It’s that time again! If’ you’ve been following the blog you’ll know I’m a holiday addict and my family loves taking in all the holiday fun. I’m excited to share a local fall and Halloween events guide for fellow families in the Okanagan to enjoy!
FARM & ORCHARD FUN
The two Okanagan pumpkin patches and farms most often recommended are Davison Orchard (Vernon) and McMillan Farms (Kelowna). Both places offer lots of fun activities for kids and a hay or tractor ride; Davison also offers a u-pick option. Also be sure to check out Don-O-Ray farms, offering a ton of activities for the kids, a haunted (family-friendly) maze, and lots of pumpkins!
Location: 3111 Davison Road, Vernon, BC
Apple Harvest Festival
What: Experience the farm by picking your own apples fresh from the tree. Enjoy a tour of the orchard on the Jonny Popper Train, then fill your bag with your favourite variety of apples. There will also be free apple tastings, caramel apples, apple cider donuts, fresh cold pressed apple juice and dozens of fresh-picked apple varieties to choose from in the market.
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in September from 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $12 per adult which includes a 10lb bag of apples and a tour, kids are $7 which includes a mini bag of apples and a tour. The farm is open from 8am – 6pm daily.
**Make a Mini Pie takes place from 2-3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays in September. For$5 kids can make their own apple pie, take it home and bake it fresh.
Tuesday Harvest Tours
What: Take a tour of the orchard and pick some apples! Perfect for young families, Tuesday Tours are available for those who can’t make the Apple Harvest Festival on weekends or those who prefer a quieter pace.
When: 10 am and 11 am.
Cost: $12/adults (includes a 10lb bag of apples), $7/children 2-12 years (includes a mini bag of apples).
October Family Pumpkin Fest
What: Take a ride out to the Pumpkin Patch and pick your favourite pumpkin right from the field. Visit the farm animals, run and play in the Crazy Cow Corral, enjoy the fall displays, relax with a Pumpkin Steamer or Spiced Apple Cider, taste pumpkin cake, muffin or pie, listen to the music from the Pumpkin Butter Band.
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. Train rides run from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm on Sundays.
Cost: Pumpkin (any size) and a tractor ride (all ages) $9, tractor train ride only adults $6, children $4.
**On Sunday October 6 you can have a free professional family photo taken from 11:30 am -3:30 pm.
Location: #1 – 3690 Berard Rd, Kelowna, BC
What: Tractor hay rides showcasing the 110 acre farm, Mission Creek, and farm and wild animals have been expanded for 2019! More paid activities include the 3 acre corn maze (the largest in Kelowna), a unique hay maze for kids of all ages (revamped this year!), a giant sling shot to shoot gourds or apples through, a mini train, plus fun family games! The petting farm (visit for free!) includes pigs, pygmy goats, rabbits, horses, donkeys, a llama and more. There is an onsite concession with drinks and snacks for purchase.
Cost: $30 (family pass for 5) includes hayride, slingshot, and corn maze. Pumpkin prices vary based on size.
If you are looking for a great pumpkin patch experience, two highly recommended farms are The Pumpkin Patch (St. Anne’s, Armstrong) and Bilga Farms (Kelowna). Pro Tip: buy your pumpkins early and store them outside (in garage or cold room) until closer to Halloween. Then you will get pick of the crop (and it will last until Halloween)!
You can’t miss this place when driving down Rutland Road. Also home to strawberry sales in the summer time, this is a popular Kelowna pumpkin patch!
Location: 1900 Rutland Rd. North, Kelowna, BC
When: TBA- Opening Soon!
This place has thousands of pumpkins, in addition to gourds, ornamental corn, and a variety of squash. Pick your own pumpkin and take some fall pictures on the hay wagon (no rides). There is also a small play area for the kids to enjoy!
Location: 642 St. Anne’s Road Armstrong. Follow the pumpkins past O’Keefe Ranch!
When: Dawn til Dusk, October 1-31.
FALL FAMILY EVENTS
Kikinee Salmon Festival
Date: September 22, 11 am – 3 pm
Location: Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads
What: Check out the displays and watch the Kokanee salmon spawning in Mission Creek. The festival will include lively performances from local entertainment, ‘fishy’ displays, and activities. This is a free family event.
Harvest Moon Market
Date: September 29, 10 a, – 2:30 pm
Location: East Kelowna Hall 2704 East Kelowna Road
What: This fun fall market includes a Salsa Making workshop, Apple Painting prints, Acorn felt essential balls creating, caramel apple pop decorating, live bluegrass music, local art, crafts, food and winery vendors!
Family Daze in the Corn Maze
Date: Every weekend in October from 11 am – 4 pm
Location: O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon
What: Family-friendly corn maze, farm animals, pony rides, Saturday markets, and a weekly colouring contest. $10 per person or $30 per family (2 adults, 3 kids). Stagecoach Rides are $2.50 for Children, $5 for Adults.
Kelowna Corn Maze
Date: October 1-31
Location: 539 Valley Road, Kelowna
What: A new location this year to bring you their biggest corn maze yet! Also onsite: a bonfire, a concession selling hot drinks, and a large selection of pumpkins. Pricing details and hours of operation coming soon!
11th Annual Rutland Scarecrow festival
Date: October 6
Location: Rutland Lions Park (205 Grey Road)
What: Family activities, kids games and crafts, food trucks, vendor market, and scarecrow displays and competition. This event does not have admission.
Fall Pumpkin Photos
Date: October 20, 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Don-O-Ray Farms, 3442 Benvoulin Rd
What: Bring the Family, Kids or your Dog (on leash). Kids are welcome to come in their Halloween costumes!
No Need to prebook. $25 includes 3 photos and a pumpkin!
Date: October 25, 10 am – 1 pm and 29th 3 pm – 6 pm
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museums (470 Queensway Avenue)
What: Get up close to some friendly and feathered night fliers and learn about what they get up to in the dark! You never know what you will uncover at this fun-filled Hallowe’en event. Entry is by donation. For more information contact education@kelownamuseums.
Halloween Spooktacular (Peachland)
Date: October 26, 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th St, Peachland
What: Bouncy castle, carnival games, photo booth, face painting, haunted house, pumpkin carving, crafts, story time, entertainment and a family dance party. $7 per child (1-12 years) or $8 at the door (cash only). Parent admission by Food Bank donation. Pre-registration is recommended, call to register: 250-767-2133 Children must be supervised by adults.
If you are looking for places to donate pumpkins after Halloween, consider taking them to the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary for their animals. Please make sure you are taking quality pumpkins (nothing rotten, painted, or wax filled please) for the animals to enjoy.
Please note that many of the events listed above will accept Food Bank donations, so be sure to bring along some non-perishable food items!
Do you know of more local events? Add them in the comments below and I’ll update this list so that everyone can enjoy them! Happy Fall! xo