Pick a pumpkin, ride in a wagon full of hay, or feed and pet farm animals. What better way is there to enjoy the change of seasons? Fall festivals are held in a variety of places throughout Maryland and Virginia. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the Washington, DC area.
22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland (301) 972-3299
Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; explore a hay maze; and enjoy crafts, food, and family activities.
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland (301) 948-5053
October 1, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. No pumpkins to pick, but this Montgomery County facility hosts one of the largest harvest festivals in the area. Activities include hayrides, scarecrow making, farm demonstrations, crafts, hay maze, live entertainment and more. See Photos of the Fall Festival at Agricultural History Farm Park
15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland (301) 977-3761
Harvest festival is held weekends through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a hayride, pick your own apples or pumpkins, find your way through the hay maze. See Photos of Homestead Farm.
2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, Maryland (301) 854-6110
Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; and explore a hay maze and more.
Sharp's at Waterford Farm
4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, Maryland (410) 489-2572
Fall festival held each weekend from mid-September to mid-November. Activities include pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, campfires, feeding animals, and more.
1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (410) 320-0464
Fall festival runs on weekends, September - October.
Hours are Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Corn maze, grass maze, hayrides, animals, pedal karats, hay and play, kids corral, hill slides, pedal tractors, korn crib, corn tepee, straw bale maze, farm football lounge, and pumpkin daycare.
Gaver Pumpkin Patch
5501 Detrick Road, Mt. Airy, Maryland (301) 865-3515
Open late September through October, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free hayrides are offered Fri-Sun. The fall festival features a challenging “Casey the Cow” themed corn maze, large farm animal area, straw mountain, pedal bike track, giant slides, pirate ship, bale mazes, toddler corn maze, and play areas.
5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Maryland (301) 620-9316
Pumpkinland festival is open September 24 - October 31, 2016. Fall farm attractions include cornfield maze, hay rides, pig races, jumping pillow. Farm animals, pick your own pumpkins, hay slides, a flashlight corn maze and more. See photos of Summers Farm Fall Festival
7612 Willow Road, Frederick, Maryland. (301) 845-8099. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted hayride, pedal carts, giant trikes, mini-barnyard, hay jump, giant slide, MooChoo train and more. September 26-November 1, 2015, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See photos of Crumland Farms Fall Festival
Rock Hill Orchard
28600 Ridge Road Mount Airy, Maryland (301) 831-7427. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, pick your own apples, visit the farm market, launch a pumpkin during the Pumpkin Chunkin. Open through October, closed on Mondays. Corn maze open on weekends only.
Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch
6521 Holter Rd., Middletown, Maryland (301) 371-6874
Open daily September 19 - October 31, 2015, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pick your own pumpkin, explore the Crazy Corn maze, haywagons, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and much more.
Clark's Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland (410) 730-4049
Open every day in October. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy the petting farm, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides and storybook characters from the Enchanted Forest.
5235 Bryantown Road, Waldorf, Maryland (240) 216-4065
Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m. to dusk.
Hayrides, cornmazes, farm animals, pumpkins, straw pit, seasonal produce, farm store, food, and more.
12850 Shlagel Rd. Waldorf, Maryland (301) 645-4554
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October for pick your own pumpkins. The farm offers wagon rides, a petting zoo, a straw maze for the under 10 crowd, a corn box for clean sandbox type fun and educational tours for school or private groups.
For Pumpkin Patches in Northern Virginia, See page 2
More Fall Family Fun
Pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a family friendly day on a farm. Fall festivals are held in a variety of places in Northern Virginia. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches near Washington, DC.
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia (703) 830-4121. One of the largest fall festivals in Virginia! 2016 Dates: September 24-November 6, Preview Weekend is September 17-18. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10-5 in November), last admission is one hour before closing.
The festival includes 5 giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum(R) cornfield adventure, straw tunnels, Farm Chores, Kiddie Zone, goat village, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home free with paid admission. See Photos of Cox Farms Fall Festival
Leesburg Animal Park
19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, Virginia (703) 433-0002
Pumpkinville is open September 17-November 8, 2016, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. (5 p.m. after Daylight Savings) The farm play area includes an Indian teepee, giant slides, a hay maze, unlimited hayrides, straw mountains, tot maze, rope swings, tractors to climb on, a large inflated firetruck slide, moon bounces, and much more.
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days
George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, Virginia (703)780-2000
October 22 - 23, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit George Washington's estate and enjoy autumn activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations.
This is a huge fall festival with traditional harvest activities, but no pumpkins. See Photos of the Fall Harvest Festival
26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Virginia (703) 327-4424
Mid September to first week of November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival includes hands on pick your own pumpkins, spooky fun zones, hayrides, hillside slides and tunnels, giant jumping pillow, cow pow train ride, Noah’s Ark, petting animals, giant xylophone, bamboo panda puzzle maze, swinging bridge, antique tractors, fire pits, park-like log cabin play areas, picnic areas, weekend specials and more.
See Photos of the Fall Festival at Ticonderoga Farms
Burke Nursery and Garden Center
9401 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia (703) 323-1188
October 1-31, 2016. The annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground runs daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. through October. Highlights include pirate and western-themed activities, Native American storytellers, slides, tumbling tubes, rope swings, A Monster Truck, mechanical rides, farm animals, clowns, magicians, musicians, Wobble Wagon rides and much more.
Heather Hill Gardens
8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, Virginia (703) 690-6060
Throughout October. The fall festival features a pumpkin fort, slide, rope swing, mini zipline, moon bounce, farm animals, and more. Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia (540) 554-2073
The annual fall harvest festival features pick-your-own pumpkins, the Pumpkin Princess, P-Rex the pumpkin munchin’ dinosaur, Derby Pig Races, Pumpkin Jumpin' Pillow, a Double Barrel 60' Slide, rope swings, a new corn maze and more. September 24-October 31, 2016, open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. See photos of Great Country Farms Pumpkin Harvest Festival.
Hollins Farms Orchard
1524 Snowden Road Delaplane, Virginia (540) 592-3574
One of the largest pumpkin patches in Northern Virginia.
Pick a pumpkin, see farm animals and baby calves, take a pony ride, enjoy live music, hiking, and more. Open Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.
721 Courthouse Rd (Rte. 630), Stafford, Virginia (540) 659-2172
Moon bounce, maze, face painting, pumpkin painting, straw mountain with tunnels, penny pit, corn box, pumpkin bowling, barn yard animals, pony rides and more. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through October.
5273 Harry Byrd Highway, Berryville, Virginia (540) 539-3276
LEGO Superhero corn maze, hayrides, u-pick pumpkins, pumpkin playhouse, corn crib, barnyard animals, slides, pig races and more. Open September 17 - October 31, 2016, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, Virginia. (540) 751-1782
U-pick pumpkins, hayrides and corn maze.
Travel off the beaten path to an authentic working farm and pick your own pumpkin right from the vine. Open through October, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.