Updated for 2018!
Nothing says fall like getting down-on-the-farm for some old fashioned fun. Here are events and places where kids can meet animals, pick apples or pumpkins, and have more old fashioned fun.
This year we’ve included both farm and community events. We have Not included events focused on pumpkins and Halloween-those will be in a separate listing. We have also not included events focused exclusively on apples or cider pressing. We have a link to those at the end of this post.
September 22nd 10AM-2PM
Our Annual Community Event and “Fun-Raiser,” happens every fall at the turning of the autumn solstice. We celebrate this special time of year with families and young children, alongside community friends and partners.
We are a sensory-friendly event with an old-timey feel, and seek to provide a morning that all children can enjoy.
We suggest a $15/family donation or ‘pay as you will’ – every donation helps us to serve more children in our community. Our favorite activities include: Apple cider pressing, eco face-painting, s’mores around the fire pit, free organic soups, free harvest muffins and baked goods, caramel apples, forest play and nature-crafting, strolling musicians, farm animals for snuggling, storytelling in the meadow, and more!
Sep 29 at 10 AM – Sep 30 at 4 PM
Come and celebrate all things alpaca during National Alpaca Farm Days at La Vida Alpaca and Tahoma Vista Fiber Mill. We will be representing five area farms with alpacas to meet and greet. Tour the fiber mill and learn how we make luxurious rugs and other items from alpaca fiber, and shop in the store, where we have everything from rugs, alpaca themed souvenirs and luxury and novelty alpaca fiber products. Free admission! Sep 29 at 10 AM – Sep 30 at 4 PM La Vida Alpaca 15631 159th Ln SE, Yelm, Washington 98597
Pumpkin Carving and Cider Pressing at the Mason Jar Farm in Enumclaw
TBA This spot does regular open farm days and has hosted fall events in the past. We don’t see any announced yet, but it’s worth keeping your eye on if it’s in your area.
Saturday, October 6th 10AM–4PM Hay rides, pumpkin launcher, and more family fun at Sehmel Park. Admission is free; there are some activities with a small fee/suggested donation of 2.00 per child.
Saturday, October 6th. A full day of free fun with crafts, entertainment, and more. Bring some money for vendors.
October 13th 10AM-5PM at Orting City Park We were on the fence about whether to call this one a harvest fest, but since it isn’t really Halloween or pumpkin exclusive, we decided to include it. Look for more pumpkin fun coming soon in our pumpkin patch list and Halloween events guide. We have to draw the line somewhere! This event includes food and vendor booths, a kiddie parade, bounce houses, and other fun.
Saturday, October 6th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Free, self guided tour of area farms. Meet animals, take farm tours, enjoy farm fresh goodies for sale, and more. This is free, but it is nice to spend a little money at the farms if you can.
Beyond the South Sound
The farm features kiddie rides, u-pick pumpkins, and a market with items for sale. This is a day trip from the South Sound. Some readers think this is as fun as the Fair for younger children. Got a toddler or preschooler? Check out their Toddler Weekdays offer. Several readers tipped us off to this great deal that would be a fun outing with your favorite parent and tot pals, too!
We have a detailed review of this spot here, and they do have special fall fun scheduled. Note our review has good info, but it’s older so double check pricing and hours as those have likely changed.
They have a fall festival event scheduled October 6th.
Apple Picking and Cider Making?
Find Your Own Farm Fun
Many other farms don’t do organized events but do welcome visitors. Check PugetSoundFresh to find a new place to discover near you, or talk to the farmers next time you visit your farmer’s market! Obviously, we’d suggest calling first.
Before You Go
Do note that farms vary from true mom and pop spots to full scale, commercial operations. I’d urge you to double check with any spot before you head out, so you don’t arrive and find that plans have changed.
I also recommend wearing clothes that can get muddy, and bring along some spending money. Farming is a tough business, and it’s nice to support the folks working hard to bring you tasty things!
Know a fun harvest event we missed? Let us know!
Yes, we have many, many other fall fun guides coming your way in addition to our daily posts and our big weekend lists. If you don’t want to miss any of it, you might want to sign up for the weekly newsletter! It’s the weekend events list a whole day early, and we also include sneak peeks of coming content and awesome stuff you may have missed!