East Bay Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Guide - 510 Families

East Bay Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Guide

Big thanks to Three Nunns Farm for sponsoring our guide to East Bay Pumpkin Patches. Opening for u-pick pumpkins, an epic corn maze, tractor rides, and lots more on September 18, 2021.

Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin patches and farms are all over the map (as are the patches themselves). Though I like to get in, get out, and get a perfect pumpkin picture, I also love to visit a real farm if I have a whole day to spend making autumn magic. East Bay pumpkin patches come in many types: a pile at the market, a quick pumpkin picture, a carnival atmosphere, or a full day on the farm.

Pumpkin Patch Guide 2021

A few words about Covid-19: Every pumpkin patch that is opening in 2021 is practicing distancing and hygiene practices to the best of their street-corner or farmland ability. As guests, we must also be vigilant about mask-wearing and distancing and super chill about waiting in extra lines, making a reservation, or that really cool corn pit we love that is now closed. Have fun out there!

Spotlight on Three Nunns Farm

Three Nunns Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Brentwood

Starting on September 18 through Halloween, Three Nunns Farm, will be open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The farm has over 40 acres for exploring, so plan to get dirty. The Nunn Family has been farming in Brentwood for over 150 years.

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Choose your pumpkin — one of 40 varieties – from the vine | Photo: Three Nunns

Other than picking pumpkins straight from the vine, you can take a tractor ride over to an epic corn maze, corn trail, and the rest of the beautiful property (children 2 & under are free and $7 for the rest of us). Expect a variety of fresh produce at the farm stand including 40 types of pumpkin. The tractors run daily throughout the Fall Season and reservations are not required at this time.

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Farmer Sam has dedicated this year’s giant corn maze to our community. The 2021 giant corn maze reads: It’s Better in Brentwood | Photo: Three Nunns Farm

Location: 550 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood
Open September 18 – October 31.
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In the (510), East Bay Pumpkin Patches:

Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch. Located at 2453 Hancock St in Alameda, Speer Family Farms opens for the season on September 17 with activities that your kids will love: tall inflatable slides, human-size zorb balls, and a petting zoo. All-activity access passes are $20, pre-registration is available online.
Open September 17 through November 1 from 10 am – 10 pm.
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Speer Family Farm pumpkin patch | Photo: Icarian
Speer Family Farms pumpkin patch has a hay pyramid kids can climb or just sit on  | Photo: Icarian

Westbrae Nursery Mini Patch. At 1272 Gilman Street in Berkeley, a sweet autumnal corner of the Westbrae Nursery is dedicated to pumpkins and hay throughout October. It is a darling photo opp and place to shop local for pumpkins. No frills; pick up your gardening supplies and other plants while you’re here. Pumpkins are $5 to $25 with the proceeds going to the Cornell Elementary PTA. Every day 11 am to 5:30 pm. Website >

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Mini patch at Westbrae Nursery | Photo: Pamela Nudel

Oakland or Richmond. Pick of the Patch operates several locations in Bay Area pumpkin patches including these in the (510) area that open on September 17: Richmond, Fremont, and San Leandro. They feature inflatable fun for kids at 2 to 12 along with the holiday orbs and are open until 9 pm or 10 pm depending on the date. Amusement activities cost extra. Click on through to see hours, prices, and amenities at each.

A corner near you. Some urban patches take over a few blocks in the near (510). And there’s always the grocery store!

Piedmont Avenue. The one on Piedmont Ave has been going strong for 25 years (pumpkins are there already along with spooky Halloween merchandise).

Fabulous Bay Area Farms with Pumpkin Patches

If you are willing to drive an hour or two, there are many fantastic farms with a pumpkin patch on the premises that will welcome you. Prices and amenities vary greatly.

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Take a tractor ride around the farm to the pumpkin vines & corn mazes | Photo: Three Nunns Farm

Three Nunns Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Brentwood

Three Nunns sells u-pick pumpkins right off the vine for .50/pound (little ones under 3 pounds will be charged at $1/pound). A $7 fee (children two and under are FREE) gets you access to a tractor ride, two corn mazes, and the pumpkin patch. The tractor takes you all over the farm property into the orchard and around many seasonal crops. The larger of the two corn mazes takes about 15-30 minutes to navigate and there’s a more relaxed maze that takes about five minutes. While you’re on the farm, you can also pick pomegranates, corn, tomatoes, and flowers.
Dates: Open September 18 – October 31.
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Choosing his favorite pumpkin | Photo: Three Nunns Farm

G&M Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Livermore

At 487 East Airway Boulevard in Livermore G & M Farms has a corn maze and pumpkin patch. Extra features like hayrides, pedal carts, a cow train, bouncy pillows, and pony rides are only available on weekends. Open October 1-31 Wednesday through Sunday only, hours and prices vary. Check out our visit at G&M Farms.

G&S Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Brentwood

At 1151 Chestnut Street in Brentwood, G & S Farms will get you lost in a large corn maze before or after you select your pumpkin from the vine with a few other fun seasonal activities like the pumpkin-chuckin’ cannons. Open October 1-31, hours and prices vary. Check out our visit at G&S Farms.

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How fast can you make it out of the corn maze? | Photo: Julia Gidwani at G & S Farms

Joan’s Farm Pumpkins and Fort Maze, Livermore

Joan’s Farm comes highly recommended. There will be farm animals (sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, and chickens!), lots of pumpkins, Old West Town, a fort maze, and a giant corn maze. Right near Livermore Wine Country. No admission price, but the pumpkins and activities cost $5 each or $25 for an unlimited wristband. Open October 2-31 except Mondays 10 am-6 pm through October. Cash only.
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Smith Family Farm, Brentwood

Open September 25 through October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Located at 4350 Sellers Avenue in Knightsen, Smith Family Farm is old school with a country fair vibe and is open for October harvest activities. Guests can pick their own pumpkin then enjoy a corn maze (a huge one and a smaller one for the little kids), a butterfly habitat with frogs and caterpillars, and a picnic area. They suggest you bring your own wagon. Admission is $12 for all (including a pumpkin and all activities). Cash or check only. Website >

Pumpkin Patches Worth the Drive!

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Great Peter Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma | Photo Anna Azimi

Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Farm, Petaluma

Anna and her family make their family pumpkin patch trek to this working dairy farm in Petaluma where most of the attractions are FREE: animal petting, milking a cow (!!), digging up potatoes, hay maze, hay pyramid, and hayrides. Pumpkins and homemade ice cream cost some, but the cheese-tasting is also free. About an hour’s drive. Open October 1-31. {See our visit to Great Peter Pumpkin Patch} Website >

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch and Giant Corn Maze

Just over an hour from Berkeley. Open October 8 through Halloween. Hayride, exciting attractions like an 8-acre corn maze, farm animals, and autumnal treats. The ultimate wristband is $24. Website >

Muelrath Ranches, Santa Rosa

Just over an hour from Berkeley. Open from September 25 through Halloween from 10 am to 6 pm. The pumpkin patch offers 20 different varieties of pumpkin; free hayrides; pumpkin slingshot; and toddler corn maze. No admission price. Friday and Saturday evening events require $12 tickets and sound like a big ol’ festival. Website >

Arata's Pumpkin Farm corn field and hay maze
Get lost in Arata’s Pumpkin Farm cornfield and hay maze | Photo: Soni Bedi

Arata’s Pumpkin Farm, Half Moon Bay

Not sure about 2021 dates, Arata’s Pumpkin Farm and Hay Maze typically has all the autumnal activities you could wish for: ponies, hayride, animals, etc. Pay for the activities a la carte ($5 to $10) or with a day pass. Learn More about our visit to Arata’s Farm >

Lemos Farm, Half Moon Bay

Open from September 4 through November 21, Lemos Farm has all the autumnal activities ready for your family. Purchase an advance ticket to visit Lemos Farm in the morning or afternoon. Tickets include pony rides, train rides, hayrides, car barn, petting zoo, haunted house, barn slide, hay maze, and entrance to the pumpkin farm (OMG!). Not cheap, but totally wonderful. Goat yoga must be purchased separately. Learn more our visit to Lemos Farm >

Farmer John Pumpkin Patch in Half Moon Bay
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch in Half Moon Bay

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm, Half Moon Bay

Open September 10 through Halloween, Farmer John’s is a giant, pet-friendly pumpkin farm open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Website >

Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon

About an hour 15 minutes from Berkeley, Cool Patch Pumpkins is open for the 2020 season on September 25 through October 31 from 9 am to 8 pm, weather permitting. Cool Patch boasts a world-record corn maze, pedal cars, hayrides, and lots of pumpkins.  View website >

Dell’Osso Farm Pumpkins & Corn Maze, Lathrop

Driving two hours to Lathrop, CA will lead you to a fun giant corn maze experience at Dell’Osso Family Farms. Open daily from October 2 to 31. Attractions include a giant corn maze, pumpkin blasters, a haunted castle, and a modified kids’ zone. Hours and prices vary. View website >

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See you on the farm! Siblings Jake, Hailey, & Sam Nunn | Photo: Three Nunns Farm

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Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Where do you get your pumpkins?!

Thanks again to this year’s guide sponsor, Three Nunns Farm! Opening for u-pick pumpkins, an epic corn maze, tractor rides, and lots more on September 18, 2021.

[Photo credits as noted]

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4 thoughts on “East Bay Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Guide”

  1. Every year the Westbrae Nursery on Gilman in Berkeley has a lovely little pumpkin patch. The owner also generously gives 100% of the proceeds from the sales to the Cornell Elementary School PTA.

  2. I am a city Kid and I LOVE traveling to a real farm with the Kid. Last year, we visited a patch a week (Wednesdays! No school yet) and that was awesome! We used your guide, ranked our favorites and this year will return to 2 or 3 and try 1 or 2 more. These kind of outdoor activities helped keep us going during the height of Shelter In Place. THANK YOU!

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