AVONDALE — If the reappearance of pumpkin spice lattes isn't enough to remind you that autumn is here, the fall fests and pumpkin patches might do the trick.
Athletic Field Park will host its annual two-day Fall Fest this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature plenty of activities to appeal to families, including pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo and a pumpkin patch.
The main event is free, but prices for the individual activities will range from $1 to $3.
The Fall Fest serves as one of the year's biggest fundraisers for Athletic Field Park's program, and one park staffer said it attracts hundreds of visitors.
"If it's a gloomy day it can be in the hundreds, if it's a beautiful day it might get to the thousands," said physical education instructor Jazmin Pena. "It's an awesome event for families to come out and have a good time and have some quality time with each other."
As for whether it will be gloomy or beautiful this weekend, it could go either way.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 50 percent chance of showers on Saturday with a high of 71, and sunny skies on Sunday with a high of 61.
Though it doesn't have the scope of Athletic Field Park's event, Humboldt Park will be hosting a pumpkin patch of its own from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Humboldt Park's event will also feature face painting, games and more, but is totally free as it is not a fundraiser.