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Top Reasons to Visit Los Angeles in the Fall

Autumn in Los Angeles

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Early Fall is a great time to visit Los Angeles. Although officially autumn runs from the fall equinox to the winter solstice, in most people's minds, it begins after Labor Day when kids go back to school, so that's the time frame included here.

1. It's Not so Hot!

Cool Zone - Universal Studios Hollywood
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Summers in Los Angeles can be scorching, with temperatures regularly reaching triple digits in inland areas, including at some popular theme parks. Late September into October can be much more pleasant for activities like theme parks and walking tours.

2. Shorter Lines at Theme Parks

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Once the kids are back in school, lines get much shorter at local amusement parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios, especially during the week.

3. LA County Fair

Orange County Fair
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LA County Fair is four weeks of all the typical fun of a county fair including agricultural exhibits, pig races, horse races, rides, exhibits, funnel cake and deep fried Oreos. The Fair starts Labor Day weekend and runs through the end weekend of the fourth week.

4. Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San Gennaro
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LA's biggest Italian event of the year brings Italian entertainers from across the country and around the world to Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s outdoor stage in Hollywood. Of course there is plenty of Italian food, rides and activities for the kids. The Feast of San Gennaro takes place the last full weekend of September.

5. Lobster Festivals

Lobster Fest
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Los Angeles has not one, but three annual Lobster Festivals that all take place in September. You would think we'd be celebrating Pacific rock lobsters, but no, they're shipped in from Maine for the events.

6. Oktoberfest in LA

Oktoberfest Around LA
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There are tons of Oktoberfest events in the greater Los Angeles area celebrating German culture and, of course, beer. Some last a full two months through September and October. Others are just for a weekend or a single day.

7. October is Arts Month

blue13 dance company at the Ford Amphitheatre
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Although not as organized as it once was, the local arts communities still feature special events throughout the month of October in honor of Arts Month

8. Harrowing Halloween Events

Halloween Horror Nights
Courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood
With so many special effects experts, Los Angeles is a master of Halloween horror, and the fun starts in September at some area theme parks and attractions. There are not-so-scary options for the younger set, or gruesome gore for hardcore fans.

9. Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead
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Not quite the same as Halloween, this Mexican holiday for All Souls Day involves cleaning graves, building altars to the dead, parading skeletons and sugar skulls. Events range from craft classes for kids to street festivals.

10. Downtown on Ice

Downtown on Ice
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Every year just before Thanksgiving, a corner of Pershing Square in Downtown LA is frozen over into an ice skating rink a la Rockefeller Center - without the winter coats.

11. Less Expensive

Hotel and vacation package prices start coming back down in the fall, so you can get more vacation for your travel dollars.
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