Updated for 2017!
Nothing says fall like harvesting pumpkins, taking a hay ride, and meeting an animal friend or two! Here is our round up of area harvest festivals around the South Sound-perfect for a day of old-fashioned family 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 30th 10AM-2PM The public is invited to this event. Fresh cider making, animals, farm and craft vendors, drum circle, and more fun. Lake Wilderness Arboretum Pay as you will, though a 15.00 per family donation is suggested.
September 23rd 10AM-4PM Hosted by La Vida Alpaca in Yelm 360 894 1273
Meet alpacas and ranchers from several area farms at La Vida Alpaca in Yelm, WA. We will be hosting the Alpaca Ranchers of the Northwest (AROW) farms here for National Alpaca Farm Days. There will be alpacas of all colors and types on display.
We will have activities for every member of the family, including crafts for the kids and an alpaca selfie booth. Visit our mill to learn how alpaca fiber is processed, and see all of the wonderful things that can be made with our fabulous fiber. There will be lots of beautiful products for sale by our members. Get an early start on your holiday shopping!
Pumpkin Carving and Cider Pressing at the Mason Jar Farm in Enumclaw
Saturday, October 7th 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 7th. A full day of free fun with crafts, entertainment, and more. Bring some money for vendors.
October 14th 10AM-5PM We were on the fence about whether to call this one a harvest fest, but they are offering bus rides to a local farm, and the farmer’s market will be here. There is also a parade for kiddos in pumpkin costume, pumpkin decorating, and other fun. More pumpkin events will be in our pumpkin patch/Halloween fun guide coming later….we have to draw the line somewhere. 🙂
Saturday, October 7th, 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. They sometimes do a Groupon. I don’t see one now, but it’s worth having a look. Special note: Got a toddler or preschooler? Check out their Toddler Weekdays offer. It’s just 7.00, and while they don’t have all the rides they do during the weekends, you can definitely get your 7.00 worth. It would be a fun day outing with your mom’s group or other toddler aged crew!
We have a detailed review of this spot here, and they do have special fall fun scheduled.
They have a fall festival event scheduled October 7th.
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.
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!
For more seasonal fun, be sure to check our guide to cider making and apple festivals. You might also like our list of places to see fall color around here, and 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!