Fall is officially here and Halloween is just around the corner. Orange Country is full of fun and unique pumpkin patches. The following are a few local pumpkin patches that offer something for everyone to enjoy. 

Tanka Farms

5380 ¾ University Drive, Irvine

Unlike other pumpkin farms in Orange County, Tanka Farms Pumpkin Patch offers guests the unique experience of actually picking their own pumpkins straight from off the vine. Tanka sets itself apart from its competitors as it is one of the few authentic pumpkin patches in Orange County. Operating as a genuine farm annually, the Tanka Pumpkin Patch has been run by the same Japanese immigrant family for nearly 40 years. Sitting at 30 acres, Tanka is one of the largest pumpkin patches in Orange County. 

Tanka’s pumpkins are all different sizes, types and colors. The different varieties of pumpkins include Cinderella, Fairytale and Porcelain Doll – just to name a few. 

Tanka offers guests a plethora of activities to enjoy while visiting. Monday through Thursday there are wagon rides that take guests all throughout the patch, a barnyard animal exhibit and a U-pick vegetable patch. The barnyard animal exhibit includes animals such as alpacas, sheep, chickens, mini donkeys and horses. The barnyard exhibit educates children about animals and is connected with the farm’s nonprofit that feeds families in need. The U-pick vegetable patch includes fresh carrots, celery and radishes. 

On Fridays through Sunday, in addition to the normal activities, Tanka also offers special weekend activities. These activities include all-terrain vehicle rides and a pumpkin cannon that fires every time a wagon passes.  

General admission to Tanka is $6 per person. Additional costs include the wagon ride, barnyard exhibit and a parking pass. This year reservations are not required, however on the weekends every vehicle is required to purchase a parking pass. Parking passes are sold online for $10 and are non-refundable. 

Tanka’s Pumpkin Patch is open now through Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch 

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange

Another great pumpkin patch is the Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch. This pumpkin patch has been open since Sept. 18 and will continue through Oct. 31.

The Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch has a plethora of activities readily available to guests. This pumpkin patch is home to the famous Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Here competitors flock from all over Southern California to compete to see who was able to grow the biggest pumpkin. This competition offers a cash prize of $6,700. 

Other activities include train and hay rides that take visitors all through the park. The Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch hosts carnival games, face painting, pumpkin and cookie decorating. 

Admission to the pumpkin festival is free, however games and activities do cost money.

On weekdays, the pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends it is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

OC Fair Seasonal Pumpkin Patch: Happy Fall

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

At the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, the pumpkin patch runs from Oct. 8 to Oct. 30. 

Every year, the OC Fairgrounds opens up a pumpkin patch for visitors to celebrate the fall season by choosing which pumpkin they want to take home and carve. 

Besides picking up a pumpkin to take home, there are other activities, such as kiddie rides, a petting zoo, a bouncing house and an obstacle course and many more.  

When planning to go to the pumpkin Patch at the OC Fairgrounds, parking is free Monday through Thursdays and Fridays through weekends parking costs $10.00. The OC Fair  Seasonal Pumpkin Patch opens at 1 p.m. and closes Monday through Thursday 11 p.m and Fridays through weekends 12 a.m.,  Get there before Oct. 30 to bring a pumpkin home.

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