Families and visitors alike, get ready for an unbe-LEAF-able experience this October as the historic Queens County Farm Museum welcomes you to a month filled with fall delight. Nestled right in the heart of New York City, this vibrant location promises an action-packed month of farm fun. With free admission to the historic site, you won’t want to miss out on the GOURDness gracious Pumpkin Patch, the Amazing Maize Maze, delectable treats at the Donut Shop, Maze by Moonlight, Halloween on the Farm, and an exciting start to Native American Heritage Month.
Pumpkin Patch: A Patch of Perfection
Starting Saturday, September 30th and open daily through October 31st, the Queens County Farm Museum’s iconic Pumpkin Patch, a quintessential part of Fall at Queens County Farm Museum, invites you to experience the true essence of fall. From October 1st to 28th and on the 30th and 31st, admission to the Pumpkin Patch is free. Here, you can pick your perfect pumpkin, with prices tailored to size. While you’re here, hop aboard a tractor-drawn hayride to bask in the brisk autumn air and take in the farm’s breathtaking transformation into vibrant shades of gold and red.
Don’t forget to explore the Farmstand for hyper-local fresh fall produce, including peppers, fennel, squash, kale, and sweet potatoes. And of course, say hello to the farm’s adorable residents – goats, sheep, alpacas, pigs, hens, and steer, along with the largest apiary in NYC, home to millions of honeybees.
The Amazing Maize Maze 2023: A Corn-y Challenge
Are you up for a challenge? Head over to the Amazing Maize Maze, now open Fridays through Sundays until October 28th, as well as on Monday, October 9th. If you’re free on Fridays, join the after-school, remote work, and leaf-peeping crowd from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. For weekend adventurers, the maze is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This year’s maze boasts a unique design in the shape of a 1954 Ford tractor donated to the farm by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Tickets are priced at $12 to $16, and children aged 3 and under get in for free.
Donut Shop Delights: Keep Your Eyes on the Pies
Saturdays and Sundays through October 28th, the beloved Donut Shop pops up, offering local apples, apple cider, cider donuts, and freshly baked pies. Grab a delectable treat to savor during your visit or bring home to share with loved ones. But beware, these donuts are in high demand, so don’t miss out! (The Donut Shop will also be available to ticket holders on Sunday, October 29th, at Halloween on the Farm.)
Maze by Moonlight: A Starry Adventure
For those seeking a spookier experience. Gather your courage, grab your flashlight, and venture into the maze under the starry sky during Maze by Moonlight. This limited event takes place on four special nights: Saturday, October 7th, 14th, and 21st, and Friday, October 27th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets range from $14 to $18, and children aged 3 and under enter for free.
Halloween on the Farm: A Fang-tastic Party
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 29th, and prepare to don your finest costumes for a spook-tacular party at Halloween on the Farm. This family-favorite event includes trick-or-treating, a spooky farmhouse, a live DJ dance floor, and more. Hurry, tickets sell out quickly, with prices set at $20 per person, and children aged 3 and under enter for free.
November: Native American Heritage Month Celebration
As October transitions into November, Queens County Farm Museum continues the festivities by celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Join them for the 4th annual Harvest Dance Celebration on Sunday, November 12th, from 11 am to 4 pm. Presented in collaboration with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. This event showcases Native American dances performed outdoors by representatives of ten Indian Nations, each dance’s origins explained. Additionally, you can explore the Native American Craft & Food Market, featuring authentic art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more. Admission to the farm and market is FREE. Tickets are required for access to the performance area, priced at $12 to $17.
“Apples, Donuts, Pies, Oh my! ‘Tis the season at Queens County Farm Museum,” says Jennifer Walden Weprin, Executive Director of Queens County Farm Museum. “It’s not Fall in New York City without finding your way to Victory Bridge in the Amazing Maize Maze, now in its 17th season. It’s really hard this year, so the challenge is on!”
Plan your visit to Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, New York. For more details on all events and the Queens County Farm Museum, visit queensfarm.org.
October on the Farm at Queens County Farm Museum promises a cornucopia of autumnal activities and delights for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re exploring the Pumpkin Patch as part of Fall at Queens County Farm Museum, or conquering the Amazing Maize Maze. Savoring treats from the Donut Shop, navigating the maze by moonlight, or celebrating Halloween on the Farm. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Native American Heritage Month celebration in November.
Plan your visit now to immerse yourself in the beauty of fall. Learn about farming, and create cherished memories with family and friends. Queens County Farm Museum is the place to be this October, so don’t miss out on all the farm fun!
Ready to embrace the fall spirit? Plan your visit to Queens County Farm Museum today and experience the best of October on the farm. Explore the pumpkin patch, conquer the Amazing Maize Maze, indulge in delicious treats, and join the spooky fun at Halloween on the Farm. Don’t wait, make memories this fall!