8 Things to do in LA this Fall

DSC01337There is a crispness in the air and the leaves have started to form a colorful quilt blanketing the streets. People have started wrapping up in blankets and sipping hot cider… Oh wait, this is Southern California. The only thing that has changed is the month. It is still just as hot even though it is October.

So while other people are enjoying pumpkins and sweaters, what is a Southern Californian to do? Here are 8 things to do in Los Angeles this fall to help you pretend that we have seasons.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch 

Even if it does not feel like fall, it can at least look like fall in your house. Pick up some pumpkins at one of these pumpkin patches that CBS has named the best pumpkin patches. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-pumpkin-patches-in-southern-california/

 Attend a Fall Festival

On October 18 & 19, the Kidspace Museum will be hosting its annual pumpkin festival. It is a free event and is very kid friendly. There will be live music, a petting zoo, food, pony rides, and much more. Visit here for more information: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/contribute/pumpkin.

Also on October 18 & 19, the LA Farmer’s Market has a fall festival. They will have live bluegrass and swing music and special activities for kids. http://www.farmersmarketla.com/events/eventDetail/Fall-Festival/4

 Get Lost in a Corn Maze

From October 4-November 2, you can get lost in the corn maze at Forneris Farms. If that is not your kind of thing, then you can shop at their farmer’s market or take a train ride. For more information: http://www.fornerisfarms.com/corn-maze.html.

Pick Apples

If you are willing to take a short drive, you can pick apples! CBS also put together this list of the best places to pick apples. Check it out: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-apple-picking-near-los-angeles-2/. 

Get Spooked in a Haunted House

About Travel put together this list of haunted houses. If you enjoy a good thrill, you will definitely want to check out their list: http://golosangeles.about.com/od/losangelescalendar/a/HalloweenEvents_2.htm.

Trick or Treat at the Zoo

Not only can you trick or treat at the zoo, but you get to watch the LA Zoo’s Stomp N’ Chomp. Watch lions, tigers, and hippos tear through pumpkins to get their dinner! http://la.mommypoppins.com/lakids/boo-at-the-la-zoo

Experience Shorter Lines at Theme Parks

Locals recommend going to theme parks such as Magic Mountain or Universal studios during the month of October. These theme parks have elaborate mazes and attractions for Halloween. Since everyone is enjoying these special attractions, the lines for the rides are much shorter. 

Go to the Beach 

Where else is it warm enough to go to the beach in October? Enjoy the fact that you live in Southern California and soak up the sun!

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Creme Caramel LA

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At PAC Properties, we love to find fun spots that are in close proximity to our apartment buildings. Not only do we want to help you find a great apartment, we want our residents to enjoy the culture of where they live.

Today, we had the privilege of experiencing Creme Caramel LA. It was a pleasure not only trying their delicious food, but to meet the owner and staff. We cannot speak highly enough of this restaurant!

Within walking distance of our building at 15007 Burbank building in Sherman Oaks, this coffee shop and restaurant is a fantastic hang out place. There are tables to sit outside and a cute counter area where you can enjoy a dessert or cup of coffee.

Creme Caramel LA got its start in Farmer’s Markets so they had lots of samples to try. Known for their custards and bread pudding, Creme Caramel has something for everyone. The owner finds inspiration from her Filipino roots and incorporates unique ingredients such as ube, a purple yam. We would recommend their bread pudding with homemade salted caramel sauce!

Pictured above is a custard pie topped with bruleed graham cracker Greek yogurt crumble (description from the Creme Caramel LA website). On the right is the bread pudding with the homemade caramel sauce. To the left, you can see a creme caramel. Everything that we sampled was wonderful! They also have savory menu items and there are vegan options as well.

Every Friday, Creme Caramel La has what they call Food Truck Friday. Different food trucks come to the coffee shop and there is food and drinks from 5:00pm-9:00pm. If you don’t have plans for this Friday, you will definitely want to stop by and check it out!

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Third Thursday

 

Tujunga Village Third Thursday

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Food. Live Music. Shopping. What more could you ask for?

Every third Thursday, the shops and restaurants in Tujunga Village stay open later than usual for an evening of food and fun.

Tujunga Village is a small section of Tujunga Avenue between Moorpark Street and Woodbridge Street. Just north of Ventura Boulevard, this charming section of Studio City boasts great restaurants and charming boutique stores.

There is a relaxed, almost vacation-like feel, to Tujunga Avenue. You will see customers chatting at outdoor cafes enjoying the California sunshine and shoppers browsing the store racks lining the street.

Grab a coffee from Aroma Coffee and Tea or the Gelato Bar & Espresso Caffe and stroll down the street. Browse the vintage pieces at Swag Antiques and the clothing at Diana’s Boutique. Listen the live music or chat with the shop owners.

If you are hungry, you can stop into one of the many restaurants on Tujunga Avenue. Caioti Pizza Cafe  serves delicious gourmet pizzas, Vitello’s has a traditional take on Italian food, and Cactus Taqueria makes the best chicken burritos (in my humble opinion).

This Thursday, September 18, Tujunga Village will be hosting it’s monthly Third Thursday. You do not want to miss it!

Hope to see you there!

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