Find the perfect gourd at one of these pumpkin-filled havens in and around L.A.
Whether you’re looking to give your entrance some seasonal decking, or you just want to find the perfect specimen to carve up in the spirit of Halloween, then you can already get started at one of these picturesque pumpkin patches around L.A. Here are all the best farms and spots that are open for the spooky season offering a feel-gourd time for fall. [Featured Image: Instagram / @yours.chuly]
This pastoral pumpkin haven has postponed their annual Fall Harvest Festival (for now) but you can still wander through the acres of Ventura County farmland to find your perfect pumpkin. You’ll also be able to visit the adorable four-legged residents go sunflower picking and visit get your seasonal selfie at the pumpkin house along with other displays. Due to health and safety measures, certain farm entertainment will be limited to weekends and only a certain amount of guests will be allowed in at a time. This means you’ll need to wait outside unless you’ve purchased tickets online in advance (but this option only applies to weekends). Admission is $8 weekdays, $15 on weekends, children under 2 go in free of charge.
3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark, 93021
2. Tanaka Farms
Pick your pumpkins straight from the vine at Tanaka Farms’ lovely patch in Irvine. To make your way around the 30 acres of land you can either take a $25 tractor ride with a pitstop at a pumpkin canyon followed by a stop-off for a “U-pick” session. Or, you can navigate the farm yourself with the drive-through option on weekends which will cost $20. The patch will be open until October 31 with reservations required for select days. You can also check out their newest farm in Costa Mesa.
Location: 5380 University Dr, Irvine, 92612
Live Oak Canyon holds the title of the largest U-Pick pumpkin patch in all of San Bernardino County. It also has some of the most beautiful displays we’ve seen in the past years, most notably the gorgeous, organic pumpkin house with the vegetables still attached to their vines. This year, the gourd patch opens earlier with the final day for picking on Halloween.
Location: 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Redlands, CA 92373
If you’re looking for an Insta-worthy spot, then this female-owned patch is for you! Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is filled with gourd-geous displays, including a pumpkin villa that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into Cinderella. Beyond gourd hunting, expect to find a petting zoo, pony rides, a pumpkin village, face painting, a straw maze, a super slide, and much more. Find out more here.
Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Shawn’s is more like a pumpkin-themed fair than a pumpkin patch. After picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving (which you can do on-site), entertain yourself with the bounce houses, ball pits, and games! Find out more here.
Location: 6020 W Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Pick out fresh corn, tomatoes, and strawberries along with pumpkins at Tapia Brothers Farm. With fresh produce, a petting zoo, patches, and tractors, it embodies farm-style fun. Of course, you can also take on the corn epic maze and the famous roasted corn! Find out more here.
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021
Descanso Garden’s beloved Carved trail returns for three weeks starting from October 11. Guests will take evening strolls under the stars amongst hundreds of glowing, beautifully hand-carved pumpkins and other oversized organic sculptures. It’s the perfect place to soak up the harvest festival atmosphere. Find out more here.
Location: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Keeping the tradition alive since 1934, the Original Farmers Market hosts a fall extravaganza from October 22 to 24. Spend the day listening to live bands, watching pig races, or engaging in pumpkin bowling, candy corn hole, as well as a pie-eating contest hosted by Du-pars. You can also visit the patch hosted by Mr. Jack O’ Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch from October 15 through 31. Find out more here.
Location: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Poly Pomona’s Don B. Huntly College of Agriculture takes seasonal squash extremely seriously. The festival is home to over 40,000 pumpkins so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect gourd for yourself. After that, you can kill some time with hay wagon rides, squash tunnels, pumpkin seed-spitting contests, and a farmer’s market filled with student-grown produce! You can make your way over to this natural paradise from October 2 through October 31. Find out more here.
Location: 4102 S University Dr, Pomona, CA 91768
If you’re wondering how Santa and his elves stay busy through the fall, then you might be glad to hear that it involves a whole lot of delightful fall festivities. Shiny baubles are replaced with plump orange pumpkins on the Christmas tree and you’ll find everything from cookie decorating and light shows, to a community-sponsored trick-or-treat event and costume party. Once you’ve chosen the perfect specimen, you’ll get to decorate it at Santa’s Workshop. Find out more here.
Location: 28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385
This adorable farm is located right behind the train station in O.C. with everything from giant pumpkin weigh-offs to tractor rides and a bounce house. There are also quaint, not-so-spooky haunted homes in pastel colors which make for the perfect pumpkin photo op! And entry is free, unless you park in Irvine Regional Park. Find out more here.