The Best Pumpkin Patches near Los Angeles For Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
Ready to talk pumpkin patch? The Great Pumpkin is awfully spoiled for choice around the Southland throughout the Halloween season. To find the perfect pumpkin patch near Los Angeles for your family, you've got some decisions to make, because they run the gamut from small to large, folksy to commercial. There are festival-type pumpkin patches with extra activities, farms where kids can pick their own pumpkins, and smaller pumpkin patches in every neighborhood in town. Choose a pumpkin, pick some fresh veggies, snap a Halloween photo, and maybe even take a pony ride at one of these 2021 pumpkin patches.
So many pumpkins at Tanaka Farms! Photo courtesy of the farm
Biggest Pumpkin Patches near Los Angeles
Tanaka Farms — Irvine
Open September 18 - October 31, 2021 from 9am-6pm
Tanaka Farms is one of the few patches where LA kids can actually pick a pumpkin off the vine! Weekdays feature a tractor-pulled wagon ride past farm animals and a pumpkin cannon en route to pumpkin and vegetable picking. Parking passes (purchased online, in advance) are required Fridays starting at noon, and all day Saturday & Sunday. For a smaller, more intimate pumpkin patch experience, this year Tanaka has a brand new location: Hana Field. Yep, this is the spot that was purely flowers this summer. Now the fields there grow pumpkins and flowers.
Underwood Farms — Moorpark
Open September 25 - October 31, 2021 from 9am-6pm
Moorpark's pick-your-own paradise once again has its annual harvest festival and pumpkin patch, complete with a 40-acre pumpkin patch with wagon rides and loads of entertainment like a ride-through corn trail, a hay pyramid, animal viewing (from a safe distance), and a misting tunnel to cool off after picking veggies in the sun. Admission is higher on weekends.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch — Redlands
Open September 24 - October 31, 2021
Located in Redlands off of the 10, Live Oak Canyon Pumpkins Patch claims to be Southern California's largest outdoor pumpkin patch, and after seeing it, we won't argue! There are loads of rides and attractions, including train rides, a sunflower garden walk-through, a tractor-pulled hayride, photo ops at over 10 stations, a spiderweb play net, an aqua pillow, and even the world's largest rocking horse. And, of course, there are plenty of pumpkins: select the perfect pre-picked gourd or take a trip to the u-pick field. Live Oak also has a spectacular corn maze.
Pick Pumpkins right from the patch. Photo courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona College
October 2-31 from 3pm-8pm on Wednesday through Friday; 10am-8pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Cal Poly Pomona's Pumpkin Festival is now in its 28th year. The drive east is rewarded with a large patch, a corn maze, games, a petting farm, horse rides, live music, contests, storytelling, an Insect Fair, and more. Family packs are cheaper when purchased in advance on the website, and all tickets must be purchased online. The pumpkin patch is one of the largest in California, with over 70,000 pumpkins.
Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch — Orange
September 18 - October 31, 2021 from 10am-5pm on weekdays; 10am-6pm on weekends
After a year of scaled-back activities, this year's event at Irvine Railroad features more of the activities and rides of the pre-COVID world. Kids can ride the Pumpkin Train and go on a hayride before choosing a pumpkin, as well as playing a few carnival games and taking some fun photos. The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is free, but the County of Orange charges a gate entrance fee ($5 weekends, $3 weekdays) to drive into Irvine Regional Park.
Open October 9 - October 31 from 10am-9pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday
The weekend drive up to Lake Arrowhead is well worth the trip when your destination is Pumpkins in the Pines at Santa's Village. The park is open Wednesday through Sunday but the activities around Pumpkins in the Park are only open on weekends. But it's well worth the drive for a festive fall day trip; activities include picking your pumpkin from the patch, painting your pumpkin, seasonal food and drink, trick-or-treating across the park, a daily costume contest, cookie decorating, a puppet show, Monster Mash light show, and more! For a special treat, plan your visit on October 23 or 30 for the Fantom Forest, a spooky walk-through that's limited to those two Saturdays.
The pumpkins grow as big as the babies at Forneris Farms. Photo courtesy of Maz M., via Yelp
Valley Pumpkin Patches
Forneris Farms — Mission Hills
Open October 1 - 31, 2021 from 1pm-5pm on weekdays; 9am-5pm on weekends
Forneris Farms promises to have pumpkins this October, but other activities are still TBD. There won't be a petting zoo or pony rides, but other entertainment is still being determined. Parking and entry to the farm and pumpkin patch are free.
Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch — Toluca Lake
Open October 1-31, 2021 from 10am-9pm
Valley-dwellers can find an impressive selection at the Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch; colors and shapes vary much more widely than we thought possible. Little kids can get up close and cuddly at the petting zoo, wander the mildly haunted maze, or enjoy little tyke rides. On the weekends there are pony rides and camel rides as well.
Tapia Bros. — Encino
Open October 3-31, 2021 from 9am-6pm
The other side of the Valley greets the Great Pumpkin at the decades-old, family-run Tapia Bros. urban farm stand. The competitively priced pumpkins, squash, and gourds are accompanied by some adorable farm animals just waiting to be admired. The normal children's activities have been curtailed this year, but the photo ops and fresh air are still a pleasure. Bonus for us California crunchy-types—Tapia Bros. has non-GMO crops. No admission fee.
Take a pony ride at Tina's Pumpkin Patch. Photo by Jessica Garcia
Tina's Pumpkin Patch — Sherman Oaks
Open October 1-31, 2021 from 10am-8pm on Sunday-Thursday; 10am-9pm on Friday & Saturday
This Valley patch is squeezed between the 101 and the Galleria. Tina's is definitely a city patch, but it still manages to squeeze in plenty of entertainment, including a petting zoo, pony rides, a mini train, inflatables, a straw maze, and an obstacle course.
Prancers Pumpkin Patch — Santa Paula
Open September 25 - October 31, 2021 from 10am-7pm
Prancers Farm is a real pumpkin patch, with 10 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins. There's no shortage of other entertainment as well, including wagon rides, farm animals, cornfield photo ops, and horseback riding (extra charge). Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, online.
City kids can learn that pumpkins grow out of dirt, not hay bales! Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins
Westside Pumpkin Patches
Mr. Bones — Culver City
Open October 7-31, 2021 from 9am-9pm
One of the most popular seasonal lots in town is Mr. Bones, who loaded up his truck and moved from Beverly (Hills, that is) to Culver City in 2015. The patch's location at LA City College is much bigger, making room for life-size pumpkin houses, face painting, a hay maze, a petting zoo, giant slides, a couple of bounce houses, and more. Special activities and entertainment are available on some dates. Check website for pricing and ticket packages.
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch — West LA
Open October 8 - 31, 2021 from 9am - 8pm (open until 9pm on Friday & Saturday)
Whoever Shawn is, we crown him king of the parking lot pumpkin patches. Admission is free (parking is, too), with charges for the various forms of entertainment: petting zoos, pony rides, a little train, and bounce houses. We recommend calling ahead to check on animal-related activities, as the hours on these are shorter than Patch opening hours (e.g. ponies only work Wednesday - Sunday, and not all day).
Palisades YMCA Pumpkin Patch at Simon Meadow — Pacific Palisades
October 1 until the pumpkins sell out or October 31 (whichever comes first!) from 3pm-6pm Monday through Friday; 9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday
One of our family's favorite patches has long been the unpretentious and inviting patch at the front of Temescal Gateway Park in the Palisades. Simon Meadow, as the grove is called, is a corner of the park controlled by the Palisades YMCA, and the pumpkin patch there is large, tree-filled, and fenced in – in short, perfect for a play date. No one counts how long or how often your kids visit the bounce house or walk through the hay maze, and the location makes for great photo ops—as does the late afternoon sun filtering through the trees. Admission and parking are free, and pumpkin purchases support the YMCA.
There's more than pumpkins at Whittier Pumpkin Patch. Photo courtesy of the patch
Pumpkin Patches from Mid-City to & the Eastside
Mr. Jack O'Lanterns Pumpkin Patch — Mid-City, Hollywood, West LA (and More)
Open October 8-30, 2021 from 11am-8pm
It seems as if several city pumpkin patches packed up last year, and not many new ones have sprung up yet to take their place, but Mr. Jack O'Lanterns still has Hollywood (and Mid-City, and West LA) families covered. Choose from a huge variety of pumpkins (from baby jack-be-little pumpkins to 50-pounders!) and then take part in activities like pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, and more. This year there are also locations at the Original Farmers Market (opens October 16) and in West LA (opens October 1). Mr. Jack O'Lanterns is also keeping last year’s popular offerings of online ordering, delivery, and curbside pick-up. Check the website for details and additional locations.
Open October 1-31, 2021 from 11am-8pm (Sundays the patch closes at 6pm)
Looking for a more curated patch? The Beverly Center brings back (for only the second time) a pumpkin patch experience, complete with pumpkin carving demonstrations to live music and Instagrammable photo ops. If your jam is more mall and less dirt, this is for you! Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are available, of course, from 2-6pm.
Whittier Pumpkin Patch — Whittier
Open October 1-31, 2021 from 9am-9pm
This small Eastside patch brings pumpkins a little closer to the city for lots of families, with free admission and plenty of a la carte entertainment. Before picking the perfect pumpkin, kids can enjoy a zip line, pet critters in the petting zoo, jump in the bounce house, ride a pony or tractor, and slide the giant slide. Wagons are available to borrow for free.
South Bay Pumpkins Patches
South Bay Galleria Pumpkin Patch — Redondo Beach
The patch at South Bay Galleria includes a trackless train, video games, and other activities. It's not a farm visit, but it's one-stop shopping for pumpkins, clothes shopping, and dinner al fresco.
Update for 2021: South Bay Pumpkins Patch is planning on opening, but dates and times have yet to be determined. Check the website before visiting.
Originally published September 14, 2011
Places featured in this article:
Palisades YMCA Pumpkin Patch
Cal Poly Pomona
Tina's Pumpkin Patch
Shawn's Pumpkin Patch
Whittier Pumpkin Patch