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Bay Area’s Best Pumpkin Patches for 2023

Where to pick your own pumpkins with fun fall activities this Fall 2023
By - posted 10/3/2023 No Comment

Get into the fall spirit by picking out your favorite pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch. Best of all, nearly all of the pumpkin patches listed below offer free admission for all. Some fun fall activities like their corn mazes or hayrides may require a fee though.

Last Updated 10/3/23

San Francisco

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch & Mini Hay Maze

San Francisco | 2101 Sloat Blvd | Open daily through Oct. 31 | Mon. – Thu. 9am-8pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am-9pm
San Francisco | 1620 7th Ave. | Open daily through Oct. 31 | Open daily 9 am to 9 pm

Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first Pumpkin Patch in 1979, and now has two pumpkin patches in The City. You’ll find a wide variety of pumpkins as well as gourds, corn stalks, and Indian corn. During October, come see the ghosts in the trees, the scarecrows in their patch, and crawl through the fort. You can even take a hayride in the middle of San Francisco. In past year’s there’s been a hay maze, but we haven’t been able to confirm if it’s been built for 2023. There’s free admission and free parking at both locations. – confirmed 10/2/23

‘Union Square in Bloom’ Free Pumpkin Patch

San Francisco | Union Square, Geary and Powell | October 14, 2023 – 1-4pm

For just one day only, Union Square will be transformed into a pumpkin patch with 200 free pumpkins. Guests can secure a ticket to claim a complimentary pumpkin during one of two time slots: 1-1:55pm or 2-2:55pm, while supplies last. Plus, there will be a delightful array of activities, including a bar garden, food truck, live performances, dancing, interactive games, family-friendly harvest festivities, the first-ever Bloomies Awards, and so much more to commeratre the finale of Union Square in Bloom. Secure your ticket to claim a complimentary pumpkin.


Arata’s Pumpkin Farm

Half Moon Bay | 185 Verde Rd. | October Hours: Sun – Thu: 9am – 6:30pm; Fri & Sat: 9am – 10:30pm

Known as the “Pumpkin capital of the west coast” and also home to the annual Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay is your pumpkin destination. Head to Arata’s Pumpkin Farm for dozens of varieties of pumpkins, plus explore their wolrd-famous 2 acre Minotaur’s labyrinth hay maze, constructed entirely out of 7-8 foot tall bales of hay with a completely new design every year. There’s also their haunted barn, a petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, train rides, a pumpkin river and 6 acre corn field that’s perfect for instagramming. Attractions are priced ala carte, but admission to the pumpkin patch is free. Friday-Sunday, there is a $20 parking fee, of that, $10 can be redeemed toward pumpkin purchases. – confirmed 10/3/23

East Bay

G&M Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Livermore | 487 East Airway Blvd | Sept. 30 – Oct. 29 | Wed.-Fri.: 3-7pm; Sat.: 10am-9pm; Sun. 10am-6pm

G&M Farms offers a huge pumpkin patch with farm animals, a free straw bale maze and corn box which is like a giant sand box filled with corn kernels. Plus don’t miss their epic corn maze. It twists, it turns, it dead-ends; it’s six green acres of good old-fashioned family fun. G&M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch was voted Best Seasonal Attraction in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine. The Corn Maze is $10 adults / $9 kids. Children 5 years and under are free. The Corn Maze will be Haunted Saturday, October 21, 2023, and Saturday, October 28, 2023. Haunting begins at dark (approx. 7 pm) and closes at 9 pm. Admission to the farm and parking are both free. Additional attractions are offered on Saturdays and Sundays including a Cow Train, Hayride, Pedal Carts, Pony Rides and Jump Pillows. They use a Token system for the attractions. Tokens can be purchased for $5.00 per token. Attractions cost 1 token each (except Pony Rides are 2 tokens). – confirmed 10/3/23


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Smith Family Farm

Brentwood | 4350 Sellers Avenue, Knightsen, CA | Sept. 23 – Oct. 31 | Open Daily 9am-5pm
$15 Admission (ages 2+) includes all activities, parking, as well as one pumpkin of any size from the pumpkin patch

The Smith Family Farm offers massive pumpkin patch with a plethora of adorable fall activities. This pumpkin patch does have an admission fee ($15 for everyone 2+), but once inside all activities are included and each person can take home a free pumpkin of any size. Activities include a corn maze, live music, a labyrinth, barnyard animal area, herb garden, game area, pumpkin galleries, photo ops, observation beehive, and special events like a Bluegrass Jamboree. – confirmed 10/4/23

North Bay

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch

Petaluma | 450 Stony Point Road | Sept. 29 – Nov. 1 | Sun.-Thu.: 10 am to 6 pm; Fri. & Sat.: 10 am to 10 pm
Day Con Maze open daily: 10am until 6pm; Friday and Saturday Night Maze: 10am-10pm

Listed by The New York Times as one of the Top 3 Pumpkin Patches in the US, if you like variety, this is the pumpkin patch for you with over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds on over 5 acres. There’s over 35 types of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Plus don’t miss their 4 acre corn maze featuring 10 foot tall corn stalks, with only one way out; the course usually takes at least 45 minutes to complete. Plus, don’t miss the free activities including visiting the farm animals, the little kids maze, the huge straw mountain with over 500 straw bales to climb, and a corn kernel “sandbox.” Admission to the pumpkin patch and parking are free; the corn maze daytime admission is $8; evening corn maze admission is $12. – confirmed 10/4/23

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch & Hay Maze

CANCELED for 2022 Season Due to the Drought; likely not happening in 2023 either

Petaluma | 4235 Spring Hill Rd. | Weekdays: Noon – 5 pm; Weekends: 9 am to 6 pm
This pumpkin patch located on a cheese farm features tons of free activities including learning how to milk a cow, a corn mazehay maze, and free hay wagon rides. Plus you can cut your own organic pumpkin straight from the vine, eat some pumpkin ice cream, explore the “Western” Town, and listen to live music on weekends. Plus there’s free attractions for the whole family including farm animals and a gigantic straw bale pyramid. There’s free admission and free parking too.
  – confirmed 10/2/23

To find more pumpkin patches, check out these great roundups from Red Tricycle and Marin Mommies.

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