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Published August 30, 2023
The Best Farms, Pumpkin Patches, and Fall Festivals in the Bay Area
All the hay rides, corn mazes, and fall fun SF has to offer. 🎃
by San Francisco Bucket List
Fall is in full swing, and it’s evident around the Bay Area. With the changing of the leaves, so too are San Francisco establishments transforming. Farms are sprouting pumpkins, barns are being transformed into haunted houses, and pumpkins adorn every menu.
We’ve put together a list of all the can’t-miss farms, pumpkin patches, and fall festivals in San Francisco this autumn.
The Best Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches in the Bay Area to Celebrate Autumn
Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch
From September 23 through the end of October, explore 12 acres of land to find your perfect pumpkin. If that’s not enough of a draw, weekends in October feature fresh BBQ, hay rides, a petting zoo, live music, and more all-ages activities.
Where: 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd, Nicasio, CA
City of Berkeley Harvest Festival
The Berkeley Harvest Festival is known for its annual food contest that celebrates the city's thriving culture of growing and making its own food. You’ll also find a designated Kids Zone that includes a climbing wall, obstacle course, pumpkin bowling, and scarecrow-making, to name a few.
Where: 1300 Rose St, Berkeley, CA
Pastorino's has a year-round retail nursery, but October is full of special activities, including a seasonal pumpkin farm. The farm includes food, gifts, hay rides, train rides—pretty much all the classic fall festival staples. And if you head over on a weekend, you can experience the farm’s haunted house.
Where: 12391 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
Smith Family Farm Pumpkin Harvest
Enjoy a day at the farm with your friends and family, and rest assured you’ll go home with the perfect pumpkin. You can also pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini, and other fall produce. The festivities include live music, farm animal experiences, and educational opportunities.
Where: 4350 Sellers Ave, Knightsen, CA
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
Every day during October, Clancy’s will have everything for your fall decor and meal needs. Its first pumpkin patch opened in 1979, and today, there is an abundance of gourds, corn stalks, and Indian corn for you to peruse. This year, two locations are open for your convenience.
Where: 2101 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116 and 1620 7th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116
Arata Pumpkin Farm
If you’re looking for a stellar pumpkin patch, Arata’s is the place to go. With dozens of varieties in all different sizes, you can pick the perfect pumpkin here. Make sure to stop by the famous Minotaur’s Labyrinth, a two-acre hay maze. You'll find a cornfield and Pumpkin River that stretches for six acres and a haunted barn attraction! No matter what you’re looking for this fall, Arata has it all.
Where: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
While Lemos Farm has fun events and activities year-round, Fall on the farm is arguably their best season. You can be one of the thousands of families each year that comes out to their Pumpkin Patch. Plus, catch live music, spooky, themed activities, and more.
Where: 12320 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch
Open from September 29 through October, Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch will put on fun for the whole family. Festivities will include a petting zoo, human hamster balls, a mini train, inflatable slides and jump houses, and an adult “chill area.” While you’re there, try one of the tasty pumpkin shooters.
Where: 2453 Hancock St, Alameda, CA
The Guardsmen Pumpkin Patch
Come one, come all to see the best pumpkins the Bay Area has to offer. Running from October 19 through October 29, you can show off your carving skills for a chance to win, stroll around listening to live music, or indulge in craft cocktails and local eats. One of the best parts of this event is that all of the profits will benefit at-risk youth in the Bay Area.
Where: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
The Petaluma Creamery will transform its family farm into a fall wonderland from October 8 through October 31. You can pick your own pumpkin from their sprawling patch, get lost in corn and hay mazes, and say hi to all of the farm animals. But you can’t leave without trying the pumpkin ice cream, handmade on the farm!
Where: 4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA
The Moreland Education Foundation Pumpkin Patch
The Moreland Education Foundation Pumpkin Patch will return this year with good eats, carnival games, and various Halloween and fall-themed activities. It's also home to one of the only family-friendly haunted trails around, so bring the kids along! 2023 dates TBA.
Where: 4835 Doyle Rd, San Jose, CA
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