Las Vegas may not experience the four seasons as other places do, but we have no shortage of fall festivities. What we lack in changing leaves and chilly temps, we more than make up for with local farms, pop-up patches, fall fests, and good old-fashioned Vegas flair.
Check out five of our favorite things to see and do in Vegas this fall!
1. Gilcrease Orchard
For a selection of plump, speckled apples and rotund pumpkins, look no further than Gilcrease Orchard, a bonafide ranch just 40 minutes from the Vegas Strip. This time of year, visitors can handpick fall favorites like pumpkins, apples, and squash in addition to eggplant, cucumbers, carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale. I’m told they have delicious green beans, too, but I cannot in good conscience recommend green beans to a fellow human being.
A recommendation I can make? Gilcrease’s much-loved apple cider donuts. My sister and I went around 8 a.m. and picked up a half-dozen to scarf down with our morning coffee. Prepared fresh and served warm with a dollop of cinnamon cream cheese frosting, they are crispy, soft, and not-too-sugary: the Dream Donut™ . Wash them down with all-natural apple or pear cider and I swear you’ll leave the orchard a true Gilcrease convert.
Gilcrease is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. To avoid crowds (and heat), I strongly recommend going on a weekday as close to opening time as possible. Be sure to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen. A hat might not be a bad idea, either. It may be October, and you may be surrounded by succulent produce, but don’t let that fool ya into forgetting you’re in a desert.
Here’s what you can find at the farm this month:
Available to pick:
|🎃 Pumpkins||$1 per lb|
|🍏 Granny Smith Apples||$1 per lb|
|🍆 Eggplant||$1 per lb|
|🍠 Sweet Potatoes||$1 per lb|
|Carrots||$1 per lb|
|Cucumbers||$1 per lb|
|Summer Squash||$1 per lb|
|Zucchini Squash||$1 per lb|
|Squash Blooms||$.25 each|
|Green Beans||$1 per lb|
|Kale||$2 per lb|
|Apple Cider Donuts||$ 2.50 for 6|
|Kettle Corn||$ 4 per bag|
|Caramel Apples||$ 3 each|
|Apple Cider Pints||$2 each|
Available at the check-out stand:
|Apple Cider||$5- 1/2 gal|
|Apple/Pear Cider||$2 – pint|
|Almond Butters||$9 each|
|Peanut Butters||$6 each|
|Caramel Apples||$3 each|
7810 N Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89131
2. Pumpkin Patch at the McKee Ranch
The red barn, green pastures, and friendly farm animals at McKee Ranch provide quaint country vibes all year round, but during October the ranch becomes a picture-postcard harvest celebration.
There are two playgrounds, free hayrides, a hay pyramid for climbing, an enormous pumpkin patch, and (my favorite!) tons of rustic fall decor! Photo opportunities are endless, so I strongly recommend keeping your phone handy or bringing a photographer along with you. The ranch makes a sweet backdrop for family portraits.
Admission is one $20 donation per family, and that covers entrance to the pumpkin patch, a free hayride, and your choice of one pumpkin (though you’re welcome to purchase more). Your donation allows McKee to care for and adopt abandoned animals including some of its resident horses, pigs, sheep, llamas, chickens, and rabbits.
8982 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89139
3. Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch
Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch has the same look and feel as the Halloweens in my (admittedly grandiose) childhood memories. Along with a full ensemble of fat pumpkins and comically shaped squash, Seasonal Adventures houses an inflatable jack-o’-lantern-themed slide; a miniature train; classic fair-style mechanic swings; and grinning scarecrows, all beneath a whimsical canopy of old-fashioned string lights.
This pumpkin patch feels more like a humble county fair or Halloween Town come to life than a converted parking lot, and I highly recommend it for families, couples, or anyone who wants to get into the (booOoOOoooo 👻 ) spirit.
The patch opens between 9 and 11 a.m. daily and closes every night at 9 p.m. The rides are pay to play, with tickets ranging from $1-3 per ride. There are some fair-inspired treats (funnel cake, cotton candy, and corn dogs) available for purchase, too.
6400 SE Centennial Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89149
4. Fall Festival in Mt. Charleston
My favorite fall activity in Vegas is Mt. Charleston’s Fall Festival. As a Vegas native who has never lived outside the desert, I have always found sanctuary in the cool pine air just a hop and skip from town. I love it so much more as the seasons change. The transition from summer to fall is far easier to observe and admire in the mountains than down in the valley.
The Mt. Charleston Fall Festival invites guests of all ages to cavort through Kyle Canyon with free games, activities, hikes, and crafts. There’s also a raffle of fab prizes from Lee Canyon, REI, The Resort on Mt Charleston, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and The North Face!
Even if you don’t win any of the prizes, purchasing raffle tickets gets you an “in” at the campfires for DIY hot dogs and s’mores.
The Mt. Charleston Fall Festival is this Saturday, October 8, from 12-4 p.m.
5. Vintage Autumn Chateau at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Bellagio Conseratory & Botanical Garden does fall in a predictably BIG way. The 14,000-square-foot garden boasts 45,000 flowers, 1,950 shrubs, 2,000 ivy, and 30 trees. During October, this Vegastacular floral display is more Halloweencentric than purely autumnal.
I recommend going at night. It’s the best time to take in the twinkling lights and the orange glow that spreads through the garden like a supernatural fog. The Bellagio’s Harvest Show runs until November 25, so you have plenty of time to indulge in this storybook autumn display. That said, there is something a little extra special about such a sight in the days preceding All Hallow’s Eve.
Have you been to Gilcrease Orchard? We want to hear about your experience! Where is your favorite place to spend fall?