It’s the time of year where we should be thinking warm thoughts – and I mean the cozy kind and not the 90 degree heat kind that we’ve been seeing in the San Fernando Valley as of late.  Even though we might be having a heat wave, it’s still the month of all foods pumpkin and apple, and would be incomplete without a stop at a pumpkin patch.  Here’s a few local haunts to check out when planning your pumpkin picking experience.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

3701 Lost Hills Road , Calabasas
Saturday Oct. 18th and Sunday Oct. 19th 10am-5pm
For one weekend only, head to the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival.  Calabasas, named after the spanish word meaning pumpkin, is the most appropriate place to find that perfect jack-o-lantern or get your fill of pumpkin bread and pumpkin beer.  Live entertainment cap off the experience.

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Forneris Farms

15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills
Pumpkin Patch 9am-6pm Daily; Harvest Festival Mon-Fri 2-5pm
One of the older Harvest festivals in the area, Forneris has had a farm stand in Mission Hills for close to 50 years.  A four acre corn maze and a tractor pull are big highlights for fun-seekers. Live entertainment & pony rides arrive on the weekends to boost the fun factor.  Every day kids can enjoy the farm play area with hay bale pyramid, jumpers, and mini mazes.

Nancy’s Ranch

25039 Magic Mountain Parkway, Santa Clarita
Daily 10am-7pm
Also home to a u-cut Christmas tree farm, Nancy’s has a whole slew of pumpkins to choose from.  Be sure to tell the cashier the name of the giant pumpkin (found on their website) for a free mini pumpkin (two max per family).  Also find coupons on their website as well.

Lombardi Ranch

29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita
Monday through Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 9am – 5pm
Lombardi Ranch’s harvest festival began as a  field trip for their daughter’s preschool and has now turned into a large event.  At least 8,000 school children arrive yearly but a slew of activities can appeal for all members of the family including the petting zoo, live entertainment, bake sales, and scare crow contest.

Pierce College Farms Halloween Harvest Festival

20800 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills
Sunday through Thursday 10am-10pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight
It’s been recently announced that Pierce College Farms will be closing soon, and so it might be a good idea to head to the Farm while you still can.  With everything autumn related – from corn mazes and kids activities to haunted houses – there should be something for everyone.

Tapia Brothers Farms

5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino
Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-5pm
A local favorite, in part for it’s central location adjacent to Lake Balboa, Tapia Brothers hosts all your autumn seasonal needs.  A hayride, corn maze, and tractor pull will fulfill the season’s quota of fun all at a local convenient location.

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch

4827 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks
Daily 10am-8pm
A smaller patch, Tina’s is the home to a great petting zoo.  Close to home, but still offering some fun with a straw maze, inflatable slide, and pony rides, Tina’s is great for a quicker stop and not someone looking for an all day event.

Underwood Farms

3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
A year round family favorite for all things u-pick, Underwood Farms is a great option for a day on the Farm.  Each weekend will have a different theme but includes a hayride, corn maze, pig race and more.

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