It’s pumpkin season! Welcome fall with a trip to one of the Bay Area’s pumpkin patches, with choices ranging from farms where you can pick your own gourd, take a hay ride or wander through a corn maze to more urban settings for pumpkins, inflatables and other family fun.
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins – Starting in late September, ABC Tree Farms will offer pumpkins and inflatables for ages 2-12 at locations throughout the Bay Area. abctreefarms.net/pumpkin-patches/locations.
Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch – Sept. 17-Nov. 1.A four-story ship slide, inflatables, giant “human hamster” Zorb balls, a petting zoo and, of course, pumpkins are on tap daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Timed tickets for activities are available online starting at $20 kids, $10 adults, with some discounted times. 2453 Hancock St., Alameda. 510-705-2352. speerfamilyfarms.com.
Cool Patch – Sept. 25-Oct. 31. Offers pumpkins, gourds and squash, a “world-record” corn maze, hayrides, a fun zone and more. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Activities $4 and up. 6150 Dixon Ave. W., Dixon. 530-746-8725. coolpatchpumpkins.com.
G&M Farms – Opening Oct.1, this farm includes a pumpkin patch with activities, corn maze and more. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Free admission to pumpkin patch; corn maze from $7 child, $8 adults. G487 E. Airway Blvd., Livermore. 925-447-3276. gmfarms.com.
Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch – Oct. 1-31. This spot has many varieties of pumpkins, a snack shack, Old West town, haybale maze, inflatable slide, pumpkin bowling, picnic areas and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Mondays except Oct. 11. Cash only. 4351 Mines Road, Livermore. 925-980-7772. joansfarm.com.
Smith Family Farm – Sept. 25-Oct. 31. Pumpkin Harvest 2021 includes live music and food trucks on weekends, farm animals, make-your-own herb bouquets, a replica Native American village, milelong hayride and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $12 admission includes a pumpkin and all activities. Casg or check only; no pets allowed. 4350 Sellers Ave., Brentwood. 925-625-5966. smithfamilyfarm.wixsite.com/smithfamilyfarm.
Three Nunns Farm – Sept. 18-Oct. 31. More than 30 varieties of U-pick pumpkins, tractor rides, a 5-acre corn maze and more family fun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $7 for tractor ride and corn mazes, 2 and under free. 550 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood. firstname.lastname@example.org. threenunns.com.
Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch – Sept. 25-Oct. 31. Explore 12 acres to find the perfect pumpkin, with weekend activities including BBQ, face painting, live music and hayrides. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Free admission; cash only. 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 415-662-9100. nicasiovalleypumpkinpatch.net.
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch – Oct.1-31. Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first pumpkin patch in 1979. Customers can find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes as well as corn stalks, Indian corn, decorations and fun for kids. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Two locations: Sloat and Skyline boulevards and 1620 Seventh Ave., San Francisco. 415-753-2689. clancystrees.com.
Arata Pumpkin Farm – Oct. 1-31. Head to Half Moon Bay for pumpkins, a Minotaur’s Labyrinth hay maze (already open), Haunted Barn, petting zoo, hay, train and pony rides, and more. Check website for hours and prices. 185 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay. 650-726-7548. aratapumpkinfarm.com.
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm – Sept. 10-Oct. 31.New owners promise visitors’ longtime favorites – including pumpkins, tractor and hayrides and an authentic Native American teepee – but also are planning some new additions. The 20th annual Bernese Mountain Dog Day is scheduled for Oct. 3. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 650-730-9258. farmerjohnspumpkins.com.
Lemos Farm – Sept. 4-Nov. 21. Pick a pumpkin, enjoy train and pony rides, a haunted house, petting zoo and many more attractions, with pumpkin teats including pie, ice cream and bread available. Check website for days and hours, which vary by month. Advance online tickets are recommended, with limited walk-in tickets available. $15-30. 650-726-2342. 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. lemosfarm.com/pumpkin-patch.
Pastorino Farms – Sept. 15-Oct. 31. This farm offers pumpkins and families activities that start in October include train, hay and pony rides, a petting zoo and inflatables, plus a haunted house and face painting on weekends. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Activities $4-15. 12391 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 650-726-6440. pastorinofarms.com/sea_pmpk.htm#top.
Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch – Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Pick a pumpkin from those grown organically on 30 acres, and enjoy bounce house, a haunted house inside a corn maze, an obstacle course and weekend events including bounce houses, tractor hay rides, petting and reptile zoos, food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Reservations required on weekends. $5 per activity or $23 all-activity wristband. webbranchinc.com/pumpkin-patch.html.
Silicon Valley and South
Great Glass Pumpkin Patch – Oct. 2-3.If you want a pumpkin that will last longer than one season, check out the stunning variety of handcrafted glass pumpkins, plus glass-blowing demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. 650-329-2366. greatglasspumpkinpatch.com.
Queens Pumpkin Patch – Oct. 1-31. Pick your own pumpkin in the field and enjoy family-friendly fall activities. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Also locations in Santa Cruz and Walnut Creek. 12985 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. 408-252-9820. cunyfarms.com/pumpkin-patch.
Rodoni Farms – Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Pick a pumpkin along beautiful Hwy. 1. There are also bales, scary cutouts and a 5-acre corn maze, plus fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks and gourds. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 2 miles south of Davenport on Hwy. 1, Santa Cruz. rodonifarms.com.
Spina Farms – Sept. 27-Oct. 31. Find a pumpkin, explore the sunflower fields, take a train or hay ride, try not to get lost in the corn maze and let ’er rip with a pumpkin blaster. Hours vary. Admissionfree, parking $10 on weekends. Santa Teresa Boulevard and Bailey Avenue, between San Jose and Morgan Hill. 650-763-6935. spinafarmspumpkinpatch.com.