As fall approaches, the search for the perfect pumpkin begins! Whether you’re looking for that extra large pumpkin to carve and add to your seasonal décor or a smaller one your little ones can paint and decorate, these Bay Area pumpkin patches have got you covered. Added bonus: some of these patches have corn mazes, hayrides, scarecrows and petting zoos which means even MORE family fun! Make sure you check the website or call ahead to find out more about COVID precautions before you start your Bay Area pumpkin hunt!

photo: Laura Green

San Francisco

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
Country vibes meet the city when Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch opens. A community staple since 1979, you’ll find a variety of pumpkins from Cinderella to gourds. The hay maze will return this year and families can enjoy hayrides and photo ops with cool scarecrows and more.

Location: 2101 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Hours: Open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sep. 23-Oct. 31.

Location: 1620 7th Ave., San Francisco, CA
Hours: Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sep. 28-Oct. 31

Online: clancystrees.com

The Guardsmen Pumpkin Patch
Snag your pumpkin from this volunteer-run patch and contribute to a worthy cause at the same time! The Guardsmen raises more than $1 million annually. Those funds allow the organization to send over 2,500 kids to camp and to outdoor education programs each year, and provide scholarships to more than 250 students at 78 private schools.

Location: Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Dates: Oct. 21-25
Weekday Hours: 3-9 p.m.
Weekend Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

photo: Laura Green

East Bay

Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch
The Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch has everything you need for family fun. From local, valley-grown pumpkins to a petting zoo, bouncy houses and a 4-story ship slide, this pumpkin patch is packed with activities for all ages.

Location: 2453 Hancock St., Alameda, CA
Hours: Sep. 17-Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Online: speerfamilyfarms.com

Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch
Stroll through the Halloween store at 4414 Piedmont into a Pumpkin Wonderland. They carry over 15 varieties of pumpkins, corn stalks, corn, gourds, straw and straw bales.  After you pick out a pumpkin, come into the store and purchase a carving kit and candles to make your Jack-o-Lantern unique.

Location: 4414 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
Online: pumpkinpatch.info

Westbrae Nursey 
For a charming, cozy pumpkin picking experience, head to the back of this nursery where the kids can pick out their favorite pumpkins. This community-minded nursery donates all proceeds to a local elementary school which means you should definitely load up on as many pumpkins as your trunk can fit. Nearby Coffee Conscious is perfect for your hot cocoa and caffeine needs while Westbrae Biergarten is great for unwinding after. 

Location: 1272 Gilman St, Berkeley 
Online: westbrae-nursery.com

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G & S Farms
Get lost this October at G & S Farms as you navigate their large corn maze and pick your perfect pumpkin from the vine. Kids will especially love their pumpkin cannons and movie nights. 

Location: 1151 Chestnut St., Brentwood
Dates: Oct. 1-31
Weekday Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Weekend Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Online: gsfarms.net

Joan's Farm
Fall family fun awaits at Joan’s Farm. You can explore a variety of pumpkins big and small, try your hand at pumpkin bowling, conquer a hay bale maze, meet a few friendly goats and more.

Location: 4351 Mines Rd., Livermore
Dates: Oct. 2-31 (Closed on Mondays, except Oct. 11)
Online: joansfarm.com

Smith Family Farm’s Pumpkin Harvest
At Smith Family Farm there’s tons of pumpkins to take home and decorate. Their stand is stocked with a wide selection of summer and fall produce. Be sure to check out their special weekend events featuring live music and food trucks too!

Location: 4350 Sellers Ave., Brentwood, CA
Hours: 9. a.m.-5 p.m., Sep. 25-Oct. 31
Cost: $12
Online: smithfamilyfarm.wixsite.com

Three Nunns Farm
With more than 40 varieties of pumpkins at Three Nunns Farm, you’re sure to find the perfect orange table centerpiece or fall porch attraction. Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, two corn mazes and tractor rides. 

Location: 550 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood, CA
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. , Sep. 18 -Nov.1
Online: threenunns.com

G&M Farms
G&M Farms is happy to welcome families back to their pumpkin patch this year. Complete with a six-acre corn maze, pony rides, pedal carts, a cow train and new this year: jumping pillows! Pick your perfect pumpkin from the field or their festive farm stand. 

Location: 487 East Airway Blvd, Livermore, CA
Hours: 3 p.m.-6p.m Wed.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 1-31st
Cost: Free
Online: gmfarms.com

photo: Shannan Rouss

Peninsula

Lemos Farm
Located in the heart of Half Moon Bay, this just might be the grandest of all the area pumpkin patches. Why? Lemos Farm has a nice mix of fun for all ages in the form of a great selection of pumpkins, bounce houses and a haunted train ride. Note: the haunted attractions have two scare zones-one for the younger ones and one for adults and older children. 

For 2021: pre-sold tickets are available online. 

Location: 12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: Open Wed-Sun. during September and everyday Oct. 1-31 and weekends in November 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Prices vary by attraction. $25-30/all day unlimited activities for kids 14 mos. and up; $15/adult pass
Online: lemosfarm.com

Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch
A quick drive down I-280 brings you to the home of this family-owned and operated farm featuring a pumpkin patch with more than 20 varieties of organic pumpkins. You can still expect the on-site hayrides, ponies and reptile exhibit but they have added a new farm-themed obstacle course and new haunted house in their corn maze. Reservations are required for weekends. The corn maze is free; all other extras require tickets.

For 2021: Masks are only required while inside the farm stand.

Location: 2718 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA
Hours: Sep. 24- Halloween, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free. All rides require tickets, which can be purchased using credit cards or cash. Credit cards accepted for pumpkins.
Online: Webbranchinc.com

photo: Farmer John's

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch
Enjoy rolling fields of more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash at Farmer John’s in Half Moon Bay. Surrounded by nature’s beauty, be sure to capture their specialty pumpkin, the Atlantic Giant, for the Gram. You will also find an astounding pumpkin display, an authentic Native American Teepee and new to the lineup is an animal exhibit featuring new Angus Calf Dixie. Don’t worry, she’s friendly.

For 2021: Check their Facebook page for COVID-19 precautions

Location: 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: 9 a.m. -6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31
Cost: Free
Online: farmerjohnspumpkins.com

Arata Pumpkin Farm
One of the oldest pumpkin farms in California, (their first pumpkin was sold  in 1932!), Arata's perks include a 6-acre corn field, pumpkin river and the infamous two-acre Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze. Younger children can enjoy a small Play Land while adults and older kids can explore the Haunted Barn. Make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch.

For 2021: Check here for all COVID-19 precautions in place. 

Location: 185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: Mid-Sep.- Halloween, Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Pumpkins start at just $1 but the maze and other attractions have various fees. Bring some cash!
Online: aratapumpkinfarm.com

Blue House Farm
Located between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero is this lovely u-pick farm. While U-pick strawberries are currently available as is other produce for purchase from the farmstand, details on the pumpkin season are expected in October.
For 2021: Check their website for updates and opening day announcements. 

Location: 950 La Honda Road, San Gregorio, CA
Hours
Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Online
bluehousefarm.com

South Bay

Rodoni Farms
Come visit this third generation family farm on 100 acres of fun. You'll find fields of pumpkins located along the beautiful California Coast on Hwy 1. They also have hay bales, scary cutouts and a 5-acre corn maze! Grab some fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks and gourds.

Location: 4444 Coast Road, Hwy 1, Santa Cruz, CA
Hours: daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Sep. 23-Oct.31
Online: rodonifarms.com

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch
Bordered by bright yellow sunflowers, this farm is filled with an abundance of pumpkins and sunflower fields. Families can enjoy a ride on the Spina Pumpkin Express Train, pet cuddly animals and even ride a pony or two. Don’t worry—the pumpkin blasters are back this year.

For 2021: Check their website for more information on COVID protocols and weekday/weekend hours as they vary.

Location: Santa Teresa Blvd. at Bailey Ave. San Jose, CA
Dates: Sep. 27-Oct. 31
Cost: Free
Online: spinafarmspumpkinpatch.com

Queens Pumpkin Patch
Mark your calendars for Oct. 1 and get those arms ready for pumpkin picking and a few rounds on the giant pumpkin slingshots for added fun. This modest spot in Saratoga has much to offer families in the fun arena including a cow train and paddle boats.

Location: 12985 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, CA
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Online: facebook.com/QueensPumpkinPatch

Gilroy Ostrich Farm
Make plans to go see the ostriches and get your pumpkin at the same time. They also have a fun hay maze. Order your tickets online and save $3. 

Location: 5560 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Gilroy, CA
Hours: Fri.-Mon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: gilroyostrichfarm.com

Marin County/North Bay

Nicasio Valley Farms
This year marks 26 years for Nicasio Valley Farms located just 35 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. From face painting and hayrides to live music and 12 acres of nature’s beauty, there is something for everyone. After you find your perfect pumpkin, grab a bite from Big Jim's BBQ on the weekend. 

Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd., Nicasio (West Marin) CA
Hours: Sep. 25-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends
Online: nicasiovalleypumpkinpatch.net

McClelland’s Dairy Organic Farm & Pumpkin Patch
During the month of October, this organic dairy farm turns into an organic pumpkin patch. Pick pumpkins straight off the vine, try your hand at launching one from their Pumpkin Blaster or learn how cows are milked in the parlor. Other family fun includes tire swings, a pedal tractor race track and a hay maze.

For 2021: Check website for opening day information. 

Location: 6475 Bodega Ave., Petaluma, CA
Cost: Admission to pumpkin patch and some activities are free. Additional fees apply to farm tours and rides.
Hours: Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Online: facebook.com/mcclellanddairy

Santa Rosa Patch
This award-winning pumpkin patch has 45 varieties of pumpkins available to go home with you along with an 8-acre corn maze, a hay pyramid, corn hole, John Deere pedal trike races and more. They even offer a petting zoo and giant inflatable pillow to tire the kids out before you head home.

Location: 5157 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, CA
Hours: Oct. 8-31, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Online: santarosapumpkinpatch.com

The Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
The Petaluma Pumpkin Patch is all about fun on the farm. There are animals to pet, a corn kernel "sandbox" to explore, a 500 bale haystack pyramid to climb, and two corn mazes—one for little tykes and one for older kids. If you go for the big one, here's insider tip #1: Take your toddlers to the potty beforehand, as most folks need around 45 minutes to find their way out! Insider tip #2: You can beat that 45 minute average by cheating/taking in the bird's eye view from the second story viewing platform.

Location: 450 Stony Point Rd., Petaluma, CA. 
Hours: Sep. 24-Oct. 31. Sun.–Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Entry is free, though some activities require tickets.
Online: petalumapumpkinpatch.com

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
Channel your inner farmer here. If choosing a pumpkin from beautiful varieties in the yard of a gorgeous farm house on a working dairy farm with your belly full of pumpkin ice cream is your idea of a good time, then get thee to the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch. Dig your own potatoes, ride a tractor, free hay maze and cheese tastings (yes, we just said cheese!) are just a smattering of the joy that awaits you on this beloved Petaluma farm.

Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA.
Cost: Free
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Online: yelp.com

Farther Afield

Swank Farms
The hunt for the perfect pumpkin is only half the fun at Swank Farms . The pumpkin patch features two giant jumping pillows (one just for little kids), a double slide, a cow train, pig races and a giant corn path. Plan a weekend day when you can also experience the Trail of Lights and Frights!

Location: 4751 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister, CA
Hours: Open select dates Sep. 26- Nov. 1, check website for various hours.
Cost: Free admission to pumpkin patch, $19.95 festival pass, $29.95 festival and Trail of Lights and Frights. Save when purchasing online. 
Online: swankfarms.com

Dell’Osso Family Farm
There’s no shortage of Halloween spirit at this farm and we’re ready for it. Grab your general admission wristband to check out the massive corn maze, haunted castle, Dell’Osso Express Train, Hay Ride, Mystery Tour, Scarecrow Ride, Goat Walk, Duck Races, Tire Pyramid and more. Add on adventures like pig races and pumpkin painting for the whole family.

Location: 501 Manthey Road, Lathrop, CA
Hours: Oct. 2-31. 10 a.m. with last admission at 8 p.m.
Cost: Mon.-Thu. $16.95, Fri.-Sun. $24.95
Online: dellossofarm.com

—TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton & Kate Loweth