It’s alive!! Our monster of a list of all the fall festivals and corn mazes in So Cal is finally here…whew! At these festive fests you’ll find craft stations, games and costume contests, trick-or-treating and lots more! Scroll down to find the perfect fit for your little guys and ghouls! 😉
Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade
October 28: The 94th annual Fall Festival returns to Center Street with the kiddie costume contest, carnival games, ferris wheel, pumpkin patch, live music, Halloween Parade and more. Free. Festivals begin at 11 a.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. Downtown Anaheim.
Arrowhead Pine Cone Festival
October 14: Head to the mountains for pine cone contests, a pine cone olympics, games, food, arts and crafts vendors, fire prevention info and appearances by Smokey Bear. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Rim Nordic.
Autumn Harvest Festival in Lake Forest
October 7: Kids (12 and under) and their gaurdians enjoy an autumn festival with Indiana Jones Trick-or-Treat Stations, The Under the Sea Adventure Maze, The “Harry Potter” School House and story telling. Kids are encouaraged to dress in costume and bring their treat bags. Saturday, 4:30-8:30 p.m. $5 per person. Heritage Hill Historical Park.
Big Horse Feed and Mercantile Corn Maze
September 30 – October 30: Bring family and friends for old fashioned farm fun! Try your luck at the corn maze. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and maze daily; on weekends, pony rides, hay rides, pillow jump, animal sharing center, mini maze, pig races, rock wall, corn cannon, face painting, and knockerballs. Tuesday – Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and weekends, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (maze closes at 4 p.m. and activities close at 4:30 p.m.). See themed weekends below.
October 7-8: Salute to Military. Saturday, Military Resources and Job Fair.
October 14-15: All American Weekend
Baseball, hot dogs and apple pie!
October 21-22: Old Fashioned Farm Days
Churn butter, race pigs, gold panning and much more! Compete in pie-eating contests, bobbing for apples, potato sack races and other fun filled farm activities.
October 28-29: Grand Finale Weekend
Kids and pets costume contest at 1 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival
October 7-8: Head down to the 25th Annual Pumpkin Festival, where you can choose from thousands of pumpkins right out of the patch. Eat and play games at the College of Agriculture student club booths. Don’t miss the corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment, and lots of activities for kids, plus a farm store and gift shop. Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $4; kids (2-12), $3; parking, free; pumpkins for purchase; prices vary for on-site activities.
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
October 21-22: The Pumpkin Festival offers live bands, a DJ dance zone, marketplace vendors, delicious food and pumpkin treats, pumpkin beer, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving and so much more! The admission price includes all inflatables and a giant slide, Halloween carnival games, reptiles and bug shows, contests, a Saturday morning costume parade plus car displays, bands, and a Business Expo. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5 admission with free parking and shuttles. Juan Bautista de Anza Park.
Children’s Halloween Festival at Roger’s Gardens
October 30: Calling all ghosts and goblins! Share your Halloween spirit and your creativity at the annual Halloween Festival. Bring in your kids for some fun, interactive crafts and activities and everyone’s favorite trick-or-treating costume parade throughout the gardens. Don’t forget your camera! Monday, 4-5 p.m. Free.
Dia de los Muertos Art Festival in Downey
October 29: The Downey Theatre hosts the annual Dia de los Muertos Art Festival, indoor/outdoor vendors, decorate Calaveras, Papel Picado demos, alter contest, art exhibition, live music, ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, food trucks and more. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free.
Fall Festival at LA Farmers Market
October 14-15: A favorite event since 1934, the Fall Festival features a bounty of the world famous All-Alaskan racing pigs, a petting zoo, kid-sized pedal-powered tractor pull competitions, old-time artisans, pie-eating contests, and live music. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free to attend.
Fall Harvest at Underwood Farms in Moorpark
September 30 – October 31: Celebrate fall with pick-your-own fruits and vegetables and tons of pumpkins and gourds. Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, corn maze and hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig’s Chicken Show, Kid’s Corral and play area, plus live bands, an animal show, pig races and tons of open space and photo ops in the pumpkin patch. Daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. $15-20, weekends; $6, weekdays. Free parking. Visit the website for special weekend events, such as a Giant Pumpkin Contest, All About Pumpkins festival and more.
Family Festival at the Getty Museum
October 21: Explore the art and culture of Latin America through a day of interactive fun! Make your own golden pre-Columbian treasures in a hands-on workshop, be regaled by the dance, music, and stories of the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan empires, and delve into the mysteries of Argentina through the magic of tango. Complements the exhibitions Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010: Contradiction and Continuity and Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy In the Ancient Americas. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Museum Courtyard.
Festival de los Muertos at MOLAA
October 29: Explore Da de los Muertos, a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones at MOLAA’s annual festival! Learn more about this cultural tradition through art workshops, live performances, gallery tours, face painting, food and unique craft vendors. Da de los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed as a calavera! Sunday, 10:15 a.m.
Free Harvesting Opportunities Family Festival and Resource Fair in Anaheim
October 21: Enjoy this free, family harvest festival, while learning what the North Orange County Community College District School of Continuing Education has to offer you and your kids. The fun, family event will offer information on education, health and wellness, employment and more, plus prize drawings, food, entertainment, a student showcase and book swap. A special Kids’ Zone will offer face painting, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, games and a costume contest for ghosts and goblins ages 12 and under. Anaheim Campus. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Halloween Festival in Hawaiian Gardens
October 31: Head to the C. Robert Lee Activity Center in costume and you might win an award for scariest, funniest or most original! Enjoy a variety of entertainment, including games, a magic show, a pumpkin patch and arts and crafts. Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. Free admission.
Halloween Festival in Norwalk
October 31: Don’t miss the annual Halloween Festival that brings the community together for a night of music, dancing and celebration at this costume-themed event. Ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, fairies and spirits of all kinds are invited. All ages are welcome to participate. There will be game booths, a costume contest, a community scarecrow contest, raffles, music, crafts, lots of candy and more. Plus, food will be available for purchase. Free. Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. Norwalk City Hall Lawn.
Harvest Festival and Corn Maze in Mission Hills
September 30 – October 31: Corn maze covers four acres of twists and turns, this years theme is “FarmTastic Family Fun.” Plus, a pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled train ride and Farm Frolic Area with a haybale mini maze, giant hay pyramid and the Great Pumpkin jumper. Weekends also include pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, refreshment stand and entertainment. Monday – Friday, 1-5 p.m. (ticket booth closes at 4:45 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $15 per person includes corn maze, train ride and farm frolic area. Pony rides, $6; and petting zoo and face painting, $5 each. Cash only, no ATM.
Harvest Festival: A Sukkot Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center
October 8: Embrace the fall harvest season and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot at this daylong festival. Free. Reservations recommended. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Heritage Festival and Parade in Placentia
October 14: Join the 53rd annual Heritage Fesitval and Parade. Enjoy food booths, craft fair, kids’ games, inflatable slides, DJs, expo, and more! Saturday, pancake breakfast a, 6:30-10 a.m.; car show, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Parade, 9:30 a.m. – noon. Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tri-City park.
Hurst Ranch Harvest Festival in West Covina
October 21: Join The Hurst Ranch for a magical garden tour, butter making, hay pitching, water pumping, farm chores, juice squeezing, pumpking picking, walnut sacking, coffee grinding, crafts, tours, antique cars exhibit, and a 1923 West Covina fire truck. Plus, wood projects from Lowe’s, OC Bee Keepers, gold panning, leather crafts, 4-H Farm petting zoo, and quilting, spinning and weaving. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $5 per person; all activities are on a first-come, first served basis; reservations are made upon arrival and time slots are limited to the hour and half hour.
Kids Halloween Festival in Downtown LA
October 31: Now in its ninth year, this annual Halloween party draws over 1,500 Downtown LA children and their parents to celebrate Halloween at Grand Hope Park. Children will enjoy face painters, bouncy houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, trick-or-treat doors and more. Tickets include hot dogs, snacks, candy and other treats. Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. $7-10.
Pennypickle’s Pumpkin and Apple Festival in Temecula
October 28-29: The Professor loves both pumpkins and apples, so he decided to include both at his first annual family-friendly fall festival. Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Pumpkin Festival in Pasadena
October 14-15: This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Childrens Museum. Enjoy free live musical performances from GEM Sisters, BARK, The Alana Banana Show, Revolution Dance Center, Rumbling Rhythms, The Hollow Trees, and more (see schedule line up on their webiste). Admission, live performances, crafts and pumpkin photo opps are free, and tickets are available for purchase for the petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. The event also includes a pumpkin patch and tasty picnic treats. Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Signal Hill Halloween Carnival and Harvest Festival
October 28: This annual event makes for a perfect family activity and includes plenty of activities such as games, contests, and carnival areas for children. Plus, music and great food available for purchase. This awesome event can be enjoyed by ghosts, goblins and ghouls (2+). Saturday, 3-6 p.m. $3 per wristband. Signal Hill Park.
Sugar Plum Arts and Crafts Festival in Costa Mesa
October 12-14 and November 9-11: Sugar Plum welcomes the holiday season with gifts to warm the heart and accessories that make a home. Shoppers can find quality hand-crafted merchandise made in the U.S. from more than 120 vendors plus antiques and collectibles. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission; parking, $8.
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine
Through October 31: Pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, take a wagon ride ($5) around the 30-acre farm, and visit the corn maze and petting zoo ($3). This year Tanaka Farms is partnering with Sanrio to feature Hello Kitty and her friends throughout the farm. The weekend harvest festial includes a pumpkin cannon (free), food, games, ATV rides (tickets required) and more. Come early in the season when everything is still green and beautiful! Daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Find admission and other fees on their website.