PUMPKIN PATCH 2018 FAQ

The 2018 Season is September 22 through October 31!

Parking is limited on the weekends. Reserve your parking pass today!

What are the Pumpkin Patch hours?

The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 9:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm. The parking lot and entry gates close at 5:30 pm.  The Pumpkin Patch runs from September 22nd to October 31st.

Where is the Pumpkin Patch parking?

The parking lot is located on the left side as you drive onto Strawberry Farms Road. Follow signs to the Pumpkin Patch parking.  There are short term designated stalls for customers of the produce stand only. PARKING PASSES ARE NOT REQUIRED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. Please do not park in the Zion Market shopping center parking lot. Pedestrian traffic will not be allowed to enter the farm. (Except local residents with proof of address.) Weekend traffic to our farm is very heavy. Parking lot directors are present to facilitate traffic during these times. Thank you for your patience and we appreciate your visit. PARKING IS LIMITED ON THE WEEKENDS. RESERVE YOUR PARKING SPACE TODAY!

Why are we charging for Parking Passes?

WE ARE BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS. Last year hundreds and hundreds of people parked their cars in surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. Unfortunately, they left trash and trampled on lawns and landscaping.

We tried offering free parking passes last year for the last two weekends, but people reserved multiple time slots then never showed up, making those spots unavailable for those who truly wanted to come. This year, by charging a nominal $5 fee per car, we are making sure that everyone has an opportunity to purchase a pass.

We will also have a pick up and drop off spot for those who would like to be dropped off by a friend, use a taxi, or ride-share service. Pedestrian traffic will not be allowed to enter the farm. (Except local residents with proof of address.)

How do I purchase a Parking Pass?

Parking Passes may be purchased ONLINE for $5 each. PARKING PASSES ARE REQUIRED EVERY WEEKEND! Weekend traffic to our farm is very heavy. Parking lot directors are present to facilitate traffic during these times. Thank you for your patience and we appreciate your visit. Pedestrian traffic will not be allowed to enter the farm. (Except local residents with proof of address.)

There will be a designated drop off area for those choosing to use a Taxi, Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare service.

PARKING PASSES CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE. They are $5 each. Only one time slot per person can be purchased. Only one parking pass is needed per car.  Purchase the parking pass for the time you want to ENTER the Pumpkin Patch.

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR PARKING PASSES.*

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE PARKING PASSES FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, CLICK HERE

*If the farm closes due to rain/weather all pre-paid parking passes will be refunded.

How much does it cost?

Admission is $4 per person (Children 2 years and under are free.) The Wagon Ride is $6 (unlimited rides.) The Petting Zoo is $4. The Entry Package is $12 (Save $2!) and includes Admission, Wagon Ride, and Petting Zoo. Game and Activity Tickets are $4 each. Parking passes are required on the weekends. Parking passes are $5 each.

What is the Entry Package?

If you'd like to try take advantage of our most popular activities at a discount, we are offering an Entry Package that includes admission, wagon ride, and petting zoo for $12.00. This saves $2.00 per person and can only be purchased upon entry or in advance online. We are sorry, but we cannot exchange individually purchased wagon ride or zoo tickets after entering.  

What activities are there to do during the week?

Monday thru Thursday, we have a continuous wagon ride, petting zoo, corn maze, sunflower field, U-Pick vegetable patch, and the Tanaka Grill will be open with a limited menu from 9am to 1pm. Of course, we also have our acres of pumpkins and market stand available!

What is the Weekend Fall Harvest Festival?

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, in addition to the wagon ride, petting zoo, corn maze, sunflower field, and U-Pick patch, we also have games, ATV rides, face painting, the Pumpkin Cannon, food (shave ice, hot dogs, nachos, churros, lemonade, etc), and interactive activities for kids. (Please Note: The games and rides are limited on Fridays and only open from 1pm-6pm. There is no face painting on Fridays.)

Are reservations required?

Reservations are not required to visit the pumpkin patch. Admission can be paid for at the farm upon entry, or purchased online in advance (weekends only). On the weekends, PARKING PASSES ARE REQUIRED. They are $5 each and must be purchased online. Only one parking pass per car is required. Only one timeslot can be purchased per person. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR PARKING PASSES.

What is the best time to visit the Pumpkin Patch?

Come early for the best photo opportunities, best selection of pumpkins in the field, and the least crowded patch experience!  Most of our large school groups and field trips visit between 9am and 11am on weekday mornings. The last two weekends tend to be very heavy so come early in the day if you can.

Is the Wagon Ride a guided tour?

Unlike our Strawberry and Melon Tours, the Pumpkin Patch Wagon Ride is not a guided tour.  You are free to choose which activities you'd like to do at your own pace. The wagon ride runs approximately every 15 minutes and the petting zoo and veggie patch are open all day. Feel free to just wander the patch with a $4 admission fee, or spend the day enjoying everything the patch has to offer!  

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and credit cards.  We do not accept checks (certain group reservations may pay with a business check). Credit and debit cards are accepted in most areas including entry check-in, tickets for the wagon ride and petting zoo, market stand, and food areas.  Sorry, there is no ATM on the premises.

Do you sell food and drink?

Bottled water, sodas, juices, fruit, and snacks are available for sale in the market stand.

Our Tanaka Grill will be open with a limited menu Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 1pm, Weekends will offer a large variety of food and drink - nachos, hot dogs, lemonades, and more - and will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.

Outside food and alcohol are not allowed.

Public Drinking Water Is Not Available. Bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $2.00/bottle.

What kind of pumpkins are available?

Tanaka Farms grows pumpkins of all sizes, colors, and varieties!  White, green, pink, speckled, and of course orange pumpkins. Flat ones, round ones, and bumpy ones!  Our market stand also carries a variety of mini pumpkins, Wee Be Little's, Lil Tigers, organic Pie Pumpkins, as well as decorative corn, gourds, and dried corn stalks.  We have wheelbarrows to use free of charge to transport your pumpkins to your car. We also carry a huge selection of pumpkin carving tools and holiday items!

What is the Pumpkin Cannon?

Watch a pumpkin being launched high into the hills!  Our pumpkin cannon has come to be a fan favorite! Located at the rear of the pumpkin patch, we shoot out a pumpkin each time a wagon rides by the cannon.  It is free to watch or for a fee you can blast the cannon yourself! Saturdays and Sundays only.

What animals are in the Petting Zoo?

You can pet and enjoy goats, sheep, and an alpaca in our petting zoo.  On weekends, food is available to purchase to feed the animals. An adult is required to purchase a zoo entry with any child 10 or under.  Thank you for being gentle with the animals! Hand washing station is available. Zoo entry is $4 per person. Open daily.

What vegetables are available at the U-Pick Veggie Patch?

This year you can pick fresh carrots, cilantro, radishes, turnips, and green onions right out of the ground. Bags are provided at the patch. Just take your pickings to the market stand to pay at $2.99 per pound.  Kindly pick only what you would like to purchase. Open daily.

How do we pay for the games?

You may purchase tickets to play games, blast the cannon, ride the ATV rides, do an arts & craft activity, and for the Big Digger. Tickets are $4.00 each. Discount packages will be available. You can buy tickets online, at the entry gate, or in the game area. Each game or activity costs between 1 and 3 tickets.  Face painting prices vary depending on design and generally run between 2 and 4 tickets.

Are dogs allowed?

We are sorry, but due to insurance restrictions, dogs are not permitted in the farm. ADA service animals are always welcome.

Are there restrooms?

We have portable restroom facilities located in different areas of the patch.  Wheelchair accessible portables are also available as well as hand washing stations.

Do you offer military discounts?

Active military personnel as well as veterans are entitled to receive FREE admission, FREE, wagon ride, and FREE petting zoo entry.  Valid ID is required and discount is available for the service member only. We appreciate your service!

Do you take group reservations or offer group rates?

Group rates are available for groups of 10 paying children or 15 total people or more.  To qualify for a group rate, you must make an advance reservation by emailing reservations@tanakafarms.com or calling (949) 653-2100 ext. 204.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PUMPKIN PATCH FIELD TRIPS CLICK HERE.

Do you allow professional photography?

Professional photographers may conduct photo shoots at the farm.  The fee for photo shoots is $50 per hour. For information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 653-2100 ext. 206, or email eileen@tanakafarms.com.

Do you sell pumpkins in bulk?

Yes! Please email your request to pumpkins@tanakafarms.com.

Important Notices

REFUND POLICY: NO REFUNDS. *If the farm closes due to rain/weather all pre-paid parking passes will be refunded.

Public Drinking Water Is Not Available. Bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $2.00/bottle.

Dress Code: FOR YOUR SAFETY we recommend wearing comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Please avoid wearing sandals/flip-flops, open-toed shoes, or high heels.

INSURANCE POLICY: In complying with insurance policies, and for your protection, PETS and WAGONS are prohibited.