Malibu Magazine's Fall Guide

As summer transitions into fall and L.A. temperatures begin their notable if tepid annual drop, the new season brings with it a slurry of fun new activities. While Malibu is often portrayed as a year-round summer oasis, there are many ways that locals can enjoy what autumn has to offer in Southern California. Witnessing the changing leaves or touring a corn maze might take a bit more work and planning, but don’t be discouraged– there are a ton more ways to embrace and enjoy the season than you may realize. From pumpkin patches to Halloween festivities to delicious new pumpkin spice treats, Malibu and its surrounding areas are brimming with fall-inspired fun if you know where to look. This time of year also marks the end of summer vacation, when life to get busy again as kids to go back to school, so escaping on a weekend getaway or a short camping trip in the mountains is the perfect way to get a taste of classic fall scenery. While summer is a time for recuperating and relaxing for many people, fall is seen as a time for life to get busy again, but this doesn’t mean that the fun has to end. Taking the kids to a pumpkin patch or a sports game on Friday night is a perfect way to have quality family time without spending a lot of money or traveling very far. Going out with friends to an apple orchard, a nice café or wine tasting are more activities which you can do to enjoy the cozy pleasures of fall with others. 

1. See California’s Fall Foliage

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If you’re looking for a trip to take this fall, drive out to Yosemite to see some exceptional fall foliage. Hiking during this time is ideal as the weather has had a chance to cool off a little without getting too chilly, and the sights are simply stunning. Seeing Half Dome and El Capitan looming over miles of copper and red leaves will be a welcome sight after an endless summer in Malibu, and the drive up to the Sierra Nevada Mountains displays countryside that we often forget exists in California. Taking a trip away from the coast is a good way to experience more of what this state has to offer.  Get a lodge for the weekend or camp in the woods, and enjoy the beauty of autumn.   

Yosemite National Park | 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite Valley | (209) 372-0200 | https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit

2. Enjoy the Autumn Harvest

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For families looking for a great place to go fruit and vegetable picking that isn’t too far away, Underwood Farms is perfect. Located in Moorpark, this family-owned farm is full of various produce that anyone can come and pick. Entrance costs $3 per person from Monday-Friday, $6 on weekends and major holidays, and kids 2 and under are free. Most picked fruits and vegetables are priced by the pound, and the farm provides wagons to easily transport your bounty. Produce includes a variety tomatoes, berries, root vegetables, leafy greens, and of course pumpkins. The farm even has friendly livestock such as goats, horses, and pigs. “Come to Underwood Farms to spread the freshness,” Underwood worker Marti Rosen invites.

Underwood Family Farms | 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark | (805) 529-3690 | underwoodfamilyfarms.com

3. Partake in Oktoberfest

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Alpine Village Oktoberfest is the largest and longest running Oktoberfest in California. Held annually in Torrance, from September 7 - October 27, people from all walks of life come to dance to authentic folk music, sample refreshing German beers, and eat traditional German cuisine. To add to the ambiance of the whole event, costumes are strongly encouraged. You must be 21 or older to partake, with the exception of Sundays, when all are welcome.

Alpine Village Oktoberfest | 833 W Torrance Blvd, Torrance | (310) 327-4384 | alpinevillagecenter.com/oktoberfest

4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

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If you’re looking for a true fall pumpkin patch experience, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City is the place to go. This family owned pumpkin patch began in 1987, and has continued over two generations. “My mother noticed that very few children in Los Angeles were able to experience a real pumpkin patch beyond what they saw in local parking lots, so she decided to recreate her adventures on the farm for everyone to enjoy and discover,” Owner Lyra Marble says. Fall 2018 will bring family-favorite activities such as the Spooky Spider Bounce House, Mr. Bones Straw Maze, Captain Billy Bones Jump & Fly, life-size pumpkin houses in the Pumpkin Village, Mr. Bones Super Slide, as well as pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, pony rides, and more.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch | 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City | (310) 276-9827 | mrbonespumpkinpatch.com

5. Sample Local Wines

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Harvested high above the coastline, each sip of a Malibu Wines vintage provides a memorable taste of exquisite grapes, ocean air, and prime soil. “The setting is unparalleled and the tasting room resides on a hill in the vineyards across from the stunning, Saddlerock Ranch,” Malibu Wines representative Isabella Duddy says. This fall, as the grapes turn a mellow golden green, Malibu Wines will be hosting activities such as farm table dinners, Halloween-themed films, and Yoga & Mimosas.  

Malibu Wines | 31740 Mulholland Hwy. | (818) 865-0605 | malibuwines.com

6. Feel the Fall Fright

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Every year, for Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm. The gruesome Halloween celebration is in its 45th season filled with thrilling rides, sinister shows, and haunted mazes. This year, Knott’s Scary Farm will feature 13 haunted attractions and for the first time in Scary Farm history, guests will be able to snag priority access to all mazes and rides through the new “Fright Lane”. With thousands of spine-chilling monsters lurking out and about, about there’s nowhere to hide. Knott’s Berry Farm requires that all guests must be 13 years old to handle the pure terror. This spooky celebration is held from September 21 through October 31.           

Knotts Scary Farm | 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park | (714) 220-5200 | knotts.com

7. Take a Cooking Class

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Take a cooking class and learn to create delicious meals using seasonal produce at Malibu Beach Gourmet. Led by esteemed chef Elizabeth Adrienne Clune in her French Country-style kitchen here in Malibu, classes include hands-on instructions on how to prepare numerous seasonal dishes. Clune focuses on field-to-fork eating, in which she uses fresh ingredients from farmers markets. Classes are limited to six students, so be sure to sign up early.

Malibu Beach Gourmet | Malibu | (310) 430-0080 | malibubeachgourmet.com

8. Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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For special, freshly-made fall treats, head to Malibu’s Le Cafe de la Plage to enjoy some handcrafted ice cream, baked goods, and coffee. Created fresh each day with simple and delicious ingredients such as organic milk and cream, Le Cafe de la Plage offers an array of ice cream flavors including several seasonal ones like pumpkin and marshmallow. Several vegan and dairy-free flavor options are available as well. Their handcrafted coffee will feature autumnal flavors as well, in addition to the usual delicious types of coffee and espresso. Delicious baked good offerings are also available, so visit the cafe this season to see what new treats can be found to spice up your autumn.                  

Cafe De La Plage | 29169 Heathercliff Rd., Malibu | (310) 457-3380 | lecafedelaplage.com

9. Try a New Seasonal, Local Dish

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For fresh autumnal cuisine, OLLO is a great pick. During the fall, the Malibu favorite does a fabulous job of incorporating fall ingredients such pumpkin and butternut squash. “This Thanksgiving we’re open for brunch 8 am- 3 pm, so a lot of people come here and eat breakfast or lunch then cook dinner at home,”  Manager Kaya Romos says. Our top seasonal menu picks include Crab Cake Benedict, BBQ Brisket Sandwich, and Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa crusted Pizzetta. 

Ollo | 23750 PCH, Malibu | (310) 317-1444 | ollomalibu.com

10. Support our Team

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Come out and support our local high school football team by watching a game or two this season. The Malibu High School Sharks play numerous teams at home during the fall. Watch them face off against Santa Clara High School on September 28, Carpinteria High School on October 5, and Nordhoff High School on October 19 on the home field. 

Malibu High School | 3025 Morning View Dr, Malibu | (310) 457-6801 | 2018 Schedule

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