The temps have fallen below 100, October has hit, and it is officially Fall y’all! Check out our list of Arizona’s Best Pumpkin Patches and Fall Fests. Pack up the kids, button up your plaid, and head to your favorite spot for some fresh fall vibes. Or get ambitious and visit as many festivities as you can (It is almost Fall Break after all!).
Autumnfest • onlineatanthem.com/events/autumnfest.php
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. Anthem, AZ 85086 Anthem residents and visitors from far and wide come together to celebrate all things fall at ACC's Autumnfest. This family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and live entertainment. Hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday. Oct 20th-21st. Free admission.
Rocker 7 Farm Patch 19601 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye 623-208-8676 • rocker7farmpatch.com This is a real working farm and kids will have the opportunity to learn while exploring. Pumpkin patch, crop maze, hayrides, sunflower field, petting zoo, jumping pillow, concessions and picnic area. Hours vary; Friday-Sunday starting Oct. 6. $8-$10; free for children in diapers.
TOWN OF CAREFREE
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden • carefreepumpkingarden.com
101 Easy St. Carefree 480-488-3686 The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is a one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrating the magic of the season with pumpkins like you’ve never seen before on display throughout the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens in downtown Carefree. Activities for both kids and adults plus culinary delights and autumnal refreshments including a beer garden and live music on the weekends. Hours are 10am-9pm starting October 19th – 28th, Admission is free.
Mortimer Family Farms
12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey 928-830-1116 • mortimerfamilyfarms.com Head 90 minutes north of Phoenix and find this huge festival, whose centerpiece is a 15-acre Pumpkin Patch & 15-acre Corn Maze. Games. farm activities, fire pits, live entertainment, barn dance. You may even catch some fall colors on the drive up. Pumpkin Festival is each Friday-Sunday Sept. 28-Oct. 28. Hours vary. $15.85 (check online discounts) and free for ages 2 and under.
Pumpkin Walk and Fall Fest
4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd. Flagstaff 928-774-1442 • thearb.org/calendarofevents/pumpkin-walk/
Flagstaff’s Favorite Fall Family Festival. Walk through the Arboretum fall gardens on trails lit by glowing Jack-o-Lanterns. Celebrate the fall season in your best costume with hayrides, hot cider and cocoa, apple bobbing, a hay maze, pumpkin carving, a costume parade, a haunted hike, stories, live music and great food from local vendors. Don’t forget to bring your falshlights. October 27th from 3pm-7pm. Admission is $8 adults, $5 kids, kids 5 and under are free
Mother Nature’s Farm 1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert 480-892-5874 • mothernaturesfarm.com This Pumpkin Patch was rated Arizona's best in the New Times. Pumpkin decorating, air bounce, Alexander’s Adventure Maze, animals and hayrides. Great for smaller kids. Food is available at Maneau’s Munchies; hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in October. $10 children, $5 adults.
Tolmachoff Farms 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale 623-386-1301 • tolmachoff-farms.com There is something for the whole family here. Six- acre family corn maze with a new theme every year, mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones), haunted corn maze, petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow, farm activities and play area. Hours vary; Sept. 28-Nov. 4. $12; free for ages 2 and younger.
Vertuccio Farms 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa 480-882-1482 • vertucciofarms.com Seven-acre corn maze, mini golf, pumpkin patch, inflatables, petting zoo, mini zip line, barrel train ride, giant jump pad and more. This is not a pumpkin “patch” as pumpkins are all pre-picked and in bins for purchase. Hours vary; Oct. 1-Nov. 4. $10; free for ages 2 and under.
The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch
Mile High Middle School • prescottevents.net/great-prescott-pumpkin-patch-october-29th/ If you know Prescott, you know they love their festivals! Riddled with small town charm, they don’t do any celebration small up there! This a one day event with all proceeds benefiting Boys Scouts of America. There will be costume, scream, and pumpkin carving contests, carnival games, crafts, food and small town charm galore. One day only; 11am-2pm Oct. 27. $5 admission.
MacDonald’s Ranch 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-585-0239 • macdonaldsranch.com Petting zoo, panning for Gold, hay maze. (Stacked 1 bale high, easy for parents to relax and watch their kids), duck races, cow milking, pedal cars with a dirt track for the kids, and more. Take a Western Hayride pulled by horses or mules to the patch to find that perfect pumpkin. The Train to the Patch is shaded, hay free, and handicap accessible. Blazin’ Barbeque will be serving hot food and cold drinks daily. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday Sept. 29-Oct. 30. (closed Tuesdays). Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Halloween. $10-$12; free for ages 1 and younger; additional cost for pony rides, mechanical bull and bounce house.
Schnepf Farms 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek 480-987-3100 • schnepffarms.com Voted by Phoenix Magazine, New Times, Sunset Magazine and numerous others as The Best Fall Family event in the valley, year after year. Hayrides, carnival rides, a petting zoo, cornhole games, rock climbing wall, miniature golf, bonfires with marshmallow roasting, 2 corn mazes, zip line, extreme Inflatables, pumpkin launch ,fireworks Thurs- Sat nights. A full array of food options available. Every Thursday through Sunday in October. $20; $15 tickets available at Fry’s; free for ages 1 and under.
Apple Annie’s 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox 520-384-4685 • appleannies.com Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors available for picking in their huge pumpkin patch. Already picked pumpkins will be available at the pumpkin stand. Arizona’s largest corn maze, hayrides, children’s play area. Fall Pumpkin Celebration each weekend Sept. 22-Oct. 28. Pumpkin pancakes, ice cream, pies and bread and homemade cider donuts for sale.
BONUS: If you can slip away from the kids, stop in at the Aridus Wine Company Tasting Room nearby too.
The Pumpkin Patch Train 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams 800-843-8724 • thetrain.com Don your favorite Halloween costumes and take a fairy-tale ride through the countryside to a secret pumpkin patch every Saturday and Sunday in October. Includes a pumpkin to take home, haunted train car, refreshments, hay-bale maze and crafts. Train departs at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $26; $21 for ages 2-15.
Do you have any favorite fall spots that didn't make the list?