Cleveland Area Fall Festivals and Pumpkin/Apple Picking

October 3, 2023

Todd Hall

Best Fall Festivals and Apple/Pumpkin Picking In and Around NEO and Cleveland

Autumn officially arrived last weekend, and in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio, it heralded the commencement of over 60 festivals spanning the next month and a half. From the vibrant colors of fall foliage to the aroma of freshly baked apple pies, these festivals promise to celebrate the richness of the season and offer a delightful blend of cultural, culinary, and artistic experiences for all to enjoy. It’s a time when communities come together to embrace the beauty and traditions of autumn, making memories that will warm hearts throughout the chilly months ahead. Additionally, the region’s bountiful orchards and pumpkin patches invite families and friends to indulge in the timeless joys of pumpkin and apple picking, ensuring that the essence of fall is fully savored with every harvest.

Five Festivals to Etch Into Your Calendar

  1. Mapleside Farms
    • Event Details: Located in Brunswick, this sprawling 100-plus-acre farm offers a series of themed festivals. The lineup includes an apple fest this weekend, a pumpkin festival on Oct. 6-8, and the spine-tingling Spooky Fest on Halloween weekend.
    • Tickets: Starting from $13.
  2. Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
    • Event Details: The 14th edition of this annual event will feature screenings of 83 documentaries from 36 countries. Catch it from Oct. 4-8 at various venues in Chagrin Falls.
    • For the complete schedule and ticket prices, visit the CDFF’s website.
  3. Trick or Treat Fest
    • Event Details: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo hosts daytime Halloween merriments, including costumed characters and trick-or-treat stations. Enjoy the fun from 10 am to 3 pm on Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 6-29.
    • Tickets: Priced at $9.
  4. Spooky Pooch Parade
    • Event Details: This annual parade along Madison Avenue in Lakewood encourages dog enthusiasts to adorn their four-legged friends (and themselves) in Halloween finery. Join in the fun from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.
    • Admission is free.
  5. Cheese and Wine Fest
    • Event Details: Savor over 50 different cheeses and wines from around the globe at the Landerhaven event space in Mayfield Heights. The event unfolds from 3 pm to 7 pm on Nov. 19.
    • Tickets: Starting at $55.

5 Farms Near Cleveland for Pumpkin,/Apple Picking, and Other Events:

  1. Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    • Location: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH
    • Operating Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM
    • Fall Season: September 1 – October 15, 2023 (Corn maze open)
    • Special Events: Themed weekends, including Apple Harvest Weekend and Corn & Pumpkin Weekend, Halloween Drive-Thru event
    • Admission: $7-$9 (some events require advanced ticket purchases)
    • Distance from Cleveland: 30 minutes
  2. Mapleside Farms
    • Location: 294 Pearl Rd, Brunswick, OH
    • Operating Hours: Weekends from September 15 – October 29, 2023
    • Activities: Wine- and beer-tasting corn maze for adults, Pumpkin Village with corn mazes, hayrides, and super slide for kids
    • Admission: Pumpkin Village – $13-$17; Vino the Way (wine-tasting corn maze) – $35 per person (plus $3 service fee, includes access to Pumpkin Village)
    • Distance from Cleveland: 35 minutes
  3. Hillcrest Orchards
    • Location: 50336 Telegraph Rd, Amherst, OH
    • Operating Hours: Weekends in September and October; farm market open daily, 10 AM – 6 PM
    • Activities: Corn maze, hayrides, u-pick apples and pumpkins, farm market, sunflower festival, and more
    • Admission: $12 per person ($10 if purchased online)
    • Distance from Cleveland: 45 minutes
  4. Ramseyer Farms
    • Location: 4000 Ramseyer Ln, Wooster, OH
    • Operating Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from September 1 – October 29, 2023
    • Activities: Corn maze, u-pick pumpkins, farm animals, sunflower field, play areas for kids, and more
    • Admission: $13.95 (Tuesday-Thursday), $19.95 (Friday-Sunday)
    • Distance from Cleveland: 1 hour
  5. Kuchta Farms
    • Location: 4480 OH-82, Newton Falls, OH
    • Operating Hours: Daily from September 9 – October 31, 2023 (Monday-Thursday: 3:30 PM – 7 PM, weekends open later)
    • Activities: Fall corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin picking, sunflower patch, and more
    • Admission: $12 for All Access Admission
    • Distance from Cleveland: 1 hour

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