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2017 Fall Guide to Pumpkin Patches in San Francisco and Nearby

pumpkin patches san franciscoNothing says, “Autumn is here,” like going pumpkin picking with your family, so here’s your guide to the best pumpkin patches in San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay, and the Peninsula and South Bay. Remember to bring cash with you to pay for your pumpkins and buy tickets to the attractions. While many places accept credit cards, others are cash only.

Don’t forget to check out our line up of family-friendly events happening around the city in October. Lots of Halloween-themed things to do on that list, too. Plus, we’ve mapped out the trick-or-treating hot spots around the city.

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SAN FRANCISCO

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch

October 1- 31, 9am-9pm daily

1620 7th Ave., San Francisco

415-753-2689

For when you want to give your kids the pumpkin patch experience, but don’t feel like leaving the city, Clancy’s, in the Inner Sunset, is the place to go.  It was the city’s first pumpkin patch in 1979, and they’re still going strong. Pick out your family pumpkins and  try out the hayride around the patch. Free parking makes this spot extra convenient.

Pomeroy Pumpkin Patch

October 1 – 31, 10am-5pm, Mon.-Sat.

207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco

415-665-4100

The Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center will have pumpkins, snacks, games and activities, including a haunted house. All proceeds benefit people with Developmental Disabilities and all activities are wheelchair accessible.

Halloween Hoopla

October 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Yerba Buena Gardens

The Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch! The program features live music, performances and craft activities. Compete in the annual Mummy Wrap and more games. Remember to bring your camera for the Hoopla Photo Booth! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween finery. 

MARIN

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 1 – 31, 10am-6pm, open daily

5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square), Nicasio

415-662-9100

After you pick out your certified organic pumpkins stay for the hay rides, farm animals, pony rides, bounce house, and giant inflatable slide. Tasty treats, including a farm stand and Big Jim’s award-winning BBQ and ice cream will be for sale on the weekends, as will special musical performances. October 15 will be Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) Day where your family can enjoy additional children’s activities, pet farm animals, and feast on grass-fed burgers from Stemple Creek Ranch, local Marin beer and wine, and more from 10am to 4pm.

Organic Pumpkin Patch at Marin Country Mart

October 1 – 31, open daily

2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

415-461-5715

Two pumpkin patch locations will be set up throughout October. One is in front of Three Twins Ice Cream, and the other is near the Marin Country Mart Trading Post. Bring cash for your pumpkins. You’ll buy your pumpkins on the honor system, putting your money in the payment boxes located at each patch.

Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School Pumpkin Patch

October 7 – 29, 10am – 5pm, Wed. – Sun.

St. Vincent’s Field, San Rafael

(415) 785-3264

The annual pumpkin patch at St. Vincent’s (Marinwood) is back with bounce houses, face painting, a hay pile and other activities. Bring lunch to picnic or buy something at their snack shack.  

Ian’s Lazy Days Pumpkin Patch at Terra Kids Outdoor 

October 1- 31, open daily

690 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley

You can’t miss spotting the pumpkin patch and bounce house that pops up at the Terra Kids play structure store every October as you drive up 101N. 

Kevin’s Strawberry Villa Pumpkin Patch

October 1 – 31, open daily

100 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley 

The inflatable space shuttle slide is the big attraction at this annual pumpkin patch. 

EAST BAY

Speer Family Farms

Sept. 29 – Oct. 31, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

2171 Monarch St, Alameda

510-705-2352

This family owned and operated pumpkin patch sources all of its pumpkins from local farmers. They also have fun attractions ranging from a 4 story ship slide, petting zoo, jumpy houses, kid play areas, mazes for your family’s enjoyment. The patch was previously set up in Emeryville and has moved to Alameda.

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm

October 1 – 31, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily

1060 Pine Lane, Clayton

925-672-5198

Clayton offers a full day of family fun. The Pumpkin Playland contains a giant tunnel of straw, 3 giant pots filled with lima beans, a Farmer’s Phonebooth, “Ball Return,” and more! Little Carver’s Barnyard is a play area with the popular Duck Races (use an old-fashioned water pump to push your duck from one side to the other), Ball Launcher, bowling, and the Barn Ball Toss. There’s also face painting, farm animals, train rides, food and drinks, and contests! 

G & M Farms

October 1 – 31, Weekdays: PM – 6:00 PM, Sat. & Sun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

487 East Airway Blvd, Livermore

925-447-FARM

Enjoy G&M Farms huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins of all sizes – the kids can pick their own! There’s fresh produce, decorative gourds and Indian corn. Your little ones will love G&M’s farm animals and the free straw bale maze and corn box. Weekends feature Pony Rides, Pedal Carts, and The Barnyard Blasters! Plus don’t forget to ride G & M Farms famous Cow Train!

J.E. Perry Farms 

October 1 – 31, Weekdays: 12:00 – 7:00 PM, Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

34600 Ardenwood Blvd.,Fremont 

510-791-0340

J.E. Perry Farms is a working vegetable farm and pumpkins are one of many crops growing on the farm this time of year. Come out and see a real working farm and search for the perfect pumpkin. Learn about all the different crops we are growing, and have fun in the maze and tire patch, take photos with fun character cut-outs, and climb on the great hay pyramid.

THE PENINSULA

Grandpa Kevin’s Pumpkin Patch

October 1- 31, daily

266-550 Serramonte Blvd, Daly City

Make your pumpkin patch visit an efficient one by going to this parking lot pop-up patch in the Serramonte Shopping Center between the Target and the Dick’s Sporting Goods.

St. Raymond’s Pumpkin Festival

October 6 (3:30-9:00) & 7 (12:00-6:00)

1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park 

650-322-2312 

This annual festival at St. Raymond’s and will have Pony rides, a climbing wall, bounce houses, a trampoline, face painting, and, of course, pumpkins.

Webb Ranch Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch

Sept. 28 – Oct. 31, 9am – dusk, daily

2720 Alpine Rd., Portola Valley

650-854-3134

This family farm has been in operation since 1922 and grows organic pumpkins on over 30 acres at the Webb Ranch Farm. During the week, come for the pumpkins. On the weekends, stay for the haunted house, hayrides, jumpy house, train rides, face painting, petting zoo, pumpkin sling shot, and WoW Bubbles.

Pick of the Patch Pumpkins

These pop-up pumpkin patches have a variety of locations on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. All will have lots of pumpkins to pick as well as bounce houses, giant slides and obstacle courses for children ages 2 – 12.

Opening TBD, most likely Sept. 23 – Oct. 31, 10am-9pm, Mon – Fri, 10am-10pm, Sat & Sun.

San Carlos:  

800 Block of El Camino Real at Arroyo Street (opening Sept. 30)

San Mateo:

1863 S. Norfolk St

4140 S. El Camino Real

Lemos Farm

Open daily, (except, Sept. 25,26, Oct. 2), 9 am -5 pm

12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay

650-726-2342

This well known farm is open throughout the year, offering pony rides, hayrides and a petting zoo. When autumn rolls in, it turns into a festive pumpkin patch with a haunted house and haunted train ride. Bonus for the parents: La Nebbia Winery is right across the street.

Arata Pumpkin Farm

Mon.-Fri., 9 am-7 pm, Sat. & Sun., 9 am- 8 pm

185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay

650-726-7548

Arata’s farm is famous for its two acre hay maze as well as other unique attractions like a Tahitian hut exhibit, a haunted barn and a playground with miniature hay maze for the kids. Pack a lunch and picnic on the grounds before picking your perfect pumpkin.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch

Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, Mon. – Fri. 9:30 am -5:30 am, Sat. & Sun. 9:30 am -6 pm

850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay

650-726-4980

Come here for a relaxing, picturesque setting, free of hokey decorations and attractions, but featuring a giant pumpkin display, Native American Teepee and a vintage tractor. They grow over 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash including the Atlantic Giant, which weighs between 250 and 500 pounds. Dogs are welcome, too!

SOUTH BAY

Spina Farms

Sep 23 – Oct. 31, Sun.-Thur., 9am-6pm. Fri.-Sat., 9am-7pm

Santa Teresa Boulevard and Bailey Avenue, San Jose

408-463-0125

Explore sunflower fields on an old-fashioned hayride adventure or tour the pumpkin patch aboard the Spina Pumpkin Express train. Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and a picnic area.

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 1-31, opens at 9 am every day; closing times vary between 5-9 pm. Check website for daily hours.

14485 Monterey Rd., San Martin

408-778-7225

This is more than a pumpkin patch. It’s a full day of family fun. Check the website for the schedule of entertainers and enjoy unique attractions like the cow train, carousel, honeybee exhibit, and pumpkin blasters that shoot mini pumpkins at 90 mph.

Pick of the Patch Pumpkins

These pop-up pumpkin patches have a variety of locations on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. All will have lots of pumpkins to pick as well as bounce houses, giant slides and obstacle courses for children ages 2 – 12.

Opening TBD, most likely Sept. 23 – Oct. 31, 10am-9pm, Mon – Fri, 10am-10pm, Sat & Sun.

Sunnyvale:

803 W El Camino Real at Pastoria

Santa Clara:

2380 Monroe St. at San Tomas Expressway

3590 Benton St. at Lawrence Expressway

San Jose:

2501 Tully Rd. at East Capitol Expressway

1832 Hillsdale Ave. at Camden Ave.

444 N Capitol Ave.

605 Blossom Hill Rd.

2310 Canoas Garden Ave. at Curtner Ave.

Roaring Camp Railroads

Harvest Fair and Steam Festival: Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™: October 14-15, 21-22, 28- 29

5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton

831-335-4484

Weekends at Roaring Camp are full of festive fun. Pumpkin patches and scarecrow making, candle making, and gold panning are on the menu for the Harvest Fair. Temporary tattoos, face painting, story telling, videos, train play tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store and entertainment will round out Thomas the Train’s visit. Purchase tickets in advance to ensure your preferred time slot.

 

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