Happy October everyone! Once October rolls around, my family kicks into full Fall mode. Here in northern California we are experiencing our usual Indian Summer, so it doesn’t quite feel like Fall yet. However, with heat and all we still plan on making the most of the entire month. Today my kids are requesting a visit to a local pumpkin patch for some pumpkins , cider and Fall fun.
Marin and Sonoma Pumpkin Patches:
Fall is in the air, which means Halloween is just around the corner and local pumpkin patches will soon be open! For those seeking that true Halloween pumpkin patch experience, we present our annual guide to pumpkin patches in Marin and southern Sonoma counties.
In Marin County, Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers that on-the-farm experience and the Godmother’s Pumpkin Patch at St. Vincent’s offer an exciting Halloween experience for families. For more real live farms offering pumpkin patches this season, head up north a short distance to rural Sonoma County, where you’ll find them in relative abundance.
We visited as many of these pumpkin patches as we could last year, and have posted links to our reviews of them below. We’ll make an effort to visit again this year, and we’ll add our updated reviews when they’re written. We’re sad to report that one of our favorite fall destinations, Peterson’s Farm in Petaluma, is no longer hosting its Halloween pumpkin patch, although they are open for school fields trips to learn about beekeeping and farm life.
We’ve included dates and hours for pumpkin patches when available. Hours are correct as of the time of publishing, but keep in mind that things can change, so it’s a good idea to check a pumpkin patch’s website or give them a call before you go. Many activities and special events take place on weekends only, too. Some pumpkin patches may close during rainy weather as well.
As a rule, most pumpkin patches are open during the whole month of October, although a few open in late September and some run through early November. Admission to pumpkin patches is free unless otherwise noted.
If you’re looking for pumpkin patches and Halloween fun elsewhere in the Bay Area and Northern California, check out our list here.
Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
(Lafranchi Pumpkin Patch)
5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square)
Open daily October 1–31,10 am–6 pm
The Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, winner of our 2013 Marin Mommies Pumpkin Patch Poll, offers certified organic pumpkins as well as countless attractions including hay rides, farm animals, pony rides, mechanical bulls, a bounce house and giant inflatable slide, a farm stand, Big Jim’s award-winning BBQ and ice cream for sale on the weekends, and more. Popular children’s recording artist Tim Cain performs every Sunday (October 5, 12, 19, and 26) from 11 am to noon. Six-piece Western band Manzanita Moon performs Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) Day takes place Sunday October 19 from 10 am–4 pm with kids’ games and crafts, farm animals, grass-fed burgers from Stemple Creek Ranch, local Marin beer and wine, educational exhibits, and more. Read our review of Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch.
Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchMcClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Organic Pumpkin Patch at Marin Country Mart
2257 Larkspur Landing Circle
Open starting September 26, all day every day
Organic heirloom pumpkins from Marin’s Fresh Run Farm in Bolinas will be available at the Marin Country Mart Pumpkin Patch beginning September 26. There are two pumpkin patch locations, one in front of Three Twins Ice Cream, and the second at the farmers market and near the Marin Country Mart Trading Post and post office. Choose from traditional Howden jack-o-lanterns for carving and Cinderella pumpkins, which are great for carving but also delicious for eating. This is an honor system pumpkin patch: there is a payment box at the patch, and prices are set as a flat rate by size, small ($10), medium ($15), large ($20). Plus, the pumpkin patch will have two giant pumpkins on display, each weighing in at several hundred pounds each!
Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School Pumpkin Patch
St. Vincent’s Field, at the Marinwood/St. Vincent’s exit off Hwy 101
San Rafael 94903
Open Wednesday–Sunday, October 5–27, 10 am–5 pm
This long-time favorite pumpkin patch at St. Vincent’s near Marinwood offers a variety of pumpkins as well as attractions and activities like bounce houses, a hay pile, face painting, snack shack, and a picnic area. Groups welcome. Read our review of St. Vincent’s Pumpkin Patch.
Ian’s Pumpkin Patch at Bon Air Center
Bon Aire Shopping Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Shopping center pumpkin patch with bounce house and slide.
Ian’s Lazy Days Pumpkin Patch
690 Redwood Highway (at Terra Kids Outdoor play structures site)
Mill Valley 94941
A pumpkin patch with bounce houses and play structures. Off Highway 101.
Kevin’s Strawberry Villa Pumpkin Patch
100 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley 94941
A pumpkin patch with bounce houses and inflatable space shuttle slide. Right off 101 near the Highway 1 exit.
McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch
6475 Bodega Avenue
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 am–5 pm
Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland’s three-acre organic pumpkin field. Pick your pumpkins straight from the vine. Pumpkins range from mini to giant in size. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There’s also a hay maze, kids’ haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, as well as a farm store selling products like free-range eggs from the farm’s chickens, ice cream and butter from their cows, lavender, and vegetables. There will also be a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Don’t miss the “Photo Spot”—the perfect place for a family photo shoot. School tours are available during the week. Read our review here.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
550 Stony Point Rd 94952
September 27–November 1
Sunday–Thursday, 10 am–6 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10 am–10 pm
This is the big pumpkin patch you see off of Highway 101 on your way out of Petaluma. Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze with second-story viewing platforms (admission $5, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), a little kids’ maze, a huge mountain of straw bales to climb, farm animals, rubber duck races, a corn-kernel “sandbox”, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, school tours. Special events include 4H bake sales, face painting, and more. Read about our visit to Petaluma Pumpkin Patch.
The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Jersey FarmPetaluma Pumpkin Patch
Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Jersey Farm
4235 Spring Hill Rd (off Bodega Ave)
Open daily September 27–October 31, 9 am–dusk
Another one of our all-time favorite pumpkin patches. Pick your own pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also ofers fresh fruits and vegetables, picnic baskets, and live music on weekends. School field trips available Monday–Friday during October. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Don’t miss the homemade pumpkin ice cream! Read our review of the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch.
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway)
Open daily starting September 27, Sunday–Thursday 9 am–7 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am–10 pm
Winner of our 2012 Pumpkin Patch Poll, and 2013 runner up, the Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge eight-acre corn maze ($6 admission), kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal tractor races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, children’s entertainers, pony rides ($6; weekends only), hay rides, yummy treats and food, birthday parties, field trips, group tours, and more. Purchase acitivity wristbands for unlimited access to attractions for $2 or $10. ($10 wristband includes unlimited access to jumpy pillow, silde, and petting zoo.) Read our review of Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch.
Tolay Fall Festival
Tolay Lake Regional Park
Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane
October 11–12 and 18–19
11 am–5 pm Saturday and Sunday
The 8th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway, which was famous for its pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children’s area and kiddie corral, and tractor-drawn hay rides out to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkin prices are a bargain here, compard to other area pumpkin patches.
Festival admission is $4 for adults and teens ages 13 and up, $1 for children 12 and under; parking is $7 per car or free with a Sonoma County Regional Parks Parks membership. School field trips may be scheduled on October 9–10 and 15–17 from 9 am–3 pm.
Read our review of the Tolay Fall Festival.
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