Homestead Gardens’ Fall Fest through October

| September 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Homestead-Fall-Fest-59I wanted to go pumpkin picking in a real live pumpkin picking patch. Thankfully, the solution is just up the road in Davidsonville. Homestead Gardens.

On Sunday, we headed over to Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville to check out the Fall Festival. In a word–wow!  Each year they up the ante and add more and more family friendly activities to make this a terrific signature event for Anne Arundel County and beyond. Personally, I am not sure what is more impressive–this festival or the Grand Illumination and the festivities that surround the holidays!

Stroll the store, pick up some carving pumpkins or some great baked goods and fall-themed foods. Corn mazes, apple sling shots, pony rides, bouncy castles, pipe slide, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, face painting, and hang out and listen to some great music!

If you want to roam acres and acres of fields and pick the perfect pumpkin–you can do that.  If you prefer to stroll among the thousands of pre-picked pumpkins–you can do that.  If you want to take a free wagon/hay ride through the property–you can do that. If you just want to stroll and see the fall colors–you can do that too!

Each week, a portion of the proceeds go to a local non-profit. For opening weekend, it went to the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

The fall festival is free as are the hayrides; but some attractions will require tickets which can be purchased throughout the festival. The festival runs every Saturday and Sunday 11-4 through October 26th!

Check out their schedule below (and check out their website because they are adding some surprises as we speak–along with some adult events too). Check out all the fun we had on Sunday; and finally check back for a video we took as well!

Schedule

October 4th & 5th

A portion of this weekend’s proceeds to benefit Food Link.

Saturday 12pm-3pm Live Music from Sparks, Raymond & McCoy!
Saturday 12pm-3pm Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Saturday 3pm-4pm Cook It, Color It Pumpkin – even the Seeds!  Rita Calvert, our blogging and food expert, will be cookin’! You’ll get to taste sweet and savory pumpkin treats and even the seeds! Learn about the beautiful and funny heirloom pumpkins we carry and taste them in different recipes.
Sunday 12pm-3pm Live Music by Sparks, Raymond & McCoy!
Sunday 12pm-3pm Pumpkin Carving Workshop

October 11th & 12th

A portion of this weekend’s proceeds to benefit Wellness House of Annapolis.

Saturday 12pm-3pm Live Music from Orlando Phillips!
Saturday 5pm-7pm SUNSET FIRESIDE CONCERT! with Live Music from Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition!
Sunday 12pm-3pm Live Music from Off the Track!
Sunday 12pm-3pm SPCA Mobile Adoption Unit – Stop by and visit dogs, cats and rabbits up for adoption. Cuteness Warning… You may just fall in love!
Sunday 12pm & 2pm Live Reptile Presentation! by Reptile World… Meet an interesting selection of live, large, colorful, and gentle reptiles from all over the world. Enjoy discovering what reptiles are, what makes them different from birds and mammals, and how important they are in our environment!

October 18th & 19th

A portion of this weekend’s proceeds to benefit Seeds 4 Success.

Saturday 11am-4pm Raptors’ Eye – Live Birds of Prey exhibit (in the Barnyard tent).
Saturday 12pm-3pm Live Music from Brothers Clair!
Sun. 12pm-3pm Live Music from Bay Jazz Project!

October 25th & 26th

A portion of this weekend’s proceeds to benefit Rotary Club of South County.

Saturday 12pm-3pm Live ‘Newgrass’ Music from Swamp Donkey!
Saturday 5pm-7pm NEW MOON FIRESIDE CONCERT! with Live Music from Orlando Phillips!
Sunday 12pm-3pm Live Music from the Adam Narimatsu Jazz Ensemble!
Sunday 2:30pm Pet Costume Contest!

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