It’s been a crazy year so far, to say the least. We’re all ready to turn the page and have a change of seasons and activities. Many events this year have been postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic, but you couldn’t cancel good, old-fashioned outdoor fall fun even if you tried! Thankfully, there are plenty of great Birmingham pumpkin patches and fall festivals to get you in a fall frame of mind!
We verified these events prior to publishing, and we are updating our list as we learn of schedule changes. However, please check websites to confirm events as you plan your fall calendar!
Best Birmingham Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals
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! Their Halloween Festival will run daily from September 26th – November 15th.
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 26th and runs through October 31st. The farm is open to the public on weekday afternoons and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
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 daily from September 26th – October 31st, with the Annual Cotton Pickin’ Festival taking place October 24th – 25th.
Griffin Farm of West Blocton
Griffin Farm of West Blocton, about an hour west of Birmingham, opens their pumpkin season on October 3rd 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 26th – November 3rd.
The Patch at Helena Hollow opens Saturday, October 3rd, and runs every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person (ages two and under are FREE). Admission includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch (pumpkins can be picked and purchased for $2 each), a petting zoo, slides, a climbing wall, swings, and more!
Homestead Hollow in Springville has two different festival dates this fall: September 25th-27th and November 13th-15th. 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.
Scarecrow Junction at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is not doing their traditional annual pumpkin patch event due to Covid-19 restrictions, but they are hosting a new event this year — Scarecrow Junction! About the new event:
Bring your family to Scarecrow Junction at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera every weekend in October. It’s a NEW family-fun, fall festival event that you don’t want to miss!
Enjoy food trucks, safe, family-friendly games and activities, the huge Great Pumpkin, and more! Put on your costumes, bring your cameras, and come have some fun at the NEW Scarecrow Junction this Fall at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.
- Saturdays October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Departing at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Central
- Sundays October 4, 11, 18, 25
Departing 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Central
Seek out the hidden scarecrows displayed throughout the museum grounds and get your tickets to ride not just one — but two — different train experiences. Ride behind the full-size, diesel C&S locomotive and, while you’re visiting, be sure to buy a ticket to ride the newly restored Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad and get your very own souvenir Golden Spike! Tickets available at the Shelby & Southern Depot prior to departure.
Tickets are $15. Children under age two ride free of charge in an adult’s lap.
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 29th Annual Halloween Fairyland on Saturday, October 31st, but be sure to call ahead (205-477-5711) because their website mentions this is subject to change due to the pandemic. 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), and more.
Grace House Pumpkin Festival
Mountain Brook Community Church and the Grace House Junior Board are hosting this year’s socially distanced “drive-thru” Grace House Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 24th. Admission is $25 per car and includes two pumpkins loaded straight into your car (you can get more pumpkins for an additional charge), a pumpkin decorating kit, a yard sign to display at your home or office to show your support for Grace House, and access to drive-thru activities like candy and prize giveaways!
So much family fun to be had at these Birmingham pumpkin patches and fall events! Have an amazing fall, Mamas!