October is arguably THE best month in Austin! The weather has finally turned, Austin City Limits brings the city together like no other event, and there are festive pumpkin patches all over town.
Head out with your family to one of these awesome pumpkin patches in Austin for excellent photo ops, games, hayrides, delicious food, and of course, pumpkins to take home.
The Best Pumpkin Patches in Austin
1. Tarrytown United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
This church in central Austin has been hosting an annual pumpkin patch for 30 years. This is one of the most convenient pumpkin patches in Austin to pick out some excellent pumpkins for carving and get adorable photos of your little ones welcoming the fall season.
The patch is open after school Monday through Friday plus full days on the weekends, so your family can squeeze some time into your busy schedule to grab some pumpkins here for sure.
2601 Exposition Blvd, Austin
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2. St. Luke United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
This is another pumpkin patch in central Austin that is super convenient, making it easy to stop by and get some pumpkins and keepsake photos.
They have a large chair for photos, which would make a great backdrop for a photo series year after year. The patch is open in the afternoons during the week and all day on the weekends. Proceeds support community projects led by the church.
1306 W Lynn St, Austin
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3. Bethany Lutheran Church Pumpkin Patch
The Bethany Lutheran Church Pumpkin Patch has a large selection of pumpkins, a hay maze for the littles, and a cute little barn set up for family photos. It’s open in the afternoons during the week and all day on the weekends.
3701 W Slaughter Lane, Austin
4. Pumpkin Nights at Pioneer Farms
Ok, so this isn’t technically a pumpkin patch because there aren’t pumpkins for sale. However, it IS a fun, family-friendly event completely focused on pumpkins.
Have you ever seen a giant pumpkin transformed into a sea turtle right before your eyes? Talk about some serious pumpkin carving inspiration! Don’t miss the pumpkin carvers working their magic.
There is also a fire show, food trucks, plenty of great photo ops, and face painting on the main lawn.
The highlight of Pumpkin Nights is the walking trail that takes you on a journey through magical lands like pumpkin villages for gnomes and The Great Hall at Hogwarts.
The lands are created using over 5,000 jack-o-lanterns (both real and artificial). Kids of all ages will enjoy this trail – there is nothing scary to worry about.
Tickets must be purchased online for a timed entry, but you are able to stay as long as you like. We recommend showing up before dark to enjoy the food and pumpkin carving and then heading out on the trail once it is dark.
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin
5. The Pumpkin Patch at Dreamland
Dreamland Dripping Springs is pretty fantastic for families year round, but the pumpkin patch in October certainly ups the game. Kids love this place and pretty much have free reign over the massive outdoor space.
Spend an entire afternoon playing mini golf, watching the game on the big screen, listening to live music, sampling the huge beer selection, and obviously, getting some great pumpkin patch photos.
You can shop and take photos in the pumpkin patch for free, with no entry fee and no obligation to buy. However, if you do buy a pumpkin, you’ll get half off a round of mini-golf.
2770 W Hwy 290, Dripping Springs
6. Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival
The Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival has some of the most creative games and displays we’ve ever seen at a pumpkin patch. Trust us, this one is worth the drive!
It’s a five acre property dotted with majestic oaks, so unique photo ops are literally at every turn. There is a swing village (all kinds of different swings to try out!), a massive hay pyramid, a corn pit, hay mazes, giant Legos, pumpkin bowling, and so much more.
Did we mention food trucks and live music? If you are looking for your pumpkin patch visit to be an entire day of fun activity, this is the place.
The festival takes place September 25 – October 31, 2021 from 10am-10pm.
419 Founders Park Road, Dripping Springs
7. Crowe’s Nest Farm Family Fall Festival
Crowe’s Nest Farm holds its fall festival on the weekends in October. It’s a working farm and wildlife rescue sanctuary, so this one’s for the animal lovers out there!
There are over 200 animals to see, along with a raptor show and horse rides. Top that with a hay ride, music, games, and a selection of pumpkins for the taking and the family is sure to enjoy themselves.
10300 Taylor Lane, Manor
8. Texas Pumpkin Fest
The Texas Pumpkin Fest is not only celebrating fall and Halloween, but also National Magic Month! They welcome four distinct magicians to the stage on weekends. The fest is spread out over five acres, providing tons of room to roam, play, and find the perfect family photo.
Big kids will want to find the Demogorgon in the Stranger Things Hay Maze, while littles can enjoy a train ride and the super slide. Maybe everyone in the family can band together for some cathartic pumpkin smashing?
Admission is free on Mondays, $5 Tuesday through Thursday, and $10 Friday through Sunday.
On Halloween weekend only ($12 admission), hours will be extended and kids can have a trick-or-treating experience plus enter to win the costume contest.
10939 E Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander
9. Mama Mary’s Farm Pumpkin Patch
Mama Mary’s Farm is a family run farm specializing in hay supply for local farms. On weekends at the Pumpkin Patch, families can enjoy hay rides, apple cannon guns, a tractor tire playground, pumpkin painting, food trucks, and spending time with the farm animals.
Listen up if you’ve got little tractor lovers! On Halloween weekend, the farm hosts a special trunk-or-treat with all kinds of farm trucks and tractors for the kids to see up close.
Tickets must be purchased online in order to control admission numbers due to Covid-19.
5701 Williamson Road, Creedmoor
10. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm Fall Fest
The Sweet Eats Fruit Farm paired up with Taylor Rodeo to build a massive (4.5 acres!) corn maze to be the star of their fall festival this year. The farm stays open late on the the weekends so that kids can do the maze in the dark!
Other highlights of the festival include mutton busting for your little cowboys and girls, grand firework shows on the weekends, pig races, wagon rides, face painting, and turkey legs.
For an extra special evening, your family can arrange a private campfire with optional s’mores and hot dog roasting kits. The farm will do all the work of setting up the chairs and maintaining the fire. You just get to relax and enjoy the evening.
14400 E State Hwy 29, Georgetown
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11. Barton Hill Farms
The Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival has been going strong for 10 years and is a central Texas family favorite for sure. They’ve got everything you could want in a fall festival, including a giant corn maze, a jumbo jumping pillow (kind of like a trampoline – they are so fun!), hayrides, archery, face painting, and apple cannons.
Throw in some live music on the weekends and some great food and beer from the Barton Hugel Apfelwein and Biergarten and your family is pretty much guaranteed to have a great time.
1115 FM 969, Bastrop