It’s that time of year to head out to a harvest festival, featuring pumpkins, pony rides and pick-your-own produce to get you and the family into the fall spirit. Because many of the farms have their own rules about buying tickets in advance, or capacity limits, as well as masks and social distancing, please check their websites or call ahead.

Until October 31st, Alstede Farms in Chester is hosting Pick Your Own apples and pumpkins. You can also take a wagon train ride or a pony ride, and enjoy live music from a variety of performers. Visit after hours to get a special Harvest Moon Hayride around the farm.

Reserve your tickets now for Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival in Vernon Township. You can stop by Wednesday through Sunday every week until November 7th to experience a variety of over 20 different attractions at Heaven Hill Farm. You can pet farm animals, climb hay bales, take on the obstacle course and much more.

Giddyup at the 39th Annual Family Hoedown in Pequannock Township on October 16th in Greenview Park. Enjoy live music, check out the crafts table or make furry friends at the petting zoo. 

Every weekend through October 31st, Terhune Orchards will be hosting their Fall Family Fun Weekends. You can pick apples, pumpkins, wander a maze or enjoy a fresh pulled pork sandwich while live music plays.

Sunday from October 2nd-October 24th, Snyder’s Farm in Somerset will be hosting their Fall Festival. You can play festive games like cornhole and rubber duck races, get lost in the tunnels and mazes or take photos on the hay bales.

Harvest season is bringing over 15 varieties of apples to Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY. Spend a day picking your own apples, pumpkins, and seasonal vegetables with your family. Make sure to visit the farm store before you leave to pick up some apple cider donuts and locally made honey. 

On October 16th, because the Maywood Recreation Department is hosting the Maywood’s Harvest Craft and Food Truck Festival. Sample from more than 15 different food trucks and dance to the live music. This event is free to the public, but make sure to bring your own chairs and blankets.

Family Fall Fest in Barnegat is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. On October 23rd, take your kids to this free event for fun activities and an outdoor movie, “Hocus Pocus.”

Here are even more fun festivals to check out:

Fall Festival, Allentown