Oxtober Pumpkin Festival

Thanks for sharing the Oxtober season with us! We’ll see you next year…

Fall is Oxbow’s most bountiful and beautiful season. Celebrate with us at our month-long Oxtober Pumpkin Festival featuring live music, food trucks, hay rides, fall activities, and farm fun for all ages! 

There’s no entrance fee for Oxtober, and parking is free. Some festival activities require magic beans;
see below for purchase information.

|  U-Pick Pumpkin Patch & Farm Stand  |  Magic Beans & Activities  |  Hours  |  Music & Food  |  Directions  |  Other Happenings  |

U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and Farm Stand

Oxbow offers U-pick pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and plenty of wheelbarrows and carts to haul them in. We offer jacks, specialty, and sugar pie pumpkins. We purchase some of our jacks from neighboring Novelty Hill Farm, a local family farm that practices organic growing methods, but is not certified organic. Our specialty pumpkins, sugar pie pumpkins, and other produce grown at Oxbow are all certified organic.

Our Farm Stand is stocked with delicious seasonal offerings grown right here at Oxbow. Each year brings a different bounty, but expect to see winter squash, leafy greens, potatoes, leeks, carrots, and more. Native Plants grown in Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery will also be available for sale.

Our Pumpkin Patch and Farm Stand are open Thurs-Sun from 10-5. Festival activities are on weekends only.

Jack-o-lanterns are $.50/lb

Specialty pumpkins and Sugar Pie pumpkins are $1.00/lb

Other produce priced as marked.

Magic Beans and Activities

Magic Beans are Oxbow’s special festival currency, used for purchase of select activities. Magic Beans can be purchased at several locations throughout the festival – just look for “Magic Beans Sold Here!” signs. There is no fee to enter Oxtober, and guests are free to browse, explore the Kids’ Farm, enjoy the music, and play in the House of Hay.

Magic Beans can also be used for purchases made in our Farm Stand. We do not buy back unused beans.

  • Hayrides: 1 bean per person
  • Kids’ Farm Tours: 5 beans per child. Tours are held at 11:30 and 1:30 and are 1 hour long. Parents are welcome to accompany their kids for free!
  • Pumpkin Slingshot: 1 bean/shot or 2 beans/3 shots
  • Arts & Crafts: Flower crowns (5 beans), Mini-pumpkin decorating (3 beans), and “Tree cookie” necklace decorating (2 beans)
  • Scavenger Hunt: Free!
  • Climbing Tractor: Free! Parental supervision required
  • House of Hay: Free! Parental supervision required

Hours

Festival Hours
Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm
October 7th-29th

Full festival activities, including crafts, live music, and hay rides, are on weekends only.

Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch Hours 
Thursday through Sunday from 10AM-5PM
October 5th-29th

We are open rain or shine, but will post updates here and on our Facebook Page if high winds, lightning, or other dangerous weather conditions impact our hours. Come dressed for the weather!

Live Music

A variety of local bands will be at Oxtober this year, including old-time fiddle, folk, and swing by Tinkham Road, Appalachian and early country by Squirrel Butter, local folk legend Baby Gramps, and soulful acoustic duo, Mr & Mrs Something.

Here’s the lineup:

Oct 7th  | 12-4 | Tinkham Road

Oct 8th  | 12-4 | Squirrel Butter

Oct 14th  | 12-4 | Baby Gramps

Oct 15th  | 12-4 | Baby Gramps

Oct 21st  | 12-4 | Squirrel Butter

Oct 22nd | 12-4 | Squirrel Butter

Oct 28th | 12-4 | Squirrel Butter

Oct 29th | 1:30-4 | Mr. & Mrs. Something 

Food Trucks

The Cheese Pit grilled cheese, Hot Revolution Donuts, and Waffly Good Waffles will be coming to Oxtober this year! Food trucks operate from 10-5, with savory food trucks starting a little later, around 11AM. Cash or Credit Card only, magic beans not accepted.

Oct 7th | The Cheese Pit & Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 8th | The Cheese Pit & Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 14th | The Cheese Pit, Waffly Good Waffles, & Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 15th | The Cheese Pit, Waffly Good Waffles, & Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 21st | The Cheese Pit, Waffly Good Waffles, & Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 22nd | The Cheese Pit, Waffly Good Waffles, & Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 28th | Hot Revolution Donuts

Oct 29th | Hot Revolution Donuts

Directions and Contact Info

We are using our West Entrance off of 268th Ave NE for the pumpkin patch this season. Please follow the first set of directions here. There will be a large pumpkin-shaped sign at the intersection of Hwy 203 and 268th Ave. to help mark the correct entrance. If you look us up on Google Maps, you will be taken to the wrong entrance!  

You can reach us with questions about the pumpkin patch at thedirt@oxbow.org or by calling 425-788-1134.

NOTE: We love animals, but we are a working organic farm and dogs are NOT permitted on Oxbow’s grounds. With the exception of licensed service animals, please leave your furry friends at home. Thank you!

Other Oxtober Happenings

New this year: Native Plant Propagation Workshops!

Join us for Saturday workshops held in Oxbow’s very own Native Plant Nursery. Attendees will learn tips and tricks for unlocking the secrets of native plant species, and will even take home native plant starts of their very own. Classes are $20 per person, ages 16 & up. Learn more and register here!

Restoration and Tree Planting

Join our Saturday restoration volunteers and help remove invasive plants to make way for native species! We’re holding restoration work parties every Saturday during Oxtober from 9AM-1PM. Drop in with your family (look for signs!) and plant a free native tree; fill out a tag and dedicate it to a loved one, and come back next year to see how much your tree has grown! Learn more about our restoration work here.

Rent space for a party

Our Kids’ Clubhouse is available for rental by groups for birthday parties and other private gatherings. The clubhouse is adjacent to the Kids’ Farm and is well-equipped with picnic tables and straw bales for seating. It offers a cozy sheltered space in case of wet weather! Learn more about birthday party offerings and register here!

School Field Trips

Autumn at is a wonderful time to learn with our farmer educators and explore Oxbow with a class field trip! Our Fall Farm Adventures take kids ages preschool through 5th grade on hands-on tours of our unique Kids’ Farm. Children search for and eat six plant parts, learn about the animals that help us farm, and even get to take home a sugar pie pumpkin. We also offer Organic Farming 101 Field Trips for older students, ages 6th grade and up. Learn more about  field trips and register here.