Autumn fair vibes fill Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland during their annual pumpkin festival, a must-visit Montgomery County event for over 40 years.
Families and groups of friends mill past painted wooden decorations of farmer scarecrows, smiling pumpkins, and cute ghosts as they enjoy the many festival activities. A few are specifically for adults like the giant tube slides located between the big corn maze and the hard cider stand. And many are for kids, no matter if they’re just learning to walk or old enough to jump from one (kid-sized) hay bale to another. These include a kid-sized hay maze, a slide that’s reached by climbing into a big green tractor cab, and pony rides, and many more.
And everyone enjoys the farm animals. You can pet wooly sheep, feed dried corn cobs to Nubian Dwarf goats, and get a close look at chickens, pigs, and a bunch of others.
Next to the animals is the pumpkin market. There you can find a pre-picked cornucopia of a dozen pumpkin varieties. It’s organized into neat piles so you can get exactly the ones you want to carve, paint, or decorate your porch and mantle.
Getting hungry? You’re welcome to bring your own or buy food there. There’s a festival grill for a sturdy meal, plus treats like kettle corn and candied apples. Picnic benches are scattered throughout the area so you can take a break and enjoy your snack.
Beyond the festival grounds
You can pick your own autumn bounty at the pumpkin patch and apple orchard, which are on the farm, but a short drive away from the festival area.
As you head out, make one last stop at Butler Orchard’s farm market. You’ll find an array of items from tender local lettuce and other produce to local honey and jams to delightful knick knacks (and much more). The market is open to the public (no festival ticket required), so if you love what you get there, you can make it a regular stop on your weekly grocery route.
Buy your tickets at least a week early – they usually sell out.
22222 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
You’ll need a car to get to the farm, as it’s not accessible by public transit.
Estimated driving distance
From Washington DC: about 45 minutes
From Baltimore, MD: about 1 hour