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Tanaka Farms Has Drive-Thru Pumpkin Picking

October 7, 2020 by Christina Champlin

Tanaka Farms in Irvine is offering family-friendly, interactive, pumpkin-themed experiences on its 30-acre farm this month. Highlights include picking your very own pumpkin right out of a real pumpkin patch and watching the team launch pumpkins into the sky from a cannon.

Mondays through Fridays, guests can embark on a socially-distanced 1.5-mile wagon ride around the farm. Stops include the pumpkin cannon, an educational barnyard exhibit with live farm animals, U-Pick veggies, eye-catching installations, the sunflower crop at peak bloom, and pumpkin picking.


Saturdays and Sundays offer a slightly different experience. You’ll drive your own car around the farm with the option to pull over and get out to pick your pumpkin.

All guests will remain in the wagon or car throughout the entire ride until the picking portion. Masks are required.

Make sure to also stop by their drive-thru produce stand. You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables here, plus honey, nuts, salsas, and baked goods from Old Town Baking Company.

Tanaka Farm’s 2020 Pumpkin Experience is open now through October 31. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets cost $25 per person for the wagon experience and $20 per person for the drive-thru experience. Active and retired military with proper identification can attend for free. Children 2 and under are admitted for free as well but do not get the freebies like an individual pumpkin to bring home.