Nothing says fall more than hayrides, corn mazes, farm animals, and of course, pumpkins! Fall wouldn’t be the same without the countless pumpkin patches to visit in and around the Austin area – and as Austinites, we have so many it can be hard to decide which one to visit. Some of you may already have a favorite pumpkin patch that you visit every year; but, if you’re new to the Austin area, or if you’re just looking for a new pumpkin patch to explore, below are a couple of my favorites in the Austin area. Better yet, these pumpkin patches have more than just pumpkins – most have fall festivals that run into November! From corn mazes to hayrides to even some with live music, the pumpkin patches below provide fun fall activities for the entire family:
Red Barn Garden Center
Location: 12881 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX 78729
Pumpkin Patch is open daily during business hours
Red Barn’s Annual Pumpkinfest: October 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sweet Berry Farms
Location: 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Hours: Monday to Saturday (excluding Wednesdays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 24th to November 6th!
Harvest the Fall Fun: There is no entrance or parking fee for the festival, you just pay for each event you choose. On the weekends in October, the Pumpkin Grille provides food for purchase.
Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch
Location: 4625 TX-29, Bertram, TX 78605
Hours: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fun of Fall: Admission to the farm is free but you pay for activities. Food and beverages are available for purchase. A big grill, serving hamburgers, sausage wraps, grilled cheese, etc., is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Barton Hill Farms
Location: 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop, TX 78602
Hours: Open Weekends from September 24th to November 13th (Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
The Fall Festival: Tickets to this fall festival cost $14/person (0-2 year-olds are free). Purchasing a ticket gets you access to all fall activities on the farm. Purchase your tickets online to save $1.
Evergreen Farms Christmas Tree
Location: 242 Monkey Road, Elgin, TX 78621
Hours: They are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. all October.
Pumpkin Hunt: Hosted every weekend in October. Fall activities for this event require a $2.50 ticket. In addition, pumpkins of all sizes are available for purchase.
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
Location: 120 Natures Way, Elgin, TX 78621
Hours: Open at 10 a.m. Monday to Saturday and noon on Sundays
Pumpkin Festival: October 15th – 16th and 22nd – 23rd, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission price is $7 for kids 2-12 and $9 for ages 13 and up. Parents can enjoy live music while kids enjoy the fall activities.
Did you find the perfect pumpkin to carve into this year’s Halloween Jack-O-Lantern? For your reference, here is a link with several pumpkin carving patterns and stencils.
After spending the time carving your pumpkin it can be extremely disappointing for it to rot before Halloween. So, after carving, spray all the carved areas of the pumpkin with a bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water). Allow the bleach to penetrate the pumpkin and let dry for approximately 20 minutes. Once dry, rub all the carved areas with petroleum jelly. Applying the bleach and petroleum jelly will help keep your pumpkin from rotting before Halloween. And, as an extra precautionary measure, always keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight.
Do you have a favorite Austin area pumpkin patch that isn’t on this list? Let me know! I would love to add it to my list next year!
I hope you have a fun and festive fall season! And, happy carving!