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Tanaka Farms
Photograph: Courtesy Tanaka Farms

Time Out says

Want to take your pumpkin picking up a notch? Make your way to Tanaka Farms in Irvine (perhaps best known for its Hello Kitty-themed farm experience a few years ago) for festive activities like wagon rides ($6) and a petting zoo. Just note that this themed patch gets very busy, so parking reservations are required in advance on weekends ($10). Plus, if you want to stock up on more than pumpkins, the U-pick vegetable patch is open daily for your merry picking. Look out for a sister patch in Costa Mesa that promises a more mellow experience.

Outside of pumpkin picking season, this gorgeous, family-owned and operated farm has so much to offer to anyone that visits. They host watermelon and strawberry tours where guests are given a wagon tour of the farm, samples of fruits from the field, and containers for picking their own to take home. Cookout tours are available during spring and summer where participants can pick their own veggies to be barbecued and enjoyed at the farm. Christmas trees can be purchased in December as well. Reservations are required for some tours, so be sure to check the website or call before arriving. As long as there is something in season, the farm, market and bakery are open for business.

Written by
Leila Elihu


5380 University Dr
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Pumpkin patch: Sept 17–Oct 31: Daily 9am–6pm.
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Hikari: A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms

Tanaka Farms is opening up its Irvine fields for this after-dark wagon ride and walk-through. Hikari—which means “light” or “shine” in Japanese—has set up a long trail of lanterns, plus some festive theming that’s overtaken the farm’s scarecrows, tractors and trees. You’ll be able to explore the lantern field by both tractor and foot, and afterwards you can peruse a petting zoo, games, crafts and photo ops. While you’re there, you’ll also find the farm’s produce stand, a holiday market and a Christmas tree lot. You’ll need to purchase a parking pass, as well as tickets for each person; the prices fluctuate depending on the time, so opt for 7:30pm or later for the lowest price. RECOMMENDED: Here’s where else you can see Christmas lights in L.A.

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