It’s finally starting to feel like fall in LA—as in, mid-70s temps and plenty of sunshine. (Brrr, right?) Get out and enjoy that semi-crisp autumn air with a petting zoo and pumpkin patch at the Original Farmers Market, a train celebration at Griffith Park’s Travel Town and a creepy critters meet-and-greet at the LA County Arboretum. Read on for the details on these events and more of our favorite activities happening this weekend in LA.
photo: Shannan Rouss
Depot Day at Travel Town
All aboard! The popular Griffith Park train museum (a fave of train-obsessed kids) is hosting a celebration for the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. In addition to exploring all of Travel Town’s historic engines and train cars, little ones can hear live music, see demos by woodcarvers and blacksmiths and checkout fire trucks, police cars and more. Sun. Event details.
Original Farmers Market Fall Festival
Stop by the Original Farmers Market for a down-home fall festival right near The Grove. There will be live music, arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo and an old-fashioned pie-eating contest so come hungry! Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Skirball Harvest Festival
Bring in the fall harvest season and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot at this daylong festival, featuring live music and craft stations. Get ready for Israeli folk dancing and funky klezmer beats, plus create your own herbal dream pillow and a special metal-embossed good luck charm. Sun. Event details.
Octubrefest at Smorgasburg LA
In need of lunch plans on Sunday? Enjoy a different kind of Octoberfest with Smorgasburg’s Octubrefest, where you can sample a selection of Mexican-inspired craft beer, and the whole fam can dig in to Mexican food specials, plus get down as live DJs spin latin, funk, 90s hip hop and more. Sun. Event details.
Bring a whole lot of culture and fun into your kids’ weekend with this free event where Pasadena’s top museums and creative spaces open their doors to the public. Stop by Kidspace for a felting workshop, visit the Pasadena Museum of History for the carousel-inspired exhibit and a whole lot more. Food trucks will be at various venues just in case you work up an appetite. Fri. Event details.
Kidspace Spooktacular: Monster Mash
Come in costume for a night of scary-good fun and pre-Halloween trick-or-treating. Start at Arroyo Adventure to meet your “Ghost Host” and search for candy and other treats. There will also be a costume parade with dancing, an “ectoplasm” slime station, and a “franken-art” project. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Creepy Critters at the Arboretum
Meet the creepy critters that call the LA Arboretum home! After getting acquainted with a tarantula, millipede and more arachnids and insects, kids can craft “creepy critters” of their own using natural materials collected from garden. Sat. Event details.
Reyes Adobe Days Parade and Festival
Come to the park to enjoy food trucks, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, music and more. The parade on Saturday will begin at 10am. The parade route runs on Reyes Adobe Road, starting at Yerba Buena Elementary School and ending at Reyes Adobe Park. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
But wait… there’s more! See our entire LA calendar for all the kid-friendly events and activities happening around town.