UPDATED FOR 2022
There are so many ways to celebrate fall in Southern California. A Harvest Festival allows you to enjoy the best of autumn — the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes! Many people want you to believe we don’t have seasons here, but it’s obviously not true; we just have them California-style!
Harvest Festivals were traditionally meant to celebrate the end of the growing season, but since farmers here can grow food year-round, these events are a celebration of Fall, and a chance to experience all the pumpkins, all the hay bales, and all the delicious treats!
Some farms have really gone the extra mile and offer horse-drawn wagon ride tours, pig races, costume contests, corn mazes, and yes, amazing food, too. Check out these terrific Family-friendly events.
The Best Fall Harvest Festivals around Los Angeles and SoCal
Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Fest
4102 S. University Dr., Pomona, CA 91768
The Annual Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Fest is preparing to welcome families throughout the month of October, from Saturday, October 1st through Monday, October 31st. The festivities include hay rides, a corn maze, games, contests, pumpkin patches, a petting farm, and much more. Check the website for more details as they become available.
Pumpkins in the Pines
SkyPark at Santa’s Village
28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385
Pumpkins in the Pines is scheduled for each Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October. The festivities include pumpkin picking, cookie decorating, a light show, and more. Certain activities have additional fees. Check the website for more details as they become available.
Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
More than a pumpkin patch, Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm is described as “Orange County’s premier Harvest Festival.” The fun includes game booths, amusement rides, petting zoo, food, lots of pumpkins, and lots of fun. Make plans to visit; they’re open September 30th through October 31st. Free admission is available Monday through Friday before 4:00 pm. Ticket information is available online.
Fall Fun Festival
Norwalk Sports Complex
13000 Clarkdale Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Thinkers 4 Autism invites families to its Fall Fun Festival happening on Sunday, October 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The festivities include games, a costume parade, face painting, food, and more. Register online for this free event.
Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869
Get ready for lots of fall-themed fun. The Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad is open seven days a week from September 17th through October 31st and offers lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. Select the perfect pumpkin (or two), go on a train ride, have your face painted, play carnival games, decorate a pumpkin, go through a hay maze, and so much more. Admission is free, though different activities may have different fees.
Fall Harvest on the Farm
Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021
Underwood Family Farms hosts its Annual Fall Harvest Festival from Saturday, October 1st through Monday, October 31st (from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day). The Festival includes lots of fun activities such as tractor-drawn wagon rides, live musical entertainment, hay pyramids, access to Pick-Your-Own fields, animal center, corn maze, and much more. Check the website for fees and a schedule of events. (Different activities may be available only on the weekends). Additionally, each weekend has a different theme. October 1st and 2nd its Friends of the Farm Weekend (Public Safety Weekend). On October 8th and 9th enjoy Farm Country Weekend, and Antique Tractor Weekend takes place on October 15th and 16th. October 22nd and October 23rd is Wild West Weekend. And October 29th and 30th it’s All About Pumpkins Weekend. Details are available online.
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Original Farmers Market invites families to its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23rd. The festivities include a petting zoo, live entertainment, kids’ crafts, and more. Check the website for a schedule of the weekend’s events.
Annual Fall Festival
Pacific Community Center
501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91205
The City of Glendale is hosting its Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The fun includes arts and crafts, a bounce house, pumpkin patch, carnival games, food, and more.
L.A. Fall Fair
La Prada Event Plaza
Whittier Narrows Recreational Area
1600 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte, CA 91733
Visit the L.A. Fall Fair between October 21st and November 6th. The “largest Fall Festival in Los Angeles County” features 12 acres of amusement rides, local artisans, carnival games, live music (on weekends), food, and lots of fun! Children under 12 as well as seniors over 65 are free! Parking is free as well. Details are available online including height restrictions for carnival rides. (Open: Thursdays 5 pm to 10 pm; Fridays 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturdays 2 pm to 11 pm; and Sundays 2 pm to 10 pm)
Fall Funtastic Harvest Festival
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
9300 Block of Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, CA
Stop by the Fall Funtastic Harvest Festival at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market on Sunday, October 30th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The fall fun includes a pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow contest, story time, arts and crafts, and more. Check the website for more details as they become available.
RPV Civic Center
30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes invites families to its Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 22nd from 12 pm to 4 pm. Enjoy live music, arts and craft vendors, inflatables, face painting, food trucks, trunk or treating, and more. Costumes are encouraged.
Harvest Festival Pop-Up Community Event
Zion Temple Community Church
1315 E. Vernon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011
Zion Temple Community Church is hosting its Harvest Festival Pop-Up Community Event on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enjoy a children’s costume contest, arts and crafts, food, vendors, and more. Register online for this free event.
FBC Walnut Valley Harvest Festival
First Baptist Church of Walnut Valley
20425 La Puente Road, Walnut, CA 91789
The FBC Walnut Valley Harvest Festival is happening on Halloween, Monday, October 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Get ready for trunk-or-treat activities, trackless train rides, inflatables, games, an outdoor showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and more. Details are available online.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).