I can’t believe it’s September already! Time is really flying by fast, and fall is just around the corner! Autumn is my favorite time of year, the perfect season for picking pumpkins, wandering through an orchard, or getting lost in a corn maze. Over the past few years, our family has been venturing near and far to visit many different farms and festivals. I’ve taken our years of knowledge and experience to offer insight about local farms hosting fall festivals. I hope this guide is helpful to Maryland families and beyond during the 2022 fall season. In addition to this guide, you will find individual guides for each farm, so that you know what to expect when you go. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, see details at the end of the article.
Location: 1865 Horsmon Farm Lane, St. Leonard, MD
Information: Horsmon Farm fall festival will run September 24, 2022-October 30, 2022 this year. Fall festivities include hayride, maze, farm animals, farm trail, pumpkin patch, playground, corn pit, sand pit with dirt diggers, tug o war and hop balls. Don’t forget to check out their website for special events each weekend including; scarecrow making, tractor weekend and more. If you are looking for a place to pick up beautiful flowers this is the place, their mums are gorgeous and home grown. Purchase your tickets in advanced online. Hours are Fridays 11AM-5PM, Saturdays & Sundays 10AM-5PM. Admission is $10 Adult$12 Kid/FREE Ages 2 and under.
CHARLES COUNTY FARMS
LEGACY FARM LAWNSCAPES – CLOSED
We are sad to say good-bye to Legacy Farms Lawnscapes; who just announced that they will no longer continue with their fall festival (including field trips & pumpkin patch.) This definitely was difficult news to hear; as it was a our favorite Charles County farm.
Location: 6932 Serenity Farm Rd. Benedict, MD
Phone: (301) 399-1634
Information: Serenity Farm is still planning out their fall festivities. The plan for 2022 so far includes a Harvest Days and Fall Extravaganza Event including petting zoo, hay rides, and more. Dates, hours and additional information will be updated soon.
Serenity Farm Playful Parent Guide
Location: 12850 Shlagel Rd. Waldorf MD 20601
Phone: (301) 645-4554
Information: Shlagel farm is open Saturday and Sundays starting in October during the hours set 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $9 per person, children 2 years old and younger are free. Shlagel farm is an interactive farm with a fun wagon ride, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and fun activities for kids. Tuesday’s are open by appointment for fieldtrips and groups email Info@ShlagelFarms.com for more information.
ST MARY’S COUNTY FARMS
Location: 22880 Budd’s Creek Rd. Clements, MD
Information: Opening weekend for Bowles Farm is set for the weekend of September 24th-25th and their annual fall festivities will run through October 30th. Hours of operation are Saturdays 10AM-6PM and Sundays 10AM-5PM. Friday’s are available for fieldtrips by appointment group rate applies. Admission is $15 per person, free for children ages 3 and younger. Kids of all age will enjoy the amazing corn maze, pumpkin patch, straw jumping pit, children’s play area, wagon rides and more.
FORREST HALL FARM AND ORCHARD
Location: 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, MD
Website: Forrest Hall Farm and Orchard
Information: Forrest Hall opens for Fall Festival starting at the end of September through the end of October on weekends from 9 AM -5 PM. Weekdays by appointment. Admission is $8, Groups $7, under age 3 free. Activities include: corn maze, hayride, farm animals, play area and more.
Forrest Hall Farm – Playful Parent Guide
PG COUNTY FARMS
Location: 1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD
Information: Montpelier Farms is open September 16, 2022 – November 6, 2022. September hours Saturdays 10AM-9PM, Sundays 10AM-6PM. October Fridays 5PM-11PM, Saturday 10AM-11PM and Sundays 10AM-7PM. November Saturday 10AM-9PM and Sunday 11AM-6PM. It’s recommended to purchase tickets online in advanced. Admissions prices are $18 per person, season passes are $60, Kids 2 and under are Free! Fall Festival activities include: 7 acre corn maze, “Jack and the Beanstalk” corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, pedal karts, cow belly bounce house, pumpkin bounce house, hay & play, kiddie corral, corn tepee, roping range, farm football lounge, “Spookley the square pumpkin” movie screening and bonfires. During the month of October Montpelier also hosts playdays on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10AM-6PM.
Montpelier Farm Playful Parent Guide
Location: 10140 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735
Information: Miller Farms is a 267 acre farm located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that has been family owned and operated since 1879. Miller Farm is known for their ice cream and lovely market open year-round. Fall festivities will begin October 1, 2022 and lasts through the end of October. Hours are Fridays, Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10AM– 5PM. Tickets will be sold online only ($14.95 per person, Free ages 24 months and under.)
Miller Farm – Playful Parent Guide
QUEEN ANNE FARM
Location: 18102 Central Ave. Mitchellville, MD
Information: Queen Anne Farm is known for using natural growing practices, and is the perfect place to pick a pumpkin, explore a corn maze, ride a tractor-pulled hayride, meet farm animals and enjoy activities in the Pumpkin House. Open weekends through October 10 AM-5 PM.
FARMS WORTH TRAVELING TO
The following farms are beyond Southern Maryland; however, are hands down the BEST farms that we have visited! You wont want to miss celebrating fall at any of these farms, I promise!
CHERRY CREST FARM
Location: 150 Cherry Hill Rd. Strasburg, PA
Information: This was the first farm we ever visited as a family, and is still our favorite farm of all time to visit! Nestled right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Land; this working farm is the perfect place to harvest family fun. It’s an added bonus that the Pennsylvania Railway runs through the property. You can ride the train to the farm or just enjoy watching the locomotive travel by. This year 2022 season they are open most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays September through the first week of November. With over 50 different activities, it’s almost impossible to see and do everything in one day. My favorite activities for the toddler and preschool aged kiddos is Sproutville a tiny town play area, Little Wagon Express and Corn Barn. Favorite activities for school age kids include: Life Size Lincoln Log Cabin Building, Giant Jumping Pillows and Feed Mill a obstacle course for kids. Favorite big kid activities include tractor pull, Apple Blaster Canons, paint ball range and Corny Ball Cade. Favorite family activities include Farm Tour wagon ride, Country Road Carts and Flash Light Adventure Maze.
Cherry Crest Playful Parent Guide
Location: 1410 Belvedere Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Information: Belvedere Plantation is a 645 acre heritage farm, built in the 1760s on the historic Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. You are sure to have hours of fun with attractions like a zipline, straw jump, trike track, pumpkin mountain slide, pedal carts, barrel train and jumping pillow. Check out their website for information on events like the Final Flashlight Maze and Pumpkin Pounding Event. Their 2022 season starts September 17th and runs through November 6, 2022.
Belvedere Plantation-Playful Parent Guide
Location: 15621 Braddock Rd Centreville, VA
Information: Cox Farm Fall Festival was closed last year, so I’m happy to announce they are back in business! Cox Farm Fall Festival begins the weekend of September 17-18! Then the Fall Festival will be open Thursday through Monday from Sept. 24 through Nov. 7, plus Tuesday, Nov. 8. With a map full of outdoor activities, goat village, and Cornundrum Cornfield Adventure you will need more than one visit to see and do everything. This farm features the awesome six lane wide, 150 foot long dinosaur of a slide. Be sure to check out their website for events and live entertainment schedule. Check out their calendar for prices. Discount days as low as $10 per person and peak time tickets $25 per person.
Location: 5501 Detrick Rd. Mt. Airy, Maryland
Website: Gaver Farm
Information: Located in Mt. Airy, Maryland, Gaver Farm is open daily for their Annual Fall Fun Festival, Farm Market, pumpkin picking and pick your own apples starting the beginning September 2, 2022. A few things that make this farm special are their Silo Chute, Apple Cider Donuts, free fudge tasting and Maryland Pride corn maze. Don’t miss out on fun events; First Responder Appreciation Week, Fall Festival, Apple Harvest Festival and more.
Gaver Farm Playful Parent Guide
Location: 391 West Bay Front Rd. Lothian, MD
Website: Greenstreet Gardens
Information: Greenstreet Gardens is a beautiful and serine farm located in Lothian, Maryland. Green Street’s Fall Festival is open September 17 – October 31, 2022 every weekend from 10:30 AM -5 PM. Fieldtrips available for booking Monday through Friday by appointment. Green Street Gardens is family and community friendly and offers an array of fun events this season such as: Hero’s Weekend, Costume Parade and Grandparents weekend. Your little ones are sure to love the giant corn box, cow train and jumbo jumping pillow. General admission starts at $15 per person.
Greenstreet Garden Playful Parent Guide
Location: Fredrick, MD
Website: Summers Farm
Information: Summers Farm is located in Frederick, Maryland Summers Farm opens the last week of September 18- October 31, 2021 this year with an old-fashioned Harvest Festival featuring a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, more than 30 activities, live weekend music, apple blasting and finger-lickin’ good food. Check out their calendar for fireworks and events schedule.
Summers Farm Playful Parent Guide
CARNIVALS & FAIRS
CHARLES COUNTY FAIR
Location: 8440 Fairground Road La Plata, MD
Date: September 15-18, 2022
Information: FREE Parking on-site and at the satellite location at the Government building in La Plata. Thursday- Ride All Evening For One Price. Friday- “Kids Day” All Rides Reduced From 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sunday- Ride 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM For One Price. Cost: Age 11 and over: $10.00 Age 10 and under: Free/ 4 Day Passes: $25.00. All School Children admitted FREE on Friday, September 16th from 9:00am to 5:00pm COUPON LINK
CALVERT COUNTY FAIR
Date: September 28- October 2, 2022
Location: 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Information: Cost- $5
ST MARY’S COUNTY FAIR
Date: September 22-25, 2022
Location: 42455 Fairgrounds Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Cost: $Daily: Adult ticket $7, children 6 to 12 $1, children under 6 free
Season passes: Adult $10, children 6 to 12 $2. Daily Deals: The rides take from 1 to 5 Carnival tickets. Carnival tickets cost $1 or a strip of 25 tickets costs $20. Friday (kids day) 10:00AM to 5 PM, all rides are 1 ticket (children only). Thursday and Sunday, wristbands are available for $30. ($5 discount coupon is available at schools, and on-line Click here for coupon)
MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Date: Saturday’s & Sunday’s August 27 – October 23, 2022
Location: Maryland Renaissance Festival – 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Details: Every one of the nine weekends of the Maryland Renaissance Festival is filled with more than 200 performers entertaining on ten stages, joust tournament field and streets of the 16th century English village. Seven weekends include additional performers or special guests to create additional themed Special Event Weekends.
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One lucky fan will be randomly drawn to win tickets to Summers Farm! Giveaway opens Friday September 14th. All are welcome to enter on FB, IG, or Patreon. A winner will be drawn on September 20, 2022.
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