Welcome, October!  It’s a month of goblins & ghouls, beer & brats, and Halloween & harvest. We’ve sought out a smattering of each of these activities for every weekend this month.  Up first we have the Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace for squash-y fun and photo ops; the Oktoberfest at Descanso Gardens, where you can enjoy some German fare in a bucolic (not beer hall) setting; and the Angel Festival that takes place in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain, which couldn’t be enjoying a more beautiful time of year.  It’s also time for CicLAvia, a Tot Trot, Music fest and more…



CicLAvia: Heart of LA
CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from L.A. streets – and the streets fill up with smiles! The Heart of LA route lets Angelenos explore the origins of the City of Angels on bikes, trikes, scooters, or on foot. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details


Eagle Rock Music Festival
Triple Foot Chicken, Nguzunguzu, String Theory, Bob Baker’s Marionettes, and other kid friendly entertainers hit the stages – plus crafts, dancing, noshing and fun at this local community celebration. Sat., 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Eagle Rock. $10 Adults, Kids free.  All ages. Event details.

Universal City

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The familiar story of Goldilocks takes a turn when blondie and the bears realize have more in common than they thought and learn to respect each other. It’s a happy, original show with plenty o’ audience participation. Sat., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Universal City. $10-$12. Ages 3-9. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Meet Author Jon Scieszka
Meet Jon Scieszka, the amazing creator of Trucktown, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and the new Spacehesdz series. His books make kids to want to read and tonight you can meet his and get any of his books signed. Fri., 6:30 pm. Pasadena. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
Kids can’t wait to get at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Bring ’em in costume, so they can march in the costume parade then make their own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Angel Festival
Before the devilish fun of Halloween, it’s time for the little angels to take center stage at the Angel Festival! Chances are pretty good that there will be plenty of wings and halos floating around, and probably some angel food cake to snack on…  Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sierra Madre. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oktoberfest at Descanso
The heat has gone, making Descanso a beautiful place to enjoy the crisp fall weather, wandering through the leaves.  What could make an October afternoon better?  Brats and beer- turning it into an Oktoberfest you can enjoy with the kids! Sat., 11:30 am – 4:45 pm. La Canada. $3-$8 admission. All ages. Event details.


Scribes Wanted!
Drop by the Getty Villa with the whole family to learn how scribes in ancient times created documents, then try your hand at writing a cuneiform message. (And enjoy the sea views, sparkling pool, bountiful garden and captivating art!) Sat., 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Malibu. Free. Ages 5+. Event details.

Santa Monica Tot Trot
Want to get the kids moving?  Here’s a Tot Trot that’s perfect for your jogging babies.  With a family dash, a mini-run or even a baby jogger, you’ll find the right run for your whole brood. Sun., Start times vary. Culver City. Free-$45. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Pumpkin Liner AND Rescue 91 Express
One of these two trains will make your little conductor super happy.  You can pick from a Halloween ticket to ride, by hopping aboard the Pumpkin Liner and taking a wintage train to a private pumpkin patch; or perhaps you’d rather mash up firefighters with trains?  If that’s the case, catch the Rescue 91 Train to meet and chow with the heroes of the Fillmore Fire Department.  Rescue 91 Express leaves Friday night at 5:30, Pumpkin Liner runs every Sat. & Sun. in October at 10:30 am & 2:00 pm. Fillmore. Prices vary. All ages. 

You probably noticed that several of our picks take place in the Pasadena area this weekend – it’s particularly beautiful there in the fall, when temps drop and the leaves start turning.  What part of the city do you love to visit this time of year?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Kim Orchen Cooper and Kidspace Children’s Museum