Fall Pumpkin Festivals


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There’s definitely no shortage of fall pumpkin festivals in October 2014 and rightly so. This is pumpkin’s time to shine – from Halloween to Thanksgiving – so be sure to drop in at one of your local fests and stock up on what you need for carving and pie making.

Pumpkin carving is always on display and if you have a knack for the knife, give it a whirl and see if there isn’t a blue ribbon in your future. Likewise, pumpkin delicacies – from pies to breads to ice cream – will all be competing so get in there with your best recipe and aim high. Kids in particular love pumpkin patches and if your festival has one to wander in, you’ll create great memories for your toddlers. Crafts, music, and of course plenty of food is usually on hand as well so it would be hard not to come away entertained and satisfied.

If the kids insist on looking for the Great Pumpkin, chances are there just might be somebody lurking in the pumpkin patch, all dressed up to fit the bill.

September Pumpkin Festivals:

Morton Pumpkin Festival – Morton, IL – September 10-13, 2014
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival – Barnesville, OH – September 26-29, 2013
Pumpkinfest – Bessemer, MI – September 26-29, 2013
Warren Pumpkin Festival – Warren, IL – September 27-29, 2013
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival – Rapid City, IA
Seymour Pumpkin Festival – Seymour, CT – September 22, 2013
Romulus Pumpkin Festival – Romulus, MI – September 20-22, 2013
Rock River Pumpkin Festival – Edgerton, MN
Great Pumpkin Rotary River Race & Festival – St. Joseph, MI – September 28 & October 12, 2013
Quest For The Giant Pumpkin Weight-Off – Ridgefield, CT – September 29, 2013

October Pumpkin Festivals:

Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, OH – October 15-18, 2014
The Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, NH – October 19, 2013
Milford Pumpkin Festival – Milford, NH – October 11-13, 2013
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival – Half Moon Bay, CA – October 18-19, 2014
Highwood Pumpkin Festival – Highwood, IL – October 17-19, 2013
Floydada Punkin Day - Floydada, TX – October 10-11. 2014
CSD Giant Pumpkin Festival of Elk Grove – Elk Grove, CA – October 5-6, 2013
Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg, OH – October 5-6, 2013
Great Cortland Pumpkinfest – Cortland, NY – October 5-6, 2013
Hudson Pumpkin Fest – Hudson, NH – October 18-20, 2013
Pumpkin Festival – Whippany, NJ – October 6, 2013
Pumpkin Carving Festival – Honolulu, Hawaii – October 23 & 26, 2013
Beacon Waterfront Pumpkin Festival – Beacon, NY – October 13, 2013
Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival – Chagrin Falls, OH – October 13, 2013

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival – Sarasota, FL – October 25-27, 2013
The Sarasota Pumpkin Festival is an annual fundraiser for The Lazarus Foundation, Kids Force. It will be held at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane Downtown Sarasota FL. There will be a lot to do, with over 100 free live shows, pumpkin maze and patch, hay rides, trick or treating and family fun kids zone with amusement rides and carnival games.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival – Calabasa, CA – October 19-20, 2013
Oak Lawn Pumpkin Fest – Oak Lawn, IL – October 19, 2013
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest – Enola, PA – October 12-13, 2013
Norwich Pumpkin Festival – Norwich, NY – October 4-5, 2013
Grover Pumpkin Festival – Grover, NC – October 26, 2013
Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross – Claremore, OK – Thursday-Saturday in October 1-30, 2013
Great Pumpkin Fest | EcoTarium – Worcester, MA – October 19, 2013
Franklin Pumpkinfest – Franklin, TN – October 26, 2013
Minges Pumpkin Festival – Harrison, OH – October 19-20, 2013
Grafton Pumpkin Festival – Grafton, WI – October 10-12, 2013
Pumpkin Smash 2013 – City Tap House – Philadelphia, PA – October 13, 2013

Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins – Snohomish, OR
Havana Florida Pumpkinfest – Havana, FL – Last Year’s Date: October 13, 2012
Weston Pumpkin Festival – Weston, MA
The Great Pumpkin Festival – Oswego, NY
Summerlin Pumpkin Festival – Summerlin, NV – October 5, 2013
Brant’s Great Pumpkin Race – Earlham, IA – October 19, 2013
Windsor Pumpkin Festival – Windsor, CA – October 20, 2013
Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn, MI – October 19-20, 2013
Houston Pumpkin Festival – Houston, PA – October 11-13, 2013
Pumpkin Land Festival – Vernon, NJ – September 21 – October 31, 2013
Maryland Pumpkin Festival – Frederick, MD – October 12-13, 2013
Confluence PumpkinFest – Confluence, PA – October 4-6, 2013
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – Sycamore, IL – October 23-27, 2013
Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival – Pomona, CA – October 19-20, 2013
Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival – Caro, MI – October 2-6, 2013
Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival -Sarasota, FL – October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2013
Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival – Marion, KY – October 4-6, 2013
The Great Pumpkin Festival – Phoenix, AZ – October 17-20, 2013
Anamosa Pumpkinfest – Anamosa, IA – October 5, 2013
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival – Atlanta, GA – Friday-Sunday in October:  September 27-October 26, 2013
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest – Woodburn, OR – September 29 – October 31, 2013
Anamosa Pumpkinfest – Anamosa, IA – October 5, 2013
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival – Atlanta, GA – Friday-Sunday in October:  September 27-October 26, 2013
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest – Woodburn, OR – September 29 – October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Festival at Hiram House Camp – Chagrin Falls, OH – October 13, 2013
The Hiram House Camp will hold its 42nd Annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 10am to 5pm. There will be a SPOOK-tacular Haunted Hay Maze, BOO-tiful Pumpkin Patch, festival food & refreshments, games, rides, music, entertainment, animals, autumn colors, pumpkins, mums and more. The festival benefits the Campership Fund for Kids. Children 12 & under are free. Adults $5, All Day Pass $20. Free parking & free shuttle buses to camp leave from Orange Schools, 32000 Chagrin Blvd.
Location: Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 11-13, 2013 (scroll down for more details)

Not sure about 2013 dates:

Pumpkin Festival – Prospect, CT
Last Year’s Date: October 20, 2012

Great Scarecrow and Decorated Pumpkin Festival – Huron, SD
Last Year’s Date: October 4-7, 2012

Blackwood Pumpkin Festival – Blackwood, NJ

Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival
Manchester, VT

Sherrard Pumpkin Fest – Sherrard, IL
Last Year’s Date: September 29, 2012

Franklin County Falls Pumpkin Fest – Montague, MA
Last Year’s Date: October 20, 2012

Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest – Mesquite, TX
Last Year: October 20, 2012

Grape Pumpkin Festival – Littlestown, PA
Last Year’s Dates: September 29-30, October 6-7, 2012

Canyonville Pumpkin Festival – Canyonville, OR
Last Year’s Date: October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Festival : New York City Department of Parks & Recreation – New York, NY
Last Year’s Date: October 27, 2012

2012 Davison Pumpkin Festival – Davison, MI
Last Year’s Date: October 12-13, 2012

Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival – Christiansburg, VA
Last Year’s Dates: Saturday – Sundays, September 29 – October 28, 2012

Juneau Great Pumpkin Festival – Juneau, AK
Last Year’s Dates: October 25-28, 2012


South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 11-13, 2013
The tenth annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show will be the biggest celebration of pumpkins yet at the Salem County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be transformed into colorful displays of mums, painted pumpkins, fall decorations and over fifty handcrafted scarecrows. The Pumpkin Show festival will showcase local craftsmen, live entertainment, professional home and garden companies, wine sampling and food galore. Shop from rows and rows of craftsmen offering fall wreaths, baskets, quilts, pottery, jewelry, glassware, wood working and more.
On opening night, they will light the the giant pumpkin pyramid. Sit by the pyramid for storytelling and watch for the arrival of the headless horsemen to appear. The Pumpkin Show will have pumpkin pies, fudge, cookies, scarecrows, dolls, to pumpkin wreaths. The Pumpkin Dessert Baking Contest on Saturday will offer free sampling for festival goers. On Sunday at 2, the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show Pageant for girls and boys ages four to seven years old will be held. Activities at the festival include yearly favorites like the All Breed Costumed Dog Show, Friendly Boo Barn, free craft making, hayrides, Children’s Amusement Rides and decorated baby strollers on parade.
The South Jersey Pumpkin Show was picked by CBS of New York as one of the best fall festivals in New Jersey. Come see for yourself why thousands of families show up year after year. Kathy and Leslie (Beau) Wright of Millville, organizers, promise to keep the festival affordable, safe and packed full of family entertainment. Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, spend the weekend listening to free flowing and vibrant sounds of Bluegrass, Folk, and Country music from live bands scheduled to perform. Camping is available over the weekend by calling 856-765-0118 for details. First 100 kids visiting the show each day can pick up a free pumpkin and goody bag at the main entrance. Sponsorships and exhibitor information are available.
Hours: Friday, October 11: 4-9 PM. Sat & Sun October 12-13: 10AM – 7 PM.
Location: 735 Rte. 40 (Harding Hwy) Woodstown, New Jersey
General Admission: Free. Parking is $5.00 a carload
*Portion of proceeds is to be donated to non-profit organizations and ScottRWBailey Trust.


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5 Responses to Fall Pumpkin Festivals

  1. Norm Freeman says:

    We have a Pumpkin Festival in northern Arizona. We grow many different types of pumpkins and have lots for the kids to do. We are open Saturday and Sunday from September 29 through October 28, 2012.

  2. Didier Farms in Prairie View/Lincolnshire, Illinois, offers one of the biggest October fests in the Chicago area. This Northshore area pumpkin extravaganza is known as the “PUMPKINFEST” offering: amusement rides for kides, exotic petting zoo, camel rides, pony rides, crafts, & more…..

    Didier Farms “Pumpkinfest” info:
    Dates ~ Sep 22 – Oct 31, 2012
    Website: http://www.didierfarms.com/pages/pumpkinfest.php

  3. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show family fall festival in 2012 was visited by thousands of families from many states.
    The weather, the decorations, pumpkin desserts, live bands, costumed dog parade and Little Miss Pumpkin Show pageant were just a few of the highlights of this South Jersey fall festival. The three day event was packed full of family fun from the craftsmen displays, free kids pumpkin craft making, amusement rides, wine sampling to tractor pulled hayrides. The Salem County Fairgrounds was transformed into a pumpkin fall theme with truckloads of pumpkins, scarecrows, mums and colorful quords. Families stayed all day and enjoyed the Fall Home & Garden area of the event. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show is one of the best fall fesitvals in New Jersey.

  4. The Circleville Ohio, Pumpkin Show is just one of those fall traditions in Ohio that I think everyone celebrates.
    I am from Columbus, Ohio and grew up visiting the Main Street held festival year after year. Visited by over 250,000 festival goers year after year. The nightly parade, pumpkin pie by the slice, old fashioned hometown celebration puts a smile on everyone face. Circleville Pumpkin Show is home to the world’s largest baked pumpkin pie, the famous bar “Tootles” and the best baked Pumpkin Pies in the world. No matter what the weather is, thousands of families show up year after year for one of the largest free festivals in United States.
    I would give this Hometown Pumpkin Festival ten stars!

  5. Pam Miles says:

    Ridgefield’s 1st Annual “Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off” (Ballard Park, Ridgefield, CT) Sunday, Sept 29, 2013 (10am – 3pm). Large Pumpkin growers from the region will come together for a cash prize competition for the heaviest pumpkin, squash and longest gourd. Vendor booths will be themed to support the economy associated with this “harvest season”. Enjoy musical entertainment and a giant pumpkin professional carving demonstration at this great fall event! Free to the public.



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