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13 Things to Do in SoCal This October

Add Some Fun to Your Fall Calendar With These Festive Happenings

Is it just us, or does October in SoCal know how to bring the heat? (And we’re not just talking about the record-breaking heat waves.) Between the warm weather and breathtaking sunsets, there is no better time to get outside, connect with the community and enjoy the epic events Southern California has to offer! Southern California Fall Events

If you’re looking for some fun this season, we’ve rounded up 15 fabulous fall events for you to experience this October. Mark your calendars!


1 | Halloween Costume Shopping at Goodwill of OC

Date: All October

On the hunt for a Halloween costume? Check out your local Goodwill store! It’s a great way to be a conscious consumer and rock upcycled fashion this Halloween (we all know you will never wear this again!). With the in-store Halloween pop-up shops and themed racks, there’s no reason to be stumped on a unique costume idea this year—your creative ideas will be flowing once you start shopping. 

Location: Click here to find the nearest location! 

EXP 10/31


2 | Moonbathe With Hendrick’s Lunar

Date: All October

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Photography Provided By: Hendrick’s Gin

Whether it’s on spooky Halloween night or a chill evening at home with friends, sip on the limited-edition release of Hendrick’s Lunar under the glowing moon. This smooth gin has hints of spice, floral and citrus flavors, ideal for a crisp October evening. Lounge under the moon, balancing the body and mind as you take a calm moment to yourself with your new favorite drink in hand. Check out the ultimate fall cocktail recipe (the Moonlight Delight) and Hendrick’s moonbathing kit

Location: At home

Southern California Fall Events

3 | Pigeon’s Roller Rink Pop Up at 2nd & PCH

Date: Daily starting Sept. 18

Photography Provided By: 2nd & PCH

From beginner classes to private events, this Long Beach roller rink is dedicated to providing a fun, safe and educational place for people to enjoy the sport of roller skating!

Location: Long Beach


4 | Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

Date: All October

Photography Provided By: Beyond Exhibitions

Become one with the art at this interactive experience. Wander through moving images of Van Gogh’s most memorable work and admire his creative genius in a whole new way!

Location: Hollywood

Southern California Fall Events

5 | Catalina Museum Titanic Exhibit

Date: All October

Photography Provided By: Catalina Museum

This exhibit shares intriguing stories behind the “Unsinkable Ship” through artifacts, images and personal belongings. If you can’t make it to Catalina, virtual tours are also held on their website!

Location: Catalina Island


6 | Modernism Week Fall Preview

Date: Oct. 14-17

The four-day Modernism Week Fall Preview in Palm Springs features over 50 events, including tours, talks and unique parties in private places that are not open to the public. 

Location: Palm Springs

Southern California Fall Events

7 | LIVE Music at Westfield UTC

Date: Every Thursday-Sunday from noon-2 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

Relax and revel in the acoustic sounds of San Diego’s talented musicians. Enjoy live performances every Thursday-Sunday from noon-2 p.m. in Palm Plaza and from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at The Pointe.

Location: La Jolla

EXP 11/14


8 | SoCal Taco Fest 2021

Date: Oct. 23

Not only is this event serving up San Diego’s tastiest tacos, there will also be chihuahua races and yes, even a chihuahua beauty pageant! It’s well worth the $35 admission price.

Location: Downtown San Diego

Southern California Fall Events

9 | Street Food Cinema

Date: View full schedule here

Far from your typical outdoor movie showing, this event fuses together pop culture films with gourmet food trucks and live music. Be sure to bring your friends and your appetite!

Location: Multiple venues in LA

EXP 11/11


10 | Palm Springs Drag Brunch

Date: Every Sunday

A drag show with a side of champagne and dim sum? Yes, please! Featuring California’s most glamorous drag queens, this brunch at Roly China Fusion is the ultimate way to spend your Sunday funday!

Location: Palm Springs


11 | Palm Springs Villagefest

Date: Every Thursday (year-round)

Every Thursday night, Palm Canyon Dr in downtown Palm Springs shuts down and transforms into a lively street fair, complete with vendors, artists, musicians, fresh fruit and flowers!

Location: Palm Springs

Southern California Fall Events

12 | 2021 BNP Paribas Open

Date: Oct. 4-17

Watch the world’s best tennis players bring the heat to Greater Palm Springs at this annual tournament. The experience includes exciting on-court action, live entertainment, shopping, dining and more!

Location: Indian Wells


13 | Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake

Date: Weekends Through Nov. 7

Celebrate the season with a stein full of your favorite German-style beer. Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake is known for its old-world ambiance, mouthwatering brats and kooky contests! It’s a perfect excuse to spend a weekend in the mountains. 

Location: Big Bear

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