mean, come on. Pumpkins! While there are many places you can just get a pumpkin for carving, there are also patches that have activities for kids and adults, like petting zoos, corn mazes, haunted houses, live music, and more.

2. Go for a hike
LA actually does have trees that change color. A great way to experience them AND do something healthy is to go for a hike. I highly recommend the Solstice Canyon hike, especially if you haven’t gone hiking in a while or are hiking with children. The trail isn’t too long or difficult. It’s also fascinating. There are ruins of a house that burned there in the 80s, as well as a waterfall. It’s a great place to explore.

Bring a picnic and don’t forget to pack Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies!

3. Go to a football game
We actually have TWO professional football teams now (Rams and the Chargers). We also have UCLA and USC, both of which have really passionate fanbases.

Mark your calendar! Attend some of these activities and events:

4. Queen Mary – Dark Harbor
September 28 – November 1, 2017
The Queen Mary is spooky enough, but around Halloween they make it even creepier. Mazes, monsters, and more. *shudder*

5. Wicked Lit
Sept. 29 – Nov. 11, 2017
Wicked Lit is immersive theatre. Audiences will experience three short plays as they are led through the grounds of the Mountain View mausoleum and cemetery by Storyguides. There is a lot of walking involved, so be prepared.

6. Free National Park Days
September 30 and November 11-12
Visit one of 400 national parks – for free! Camp, hike, and enjoy nature!

7. 79th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
October 7-8, 2017
Experience traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations alongside local bands and DJs. There’s a Dessert Eating Competition and you can sample Mooncakes from Chinatown’s popular bakeries.

8. Horror Film Festival
October 10 – 19th, 2017
Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the “Sundance of Horror”.

Spooky.

9. Fall Festival
October 14-15, 2017
This event has it all: All-Alaskan racing pigs, a petting zoo, kid-sized pedal-powered tractor pull competitions, old-time artisans, pie-eating contests, and lots and lots of live music!

10. Howl-o-ween
October 25, 2017
It’s a dog costume parade! Plus costume and cake eating contests, a #SpookySpot photo contest, and a live DJ playing the greatest Halloween hits.

11. Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
October 28, 2017
Words cannot accurately describe this event, hosted at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Food and fun, sure, but tons of culture and colorful costumes. It’s really a wonder to behold.

12. SoCal Vegfest
October 28-29, 2017
SoCal Vegfest is the place to be for amazing vegan food and fun. Definitely stop by the Maxine’s Heavenly booth for a sample of our Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies!

13.  2017 LA Tofurky Trot & Vegan Food Fest
November 12, 2017
The Tofurky Trot is a family-friendly 5k (3.1 mile) run, trot, or walk open to all levels of physical fitness. Tofurky Trots are designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting animal rescue and championing plant-based diets. Bring your friends, family, kids, dogs, and your favorite costumes!

14. Fall on the Farm
November 15, 2017
Have dinner ON a farm! Join Organic Harvest Gardens & Restauration Farm Dinner for appetizers, wine, sangria, and a four course meal.

CELEBRATE FALL WITH PUMPKIN PECAN SPICE COOKIES

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