Harvest Fests, Pumpkin Patches, and Hayrides Right Here in NYC

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Fall Festivals for NYC Kids in Brooklyn, NYC, Queens, Staten Island

If you think you need to head out to the 'burbs for an authentic fall harvest experience, we've got good news: You can pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a hayride, meet farm animals, and even get lost in a massive corn maze right here in NYC.

So if you're looking to skip the car rental, hop onto the subway instead to head out to these fall harvest festivals and pumpkin patches, all located within the five boroughs. Looking for more fall fun? Check out our NYC Fall Fun Guide for the best of the season.

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NYC's Only Corn Maze

Your city slickers know their way around the streets, but can they navigate the Amazing Maize Maze? 

The Amazing Maize Maze – Glen Oaks, Queens
Weekends September 22 through October 27, plus Columbus day
You need a lot of room for a good corn maze so it's no surprise that the biggest one in NYC is located on the grounds of the Queens County Farm Museum. Since the maze changes every year, tackling it has become a tradition for my family. Before you embark on your adventure, staff members explain how to find hidden clues and solve puzzles that help you successfully navigate to the exit. If you've got older kids who enjoy a challenge, try doing it by flashlight: The corn maze will stay open until 9pm on October 13 and 20. Note: If you visit the weekend of September 22-23, you can enjoy the Queens County Fair, and on Sunday, October 28, you can hit the farm's Children's Fall Festival; both require additional fees.

NYC Pumpkin Patches

At many of the city's harvest festivals, you'll find a one-day or weekend-long pumpkin patches where kids can pick their own, but these spots host pumpkin patches on weekends in late September and throughout October.

Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking Weekends – Staten Island
Weekends October 6 through October 28
This 19th-century farm is part of the Historic Richmond Town living history museum. Pumpkins are set out in a field for kids to "pick." There's also a hayride, small cornstalk maze and face painting. The farm is located off the main grounds but a free shuttle bus is provided. If you visit during Old Home Day on Sunday, October 21, you can also see costumed crafts people doing old-school trades such as stone carving and tinsmithing.

Pumpkin Patch – Glen Oaks, Queens
Weekends October 6 through October 27, plus Columbus Day
Admission to the Queens County Farm Museum is FREE unless there's a special event scheduled such as the Children's Fall Festival on Sunday, October 28. Like Decker Farm, children are "picking" pumpkins lying on a lawn, but it's a fun experience for little kids and there are lots of other farm attractions. Pumpkin prices vary.

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You can't beat the view at Pumpkin Point on Governors Island. Photo by Sara Marentette

Pumpkin Point – Governors Island 
Saturday, October 20–Sunday, October 21 and Saturday, October 27–Sunday, October 28
Head to Governors Island for a Halloween celebration in New York Harbor the last two weekends of October. Pumpkin Point, one of NYC's only pumpkin patches, crops up among the shady trees in Nolan Park this year, with seasonal treats, a beer garden for the grown-ups, and trick-or-treating at the historic houses in Nolan Park on Saturday, October 27, from 1-3pm. Admission is FREE; pumpkin prices vary.

NYC Fall Harvest Festivals

Autumn Moon Festival – Staten Island
Saturday, September 22
Enjoy a multicultural take on the season at this Asian harvest festival in Snug Harbor's serene New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Ethnic music and dance performances, martial arts demos, and calligraphy lessons are on tap.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – Chinatown
Saturday, September 22
Celebrate the Chinese harvest season at this third annual fest featuring crafts, live performances, and pan-Asian eats from area restaurants. FREE

Breukelen Country Fair – Canarsie, Brooklyn
Saturday, September 22
Hit the historic Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum for a PuppetMobile presentation, pony rides, games, face painting, arts and crafts, a pop-up farmers' market, cider pressing, and farm-fresh foods. FREE admission, but some activities cost extra.

Queens County Fair – Glen Oaks, Queens
Saturday, September 22-Sunday, September 23
Enjoy a full-fledged county fair right here in NYC at the Queens County Farm Museum with pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig races, hayrides, a petting zoo, livestock, produce and craft competitions, and lots of traditional carnival rides. You also can get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze, which opens for the season this weekend.

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The Chinese harvest season is celebrated in Sunset Park at the Autumn Moon fest and parade.

Autumn Moon Cultural Festival and Lantern Parade – Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 23
The second half of Better Chinatown's annual Chinese harvest season celebration, this fete in Leif Ericson Park includes cultural performances, traditional crafts, and a holiday children's lantern parade, which marches down Eighth Avenue from 65th to 49th Streets.

Luna Park's harvest fest includes Halloween-themed fun and a pumpkin patch. Photo by Shira Kronzon

Halloween Harvest Festival – Coney Island, Brooklyn
Weekends, September 29 through October 28, plus October 31
Luna Park's annual harvest fest kicks off in September and runs through Halloween weekend with a pumpkin patch, spooky crafts, dance contests, Halloween-themed temporary tattoos, balloon animals, special events like the dog costume parade, and more. Of course, you'll be able to enjoy all those famous Luna Park rides, too.

Fall Feast – Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 30
Head to Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park to help dig up potatoes in the garden. Afterward, cook and sample the harvest, and participate in potato sack races and other retro games. Admission is FREE, but advance registration required

Autumn Festival– DUMBO
Sunday, September 30
This popular fest includes cultural performances of dancing, singing, martial arts, magic and more; local Chinese businesses and organizations providing resources and literature, traditional Moonncake giveaways, and activities and games for children. FREE

Oktoberfest & Pumpkin Patch – Sunnyside, Queens
Saturday, October 6
The members-only Sunnyside Gardens Park opens its gates to the public for this annual festival. Enjoy games, live music, a variety of crafts for kids, pumpkin picking and decorating, an artisan market, and classic German-style food and beverages served in the park’s woodlands. Rain date: October 7. FREE admission, but there are fees for activities.

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival – Staten Island
Saturday, October 6
Head to Willowbrook Park in Staten Island's Greenbelt for a festive day of face painting, pumpkin picking, rides on the Carousel for All Children, puppet shows, and seasonal crafts. FREE admission, but there are fees for activities.

Harvest Festival – Upper East Side
Saturday, October 13
Head to the lovely Carl Schurz Park for a small pumpkin patch, hayrides, and a rocking concert by a local family band. FREE

Fall Harvest Festival – Forest Hills, Queens
Saturday, October 13
Hit Forest Park for this annual shindig featuring pumpkins to pick, kiddie games, live entertainment, and other seasonal fun. FREE

Pickle Day – Lower East Side
Sunday, October 14
Over pumpkins already? Well at this fest you can pick the perfect pickle rather than that orange gourd. Taste a selection of the Lower East Side's signature eat, both sweet and dill, from old-school vendors such as Guss' or newcomers such as Sour Puss. Fun for kids includes face painting, dancing, and games. Think you've got pickling prowess? Enter the fair's first pickling contest. FREE

Harvest Festival – Randall's Island
Sunday, October 14
Hit the isle's Urban Farm for seasonal fun, including pumpkin hunting, face painting, fresh apple cider tasting, and tours of the crops. Afterward, explore the attraction-packed isle. FREE

Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch – Flushing, Queens
Sunday, October 14
Hit the Queens Botanical Garden for live tunes, retro games, garden walks, composting demos, a petting zoo, and pony rides, plus a pumpkin patch. Most activities are FREE with admission.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Harvest Festival – Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, October 20
A pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, music, and games await at this year’s festival on the Pier 6 lawns. FREE

King Manor Museum Fall Festival – Jamaica, Queens
Saturday, October 20
Celebrate harvest season by sampling some culinary delights from NYC's days of yore such as Dutch eats cooked over a fire pit. Apple cider pressing, butter churning, and fall-themed crafts are also on tap. FREE

Harvest Festival – Staten Island
Saturday, October 20
Head to Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve to carve pumpkins, build scarecrows, play seasonal games, and groove to live music. Don't forget to dress up: A costume contest is on tap.

Giant Pumpkin Weekend – New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx
Saturday, October 20-Sunday, October 21
Gawk at plenty of impressive gourds in this favorite seasonal exhibit; stick around to see what's happening at the always-popular Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

Old Home Day – Staten Island
Sunday, October 21
Watch costumed crafts people pressing cider, making candles and lace, embroidering and quilting, stone carving, and tinsmithing at Historic Richmond Town. Afterward, hit Decker Farm's pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin, try the corn maze, and hitch a hayride.

Halloween Harvest Festival – Long Island City, Queens
Saturday, October 27
The final event of the 2018 season is the much-loved Halloween Harvest Festival, which, this year, is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors. The event includes a spooky costume contest, art-making, fantastical face-painting, and the annual Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes.

Ghouls and Gourds – Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
Saturday, October 27
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual bash boasts giant puppets, plenty of craft and activity stations, and a wacky costume parade where kids can join in and strut their stuff. 

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Get up-close with the animals at the Queens County Farm Museum's Children's Fall Festival. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

Children's Fall Festival – Glen Oaks, Queens
Sunday, October 28
One of my family's favorites, this massive bash at the Queens County Farm Museum features traditional games such as sack races and trinkets-in-the-haystack, live music, bouncy houses, a haunted house, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Families are encouraged to attend in costume, and this is the perfect day to hit the farm's Amazing Maize Maze and pumpkin patch.

This post, originally published in September 2010, is updated annually.

Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the events/organizers