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

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, ride a pony or 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 Guide for the best of the season.

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NYC 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 Saturday, September 23-Sunday, October 29 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 14 and 21. Note: If you visit the weekend of September 23-September 24, you can enjoy the Queens County Fair, and on Sunday, October 29, 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
September 30-October 29, plus Columbus Day
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 The Great American Harvest Fest on Sunday, October 22, you can also see costumed crafts people doing old-school trades such as stone carving and tinsmithing.

Pumpkin Patch – Glen Oaks, Queens
Weekends September 30-October 29, 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 29. 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.

Pumpkin Point – Governors Island
Weekends October 21-October 29
Head to Governors Island's Picnic Point, which will be transformed into Pumpkin Point for the last two weekends of October. Thousands of pumpkins will be strewn about, perfect for photo-ops and ripe for kids to snatch up and take home. Seasonal treats will be served by an outpost of island purveyor Little Eva's. Don't worry about carrying your gourd back to the ferry: A free hayride is included! FREE

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NYC Fall Harvest Festivals

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

Halloween Harvest Festival – Coney Island, Brooklyn
Weekends, Saturday, September 16-Sunday, October 29
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.

Autumn Moon Festival – Staten Island
Saturday, September 23
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.

Breukelen Country Fair – Canarsie, Brooklyn
Saturday, September 23
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 23-Sunday, September 24
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.

Harvest Day – Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Sunday, September 24
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.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – Chinatown
Sunday, September 24
Celebrate the Chinese harvest season at this second annual fest featuring crafts, live performances, and pan-Asian eats from area restaurants. FREE

Harvest Festival – Upper East Side
Sunday, October 1
Head to the lovely Carl Schurz Park for a small pumpkin patch, hayrides, and a rocking concert by a local family band. FREE

Oktoberfest & Pumpkin Patch – Sunnyside, Queens
Saturday, October 7
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 8. FREE admission, but there are fees for activities.

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival – Staten Island
Saturday, October 7
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.

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

Autumn Moon Cultural Festival and Lantern Parade – Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 8
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.

Fall Harvest Festival – Forest Hills, Queens
Saturday, October 14
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 15
Over pumpkins already? Well at this fest you can pick the perfect pickle rather than that orange gourd. Taste a selection of the LES' 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 15
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 15
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.

King Manor Museum Fall Festival – Jamaica, Queens
Saturday, October 21
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 21
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 21-Sunday, October 22
Gawk at plenty of impressive gourds in this favorite seasonal exhibit stick around to explore the Chihuly exhibit before it closes at month's end, or the always-popular Everett Children's Adventure Garden programming.

The Great American Harvest Fest – Staten Island
Sunday, October 22
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.

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Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

Children's Fall Festival – Glen Oaks, Queens
Sunday, October 29
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.

Top image: NYBG Pumpkin Festival. Photo courtesy of NYBG. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the events/organizers