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 welcoming families now through October 31st. During each weekend in October families will find lots of fall things to do like explore a Giant Corn Maze, ride a Hay Wagon, pick a pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, watch farm demonstrations (like cow milking), and much more. Tickets are available online and must be purchased in advance due to limited capacity.
Pumpkins in the Pines
SkyPark at Santa’s Village
28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385
Pumpkins in the Pines is happening each weekend, Saturday and Sunday, now through October 31st. The festivities include the Coachworks Pumpkin Patch, the Monster Mash Light Show, trick-or-treating, cookie decorating and pumpkin painting, live entertainment, and more. Certain activities have additional fees. All details are available online.
Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
More than a pumpkin patch, Pumpkins 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. Ticket information is available online.
Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fun Fest
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA
The Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fun Fest is happening during the last two weekends of October (Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31). Families will have lots of fun including pony rides, carnival games, face painting, crafts, bouncers, a Ferris wheel, pumpkin patch, and more. Children 17 and younger are free. Ticket information is available online.
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 and offer 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, 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 now through 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, Antique Tractor Weekend takes place on October 16th and 17th. October 23rd and October 24th it’s Wild West Weekend. And October 30th and 31st 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 Friday, October 22, Saturday, October 23rd, and Sunday, October 24th. The festivities include a pumpkin patch, live entertainment, kids’ crafts, and more. Check the website for a schedule of the weekend’s events.
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).
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