Tolay Fall Festival

October 15-16 & 22-23, 2016

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The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weeks of old-time, nature-based fun each October at Tolay Lake Regional Park, southeast of Petaluma. The public is invited to attend on the weekends of Oct. 15-16 and 22-23. School groups are invited on the weekdays of Oct. 12-14 and 20-21.

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

  • Explore the "Nighttime Creatures Barn" with its exhibits 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 in the park's back 40 and find the perfect Halloween pumpkin.
  • Visit a replica of a Native American village and try farm activities like wool carding and candle dipping.
  • Enter the World-Record Pumpkin-Seed Spitting Contest for a chance to win an exclusive title and a year of bragging rights.
  • Join experts in archery, fly fishing and astronomy for hands-on demonstrations.
  • Participate in gunnysack races, find your way through a straw maze, and pet barnyard animals.
  • Enjoy food and desserts from local vendors or bring a picnic to enjoy at the park.

Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and teens and $3 for children 12 and under. Regional Parks members get free, one-time admission for two adults and two children and free parking when they present their membership cards and parking tags at the entrance. Parking for non-members is $7. Activities inside the Festival are free.

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.

Note: We are not accepting reservations for special gatherings at the park during the Fall Festival. Groups are welcome to attend, but picnic areas will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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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 (Last year's volunteers do not need to attend these orientations.)

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