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Family fun weekends at The Holden Arboretum

Fall in love with the Holden Arboretum and all its beauty during the new season starting with Fall Forest Fest, a celebration of autumn every weekend in October featuring live performances, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, and more!  Enjoy unique fall experiences fun family activities, and the best views of fall color in northeast Ohio. 

Each weekend in October from 10 am–4 pm, visitors can expect to enjoy different food trucks, including Bubble Time Mobile Kitchen, The Dawg Bowl, Rabbit Food, Kountry Krunchins, Eat at the Bus Stop and Off the Griddle.  Live performances will include spooky story time, palm and tarot card readings, and music by the Cleveland Wind Trio, Thomas Evanchuck, and Ed Purcell.  
Themed weekends are as follows: 
  • Fall Wagon Rides, October 7 & 8: Get a behind-the-scenes look at fall color with wagon rides throughout our gorgeous Display Garden.  
  • Costumes & Canines, October 14 & 15: Come in your favorite costumes, including your 4-legged friends.   
  • Professional Pumpkin Carving, October 21 & 22: The owner and lead carver of Illuminated Carves Mike Pickett will showcase his talents.  
  • Flannels & Flights, October 28 & 29: Don your favorite pattern and look forward to flights of fall beers and wine (alcohol sales are only on Saturdays).  
Along with the beloved artistically decorated Hedge Collection, the grounds will feature seasonal vignettes at key locations on the campus.  Greensward Tent Lawn will continue to be a main gathering hub of activity, hosting the Spellbound Stage, Graveyard Games and of course a dedicated photo opportunity.  Little goblins and ghouls can enjoy making a craft in the Autumn Art Studio and discover an Apothecary filled with potions and charms in the area once known as Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods.  Free with admission. 

The Holden Arboretum is open from 9 am–5 pm. Tuesday through Sunday, and closed to the public on Mondays. Admission is $20 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for Holden Forests & Gardens members.  Purchase tickets online at