Fall PLAYguide: Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes and More!

Nothing says fall like the taste of pumpkin spice or the crunch of leaves under your shoes. What better way to soak up the season than to get outside and celebrate? We’ve put together a guide to help Central Florida families navigate the season. Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Patches and Hay Rides
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Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch at Southern Hill Farms

Pumpkin Patch at Green Meadows Farm
September 29–November 17
Green Meadows Petting Farm, Orlando
Head to Green Meadows Petting Farm to find piles and piles of pumpkins just waiting to be picked! Take one home for free. Don’t forget to visit the animals before you go.

A Lot of Pumpkins
Fridays–Sundays from September 30–October 29
Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest, Eustis
Did you know that Santa loves fall? Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest is home to plenty of fresh-picked pumpkins! Families can carve jack-o-lanterns right there at the farm. Plus, kids can enjoy a petting zoo, giant bounce pillow and hayrides.

Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch at the Farm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 6–29
Southern Hill Farms, Clermont
From pumpkin-picking to live music to food trucks, there is something for everyone at Southern Hill Farms’ weekend festivals. Admission is only $10 per vehicle, regardless of the number of passengers.

Uncle Donald’s Fall Fun
Saturday evenings in October
Uncle Donald’s Farm, Lady Lake
Have a nighttime adventure with the family by seeing nocturnal creatures around the farm, visiting the “Creepy Crawly Barn” filled with reptiles, and trying to find your way through the corn maze! The pumpkin patch will also be open for browsing.

Hometown Pumpkin Festival
October 21, 22, 28 and 29
Horsepower Ranch, Geneva
Head out to Geneva at the end of October for a family romp around the farm. There will be vendors, a pumpkin patch, plus plenty of children’s activities, including pony rides and a petting zoo. October 29 will feature a luau party with Moana!

Pumpkin Patch Express
October 21, 28, 29
Florida Railroad Museum, Parrish
The only thing that beats a fall hayride is a train ride! On this two-hour excursion to the pumpkin patch. There will be plenty of activities for families as well as food for purchase. Pumpkin included with ticket price!

Pumpkin Patch by Community United Methodist Church
Daily in October
Casselberry’s Community United Methodist Church is once again hosting its big pumpkin patch, featuring storytime with Granny Pumpkin!


Fall Festivals and Harvest Festivals
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Harvest Weekend at Painted Oaks Academy

Club Lake Plantation Fall Festival
September 30–October 31
Club Lake Plantation, Apopka
You can experience this full-on fall festival six days a week. Kids can do a corn maze, shop the pumpkin patch, and even ride a choo-choo train. Plus, where else can you launch pumpkins from a cannon?

Harvest Weekends at Painted Oaks
Saturdays and Sundays October 7–29

Painted Oaks Academy, Orlando
Painted Oaks is coming alive every weekend this October with carnival games, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more. Families can also explore the pumpkin patch! Admission $5.

Annunciation Fall Festival
October 13–15
Annunciation Catholic Church
Join the community for a day of games and food in honor of the fall season! There will also be an auction as well as a big secondhand sale.

YMCA Fall Festival
October 14
J. Douglas Williams YMCA, Lake Mary
The whole community is invited to this free festival. There will be trick-or-treating and other activities for kids as well as vendors and food trucks!

34th Annual Fall Festival at Lukas Nursery
October 14–15
Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter
Head to Lukas Nursery for a weekend of free fall activities for the whole family, including hayrides and a pumpkin patch! PLAY Tip: Stock up on holiday gifts at the Butterfly Encounter’s surprisingly awesome gift shop! #twobirdsonestone

Hay Day Fall Festival
October 20
Earl Brown Park, DeLand
At this free festival, families can take part in games to win prizes, explore local vendors, or plop down on a blanket to catch an outdoor showing of Hotel Transylvania!

Fall Harvest Celebration
October 22
Sunset Park, Mt. Dora
Pisces Rising restaurant presents a festival of food! Enjoy meals prepared using fresh ingredients from local farmers, all while listening to live music.

Fall Fiesta in the Park
November 4–5
Lake Eola Park, Orlando
With hundreds of booths, live musicians, and tons of activities for kids, there is no shortage of things to do at this huge festival!

Apopka Fall Family Festival
November 9-12
Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka
The community is invited to this weekend of family activities, including carnival rides and live music. Parents will especially love the Beer & Wine Garden!

Longwood Fall Festival
November 18–19
Longwood City Hall
Formerly known as the Longwood Arts Festival, this event now offers so much more for families: there will be live music, carnival games, and over 150 vendors to explore.


Corn Mazes
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Scott’s Maze Adventures; Photo by Amy Smith Photography

Harvest Holler
Fridays–Sundays from September 22–November 12
Harvest Holler Corn Maze, Polk City
Get lost a (literal) maze of fall fun on the farm. Along with the corn maze, there is a pumpkin patch and a petting zoo. Kids can also ride the Cow Train, climb the hay fort, play on tire swings and so much more!

Scott’s Maze Adventures
Saturdays and Sundays from September 30–December 10
Long & Scott Farms, Mount Dora
Shake up your fall with a crazy corn maze at Long & Scott Farms! This year’s maze theme is a tribute to first responders. Tickets start at $12.

Partin Ranch Corn Maze
Weekends in October
Partin Ranch, Kenansville
There is never a dull moment at Partin Ranch this October: every weekend, families are invited to navigate a corn maze, zip down zip lines, and play all kinds of games.

Sunflower Mazes at Stanley Pond Farm
Weekends in October
Stanley Pond Adventure Farm, Astatula
This unique fall experience is worth the drive: not only is there a sunflower maze to explore, but kids can pick flowers & pumpkins, ride horses, see a magic show, and much more!

 


Oktoberfest Celebrations
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Oktoberfest at the German American Society of Central Florida

Baldwin Park Octoberfest
October 6
New Broad Street, Baldwin Park
For the first time ever, Baldwin Park’s First Friday Festival is getting a “fall” spin! Enjoy plenty of beer, live music, plus over 100 artists & vendors.

Orlando’s Most Authentic 2017 Oktoberfest
October 7 and 28
German American Society of Central Florida, Casselberry
Button up your lederhosen and enjoy live entertainment, Bavarian style food, and of course, plenty of German beer on tap, all complements of the German American Society of Central Florida.

Sanford Oktoberfest
October 12–14, various times
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe
Downtown Sanford is turning into Germany for a weekend! Roam around the street party for free or buy a ticket from Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe to enjoy food & drinks.

Avalon Park Oktoberfest
October 14
Avalon Park, Orlando
This is a perfect Oktoberfest celebration for the whole family: while parents can sip drinks at the Beer Garden, kids can quench their thirst at the Root Beer Garden and bounce around at the Bounce Park!

Celebration Oktoberfest
October 20-21
Celebration Town Center
Come early and stay late at this one-of-a-kind celebration. There will be interactive live performances as well as hayrides and crafts for kids. It’s totally free to enjoy!

Hometown Harvest
November 5
Winter Springs Town Center
This free community festival features live entertainment from local artists, a play area for kids, and a meet-and-greet with the Winter Springs Police Department!


More Fall Fun for Families
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Barktoberfest at Lake Eola

2nd Annual Fall Junk Days at the Barn
October 5-8
Ol’ Barn Junktiques, Geneva
This quaint festival has all of the staples your family will want: vendors & artists, pumpkins, and good food. Admission is free.

BBQ and Blues Festival
October 13-15
Lake ridge Winery & Vineyards
It’s a battle of the BBQ pit masters at this weekend bash! See cooks compete to be the “Rib King” while watching live music, browsing vendors, and trying Lakeridge wines.

Lake County Folk Festival
October 14-15
Ferran Park, Eustis
Soak in the season at this outdoor music festival! In addition to live tunes, there will be plenty of food trucks and vendors set up throughout the park.

44th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
October 14-15
Central Park, Winter Park
This community sidewalk show features local art and entertainment that your whole family will love. Crealdé School of Art is even hosting free art workshops so that kids can make their own masterpiece!

Interactive Fall Arts & Crafts Celebration for Children
October 21
The Historic Sanford Welcome Center
This event will have your kids in a fall frenzy: they can decorate pumpkins, rocks and even cookies! Bonus: this is the same night as the Sanford Art Walk and the Food Truck Fiesta.

Ocoee Founder’s Day Festival
November 3–4
Bill Breeze Park, Ocoee
The City of Ocoee presents a huge, free concert for the community featuring country and pop artists. There will also be carnival activities just for kids.

38th Annual Montverde Day Festival
November 10-11
Town of Montverde
This small-town festival offers a classic car show and live entertainment, plus unique vendors that you won’t find anywhere else.

Barktoberfest
November 19
Lake Eola Park, Orlando
Come together to celebrate animal rescue groups with Orange County Animal Services. Along with local vendors, there will be animals available for adoption right there at the festival!


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Stay tuned for our oh-so-spooky 2017 Halloween roundup, a curated list of Halloween parties for you and your little ones.

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