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:

Tanaka Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival – Orange County

Tanaka's 30-acres of Irvine farmland are open to the public year-round via U-pick and guided walking and wagon tours, but the farm ups its game during the Halloween season. This Fall Harvest Festival features carnival-style games, ATV and wagon rides, a pumpkin cannon, a corn maze and pumpkins as far as the eye can see. While you're there, pick up some farm-fresh veggies (straight out of the ground via U-Pick or from the farm stand), grab lunch from the Tanaka Farms Grille, or let the kids have some QT with the critters in the petting zoo. Note: There is no public drinking water, so bring your own water (or be prepared to buy drinks there) because it can get hot.

When: Weekends, September 29 through October 29
Where: 5380 3/4 University Dr. in Irvine
Admission: $3, with various activities costing additional fees. (Pssst: If you go the first weekend, wagon rides are free with admission through Oct. 1.)
Online: tanakafarms.com

photo: Richard L. via Yelp

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— Melissa Heckscher