East Bay Pumpkin Patch Guide - 510 Families

East Bay Pumpkin Patch Guide

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

pumpkin patch guide for the east bay

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.

In the (510), East Bay Pumpkin Patches:

Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch, Alameda. Located at 2453 Hancock Street, Speer Family Farms opens for the season on September 20th with many activities that your kids will love: zipline, human-size zorb balls, ship slides, bounce houses, petting zoo, corn box, and a maze. Historically, all day access to the activities is $20. Open September 20 through October 31 from 10am – 10pm.

Speer Family Farm pumpkin patch | Photo: Icarian
Speer Family Farms pumpkin patch | Photo: Icarian

Multiple locations. Pick of the Patch operates several locations in Bay Area pumpkin patches including these in the (510) area: OaklandFremont (open 9/20), San Leandro (open 9/20), Richmond (open 9/21) with two in Concord. 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.

Play area at Clayton Valley pumpkin patch
Play area at Clayton Valley pumpkin patch | Photo: cvpumpkinfarm.com

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 arrived 9/7). And there's always the grocery store! The pile of pumpkins outside Monterey Market in October is the stuff of legends.

Pumpkins at Monterey Market
Climbing the pumpkin pile at Monterey Market, Berkeley | Photo: Anna Azimi

The fabulous Bay Area farms with pumpkin patches

If you want 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.

Ardenwood Farms Pumpkin Patch for JE Perry, Fremont

Near the Dumbarton Bridge, Ardenwood Farms hosts the pumpkin patch for the JE Perry organic farm, a working vegetable farm. Ride on a tractor, get lost in the kids maze, and climb the haystack mountains. And more pumpkins! Opens October 1. $1 admission to the pumpkin patch on weekends (weekday mornings for school groups only) plus the price of pumpkins. Open Oct 1 -31 Mon-Fri noon-7pm Sat & Sun 9am-7pm. {See our review of the pumpkin patch and haunted train ride for kids}

Pumpkin Patch
Great Peter Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma | Photo Anna Azimi

Clayton Valley Farm Pumpkin Patch, Clayton

A drive out to the (925) and you can enjoy the Clayton Valley Farm. Train rides, hay maze, activity zone for kids, and a few farm goodies as well.  Super fun. Open daily Sep 28 – Oct 31 (playland closes at dusk, train has reduced hours). All activities are individually priced: Playland with straw maze and play structures; Barnyard play area; Pumpkin train. Pumpkins cost extra. Last year activities ranged from $3-$9 each with combo packs at $12 to $15; it can add up. Luckily, they take a credit card. Here's our take on Clayton Valley Farm.

G & M Farms Pumpkin Patch | PC: Anna Azimi

G&M Farms Pumpkin Patch and Giant Corn Maze, Livermore

G& M Farms Pumpkin Patch will get you lost in a 6-acre corn maze (this year, shaped like Wizard of Oz!). Weekends feature pony rides, pedal carts, and a barnyard blaster (huh, what's that?). Pick your own pumpkins. Open October 1-30, hours and prices vary. Check out our visit at G&M Farms.

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches
Smith Family Farm, Brentwood | Photo by Whitney Moss

Joan's Farm pumpkins and fort maze, Livermore

Joan's Farm comes highly recommended by our contributor, Rebecca. She tells us that the pony rides and wagons made it tons of fun for her little ones. Bonus activities include: fort maze and giant corn maze; Old West Town with gem panning; hay ride; farm animals; and pumpkins too. Right near Livermore Wine Country to boot. No admission price, but the pumpkins and activities cost $5 each or $25 for an unlimited wristband. Open daily 9am-6pm through October. Cash only.

Sawyer at the Pumpkin Patch at Perry Family Farms
Perry Family Farms at Ardenwood | Photo: Heather Flett

Smith Family Farm, Brentwood

Smith Family Farm is old school in a good way. October harvest activities include a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where each person can pick their own pumpkin, live music, a corn maze, an animal area, and a picnic area. Fall Harvest Festival opens September 29. 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.

Relax in the corn pit at Speer Family Farms Alameda Patch
Relax in the corn pit at Speer Family Farms, Alameda Patch

Pumpkin patches worth the drive!

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, corn pit, milking a cow (!!), digging up potatoes, hay maze, and hayrides. 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}

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma
The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma | photo by Heather

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch and giant corn maze

Open October 4 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

Open from September 29 through Halloween. The pumpkin patch offers 21 different varieties of pumpkin; free hay rides; pumpkin slingshot; and jumpy stuff. No admission price. Friday and Saturday evening events require $12 tickets and sound like a big ol' festival. Website >

Half Moon Bay pumpkin patches

If you have time to spend on the ultimate autumn weekend with your family, you might consider a trip to Half Moon Bay. We hear great things about Lemos Farm, Arata's Pumpkin Farm, and Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm, where they really go nuts for Halloween. We have tips if you want to camp overnight at the State Park and find a perfect breakfast spot in the morning.

Driving two hours to Lathrop, CA will lead you to a fun giant corn maze experience at Dell'Osso Family Farms. Opening Day is September 28.

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

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 at Alameda Point, open all October long beginning 9/20! All research and inclusions were based on my research and opinions.

[Photo credits as noted]

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3 thoughts on “East Bay Pumpkin Patch Guide”

  1. We visited the two in Livermore today, a Monday. HIGHLY recommend the G&M “corn box” especially on a quiet weekday evening. I didn’t understand this til we arrived–it’s a GIANT sand box with dried corn kernels instead of sand. It felt AMAZING — like some kind of spa therapy you’d find in Calistoga. And the kids had a blast burying each other in corn. Their hay maze was also a hit, and I loved how the world went so silent as I passed through the hay tunnels. While pricey, the $20 we spent to experience a real, enormous, awesome corn maze was totally worth it. This family-run destination is a local treasure, and we chatted with the owner, also a dad, and he’s a lovely guy who’s been at this since he was 3. We’re definitely going back and sending our friends.

    Joan’s was just OK–the quarter-fed vending machines for the hungry animals were a nice touch, loved the hay ziggurat, and couldn’t get the 6yo away from the Fort Maze, but the rest… I dunno. Not sure I’d send people there from the western East Bay unless they need a little extra activity after G&M. I’m sure it’s heaps better on a weekend, but the corn-less “corn maze” (actually a mesh of orange barrier plastic) was so forlorn we didn’t even get close to it. Yeah, it’s probably a victim of this terrible drought we’re having, but still…..

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