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Fall is upon us! My favorite season and I’m so excited for it. While the Southern California weather doesn’t always cooperate, I have made a list of fall activities I want to do to get into the spirit of the fall season.
Here is my list of 20 things to do in Southern California for fall. While I came up with this list and tagged some specific locations based on living in Southern California, many of these activities can be done wherever you live.
#1 Go To A Pumpkin Patch
A favorite fall past time for me is going to a pumpkin patch. You can’t go to one without getting into the fall spirit. I plan to go check out Tanaka Farms this year and pick out some pumpkins for my home.
#2 Carve A Pumpkin
Of course after going to the pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin, you have to get a little creative and carve it. I love doing crafts to get into the fall spirit. I plan to use my creative skills to carve a pumpkin to decorate my doorstep with this year.
#3 Go Apple Picking At An Orchard
Another great fall outing is to go apple picking. I’ve been able to do this with my family on the east coast in the past and it’s always so much fun. This year I plan to head up to Oak Glen in San Bernardino County. Not only can you apple pick up there, but there are plenty of other activities to make a whole day trip out of it.
#4 Go On A Day Trip To Take In The Fall Foliage
Southern California is not typically what comes to mind when you think of fall foliage. There are, however, places you can still catch a glimpse of those beautiful yellow, orange, and red leaves. Oak Glen is one of those areas. Check two things off your list by driving up to see the fall foliage and then stop for some apple picking! Another great spot to go see fall foliage is Big Bear.
#5 Autumn Themed Photoshoot
Whether you are just snapping some fun shots for your social media or want to have a family photoshoot, fall is such a great time to do this. Maybe it’s the beautiful colors of fall that makes me love the idea of a fall photoshoot. Maybe I’m biased because I love fall fashion. Either way, go play some in leaves, head out to the pumpkin patch, or just catch some shots while carving pumpkins.
#6 Make A Fall Wreath
This has been something I’ve been wanting to do for the past few years and just never got around to doing. This past weekend I headed out to Michael’s and picked up supplies to do it finally. I had so much fun getting creative with this project and it really got me excited for more fall decor. If you aren’t the creative type, you can always go pick up a cute one like this wreath found on Amazon.
#7 Decorate The House For Fall
Making a wreath kicked this off for me this year. I love finding ways to weave in the fall theme throughout my decor. From a fall phase banner on my media console to pumpkins scattered along my shelves, fall is popping up all over my house.
#8 Bake A Fall Treat
I’ll probably bake several fall treats over the next couple months. Some of my favorites are snickerdoodle cookies and pumpkin bread. This year I plan to try a new treat as well. I have my eyes on these Pumpkin Ginger Cookies from Baby Boy Bakery.
#9 Have A Fall Movie Marathon
I’m not big on horror movies which seem to be on a lot around this time of year. Instead, I opt for the family friendly classics like The Adventures of Ichabod, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. I love to curl up with some of the fall treats I made and enjoy these movies.
#10 Enjoy Some Pumpkin Flavored Coffee
I know it’s blasphemy for a girl that loves fall, but I’m not a big pumpkin spice latte fan. It’s a little too sweet for me. However, I do love a subtle pumpkin flavored coffee or using a pumpkin flavored creamer. I’m currently loving the Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice almond + coconut creamer I found at Target. It is a great alternative for those of you searching for a less sweet option like myself.
#11 Find A New Fall Inspired Nail Polish Color And Give Myself A Manicure
I’m currently loving the Essie nail polish called “Off Tropic” available here on Amazon. If you follow me on social media, you know I’m a big proponent of taking time for self care. This is great way to add some fall festiveness to my self care routine.
#12 Experiment With A New Stew Or Chili
I love cooking up a good soup, stew, or chili in the fall and winter. After the heat starts to leave Southern California, it’s time to dig out my recipes and cook up one of my favorites. This year I plan to throw at least one new stew or chili into my line up of go to stews and chilis. I pinned a recipe awhile back for Guinness Beef Stew that you can find here and I’m planning to give it a try very soon.
#13 Make Pumpkin Pancakes
Of all the pumpkin flavored foods out there, pumpkin pancakes is one of my favorites. Back when I was in my early 20’s I worked at a restaurant that served this in the fall and I was hooked from the first time I had them. I’ve since learned to make these at home and treat myself to them every fall.
#14 Go On A Hike
With the weather finally cooling down in Southern California, I can look forward to going on more hikes. This is my favorite time of year to be outside and take in nature. And what better way to do that then by going on a hike.
#15 Have A Campfire At The Beach… Or Check Out A Restaurant With A Roaring Fireplace
I’m all for having summer bonfires, but there is something about sitting by a fire on a cold, crisp evening. The beach is always a great place to have a fall bonfire in Southern California. Another great option is a restaurant with either an indoor fireplace or outside patio with a fireplace or fire pit. One of my favorite restaurants, Tam O’Shanter, recently put in a new outdoor patio with a fireplace that I plan on checking out this fall.
#16 Make A “Gratitude” List
When I was growing up, on Thanksgiving we would always take a moment to go around the table and share the things we were grateful for. Living on the opposite coast from my family, I like to still take the time to reflect on all the things I am thankful for. I list them out and use this list in my prayer time to thank God for what He has given me.
#17 Host A Friendsgiving Dessert Night
Being far from my family around the holidays, it’s nice to spend time with some of my “adopted” family out here in California. While we may all have separate plans on Thanksgiving, it’s nice to set aside a day in November to come together and celebrate as a group. I find that a full on Friendsgiving dinner can be stressful for the host. A great alternative is to have a Friendsgiving dessert night. Everyone brings a favorite holiday dessert and you can enjoy each other’s company in a more relaxed setting.
#18 Twilight Zone Marathon
I live for the Thanksgiving Day Twilight Zone Marathons. I grew up watching these and for me it isn’t Thanksgiving without turning it on for a bit at some point in the day. Now that Netflix has the series, I can also plan my own marathon if Thanksgiving is too hectic for me to sit and enjoy.
#19 Read A New Book… Outdoors On A Cool, Crisp Day
There is something about being outdoors with a good book on a nice fall day. Now if I could just get the Southern California weather to cooperate with me on this one!
#20 Burn Fall Scented Candles
This is probably one of my favorite things to do to get into the fall spirit. It is also one of the first things I typically do come September every year. One of my favorite fall scents is this WoodWick Candle available here on Amazon.
Are there any fall activities or traditions you have that aren’t on this list? I’d love to hear other ideas! Feel free to comment them below.