East Bay Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Guide - 510 Families

East Bay Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Guide

Big thanks to Speer Family Farms for sponsoring our guide to East Bay Pumpkin Patches. Check out the carnival fun atmosphere in Uptown Oakland open 10 to 10 daily.

East Bay Pumpkin Patch guide

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.

A few words about Covid-19: Every pumpkin patch that is opening in 2020 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 loved last year that is now closed. Have fun out there!

In the (510), East Bay Pumpkin Patches:

Speer Family Farms, Uptown Oakland Pumpkin Patch

Located at 1911 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, Speer Family Farms opens for the season on September 25th with many activities that your kids will love: tall inflatable slides, human-size zorb balls, hay stack climber, and a pumpkin shooter. All-activity access passes are $20. Reservations are requested as capacity will be limited. Open September 25 through October 31 from 10am – 10pm.

Timed tickets are currently on sale for attractions; pumpkin delivery available.

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. 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 two in the (510) area: Oakland and Richmond. They feature inflatable fun for kids at 2 to 12 along with the holiday orbs and are open until 9pm or 10pm depending on the date. 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). We've seen pop-up pumpkin patches on Piedmont Ave (pumpkins are there already along with spooky Halloween merchandise). And there's always the grocery store!

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.

G&S Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 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 (older kids might enjoy the Hocus Pocus movie night). 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, 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 3-31 except Mondays 9am-6pm through October. Cash only.

Smith Family Farm, Brentwood

Open September 26 through October. Smith Family Farm is old school in a good way and will be open for October harvest activities with Covid-19 precautions in place. No hay ride this year, but live music will still be performed in a socially distanced manner. Guests can pick their own pumpkin then enjoy a corn maze, a butterfly habitat, and a picnic area. They suggest you bring your own wagon. Last year's hours were 9am-5pm daily through Halloween and admission was $10 on weekdays and $12 for adults and $10 for kids under 12 on Weekends (includes a pumpkin). 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, and hay rides. Pumpkins and homemade ice cream cost some, but the cheese-tasting is also free. About an hour drive. Opens October 1. {See our visit to Great Peter Pumpkin Patch}

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch and Giant Corn Maze

Just over an hour from Berkeley. Open October 9 through Halloween. Hayride, exciting attractions like an 8-acre corn maze, farm animals, and autumnal treats. The ultimate wristband is $21. Website >

Muelrath Ranches, Santa Rosa

Just over an hour from Berkeley. Open from September 26 through Halloween from 10 am to 6 pm. The pumpkin patch offers 20 different varieties of pumpkin; free hay rides; 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 corn field and hay maze | Photo: Soni Bedi

Arata's Pumpkin Farm, Half Moon Bay

Open already and throughout October, Arata's Pumpkin Farm and Hay Maze has all the autumnal activities you could wish for: ponies, hay ride, animals, etc. Pay for the activities a la carte ($5 to $10) or with a day pass. Learn More about 2020 offerings & prices at Arata's Farm >

Lemos Farm, Half Moon Bay

Open from September 5 through October. Purchase an advance ticket to visit Lemos Farm in the morning or afternoon. Tickets include pony ride, train ride, hay ride, car barn, petting zoo, haunted house, barn slide, hay maze, and entrance to the pumpkin farm (OMG!). Learn More about 2020 at 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 18 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 26 through October 31 from 9 am to 8 pm, weather permitting. Cool Patch boasts a world record corn maze, pedal cars, hay rides, 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 in 2020 from October 3 to 31. Attractions include giant corn maze, pumpkin blasters, haunted castle, and a modified kids' zone. Hours and prices vary. View website >

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, Speer Family Farms now in Uptown Oakland on Telegraph Ave., open all October long beginning 9/25! All research and inclusions were based on my research and opinions.

[Photo credits as noted]

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1 thought 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.

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