Free Fall Weekend Entrance to Holden and Lake Farmpark

Cleveland FoundationEstablished in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today. This year in celebration of their 100th year, they have been extending gifts to the community by providing free tickets to events such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Goodtime III, and a movie at Palace Theater in PlayhouseSquare.

This month, their October gift is reaching into Lake and Geauga Counties and includes free fall weekend admissions to both the Holden Arboretum and to Lake Metroparks Farm Park. Saturday, October 11, you can visit the Holden Arboretum and Sunday, October 12, be sure to take the kids to Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Both locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no tickets required. Just walk on in and begin your fun!

30 years ago, the Cleveland Foundation board set up the Lake-Geauga Fund which extended their service area to these counties. You’ll discover family fall-fest oriented activities at both places likes a corn maze, hay bale climbing structure, and fanciful scarecrows created by Holden’s horticultural team. At Lake Metroparks Farmpark, participate in plenty of fall harvest fun which includes pumpkins, apples, and corn as well as another corn maze, this one covering three acres! Visit this page where a complete schedule of special family programming for the weekend will be made available and posted when completed.


The Cleveland Foundation is asking visitors to participate in a food collection drive in lieu of any entrance fees and encourages you to bring a non-perishable food donation for United Way Lake County’s “Feed Lake County” campaign. You’ll see collection bins at both Holden Arboretum and Lake Metroparks Farmpark this weekend where United Way folks will disperse donated food among a network of 50 food pantries and agencies in Lake County. Monetary donations are also being accepted.

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What a great way to enjoy the beauty of fall by giving and receiving at two of Lake County’s most visited family friendly spots thanks to the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation. To learn more about the foundation, click HERE.

More Lake County events can be viewed HERE.