Fall has officially arrived, Birmingham, and we are so ready to take advantage of all the festive excitement coming our way! So, we’ve compiled a list of all of the best local pumpkin patches, fall festivals and a few additional family-friendly events in case you’re looking for an extra dose of autumnal fun. Bookmark this article and come back through the month of October whenever you need a family-friendly weekend activity this fall. Happy October!
288 County Hwy 45, Hayden, AL, 35079 • (205) 616-6431
Hours: September 29 through November 4; Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Covered wagon ride & pumpkin, $7 per person Monday through Friday and $9 per person Saturday through Sunday
The Great Pumpkin Patch is probably the most popular pumpkin patch destination for Birminghamians. Come out this season for hayrides, pumpkins, pony rides, train rides and a petting zoo. Guests can enjoy a covered wagon ride or, with a group of 20 or more, a night ride the includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and as many marshmallows you can eat plus a 30-minute wagon ride to the campfire. Extreme bungee jumping is also available for purchase as is the inflatable park, which features a jumping pumpkin, giant slide and bungee run.
184 Furrow Ln, Harpersville, AL 35078 • (205) 672-7209
Open September 29 through October 31; Weekdays, 3 p.m. to dark, Saturday 9 a.m. to dark, Sunday 1 p.m. to dark
Admission: $10 (includes pumpkin and all events except food, arts and crafts and horseback rides)
Bring the family out to Old Baker Farm this fall for a day of fun on the farm! Your family will enjoy a petting zoo and corn maze before riding the hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. Don’t miss their festival weekend and Cotton Pickin’ Celebration on October 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Western Cowboy Day on October 13 and 14 where the kiddos have the chance to dress up in western attire!
3595 County Rd 59, Verbena, AL 36091 • (205) 351-1480
Open September 22 through October 31; Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person, which includes one pumpkin and all activities except corn cannon, cow train and concessions
Penton Farms’ pumpkin patch features fabulous fall activities including wagon rides, a corn maze, an animal park, large corn pit, cotton picker play area, super slides, a human hamster wheel and pumpkin bowling. Grab the fam and bring them out for a day of fall fun!
826 Griffin Rd, West Blocton, AL 35184 • (205) 535-0552
Open every weekend September 29 through October; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person
Spend your Saturday or Sunday at Griffin Farms this October! Your admission ticket includes one pumpkin per person, the animal farm, bouncy houses, a corn maze, a hayride, slides, hay mountain, a small rock wall, a parent-powered zipline, a human hamster wheel and a firetruck for the kiddos to explore. Pony rides, face painting and food vendors are available for additional purchase.
7066 County Rd 703, Cullman, AL • (256) 775-2924
Open September 28 through November 4 with varying hours. Here is a link to the calendar.
Admission is $14.95 per person or $9.95 per person on Thrifty Thursday, plus the cost of each pumpkin.
The 4D Farms is a tad more pricey than the other pumpkin patches, but features a TON of fun activities for the whole family! Your admission ticket will get you access to a cow train, hayride, zipline, sports activities, corn bins, a play barn, live pig races and so much more! Mechanical bull rides, pony rides and gemstone mining are available for an additional cost.
6027 Highway 17, Helena, AL 35080 • (205) 541-8150
Open every weekend from September 29 through October 31; Saturday and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For a $10 ticket, guests will enjoy a hayride and pumpkin, tire mountain, rope obstacles, a 100-foot landslide, bounce houses, petting zoo, a huge corn barn a hay run, live music, wheel races, the snack shack and more!
1919 9th St, Calera, AL 35040 • (205) 757-8383
Open every weekend in October with train rides at 10 am., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday
Admission: $17 for adults, $12 for children ages 2-11
Board the vintage trains at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum this fall for an autumn ride through Shelby County, a hayride, a pumpkin from the patch, corn maze, bounce house and other family-friendly activities. Upgrade your ticket to the caboose or locomotive for an unforgettable experience. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase with cash only.
October 6 through the 28, 2018: Fall Festival at Alabama Splash Adventure
4599 Splash Adventure Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022 • (205) 481-4750
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Admission: $19.95 for adults (over 52″ tall), $17.95 for juniors (under 52″ tall) and seniors (55+), free for toddlers (age 2 and under)
Alabama Splash Adventure is saying goodbye to summer and celebrating fall with their very first fall festival! Saturdays and Sundays through October, bring the family out to Alabama Splash Adventure for amusement park attractions, a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin art, scavenger hunts, a kids’ hay bale maze and more! Each weekend will feature different special entertainment including a car show, local musicians and a high dive show. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit alabamasplash.com.
October 13, 2018: Mt Laurel Fall Festival
Hours: 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Save the date for the annual Mt Laurel Fall Festival happening Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.! Celebrate the best of fall in the beautiful town of Mt Laurel. The Mt Laurel Fall Festival, now in its 18th year, offers you the opportunity to shop their vibrant street fair, savor dishes from the best local food trucks and enjoy a day strolling the idyllic streets of one of Birmingham’s best neighborhoods. For more information, visit mtlaurel.com.
October 13, 2018: Oak Mountain State Park Fall Harvest Festival
200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124 • (205) 620-2520
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $2 for ages 4-11, $5 for ages 12-61, $2 for ages 62+, free for military, veterans and age 3 and under
Bring the family out to Oak Mountain State Park this October 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for their annual Harvest Festival! Attendees will enjoy live music, tons of food vendors, yard games like corn hole and giant checkers, fun family-friendly activities like mining for gems, painting pumpkins, pony rides, bounce houses and a meet and greet with Alabama Wildlife Center’s Education Ambassadors. Complimentary (unlimited) hayrides, shopping with local vendors and an early morning yoga class on the beach will complete the event. For more information, visit facebook.com.
October 25, 2018: Hoover Hayride & Family Night
Veterans Park on Valleydale • (205) 444-7500
Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come out to Veterans Park this October 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a night of festive fun. Attendees will enjoy hayrides around the park, candy and giveaways, food vendors, balloon artists, face painting and tons of family-friendly fun. For more information, visit hooveral.org.
October 27, 2018: Halloween Fairyland at Tannehill
12632 Confederate Pkwy, McCalla, AL 35111 • (205) 477-5711
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 for adults (12 years and older), $4.00 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $3.00 for children (ages 6-11), ages 5 and under free
Bring the kiddos out to Tannehill State Park this October 27 for the 27th Annual Halloween Fairland. This family-friendly festival brings over 6,000 annual visitors and features fun events like trick or treat stops, face painting, balloon animals, a bungee jump and train rides for an additional charge. Make sure to snag a festival t-shirt, the festival’s annual tradition. For more information, visit tannehill.org.
October 27, 2018: Tricks, Treats and Trails at Red Mountain Park
2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211 • (205) 202-6043
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $5; free for children 3 and under
Grab the kiddos and prepare for some serious trick or treating at Red Mountain Park this October 27! Attendees will enjoy trick or treating down the trails, food trucks, and a visit from Spiderman, Belle and Cinderella. This is the perfect festival for the whole family and your four-legged friend. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit redmountainpark.org.
September 28 through October 7, 2018: Alabama State Fair
1000 Amphitheater Rd, Pelham, AL 35124
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for youth, $5 for seniors 62+, $5 for military with ID
Oak Mountain Amphitheater hosts this exciting family-friendly event. With all things fried and fun, the Alabama State Fair knows how to entertain! You’re never too old to ride carnival rides, eat fair food and play games. The fair has all that and more on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10. Tickets for youths, seniors and military are $5. alabamafair.org
October 14, 2018: Tuneful Trick-or-Treat
UAB’s Alys Stephens Center – Jemison Concert Hall • (205) 975-2787
Hours: starting at 3 p.m.
Celebrate the scariest month of the year with hocus-pocus sounds from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra! Starting at 3 p.m. in a comfortable and sensory-sensitive environment, guests can get in the Halloween spirit with spooky tunes. This is a great way to introduce the kiddos to the symphony. Wear your most creative Halloween costume to really play the part! Tickets are only $10. alabamasymphony.org
October 14, 2018: Neverland Carnival at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre at the BJCC
2130 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 458-8181
Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Join the Birmingham Children’s Theatre as they put on their first annual Neverland Carnival this October 14. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of games, crafts, rides, carnival food and tons of prizes. Roaming characters and entertainers, a silent auction and a night-on-the-town door prize will complete the event. For more information, visit bct123.org
So, get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather and the festive events in Birmingham!