Fall Events at Apple Hill Farms

Labor Day Kicks Off Special Season

Crates of fresh apples in an orchard.
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Going to Apple Hill Farms is a treasured annual tradition for many Sacramento families, and fall is the most popular time for a visit. From apple picking to trick-or-treating, events at Apple Hill keep families coming back year after year.

Apple Hill is located just outside of El Dorado County and is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Sacramento. Sacramento families go to the farms located in and around the small town of Camino, California, to pick out jack-o'-lanterns, chop down a Christmas tree, and enjoy Apple Hill's famous apple doughnuts and cider. The ambiance is unforgettable, and so are the special moments you’ll enjoy with your family and friends. Here's what's going on in fall 2017.


Labor Day weekend at Apple Hill is when things really get hopping. It’s the opening of most major ranches, and the crowds begin flocking to the farms and vineyards in the area. If you are looking for things to do at Apple Hill in the fall, Labor Day onward is jam-packed with both fun and relaxation.

Grandpa’s Cellar, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is in a prime location for producing spectacular apples, with cool nights and warm days bringing out the best in them. Grandpa's Cellar maintains the atmosphere of a country orchard and farm and has a bounty of delicious apple pastries in addition to the actual fruit. Apple harvest season starts on Labor Day weekend and goes until mid-December at Grandpa's Cellar.

Rainbow Orchards is famous for having the best, and it claims original, apple cider doughnuts at Apple Hill. Starting Labor Day weekend, you can find fresh-picked peaches followed by apples in Rainbow Orchards' Barn, along with pressed apple cider. The barn is open on Labor Day weekend and then daily from Sept. 9 through Thanksgiving weekend and then Dec. 2 and 3 and Dec. 9 and 10. Tri Tip Barbecue is on the menu on weekends from Sept. 30 through Oct. 22, and the Slate Mountain Bluegrass Band is playing at noon on Oct.

1, 8, and 15. 


Halloween means pumpkins for jack-o'-lanterns, and Apple Hill is the place to find just the right one. Check out Bluestone Meadow,  Mill View Ranch, or O'Halloran's Apple Trail Ranch for some pumpkin patch fun in the bright October sun.


Early November is the time for special events like the annual Apple Hill Harvest Run. The Apple Hill Harvest Run is on Nov. 5, 2017, and benefits the Camino Union School District. It starts at the Lava Cap Winery in Placerville and includes a 9-mile run, a 3-mile run/walk, and kids' .5- and .25-mile runs. 

Most Apple Hill Christmas tree farms open in late November. Cutting your own is a memorable start to the holiday season.

Throughout the Fall Season

Apple Hill is also home to several wineries, and fall is a beautiful time for a wine-tasting afternoon.  You could combine this always-pleasing experience with some spa time on a crisp fall afternoon at Time Out Resort & Spa in Camino.