We’re updating this post for 2019, but most of the links from 2018 should take you to the farm or patch’s most up-to-date information.
Nothing says, “Autumn is here,” like going pumpkin picking with your family, so here’s your guide to the best pumpkin patches in San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay, and the Peninsula and South Bay. Remember to bring cash with you to pay for your pumpkins and buy tickets to the attractions. While many places accept credit cards, others are cash only.
Don’t forget to check out our community calendar of events happening around the city in October. Lots of Halloween-themed things to do, and you can even add your own public events to the calendar. Plus, we’ve mapped out the trick-or-treating hot spots around the city.
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Visit our sister site Mid Peninsula Moms Blog for the most up to date info. on pumpkin patches to the south.
October 1- 31, 9am-9pm daily
1620 7th Ave., San Francisco
For when you want to give your kids the pumpkin patch experience, but don’t feel like leaving the city, Clancy’s, in the Inner Sunset, is the place to go. It was the city’s first pumpkin patch in 1979, and they’re still going strong. Pick out your family pumpkins and try out the hayride around the patch. Free parking makes this spot extra convenient.
October 1 – 31, 10am-5pm, Mon.-Sat.
207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco
The Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center will have pumpkins, snacks, games and activities, including a haunted house. All proceeds benefit people with Developmental Disabilities and all activities are wheelchair accessible.
October 28, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Yerba Buena Gardens
The Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch! The program features live music, performances and craft activities. Compete in the annual Mummy Wrap and more games. Remember to bring your camera for the Hoopla Photo Booth! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween finery.
September 29 – 31, 10am-6pm, open daily
5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square), Nicasio
After you pick out your certified organic pumpkins stay for the hay rides, farm animals, pony rides, bounce house, and giant inflatable slide. Tasty treats, including a farm stand and Big Jim’s award-winning BBQ and ice cream will be for sale on the weekends, as will special musical performances.
October 1 – 31, open daily
2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
Two pumpkin patch locations will be set up throughout October. One is in front of Three Twins Ice Cream, and the other is near the Marin Country Mart Trading Post. Bring cash for your pumpkins. You’ll buy your pumpkins on the honor system, putting your money in the payment boxes located at each patch.
October 6 – 28, 10am – 5pm, Wed. – Sun.
St. Vincent’s Field, San Rafael
The annual pumpkin patch at St. Vincent’s (Marinwood) is back with bounce houses, face painting, a hay pile and other activities. Bring lunch to picnic or buy something at their snack shack.
Ian’s Lazy Days Pumpkin Patch at Terra Kids Outdoor
October 1- 31, open daily
690 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
You can’t miss spotting the pumpkin patch and bounce house that pops up at the Terra Kids play structure store every October as you drive up 101N.
October 1 – 31, open daily
100 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
The inflatable space shuttle slide is the big attraction at this annual pumpkin patch.
Sept. 28 – Oct. 31, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
2171 Monarch St, Alameda
This family owned and operated pumpkin patch sources all of its pumpkins from local farmers. They also have fun attractions ranging from a 4 story ship slide, petting zoo, jumpy houses, kid play areas, mazes for your family’s enjoyment. The patch was previously set up in Emeryville and has moved to Alameda.
Sept 28th (noon – 5 pm); Sept 29-30th (9 am -5 pm)
October 1 – 31, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily
1060 Pine Lane, Clayton
Clayton offers a full day of family fun. The Pumpkin Playland contains a giant tunnel of straw, 3 giant pots filled with lima beans, a Farmer’s Phonebooth, “Ball Return,” and more! Little Carver’s Barnyard is a play area with the popular Duck Races (use an old-fashioned water pump to push your duck from one side to the other), Ball Launcher, bowling, and the Barn Ball Toss. There’s also face painting, farm animals, train rides, food and drinks, and contests!
Now – October 31
Weekdays: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Sat. & Sun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
487 East Airway Blvd, Livermore
Enjoy G&M Farms huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins of all sizes – the kids can pick their own! There’s fresh produce, decorative gourds and Indian corn. Your little ones will love G&M’s farm animals and the free straw bale maze and corn box. Weekends feature Pony Rides, Pedal Carts, and The Barnyard Blasters! Plus don’t forget to ride G & M Farms famous Cow Train!
At the time of publishing, we could not confirm whether Perry Farms was holding special Halloween activities this year, but since they have been a staple of pumpkin picking for years, we didn’t want to leave them off the list – just in case. The following information is from 2017. Please contact them before visiting.
October 1 – 31, Weekdays: 12:00 – 7:00 PM, Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.,Fremont
J.E. Perry Farms is a working vegetable farm and pumpkins are one of many crops grown on the farm this time of year. Come out and see a real working farm and search for the perfect pumpkin. Learn about all the different crops we are growing, and have fun in the maze and tire patch, take photos with fun character cut-outs, and climb on the great hay pyramid.