Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Pumpkin Festivals

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 26-28, 2014
Giant Pumpkin Festival – Walhalla, ND - September 27, 2014
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival – Rapid City, SD - September 27, 2014
Seymour Pumpkin Festival – Seymour, CT – September 21, 2014
Romulus Pumpkin Festival – Romulus, MI – September 19-21, 2014
Rock River Pumpkin Festival – Edgerton, MN

The Giant Pumpkin Carve – Woodstown, NJ – September 27, 2014
Meals on Wheels holds this annual fundraising event at the Salem County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $7 for adults and free for children.  Event has lots of activities including high school and amateur artists who carve giant pumpkins.  It attracts about 4,000 people each year and offers a pumpkin light show, free hayrides, kids crafts, straw maze, music and more family fun. 
Location:  Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Hwy., Woodstown, NJ.

AppleUmpkin Festival – Wyoming, NY – September 27-28, 2014
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival – Cambridge, VT – September 28, 2014
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:

Pumpkin Festival at Hiram House Camp – Chagrin Falls, OH – October 12, 2014
The Hiram House Camp will hold its 43rd Annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 12, 2014 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. Exciting Entertainment, Music, Shows, Exhibits! – Be amazed at “Exploding Pumpkins” demos by Great Lakes Science Center, enjoy the Red Hackle Bagpipers & Drums, listen to folk-music by River City Trouble Band, tour University Hospitals’ Family Health & Safety Booth, meet the Baldwin Wallace Fairy Tale Princess Palooza, watch shows and navigate the Obstacle Course by Little Gym, make Kiddie Crafts with Pat Catan’s have some hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland display, see Cleveland Aquarium’s Captain Neo, view Antique Fire Engine & 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

Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, OH – October 15-18, 2014
West Virginia Pumpkin Festival – Milton, WV – October 2-5, 2014
Franklin County Falls Pumpkinfest – Turners Falls, MA – Oct 18, 2014
Thorp Pumpkin Fest – Thorp, WI – October 4, 2014
The Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, NH – October 19, 2013
Milford Pumpkin Festival – Milford, NH – October 10-12, 2014
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival – Half Moon Bay, CA – October 18-19, 2014
Highwood Pumpkin Festival – Highwood, IL – October 17-19, 2013
DeSoto Pumpkin Festival – Desoto, FL -October 18-19, 2014
Floydada Punkin Day - Floydada, TX – October 10-11. 2014
CSD Giant Pumpkin Festival of Elk Grove – Elk Grove, CA – October 5-6, 2013
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta – Damariscotta, ME – October 10-13, 2014
Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg, OH – October 4-5, 2014
Great Cortland Pumpkinfest – Cortland, NY – October 4-5, 2014
Hudson Pumpkin Fest – Hudson, NH – October 18-20, 2013
Pumpkin Festival – Whippany, NJ – October 5, 2014
Pumpkin Carving Festival – Honolulu, Hawaii – October 23 & 26, 2013
Beacon Waterfront Pumpkin Festival – Beacon, NY – October 12, 2014
Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival – Chagrin Falls, OH – October 13, 2013
Sarasota Pumpkin Festival – Sarasota, FL – October 17-19, 2014 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 18-19, 2014
Oak Lawn Pumpkin Fest – Oak Lawn, IL – October 19, 2013
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest – Enola, PA – October 11-12, 2014
Norwich Pumpkin Festival – Norwich, NY – October 3-4, 2014
Grover Pumpkin Festival – Grover, NC – October 25, 2014
Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross – Claremore, OK – October 1-30, 2014
Great Pumpkin Fest | EcoTarium – Worcester, MA – October 19, 2013
Franklin Pumpkinfest – Franklin, TN – October 25, 2014
Pumpkintown Festival – Athens, TN – Oct 11, 2014
Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off – Allardt, TN – Oct 4, 2014
Minges Pumpkin Festival – Harrison, OH – October 18-19, 2014
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta – Tualatin, OR – October 18, 2014
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 – Oct 4-5, 2014
Summerlin Pumpkin Festival – Summerlin, NV – October 11, 2014
Brant’s Great Pumpkin Race – Earlham, IA – October 19, 2013
Pumpkinfest – Mishicot, WI - October 18, 2014
Windsor Pumpkin Festival – Windsor, CA – October 20, 2013
Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn, MI – October 19-20, 2013
Houston Pumpkin Festival – Houston, PA – October 10-12, 2014
Cordell Pumpkin Festival – Cordell, OK – October 11, 2014 (tentative)
Pumpkin Land Festival – Vernon, NJ – September 21 – October 31, 2013
Maryland Pumpkin Festival – Frederick, MD – October 11-12, 2014
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival – Half Moon Bay, CA – October 18-19, 2014
Confluence PumpkinFest – Confluence, PA – October 4-6, 2013
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – Sycamore, IL – October 22-26, 2014
Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival – Pomona, CA – October 18-19, 2014
CSD Giant Pumpkin Festival of Elk Grove – Elk Grove, CA – October 4-5, 2014
Festival of Pumpkins – Paris, TX – October 25, 2014
Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival – Caro, MI – October 1-5, 2014
Appleumpkin Festival – Tecumseh, MI – October 11-12, 2014
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 4, 2014
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest – Woodburn, OR – September 27 – November 2, 2014

South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 10-12, 2014 (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
MORE INFORMATION: South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 10-12, 2014 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. Photo Credit.


  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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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