There's not many better ways to celebrate the arrival of fall than by attending Lazy 5 Ranch's Fall Festival. Nestled in the corner of our county, Lazy 5 Ranch is not only a working exotic animal farm, but also a fantastic destination for families and animal enthusiasts alike. In this guide, we'll take you through all the exciting things you can expect to experience at Lazy 5 Ranch's Fall Festival, from animal encounters to pumpkin picking and more.


Lazy 5 Ranch Fall Festival

September 30 - October 22, 2023

Mondays through Saturdays: 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Sundays: noon - 5 P.M.


Getting There: Lazy 5 Ranch is conveniently located on highway 150 and is easily accessible from major cities like Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. Make sure to check the ranch's website for the most up-to-date directions and GPS coordinates.

Dates and Hours: The Fall Festival at Lazy 5 Ranch typically runs from late September through October. Be sure to check the ranch's official website or contact them for the exact dates and hours of operation, as they may vary.

Admission and Tickets: General admission rates apply for the fall festival - Adult Admission (ages 12-59) $15.00; Children Admission (ages 2-11) $11.00; Senior Admission (ages 60+) $11.00. Wagon rides, however, should be booked in advance by phone (704-663-5100).


Lazy 5 Fall FestivalPhoto by Lazy 5 Ranch


Highlights of the Fall Festival


  1. Animal Safari: Lazy 5 Ranch is known for its unique animal safari experience. During the Fall Festival, you can hop on a horse-drawn wagon or bring your vehicle to drive through the safari area. You'll get up close and personal with over 750 animals from six continents, including giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and more. Don't forget to purchase animal feed at the entrance – it's an unforgettable experience to hand-feed these incredible creatures.

  2. Pumpkin Patch: Get into the fall spirit by visiting the ranch's pumpkin patch. You can pick your own pumpkins to take home and carve, decorate, or use for delicious fall recipes.

  3. Corn Box: Dive into their giant box filled with raw corn for an unforgettable, fall experience!

  4. Games and Activities: Corn hole, pumpkin slingshot, a straw castle and all dawned with fall decorations are some of the things you can expect during your visit!

  5. Food and Refreshments: You're bound to work up an appetite during your visit. Enjoy a variety of food options ranging from classic festival fare to local favorites. Don't forget to try some fresh apple cider or hot cocoa to warm up on a chilly day.


Tips for Your Visit:

  • Dress in layers: Fall weather can be unpredictable, so it's a good idea to dress in layers to stay comfortable throughout the day.

  • Bring sunscreen and hats: Even in the fall, sun protection is essential, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.

  • Arrive early: To make the most of your day and avoid crowds, consider arriving when the ranch opens.

  • Plan for a full day: There's so much to see and do at Lazy 5 Ranch's Fall Festival that you'll want to allocate plenty of time for your visit.

  • Follow the rules: Always respect the animals and follow the ranch's guidelines for feeding and interacting with them.

  • Capture the memories: Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the unforgettable moments and adorable animal encounters.


Lazy 5 Ranch's Fall Festival is a fantastic way to embrace the beauty of autumn and create lasting memories with your loved ones. With a blend of animal adventures, pumpkin picking, and family fun, it's an event that should not be missed. Plan your visit, get ready to be amazed by exotic animals, and enjoy the fall festivities at Lazy 5 Ranch.


Header photo by Lazy 5 Ranch.