6 Must-Attend Fall Festivals in South County

Fall is here and that means it’s time for haunted hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and Halloween parades. Here in South County, there are a variety of Fall Festivals planned that include activities for the whole family.

Enjoy a hay ride at Homestead Gardens, pick out a perfectly round pumpkin at Dick and Jane’s Farm or bounce on the gigantic jumping pillow at Greenstreet Gardens.

The majority of festivals begin this weekend and run through October. We have rounded up the specifics to make it easier for our readers. Enjoy the festivities and happy pumpkin picking!

Ciminelli’s Ecoasis Garden Center

Greenstreet Gardens was the site of the meeting.

Greenstreet Garden’s Fall Festival includes activities for the entire family.

Ciminelli’s Ecoasis Garden Center, located on Central Avenue just over the Patuxent River Bridge in Bowie, is hosting a fall festival with activities planned for each day of the week and on the weekends. Daily activities include a kid’s corn stalk maze, pumpkin decorating, kids play area with corn toss, a straw bale obstacle course and free apple cider and candy corn.

On the weekends of October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27, there will be additional activities for the adults including classes on how to make apple cider, local wine tastings, artist demonstrations, herbal tea making and much more.

Where: 18301 Central Ave, Bowie
Date: Sept. 24 through Oct. 31
Time: Call for weekday and weekend hours
Contact: 301-430-0870

Dick and Jane’s Farm

Take the kids to Dick and Jane’s Farm and let them run through Jane’s cornstalk  maze, pick out a pumpkin or enjoy a hayride. Dick and Jane’s stocks a variety of winter squash, juicy apples, decorative gourds, mums and colorful fall flowers.

Where: 4361 Solomons Island Road, Harwood
Date: Sept. 20 through Oct. 31
Time: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 for children 1 year and older; $4 for adults. The price includes a small pumpkin, apple, hayride and access to the corn maze.
Contact: www.dickandjanes.com; 410-867-3264

Greenstreet Gardens
Head over to Greenstreet Gardens for their annual Fall Festival.  There are tons of fun activities for the kids including a corn maze, hay rides, underground slide, jumping pillow, cow train ride, straw bale maze, face painting, live entertainment and more.  Come pick out a pumpkin, play in the corn pit sandbox, or take home some mums for the garden.

This weekend, grandparents who accompany their grandchildren receive a free 4-inch mum.

Where: 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian
Date: Sept. 21– Oct. 28
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; weekdays by appointment only
Cost: $12 for individuals over 30 inches tall
Contact: www.greenstreetgardens.com; 410-867-9500

For the brave souls, try Greensteet’s “Field of Lost Souls” Night Haunt which is open each Friday and Saturday night starting October 11. Bring a flashlight and be prepared to be scared. Cost is $15.

Homestead Gardens

Homestead Gardens has added two new attractions to its annual Fall Festival including a pipe slide and an apple sling shot. This family-friendly event also features hay rides, a corn maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting and a straw maze.

Where: 742 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville
Date: Every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 28 – Oct. 27
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission. Tickets are $1 each and are redeemable at any ride, game or activity requiring tickets or at the Homestead Grill or concession stand. You can also purchase a wristband for $15 which allows unlimited, one-day access to the Hay Ride, Corn Maze, Jumping Pillow, Pumpkin Express and Pipe Slide.
Contact: www.homesteadgardens.com; 410-798-5000

Knightongale Farm

Knightongale Farm, located at the intersection of Birdsville Rd. and Route 2 opens this weekend and runs through the end of October. This 90-acre farm, which is often referred to as the ‘Home of the Spiders,” offers hay rides, a u-pick pumpkin patch, three-acre corn maze, pedal tractors, farm animals and a sandbox filled with kernel corn for the kids to play in.

Where: 3924 Solomons Island Road, Harwood
Date: Saturdays and Sundays: Sept. 28 – Oct. 27
Time: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission; activities requiring a $3 fee include a three-acre corn maze, hayrides and pony rides
Contact: 443-871-1073

Y Worry Farm

Y Worry Farm will host the Seventh Annual Agriculture Education Day on Sunday, Oct. 13. The event is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation and Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau.

Build-your-own scarecrow (bring child’s clothes to dress the scarecrow), go on a pony ride, meander through the corn maze, get your face painted or pick out a pumpkin.

The Maryland Agricultural Showcase, an interactive agriculture education experience will also be on-site with activities for the children and agriculture experts will offer sheep herding and bee demonstrations.

Where: 1501 Rossback Rd., Davidsonville
Date: Oct. 13
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; rain or shine
Contact: www.aaedc.org; 410-222-7410

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I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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