Break out the pumpkin spice and watch the leaves start to come down — it’s (almost) fall, y’all! Fall means pumpkins, outdoor festivals, and hay rides, and you’ll have a nearly endless number of options to explore in and around Birmingham. Get out your calendar and make a day of picking a pumpkin and enjoying a local farm or two. Be sure to verify operating hours and days before going as details are changing, and where possible, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
For a list of what’s going on in October, check out our A Birmingham Mom’s Ultimate Guide to October.
The Great Pumpkin Patch
The Great Pumpkin Patch is located in Hayden. Hayden is about a 35-minute drive from downtown Birmingham, so this is a fun day trip for your whole family. Admission to the Great Pumpkin Patch is free — you just pay for each activity you decide to do. They have inflatables, a covered wagon ride (with or without pumpkin picking), a petting zoo, and more! They are open daily beginning September 25.
The Penton Farms Pumpkin Patch in Verbena offers a variety of activities including a five-acre corn maze, corn pit, wagon rides, super slides, hamster wheels, and more! This, plus a pumpkin, is all included in the admission price of $10.00 (ages 2 and up). Additional activities and concessions are available for purchase as well. The pumpkin patch opens September 25th at 9 am. Check their Facebook page for days and operating hours.
Old Baker Farm
Old Baker Farm in Harpersville is often a field trip spot for kids in our area, and they have a great pumpkin patch, too. Kids love climbing on their hay bale maze and riding behind the tractor to the patch. Admission to Old Baker Farm includes a pumpkin and all events except food, arts and crafts, and horseback rides. The farm will be open Wednesday to Sunday from September 25th – October 31st.
Griffin Farm of West Blocton
Griffin Farm of West Blocton, about an hour west of Birmingham, opens their pumpkin season on October 2nd and continues the fall fun each weekend in October. Admission is $10 per person ages 2+, but there is so much included: bouncy houses, swings, slides, a hayride, one pumpkin per person, and more! They also have a zip line and a rock climbing wall, and the first climb or ride is included in the admission price.
4D Farm in Cullman is another fun option. Weekend admission is $14.95 + tax (and you can save money with the early bird purchase option or by going on one of the weekdays they’re open). This gets you into the farm to see and do just about everything. Slides, a cow train, hay ride, and more are all included in your admission. Pumpkins, pony rides, the corn canon, and gemstone mining are an additional charge. The drive time and cost are worth it because of the great experience! Fall open dates at 4D Farm are September 25th – November 6th.
The Patch at Helena Hollow opens Saturday, October 2nd, and runs every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.95 per person online and $15 at the gate (ages two and under are FREE). Admission includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch (pumpkins can be picked and purchased for an additional charge), a petting zoo, slides, a climbing wall, swings, and more!
Hidden Rivers Farms
Hidden Rivers Farms in Hartselle might be a little further to drive, but when you go, you’ll find not only pumpkins but also a maze, nature trails, and a game day viewing area! Get your pumpkin fix without missing any of our beloved college football. They are open for the fall season from September 17 through October 31 — go play Fridays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-7pm. Day Passes are $8 per person at the gate but you can purchase tickets online in advance. Children 2 and under get in free.
Homestead Hollow in Springville has two different festival dates this fall: Fall Arts & Crafts on September 24th-26th and Christmas in the Country on November 12th-14th. In addition to the antiques and arts and crafts vendors, they also have pioneer demonstrations featuring wood carving, soap making, quilting, beekeeping, and more! After sampling food from their food court (barbeque, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and ice cream), enjoy wagon rides, face painting, a moonwalk, and a trip to the Homestead Hollow General Store. Children two and under are FREE, tickets for children 3-12 are $4, and tickets for ages 13 – adults are $8.
Miss Sims Garden
Sims Garden is a pocket garden in the Edgewood Neighborhood of Homewood and is the legacy of Catherine Anville Sims, known as the plant lady. Billed as the ONLY Over-the-Mountain Pumpkin Patch, from September 18 to October 31, Sims Garden offers a wide variety of pumpkins and chrysanthemums too. From teeny tiny pumpkins and gourds to traditional jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkins, you’ll fined pumpkins from less than a pound to over 50 pounds.
The Winnataska Pumpkin Patch
Head to Camp Winnataska in Pell City the weekend of October 16 and 17 for its annual pumpkin patch days. You’ll find games, s’mores, hayrides, and, of course, pumpkins, all in a perfect camp setting. Hours of operation are not listed but follow them on Facebook or Instagram for updates.
Junction at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is once again offering its traditional annual pumpkin patch event, Pumpkin Junction, every weekend in October. Gather up the entire family and board the Calera and Shelby Railroad for a short ride to Pumpkin Junction, where you can purchase a pumpkin, enjoy lunch or snacks from food vendors, play games, and more. Tickets are $17. Children under age two ride free of charge in an adult’s lap. Order your tickets in advance online.
Hoover Hayride & Family Night
The FREE Hoover Hayride & Family Night at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road is Thursday, October 29th from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and will feature hayrides, face painting, balloon artists, giveaways, and more!
Halloween Fairyland at Tannehill State Park
Tannehill State Park in McCalla is hosting its 30th Annual Halloween Fairyland on Saturday, October 30th. Standard park admission applies: children 5 and under are FREE, children 6-11 are $3, ages 12-61 are $5, and ages 62+ are $4). Enjoy face painting, balloon animals, train rides (small additional charge), plus traditional Halloween candy “trick or treat” stops at more than 200 campsites during the evening.
Grace House Pumpkin Festival
The Grace House Junior Board is hosting this year’s s Grace House Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 23rd from 10 am to 1 pm at Homewood Central Park. Admission is $10 per child (adults are free!) and includes a pumpkin with each children’s admission, a 24 foot rock wall, tons of carnival style games, fun activities, and candy giveaways.
So much family fun to be had at these Birmingham pumpkin patches and fall events! Have an amazing fall, Mamas!