It’s officially fall!! Calendars read October, everything is dusted in pumpkin spice and kids are antsy to go in a hay ride.

Here are 9 Bowie area activities that are perfect for getting the family out of the house and exploring our beautiful state:


1. Montpelier Farms – Upper Marlboro, Md – Enjoy pumpkin picking, hay rides, a corn maze, and more Fridays- Sundays through November 2, 2017

2. Macaroni Kid Bowie Trick or Treat and Movie Event at Waugh Chapel Town Center – 10/27 5:00 pm, Movie starts at 6:30 pm

3. Great Jack O’ Lantern CampfireOct. 21, 2017. Display of hand-carved pumpkins, hunt for glowing Jack O’ Lanterns, hot cider, haunted Halloween tales and more. Free. 7-8:30pm. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro.

4. Flick or TreatOct. 28, 2017. Outdoor family-friendly spooky movie night and light snacks (while supplies last). $5; ages 12 and under $2. 7pm. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420

5. Queen Anne FarmThrough Oct. 31, 2017. Pumpkin patch, maze, hay ride, animals and more. 18102 Central Ave, Mitchellville. 301-249-2427

6. Patuxent Wildlife FestivalOct. 21, 2017. Live animals, children’s crafts, tram tours and more. Free. 10am-3pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel.

7. 9th Annual American Indian FestivalOct. 21, 2017. Celebrate the cultures of Native Americans featuring live performances of traditional and contemporary music, dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro.

8. Farm FestOct. 28, 2017. Family-oriented, charitable Western event involves cowboys, cowgirls and their horses coming together and performing routines and stunts to show support for worthy causes. Local performers, vendors, pony rides, and more. 10am-7pm. Free. The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7900,

9. Family Fall Festival – October 28, 12 pm – 2 pm. Join Waugh Chapel Towne Centre on S. Main Chapel Way for our annual Family Fall Festival.

This is just a handful of actives in the Bowie, Maryland area. Check out Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington D.C. if you want to explore a little further.

Did I miss a local event? Let me know about it in the comments!