Even though it’s currently 90 degrees outside, I can FEEL that all things autumn are just around the corner: leaves changing, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course, pumpkin picking and fall festivals. Thankfully, Birmingham has plenty to offer to get you in a fall frame of mind!
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 could be a fun day trip for your whole family. Admission to the Great Pumpkin Patch is free! You pay for each activity you participate in. 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 28th – November 3rd.
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 28th and runs through November 2nd. 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 28th – October 31st, with the Annual Cotton Pickin’ Festival taking place October 26th – 27th.
Griffin Farm of West Blocton
Griffin Farm of West Blocton, about an hour west of Birmingham, opens their pumpkin season on October 5th and continues the fall fun each weekend through 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 (ages 8+ only).
4D Farm in Cullman is another fun option. Admission is $11.95+ tax (and you can save money with the early bird purchase option). 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 are not included in the initial cost, and pony rides, the corn canon, and gemstone mining are also an additional charge. The drive time and cost are worth it because of the experience. Fall open dates at 4D Farm are September 28th – November 2nd.
The Patch at Helena Hollow opens Saturday, October 5th, and runs every Saturday and Sunday through 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), live music, bouncy houses, rope obstacles, and more!
Pumpkin Patch Express at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
The Pumpkin Patch Express at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera (yes, the same place you’ve taken your kids to the North Pole Express during the Christmas season) invites you and your family “all aboard” on a scenic autumn train ride every Saturday and Sunday in October. The train makes a stop where you can visit the Pumpkin Patch, bounce on bouncy houses, and pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch before catching the train back to your car. Children two and under are FREE, tickets for children 2-11 are $14, and tickets for ages 12-adults are $17.
Boo at the Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo’s 27th Annual Boo at the Zoo runs October 18th – 31st from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. each night and features animal encounters, the Spider Slide, rides on the Scarousel and Eerie Express Train, as well as trick-or-treating and more! Tickets start at $8.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
Oak Mountain State Park Harvest Festival
The Oak Mountain State Park Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be music, pony rides, hayrides, bouncy houses, and more. Regular entrance fees apply: children 2-11 as well as seniors 62+ are $2 each, ages 12-61 are $5 each, and children 3 and under, as well as military and veterans are FREE.
Mt. Laurel Fall Festival
The Mt. Laurel Fall Festival is Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will feature bouncy houses, a craft fair, a farmers market, live music, and more!
Neverland Carnival by Birmingham Children’s Theatre
The Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s second annual Neverland Carnival is Sunday, October 6th from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. and is sure to delight children of all ages. Admission includes hobnobbing with all your favorite storybook characters, games, carnival food, rides, prizes, and a silent auction. Tickets start at $5 for children and $10 for adults if bought online in advance. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.
Hoover Hayride & Family Night
The FREE Hoover Hayride & Family Night at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road is Thursday, October 24h 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 28th Annual Halloween Fairyland on Saturday, October 26th from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. 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.
So much family fun to be had! Have an amazing fall, Mamas!