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Tolay Fall Festival 2012
Tolay Fall Festival 2012
Jennifer Azevedo

With Halloween just around the corner the sense of excitement is palpable. The air is crisp and the bay area offers a wide variety of festivals, pumpkin patches and parties to welcome fall. Here are the top bay area places for fall family festivities:

Decisions, decisions
Jennifer Azevedo

Tolay Fall Festival
Tolay Regional Park
Cannon Lane, Petaluma
(707) 565-2041
October 17-21
Weds.-Fri. 9 am – 3 pm-for school groups
Sat.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm

This event is hosted by the Sonoma County Park and Recreation Department, and is so much more than just another pumpkin patch! Activities include a large hay maze, corn-husk doll making, wool crafts, candle making, archery for all ages, lawn games and much more. Families have the opportunity to pet goats and donkeys in an animal barn, learn about bees and honey, explore the Native American Village, and creep through the spooky barn inhabited by snakes, owls and scorpions. You may work up an appetite with all this fun so pack a picnic or enjoy the multiple food vendors on site. Finish up the day with a hay ride to a charming pumpkin patch! All of these activities are included in your admission: $4 for ages 13 and up, $1 for kids 12 and under. Parking is $7 per car, or free with a Parks Membership. Members also enjoy free one-time admission to the Fall Festival for two adults and two children with your membership card.

Floating Pumpkin Patch
Ridgway Swim Center
455 Ridgway Ave., Santa Rosa
(707) 543-3421

Saturday October 20th

Hours: 2pm-6pm

The Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department invite you to make a splash at their Floating Pumpkin Patch. Dive in, find the perfect pumpkin, dry it off and dress it up at the pumpkin decorating station. There will be lots of arts & crafts, and fun, games and prizes so bring your swimsuit, towel and friends! Cost: $10 w/ a pumpkin or $5 without. Event proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Rec & Parks Pools. Purchase tickets in advance online or call: (707) 543-3421.

Adobe Pumpkin Farm
2478 E. Washington St @ Adobe Rd., Petaluma
(707) 763-6416
September 29-October 31
Hours: 10am-6pm

Visit with farm animals on a 30 acre working farm, shop holiday arts & crafts and gifts in the Christmas Barn or go for a spook in the Haunted Barn. Parking and admission are free and tickets for additional activities are available for purchase. Weekend activities include Spider Hollow haunted house, inflatable slides, face painting, balloons, demonstrations by local 4H groups a farmers market and food vendors.

Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch
3100 Golden Gate Drive, Napa (Stanley Lane at Highway 121)
(707)480-4779
September 26-October 31
Hours: 10am-6pm

If you live in Napa or Solano County, try out the Stanley Lane Pumpkin Patch. Boasting 40 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn you will be sure to find the perfect fall veggie for your table! Admission is free and features a hay bale pyramid and farm animals.

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