Tolay Fall Festival

October 15-16 & 22-23, 2016

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The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of old-time, nature-based fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-23 at Tolay Lake Regional Park southeast of Petaluma. 

More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design.

  • Explore the "Nighttime Creatures Barn" full of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife
  • Venture into the "Creepy Crawly Room," where tarantulas and scorpions glow under black lights
  • Take a hayride to a pumpkin patch and find the perfect Halloween pumpkin
  • Visit a replica of a Native American village
  • Try farm activities like wool-carding and candle-dipping
  • Enter the World-Record Pumpkin-Seed Spitting Contest
  • Join hands-on demonstrations in archery, astronomy and nature photography
  • Compete in gunnysack races. Find your way through a straw maze. Pet barnyard animals
  • Enjoy food and desserts from local vendors or bring a picnic

Admission: $5 for adults and teens and $3 for children 12 and younger. Parking is $7. Activities inside the Festival are free.

Free Admission for Members: Regional Parks members get free, one-time admission for two adults and two children and free parking when they present their parking tag at the entrance. 

Location: Tolay Lake Regional Park is at 5869 Lakeville Highway, at the end of Cannon Lane.

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

Thank you to Whole Foods Market, Friedman's Home Improvement, Sonoma Raceway, Redwood Hill Farm, Jacobson & Breen Wealth Management and the Regional Parks Foundation for sponsoring this year's Tolay Fall Festival.

School Field Trips to the Fall Festival

More than 7,000 school children are scheduled to visit the Fall Festival on weekday field trips Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 20-21. Students will make farm- and environmental-themed crafts, learn about local wildlife through live displays in a historic barn, take hayrides to a pumpkin field and play old-fashioned games. This special field trip introduces students to the role of agriculture and farming in healthy communities.

Registration for the Fall Festival field trips closes October 1.  To reserve a class trip, please use our online registration. If you have already registered and have questions, please contact Christina McGuirk at (707) 789-9699 or christina.mcguirk@sonoma-county.org.

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Volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in the Tolay Fall Festival. More than 250 volunteers are needed to help with both the weekend public hours and the weekday field trips attended by thousands of students. Volunteer shifts are five hours and begin at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. Volunteers will receive a souvenir Fall Festival T-shirt and enjoy a free lunch. Potential volunteers are asked to attend an orientation at Regional Parks' main office and may sign up for shifts at that time.

To attend an orientation, please contact Volunteer Coordinator John Ryan at (707) 565-3356 or parksvolunteer@sonoma-county.org. (Last year's volunteers do not need to attend these orientations.)

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