Gourd news Angelenos, one of the most popular pumpkin patches near L.A., is about to open for the fall. According to the family-run Tanaka Farms, it’s never too soon to get into the spooky spirit. So, we’re lucky enough to get an extra couple of weeks of your favorite holiday. From September 17th through October 31st, the stunning location in Irvine will be open for pumpkin picking.
Unlike many farms in Orange County, this one happens to be a real patch where you get to pick fresh gourds straight from the earth. There are acres of rolling fields with bright orange specimens of all shapes and sizes to choose from and plenty of fun Halloween activities amongst them. You can wander through the patch by foot or hop on a wagon that costs $6 for unlimited rides, get lost in the Strawbale Maze, enjoy seasonal arts and crafts and browse the market stalls.
While you may know this stunning farm for its fields of sunflowers over the summer or Hello Kitty-themed experience, there really is no bad time to visit this countryside haven. There is seasonal produce available all year round and tons of fun activities to remind you of the simple pleasures in life.
The parking lot will open at 8:30 a.m. and the gates open from 9 a.m. Parking passes are essential and you can get a free one from Monday to Thursday until 11:00 a.m. From Friday to Sunday, they’ll cost $10.
Location: 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA