You’re in for a Gourd Time!
Fall is officially here, and that means that it’s time to pick out the perfect pumpkin and get in the Halloween spirit. Whether you’re looking to carve a spooky scene or simply want to spruce up your front porch with festive decor, visiting your local pumpkin patch is a fall activity that never gets old. From Culver City to Pasadena, we’ve rounded up some of the best pumpkin patches in LA for family fun and pumpkin picking.
When: Oct. 5-29
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is home to a wide range of food and fun. With a variety of food vendors each day, patrons can expect to indulge in an assortment of tasty bites and treats. From a super slide to a straw maze, Mr. Bones features tons of kid-friendly activities—there’s even a petting zoo and a pumpkin-decorating station, ensuring that all interests are accounted for. Tickets are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
Location: Culver City
When: Sept. 29-Oct. 31
Located right across from Los Alamitos Bay in South Long Beach, Pa’s Pumpkin Patch offers a huge variety of pumpkins to choose from, as well as haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. There is also a snack bar on site too in case the kiddos get hungry. After you select the perfect pumpkin, let your little ones enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo and a variety of games. Tickets for attractions cost $2.50 each, but the more you buy, the better the deal!
Location: Long Beach
When: Sept 30-Oct. 31 (see calendar for blackout days)
Nestled in one of the most urban areas in LA, Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch is a little slice of fall in the heart of the city. Enjoy the harvest festival charm of this pumpkin patch as you wander through straw bales, pumpkins and gourds. Kids can enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, a train ride, a mini straw maze, giant slides, face painting and a handful of adorable photo ops.
Local Insight: Enjoy free admission on weekdays!
Open: Oct. 22
For one day only, the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival brings fun, food and a whole lot of pumpkins to Agoura Hills. The festival takes place at Juan Bautista de Anza Park, where you can shop at the marketplace, dance along to live tunes and pick out your favorite pumpkin. There are plenty of pumpkin-themed dishes to try, as well as an array of great photo-worthy backdrops. Tickets are required, which can be purchased here.
Location: Agoura Hills
When: Oct. 7-31
As San Fernando Valley’s longstanding Pumpkin Patch, Forneris Farms is a must-visit for fall festivities. This patch has been around since 1966 and has attracted visitors with its sprawling fields full of ripened pumpkins and gourds. Visiting Forneris Farms has become a beloved community tradition, promising a cornucopia of festive delights! Families flock here to enjoy everything from hayrides through lush orchards to navigating challenging corn mazes. Don’t miss out on this timeless fall tradition!
Location: Mission Hills
When: Sept. 30-Oct. 29 (Fridays through Sundays)
The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Fest is the perfect place to pick your pumpkins before enjoying a nostalgic hayride and carnival games. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the event, and children under 3 can enjoy all of the rides and attractions for free. In addition to the kids maze, there is also a larger maze that might even give adults a run for their money. If you’re looking to snap some family photos, the Pumpkin Hill patch is home to thousands of pumpkins, making it the perfect spot for a photo op.
Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.