It’s that time of year again when people like to shop for pumpkins and turn them into jack-o-lanterns or homemade pumpkin pies. It’s a good thing Los Angeles is home to some pretty good pumpkin patches that turn the usual pumpkin-buying experience into a fun-filled family day activity. You can learn to carve a pumpkin, get lost in a straw maze and feed live farm animals among other activities available at some of the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles.
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
3370 Sunset Valley Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
Dates: September 30, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Step foot inside Underwood Family Farms’ Moorpark pumpkin patch and you’ll know why this has consistently been one of the most popular destinations during fall for families every year. Now in its 20th year, The Annual Fall Harvest Festival features all of the activities from past years, plus many more.
Enjoy a U-Pick pumpkin patch where you can choose from a huge selection of pumpkins. Or, take part in a variety of activities for the family, including a corn maze where you’re sure to get lost, tractor rides, pig racing, Craig’s Chicken Show, a petting zoo, a play area for kids and much more.
Make sure not to miss the Antique Tractor Weekend (October 14 & 15 from 10am to 4pm) where you’ll get to check out antique tractors and even a tractor parade. Or, come by the following weekend on October 21, and 22nd for Western Weekend. From 11am to 3pm, stunt ropers, covered wagons, music, magic and much more will be on hand. At 3pm, cowboys ride off, but the festivities continue until 6pm with games, music, rides, races and much more family fun. The last day of the festival is October 31st which will feature tons of live entertainment, pumpkin destinations, and feature displays of pumpkins, squash and gourds as well as ways to decorate them.
Admission to Underwood is $15 in the beginning of October and jumps to $20 on October 14. Admission allows you to check out most of the grounds and activities. Some activities can be taken advantage of for a small nominal fee though.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Dates: October 6, 2017 – October 30, 2017
Packed with loads of fun, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned pumpkin patch offering a ton of activities aside from just picking your pumpkin at their Pumpkin Village. Take part in pony rides, a straw maze where kids can explore tunnels below or jump and climb around, a petting zoo with baby goats, sheep and ducks, their Jumpkin’ Pumpkin bounce, face painting, pumpkin carving, pumpkin decorating and much more. What sets this pumpkin patch apart from all the others is the Mr. Bones’ Super Slide and Straw Maze to get lost in. Pumpkins range in price depending on size but are all reasonably priced. Ticket information can be found here. Get free admission on their opening day (Friday, October 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
6701 E Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Dates: September 29, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch is a local favorite for not only families, but also school field trips and children’s birthday parties. The atmosphere has a very country fair type of vibe which makes it very popular. They offer a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, as well as haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. There are also many attractions at Pa’s including roller coasters, rides, slides, a fun house, a petting zoo and much more. While parking and admission are free, you will have to purchase tickets for the rides. Hungry? they have a great snack bar. It’s a great place for the whole family and a fun getaway for the day.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
6815 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Dates: October 6, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Looking for the best pumpkin? Visit Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch in the heart of the city. Spend quality time with the family getting lost in a straw maze on a quest to find the perfect pumpkin for carving your very own jack-o-lantern. Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch is a play land for kids and a local festival for adults complete with snacks, refreshments and a picnic area for lounging. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained too including pumpkin carving, train rides, face painting, riding ponies, bungee jumping, a pumpkin bounce for kids, a merry-go-round, sand art, giant slides, arcade games and much more!
15200 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Dates: September 30, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Forneris Farms prides itself on being home to some of the most beautiful pumpkins in the county. Open daily, this farmers’ market grows all of its produce locally including its main attraction every October during the Fall Harvest Festival which ends October 31st. But, the real draw here is their famous maze which is carved out of corn stalks that reach way above your head. Enjoy a day navigating through it with over 4 acres of turns and deciding the best path to take. To keep the wholesome family fun, they don’t haunt the corn maze and be aware that you should keep 1 hour dedicated to trying to get out of the maze! The harvest festival also includes tractor-pulled train rides, a pumpkin jumper, face painting, pony rides, and a petting zoo.
Tapia Bros Farm Stand & Pumpkin Patch
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave
Encino, California, CA 91436
Dates: October 2017
Tapia Brothers in Encino is a staple Pumpkin Patch Angelenos get to enjoy each year. Come and pick out your favorite pumpkin and enjoy other fun activities too!
Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival
4102 S. University Drive
Pomona, CA 91768
Dates: October 7 & 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join Cal Poly Pomona for their 25th Annual Pumpkin Festival on October 7th and 8th, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where you can choose from thousands of pumpkins right in the patch. A pumpkin patch, face painting, corn mazes, a petting farm, horse rides and more activities are also available (additional fees may apply). New attractions this year include hay rides and demonstrations on how to milk a cow, as well as blacksmithing, soap making, bee keeping and more! The Cal Poly Pomona Insect Fair will also be part of the festival again this year.
Tina’s Pumpkin Patch
4827 Sepulveda Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Dates: October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Spend the day at one of Los Angeles’ top Pumpkin Patches! Tina’s opens its doors on October 1, 2017 with free admission and parking. Once you’ve gotten the perfect pumpkin, take advantage of fun activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, a fun straw maze, a bounce house and much more! Although admission is free, there is a small fee for each activitiy.
Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.</div