2018 pumpkin patches in Northern Virginia deliver Autumn fun with slides, tunnels, swings, corn mazes, and fall festivals guaranteeing happy times for all. From the multi-acre, happy mayhem of Cox Farms, to the laid-back pumpkin displays at local garden centers, there is a fun pumpkin patch for every age.
Many garden centers offer a scaled down, more accessible version of pumpkin fun, usually open daily, and free or low-cost. Others build out huge playgrounds and charge admission. Read on to find the best 2018 pumpkin patches in Northern Virginia plus corn maze destinations and more fall fun.
Our list of pumpkin patches and Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia are grouped by paid admission and free entry, then listed alphabetically. Follow the links for additional details.
2018 Pumpkin Patches in Northern VA with Paid Admission
Burnside Farms, Nokesville
Burnside Farms offers one of the area’s largest selections of pumpkins and gourds, beautiful mums and other fall plants as well as fresh cider, tree ripe apples, seasonal produce, straw bales, corn stalks and pick your own flowers. The 2018 fall market will include a unique sunflower maze. Stop by the Burnside barnyard to meet furry and feathered residents of the farm. Admission to the barnyard and activities including a jump pad, moon bounce, games, and more, is $4. The Fall Market opens in mid-September.
Burke Nursery Pumpkin Playground, Burke, Oct 1 – 31
The 25th annual Burke Nursery Pumpkin Playground includes a variety of slides, tunnels, swings and play areas, and a spooky wagon ride. On the weekend, enjoy additional activities, food, and live entertainment. Weekday/weekend entry is $10/$14 with additional fees for some activities, like pony rides and a moon bounce. Stop in the large garden center for fall plants, pumpkins, cider, and Halloween decorations. 9:00 – 8:00 daily, until 9:00 Friday and Saturday.
Corn Maze in the Plains, The Plains, Sep 29 – Nov 4
The Corn Maze in the Plains and Fall Festival features a 5-acre corn maze and plenty of family-friendly pumpkin patch fun. Roll yourself or your kids in the roll tubes, sling shot a pumpkin across the hillside, play a round of corn hole, race through the obstacle course, and take a hayride through the beautiful countryside with fall colors. When you’re ready to tackle the maze, practice navigating in one of the mini mazes. Looking for added challenge? Come after 6:00 and tackle the maze at night. Open 10:00 – 10:00, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 – 6:00 Sundays (no Fridays in September). $11/$9 12 and over/4 – 11. Follow the link for Friday discounts, season passes, and more details.
Cox Farms Fall Festival, Cox Farms, Centreville, Sep 15 – 16, 22 – Nov 6
Cox Farms may be the most popular pumpkin patch in Northern Virginia, an extravaganza of fall fun. The Cox Farms Fall Festival 2018 opens with a preview weekend in mid-September. The festival is open daily beginning September 22nd. This is the largest of the pumpkin patches near us, and they expand and update frequently. Activities appeal to a wide age range and offer a whole day’s worth of fun.
Admission to the Fall Festival varies depending on when you visit, and tickets are available online or at the gate. Cox Farms tickets range from $6 on discount weekdays to $20 on prime weekends. Admission gives you access to all of the festival activities. There is a long and fun hay ride through the corn field, many slides, rope swings, a goat petting area, hay tunnels, and more. We’re especially fond of the big Dino Slide, and the Jack and the Beanstalk slide that starts in the barn. If you plan to visit on peak days, we suggest buying your ticket online. Ticket purchase lines can get very long on busy days.
Cox packs a lot of fun into their ticket price, and there is plenty of space, even on busy weekends. We’ve enjoyed the shortest lines on weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings, when crowds are light.
Cox Farms Fields of Fear, Centreville, Opening Sep 22
Older kids and teens head to Cox Farms at night for the Fields of Fear, featuring scares in the corn maze, forest trail, and wagon rides, plus music, games, food, and hanging out by the bonfire. In 2018, the scares open on September 22nd.
Fall Farm Days, Sky Meadows State Park, October 6 – 28 weekends
Fall Farm Days in the Sky Meadows Historic Area offer festive food, live music, pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, historic tours, blacksmith demonstrations, a children’s play area, and more. The October weekend events have weekly themes like “Life on the Farm.” Activities are included with the regular $5 park admission. Enjoy fall foliage and crisp Autumn air on a wonderful Sky Meadows loop hike to a view. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00.
Fall Harvest Festival, Great Country Farms, Bluemont, Oct 1 – 31
The annual Fall Harvest Festival offers a month of fun picking pumpkins, getting lost in the corn maze, exploring the 5 acre play area, and more. On weekends, cheer on the fastest piggie, do some pumpkin munchin’ with P-Rex, roast marshmallows, and enjoy live entertainment. In 2018, get lost in the 1.5-acre 25th AnniversaryCorn Maze. The maze takes an average of 30 minutes so you can conquer the maze and still enjoy all the other farm fun. Open daily 9:00 – 5:00. Weekend admission is $10/$12 child/adult; $8/$10 on weekdays. Pick your own pumpkins are $.59 per pound.
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The Glow, Reston, Oct 4 – 28
Stroll through an enchanting wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life structures. This 1/3-mile, walk-through display is not scary so it’s fun for all ages. Timed tickets are $22/$16 adult/child; 7:15 – 9:30. Follow the link for more details and to purchase tickets.
The Pumpkin Patch at Hill High Farm, Winchester, Late Sep thru Oct
The Pumpkin Patch offers fun family activities including the largest corn maze in the area, hay rides (daytime and moonlit), a haunted house and free children’s activities including a petting zoo, straw maze and play area. Weekends from late September through November 1; 10:00 – 5:00. Admission is free; hayride and maze are $6 each. The Haunted Nightmares Haunted House is $12/$15 daytime/night.
Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival, Alexandria, Sep 22 – Oct 28
Pick up a pumpkin then head out to play on hay rides, jumping pillow, tire tower, corn maze, underground slide, and much more. 10:30 – 5:00; $13.
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch, Woodbridge, Sep 21 – Oct 31
The Pumpkin Patch has many play activities for kids. Moon bounces, rope swing, zip line, slides, wooden jungle gyms: castle, pirate ship, airplane, tee pee, ball crawl inflatable, 40′ foot batman inflatable. New in 2018 is a 40′ inflatable obstacle course. Monday – Friday noon – 8:00, Saturday 9:00 – 8:00, Sunday 9:00 – 7:00. $12/$15 weekday/weekend admission.
Marker-Miller Orchards, Winchester, Sep + Oct Weekends
Take a 25-minute long hayride through the fields and orchards and enjoy the mountain scenery. Ride the cow train, enjoy the large playground, and sample pumpkin treats and apple cider donuts from the bakery. Hayride is $2.00, admission is free. Saturday 9:00 – 5:00, opens at noon on Sundays.
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Pumpkinville Fall Festival, Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, Sep 15 – Nov 6
Family-friendly activities include giant hill slides, kid’s maze, rope swings, pedal carts, moon bounces, a petting zoo, and more festival fun. Take unlimited hayrides and visit the Leesburg Animal Park to pet and feed friendly, exotic and domestic animals. Enjoy free apples & fresh cider and a free pie pumpkin to take home. Visit on the weekend for camel rides, face painting, mini tractor rides, festival food, and live entertainment. Open daily 9:30 to 6:00; $10.95 to $13.95 depending on age and time of visit.
Temple Hall Fall Festival and Corn Maize, Leesburg, Sep 28 – Nov 6
This weekends-only festival features the only 24-acre corn maize on the East Coast—each year with a new theme. You can launch a pumpkin 100 yards through the air with Pumpkin Blasters, cheer on your favorite at the pig races, play on the jumping pillows, take a hayride, enjoy festival food, and more. Tickets are $8 – $14 depending on age and time of visit. Open 10:00 – 5:00 daily, until 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays for nighttime corn maze fun.
Ticonderoga Farms 2018 Fall Festival, Chantilly, Sep 22 – Nov 4
With a great selection of activities for younger kids, Ticonderoga is another fun spot to put on your pumpkin patch list. It’s also a good alternate when lines are long at Cox Farms. There are slides, farm animals, themed play areas and a hayride, plus a swinging bridge and a bounce pillow. Open weekdays 10:00 to 5:00; until 6:00 on weekends. Admission is $10.95/$16.95 weekdays/weekends and holidays.
Whitehall Farm Fall Fun Days, Clifton, Sep 22 – Oct 28
The weekend only festival features a 3-acre corn maze in the charming town of Clifton. The pumpkin patch is a pick-your–own style, with sustainably grown, non-certified organic pumpkins. The 2017 pumpkin patch will include multiple pumpkin slingshots, so you can try your luck hitting the target. Visit the farm animals, play in the inflatable bounce houses, take a hay ride, get your face painted, eat at the food trucks, and more. Fall Fun Days are open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday; admission is $12.
Yawkey Farms Pumpkin Patch, Nokesville,
pick the perfect pumpkin, get lost in our corn maze scavenger hunt, ride around the farm on the cow train(cow train only runs on Saturdays and Sundays), and play in our fun farmyard activity area. Our farmyard activities include farm animals, corn boxes, hay piles, slides, Farm Hoppers, and pedal tractors. Wednesday – Sunday noon – 6:00; open at 10:00 on Saturdays. Activity area admission $5/$6 weekdays/weekends.
Free Pumpkin Patches in Northern Virginia
Evergreen Acres, Nokesville
Sadly, excessive summer rain has destroyed the 2018 pumpkin crop at Evergreen Acres. They will bring in out-of-state pumpkins but warn that folks should “expect pumpkins to be in short supply and expensive this year.”
Heather Hill Gardens, Burke
Heather Hill Gardens no longer offers a pumpkin patch play area for kids, but it’s still a lovely nursery, and a good place to let the kids pick out a Halloween pumpkin.
Krop’s Crops, Great Falls, October Weekends
Krop’s Crops hosts fall fun on October weekends. Play in the corn crib, visit the animals, and take a hayride to the patch to find the perfect pumpkin. 11:00 to 4:00; $3 for hayride to the pumpkin patch.
Meadows Farms Garden Nursery, Great Falls
Meadows Farms has multiple locations in Northern Virginia, and our kids enjoyed visiting the Great Falls location when they were young. The small kids area includes a “haunted” bus, moon bounce, slide, and plenty of pumpkins for the perfect jack-o-lantern.
Nalls Produce, Franconia
The great pumpkin tunnel returns in October. During your visit to Nalls, kids can play in the tunnel, visit with the chickens, say hi to the teacup pig, and locate the perfect pumpkin. Adults will enjoy shopping for fresh produce, apple cider, and specialty products.
Pop-up Pumpkins, Various Locations
Several churches, shopping areas, and normally vacant lots open pop-up pumpkin shops during the season. Some of these short-term markets also include moon bounces, hay tunnels, and other activities for kids.
Reston Farm Market, Reston
An expanded and fun-filled Reston Farm Market is open for the season with pumpkins, flowers, Halloween decorations, jams and treats, and more. Best of all there are several new ways for kids to have fun at the market. Three moon bounces and a slide, a small petting area with goats and puppies, and a miniature train all offer fun for the little ones. Entry is free but there are fees for the kids activities (group rates available). 9:00 – 7:00 daily.
Wegmeyer Farms, Hamilton and Gilbert’s Corner
Check in at the old stone barn, built in the 1700s, then head to the u-pick pumpkin field. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00. Unfortunately, Wegmeyer Farms u-pick pumpkin field at Oatlands is closed in 2018 due to crop failure from the heavy summer rain.
Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch, Nokesville, Sep 26 – Oct 31
Stop by Yankey Farms on weekends to pick the perfect pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze scavenger hunt, ride around the farm on the cow train, and play in the fun farmyard activity area. Activities include corn boxes, hay piles, slides, and a pedal tractor track. Yankey is a working farm and you pick your pumpkin right where it grew. There is no admission fee to the farm and you only pay for the activities you want to try. Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday noon – 6:00.
2018 pumpkin patches in Northern Virginia are full of fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, and other family fun. Our list offers plenty of choices, whether you want a full day of activities for kids, or a quiet spot to choose your autumn decorations.
Whichever fall festival and pumpkin patch you choose, we wish you a happy time at fall festivals in Northern VA! Looking for more Autumn beauty? Our Northern Virginia Fall Foliage Finder has lots of great places for a perfect pic of fall colors.
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