It’s time to fall in love with fall! We eked out all the beach days and suffered through the back to school mayhem, and now you can embrace the amazing activities that come with autumn in LA. Like the annual Abbott Kinney festival. NHM’s DinoFest. Oktoberfests all over town. An old time county fair. You can touch a truck, get dusty at a chalk art fest, go back in time and meet the ghosts of Hollywood. Read on to learn more about these awesome activates and find out what other incredible outings you can find in LA this weekend!

photo: Kern County Fair


Museum Day Live!
Museum Day Live! is a day where museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free. This is a great opportunity to check out one of the (literally) hundreds of amazing museums the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. Sat. Event details.


Dino Fest
Dinosaurs are taking over LA at this NHM fest celebrating dinosaurs, their prehistoric past and the science that brings their world back to life. Dig into hands-on activities, interactive experiences and dig pits. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Chalk Art Family Festival
Inspired by the chalk-like marks the giant new work in CAAM’s lobby, families can take part in a chalk workshop to create murals on the Museum grounds. Sun. Event details.


Bowtie Field Day
Join Clockshop and California State Parks for an afternoon of outdoor activities along the Los Angeles River with walks led by CA State Parks rangers, Bowtie Project artists, naturalists and educators. End the day with a campfire and s’mores at sunset. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

If your tot loves trucks (and cars and anything with wheels!) this hands-on learning experience is a can’t miss event. Sat. Event details.


Abbott Kinney Festival
This annual beachside fest features live music, local artisan crafts (and craft beers) and yummy foods. A family parade kicks off the festivities for the younger crowd that winds to the KidsQuad where tiny tots can dance and sing along to music, create art and play games. Plus, there are loads of rides and games for bigger kids and the whole fam. Sun. Event details.

See Versa Style’s Amazing Hip-Hop Show
One of our fave companies in town, Versa-Style Dance, brings their hip-hop storytelling to the Broad today, with two shows. Sat. Event details.

Tiny Tot Olympics
Every kid is a winner at these Olympic Games for the teeniest of athletes, who compete in t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, tennis and more. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

A Kinder-Friendly Oktoberfest
Sunday is Family Day at this Oktoberfest filled with food, people who like to wear costumes, oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland and crazy chicken dancing!  Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Meet the Ghosts of Paramount Ranch
Explore the eerie side of the historic movie ranch and hear tales of the ghosts, witches and wild past. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

A Caribbean Festival
Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with live performances, art workshops and crafts that represent the diversity of Caribbean cultures at the Museum of Latin American Art’s free family Sunday. Sun. Event details.

Inland Empire

Kern County Fair
With exhibits, a carnival, food, a large livestock exhibit, a rodeo, music and entertainment for everyone, it’s a wonderful old-fashioned fair experience without the crowds and crush.  There is a Kiddie Carnival, with rides for the littlest guys, a Diaper Derby and of course KC the Bull. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Riley’s Farm Sleepy Hollow
Head out for a day of apple picking, then stay for a not-too-spooky evening! Hop on the hayride and take a trip in the countryside with several of the Sleepy Hollow townsfolk. Watch the characters come alive on and off stage, and throughout the evening, participate in a variety of classic country contests. Keep an eye out for that headless guy…Sat. Event details.

In Germany, Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend! Where’s your favorite spot to grab a beer and a pretzel?

—Meghan Rose