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Faking Fall: How To Feel The Magical Autumn Season In Ever Sunny Los Angeles

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People talk about how amazingly beautiful autumn is, with sepia-toned leaves everywhere, the crisp and chill weather that makes you want to pile up your clothes and to yearn for a steaming, soothing cup of pumpkin spice latte. But fall season in LA is a different story.

Both a blessing and a curse, considering the unforgivingly hot and humid days we’re having lately, it’s safe to say that it’s as if the universe has declared it to be forever summer here in the City of Angels.

Start Of Fall Season

The autumnal equinox or the official start of the autumn season won’t happen until Friday, September 22. Hopefully, the temperature will ease up a bit and the Santa Ana winds will cool us up by then or in the months to come. Still, don’t get your hopes up dreaming about a sweater weather, New York or London kind of fall, because that’s just not LA’s style, darling.

However, whether it feels like fall or not, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate such a lovely time of the year, right? Here are some tips on how to get into the spirit of the fall season (even if it’s scorching hot outside).

Go autumn leaf hunting at local parks, gardens, and neighborhoods.

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If you want to see flowers, trees, and fallen leaves dressed in autumn’s crimson and gold colors, parks would be first on your list.

Fortunately, Los Angeles boasts of several picture-perfect public parks and botanical gardens waiting for your visit. But a fair warning, because many of these facilities are meticulously maintained and take pride for being evergreen, not all of them would be happy to show you a pile of dried leaves to take a shoe-fie (shoe selfie) on,  jump into, or to bury yourself in.

Nevertheless, thanks to our excellent research skills (and to the wonders of Internet, of course), we’ve found these reliable locations, where locals swear by they spotted the autumn scenery you’ve been looking for.

  • The LA Arboretum
    Unlike other botanical parks in the city, the LA Arboretum likes to do their gardening au naturel. Their magnificent gardens are also a must-see. They have an impressive rose garden and a tropical garden, which houses their remarkable exotic orchid plant collection.
  • Fairfax Branch Library and Pan Pacific Park
    According to our source, Fairfax Branch Library and Pan Pacific Park (and the nearby neighborhoods, such as Vista and Beverly Hills, are littered with golden leaves during fall season.
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    A sprawling 86-acre garden dedicated to California native plants, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is a gem. Their website says they have seasonal plant displays and they’ll even hold a Fall Planting Festival on October. This place is worth the drive to SoCal.

Check out all the fun-filled fall festivities near Los Angeles.

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If you want to see rustic autumn flower wreaths, hundreds of pumpkins and gourds of all colors and sizes on display, attend every fall event this year. These venues will surely be decked out with striking fall decors for sure.

  • Take your young ones or feel young once more at LA theme parks, such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • Have a little bit of country fun at the LA County Fair.
  • Immerse yourself in German culture and free beer at the many Oktoberfest events around LA.

Fill your home with  fall-inspired flower arrangements.

If you want to usher in the autumn season into your home, fresh flower arrangements can work wonders. If you’re not an avid fan of pumpkin and think it’s too early for a Jack-O-Lantern, sticking to warmer, deeper hues, such as red, orange, purple flowers pleasantly exude the spirits of fall. You can choose flowers that are in season this autumn like dahlia, peony, and daisy, or go for a timeless orchid arrangement.

Why not take it a level higher? Crank up your air-conditioner on full blast, put on a sweater, and make yourself a hot cup of that pumpkin spice coffee everyone’s been raving about.

Now that’s autumn LA style.



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