It’s easy to forget that Los Angeles is a city surrounded by farms. Give your urban kiddos a reminder by taking them to a fall harvest festival at one of these nearby neighbors. Get lost in a corn maze, learn how to milk a cow, hop on a hayride, and more: flip through to find out what’s in store at some of the best fall festivals around LA:
Underwood Family Farms – Moorpark
Celebrating its 20th year, Underwood Family Farms is the best-known fall festival in Los Angeles — and it's no wonder why. The (slightly steep) ticket price gives families a whole day's worth of activities, including a massive corn maze, a tractor-drawn wagon ride, an animal center with a menagerie of adorable farm animals, a chicken show (!), a farm-themed playground, pig races, and acres of open space for kids to sprint their sillies out. Shell out some more bucks and you can get even more in your day, including pony rides, kid-drivable mini-tractors, and a train ride. There's also Moorpark's amazing farm stand, and enough pumpkins in the patch that you'll be sure to find one that's Jack-O-Lantern-worthy.
Weekend programming highlights include:
- Sept. 30-Oct. 1 is law enforcement-themed weekend, when the fair will be filled with all sorts of real-life superheroes including Bomb Squad and SWAT members, police K-9s, a Disaster Action Response Team display (DART) — plus police cars and police motorcycles that your kids will love getting to see up close.
- Oct. 21-22: A "Wild West Weekend," filled with cowboy entertainment including stunt ropers, a gold miner, a covered wagon, music, and more.
When: September 30 through October 31. (The festival is open seven days a week, but the major programming, live music and shows happen on the weekend.
Admission: $15-$20 on the weekends; $6 on weekdays; kids under 2 are free. (Hint: You can buy advanced tickets for a discounted price of $12-14 if you buy online before September 29).
Where: 3370 Sunset Valley Rd. in Moorpark
photo: Underwood Family Farms
Do you have a favorite fall festival? Tell us about it in the comments below!
— Melissa Heckscher