I can’t believe it’s September already! Time is really flying by fast, and Autumn is just around the corner! Fall 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 festivities. I hope this guide is helpful to Maryland families and beyond during the 2023 fall season. In addition to this guide, you will find links to individual guides for each farm, so that you know what to expect when you go.
Location: 1865 Horsmon Farm Ln. St. Leonard, MD
Information: Horsmon Farm fall festival will run September 23- October 29 this 2023 season. Fall festivities includes: pick your own pumpkin patch, wagon ride, corn maze, farm animals, farm trail, 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 and weekday fieldtrips by reservation. Admission is $10 Adult$12 Kid/FREE Ages 2 and under.
Location: 2925 Yoes Corner Rd. Port Republic, MD
Phone: 443- 295-8634
Information: Jacks Produce is open weekends September 23, 2023-October 29, 2023 from 9AM-5PM. In the fall, take a stroll in our pumpkin patch as you stop to pick up your produce. There are pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors; there is something for everyone. Corn maze, corn pit, wagon rides and more available. Admission is $15 per person/2 and under FREE. Special Fall Festival September 23-24, 2023.
Guide Coming Soon
ROLLING ACRES FARM
Location: 3305 St. Leonard Road Port Republic, MD 20676
Information: Rolling Hills Farm opening weekend is September 9-10, the farm is open daily Monday-Sunday 10AM-6PM. Activities include: maze, petting zoo, jumbo jump pillow, pumpkin patch, petal cars, tire mountain and corn pit. Admission is $12 per person/FREE Ages 2 and under/ Families of 4 or more $10 per person
Guide Coming Soon
Location: 3915 Hallowing Point Rd, Prince Frederick
Information: Spider Hall is back for the 2023 Fall season and will be open every weekend in October. Activities will include: hayrides, corn maze, jump pad, pick your own pumpkins and more! Stay tuned for details coming soon. This farm usually hosts great events such as movie nights, tractor treat and apple day. Admission not announced yet.
CHARLES COUNTY FARMS
POP POP’S GREENHOUSE
Location: 13340 Rock Point Rd Newburg, MD 20664
Information: Pop Pop’s Pumpkin patch will be open every weekend in October from 10AM-6PM. Mark your calendar Pop Pop’s will the place to be on October 28th with an entire array of activities including: Sunflower field, pedal carts, 100’ Slide, food trucks, dessert vendors, farm animals, enchanted nature trail, playground, carnival style games and live music! Admission is $12 per person/3 and under FREE!
Location: 6932 Serenity Farm Rd. Benedict, MD
Phone: (301) 399-1634
Information: Every fall, Serenity Farm hosts annual Harvest Day weekends, a chance to come and pick a pumpkin, take a hayride, and interact with adorable animals in the Petting Farm! Please check their 2023 calendar for now they are scheduled October 14, 15, 21, 22. Ticket price $15 per person, 4 and under are admitted for free. Ticket price includes: pumpkin, petting pen, and hayride. Harvest House is open with apples, pumpkins, apple cider, mulling spices, and apple butter and many fall items. Weather dependent.
Location: 12850 Shlagel Rd. Waldorf MD 20601
Phone: (301) 645-4554
Information: Shlagel farm is open Saturday and Sundays starting in September 30th thru October 29th during the hours set 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $11 per person, children 24 months 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.
Location: 5235 Bryantown Rd, Waldorf, MD
Phone: (240) 216-4065
Information: Zekiah Farms is well known for their market that sells organic meat, fresh produce and local honey. This year they will be hosting a Fall Festival on October 14th 10AM-4PM with live music, food trucks and lots of fun activities. Admission is FREE to all. Event Link
ST MARY’S COUNTY FARMS
Location: 22880 Budd’s Creek Rd. Clements, MD
Information: Opening Day for Bowles Farm is Sunday October 1st! Their annual fall festivities will be on weekends through October 29, 2023. 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, $13 for groups of 15 or more. Kids of all age will enjoy the amazing corn maze, pumpkin patch, straw jumping pit, children’s play area, wagon rides and more. Be sure to check out their calendar for amazing events such as tractor races and more.
FORREST HALL FARM AND ORCHARD
Location: 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, MD
Website: Forrest Hall Farm and Orchard
Information: Information coming soon.
T AND A FARM
Location: 18281 St. Jerome’s Neck Rd, Dameron
Website: T and A Farm
Information: T&A Farm is new to the list this year. Activities include: pumpkin patch, hay maze, wagon rides, farm animals, play area and more. Be sure to check their page for family fun events. Hours and pricing information coming soon.
PG COUNTY FARMS
Location: 1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD
Information: Montpelier Farms Fall Festival will run September 16-November 5, 2023. September hours Saturday 10AM-9PM/Sunday 10AM-6PM. October hours Friday 5PM-11PM/Saturday 10AM-11PM/Sunday10AM-7PM. Weekday Play Tuesday & Thursday 10AM-3PM. November Saturday 10AM-9PM/Sunday 10AM-6PM. Admissions prices are Weekend- $19 per person, Weekday $14, Season passes $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.
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 September 30, 2023 and lasts through the end of October 29, 2023 . Hours are Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10AM– 5PM. Tickets will be sold online only ($14.95 per person, Free ages 24 months and under.)
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. Admission says $10 per vehicle on their website.
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 traveling beyond to celebrate fall at any of these farms, I promise!
CHERRY CREST FARM
Location: 150 Cherry Hill Rd. Strasburg, PA
Information: Cherry Crest was the first farm we ever visited as a family, and is still our favorite farm of all time! 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 2023 season they are open most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays September 15th through the first weekend of November 4th. 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 Sprout Ville 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. Admission is $22.95 per person (25% discount for military)
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 2023 season starts September 16th and runs through November 4, 2023. They are open most days Thursday thru Sunday weather contingent. Hours: Thursday & Friday Mornings 10AM-2PM/Friday Evenings 6PM-10PM/ Saturdays 10AM-10PM/Sundays 10AM-6PM/Columbus Day 10AM-6PM. Admission: $22.95 (Online)/$27.95 (Gate)
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! The Fall Festival is open Thursday-Monday through Nov. 6, plus Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023. The festival is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November. 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 1, 2023 and running thru October 31, 2023. 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.
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.
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.
CARNIVALS & FAIRS
MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Date: Saturday’s & Sunday’s August 26-October 22, 2023 (Weekend Only)
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. Adult $24/Child (8-16 yo) $12/Under 7 FREE
CHARLES COUNTY FAIR
Location: 8440 Fairground Road La Plata, MD
Date: September 14-17, 2023
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/ Age 10 and under: Free/ 4 Day Passes: $25.00. All School Children admitted FREE on Friday, September 15th from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
ST MARY’S COUNTY FAIR
Date: September 21-24, 2023
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)
CALVERT COUNTY FAIR
Date: September 27- October 1, 2023
Location: 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Information: Cost- $5
FOR MORE FALL FUN SEE THE FALL FESTIVITIES AND HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS GUIDE…LINK
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