Eat, drink, be merry — and take care of your Halloween shopping needs.

The annual Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch will take place at Queens Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The roughly 40-acre Flushing venue will be jam-packed with flora, fauna, and activities. A petting zoo, beer-and-wine garden, and craft-and-food vendor market will be on site. Various bands will play live music from a concert stage throughout the day, while other hired hands will present magic shows and puppet theater. Plus, garden employees and volunteers will offer tours, gardening-and-composting demonstrations, trivia contests, and youth activities such as face-painting, inflatables, and lawn games.

Then there’s the pumpkin patch and nearby mini-maze. In addition to gourds of various sizes, a special human-ish character, Cirque-tacular, will roam the area, showing off his costume and engaging attendees this year. (Hint: He loves to be in photos.)

Admission is $12, but children (age 4 and older) pay $10, and children (age 3 and under) can attend for free. Queens Botanical Garden’s main entrance is at 43-50 Main St. The entrance to the parking lot is on Crommelin Street.

Editor’s note: The Pumpkin Patch is actually open every weekend in October. Individuals can choose time slots to explore, snap selfies, carve jack-o-lanterns, and purchase the merchandise at $6 per gourd.

Top image: Jess Brey; gallery images: Queens Botanical Garden

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