There’s definitely no shortage of fall pumpkin festivals in October, 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.
Pumpkinfest - Bessemer, MI - Sep 25 to Sep 29, 2019
Annual event in Bessemer, features include displays at the Historical Society, free carnival rides (Friday night), helicopter rides, zombie crawl, pancake breakfast, treasure hunt, classic car show, pumpkin bingo, dinners, horseshoe tournament, and lots of live music on stage.
Fall Festival at Gallmeyer Farm - Richmond, VA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
Bounce house, pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, straw bale maze, food vendors and more
Pumpkins & Mums Fall Festival - Excelsior Springs, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 5, 2019
Lots of crafters, vendors, kids activities, pumpkin painting, carnival games and rides, pony rides, petting zoo, and of course great food. (Don’t miss the Zombie 5K the same day!)
Beacon Waterfront Pumpkin Festival - Beacon, NY - Oct 20 to Oct 20, 2019
The Beacon Sloop Club’s Annual Pumpkin Festival takes place at Riverfront Park rain or shine from 12pm to 5pm. Hudson Valley pumpkins of all sizes and shapes, freshly baked pumpkin pie, cider, and other delicious food will be available to purchase.
South Street Pumpkin Fest - Philadelphia, PA - Oct 26 to Oct 26, 2019
PumpkinFest takes over Second Street’s Headhouse Plaza between Pine and South Streets, with live music, shopping, seasonal bites and brews, straw bale maze, live performances, horse and wagon hay rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more. South Street businesses will open their doors for trick or treating (children 12 and under). PumpkinFest is free, with food, drink and shopping pay-as-you-go.
Punkin Chunkin - Aurora, CO - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Enjoy a fall festival that celebrates all things fall-while simultaneously showcasing over 25 teams of chunkers who use various self-made machines to see who can shoot a pumpkin the farthest over 2 days of competition. A pumpkin patch, pony rides and much more!
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival - Half Moon Bay, CA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: The top 5 pumpkins from the giant pumpkin weigh-off are displayed at this epic festival in the “World Pumpkin Capital”.
Morton Pumpkin Festival - Morton, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2021
Celebrating over 50 years of the pumpkin harvest and canning at the Pumpkin Capital of the World. An estimated 70,000 attend the carnival, parades and other activities.
Romulus Pumpkin Festival - Romulus, MI - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
A street festival on the third weekend in September. It starts with a night parade of lights.
Versailles Pumpkin Show - Versailles, IN - Sep 22 to Sep 26, 2021
Annual event that began in 1899 and celebrated prize pumpkins, and has grown to include various contests, parades, commercial carnival rides, a dance, Punkin Chunkin’, an annual art show, and more
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival - Barnesville, OH - Sep 23 to Sep 26, 2021
Always the last full weekend in September. Lots of great food and contests, over 400 cars in the car show and a giant pumpkin parade, and more. Plus pumpkins for sale!
South Lyon Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, MI - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Parade, children’s activities, craft show, live music, biergarten, food and more at this event. Do your part to help the festival “Go Green!” Since 1984.
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Visit Main Street Square and venture down Sixth St. and into Memorial Park for a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, chef competition, the Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone, wagon rides, vendors and more. Free Parking in Downtown Rapid City.
Apple Pumpkin Festival - Livermore Falls, ME - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Vendors and craft vendors, agricultural products, historical and educational displays, antique tractors, raffles, live music, decorations, inflatables, Nerf zone, food and more! Held at the rec field
Julian Autumn Jubilee - Julian, CA - Sep 25 to Oct 30, 2021
Enjoy a day at Fort Cross with hayrides, cider pressing & tasting, candle dipping, mini pumpkin painting, hoedown & jug band show, petting zoo, reptile show, u-pick pumpkin patch & veggie garden, archery, tomahawk throwing, ghost town slingshot range, fairy & dinosaur garden making, the lilac maze, tire swings, walking trails, and more
Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival - Elkin, NC - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
The festivities begin Saturday morning with the Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off on corner of Bridge and Standard Street. There will be pumpkins & watermelon from growers located all over the East Coast. Some will weigh-in at an excess of 1,000 lbs with hopes of placing in the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth top ten. The Main Street of Elkin will be lined with vendors of every description featuring everything from antiques, jump houses, funnel cakes to functional pottery, pumpkin painting, wood furnishings to wine racks, BBQ to baked goods, sand art, pumpkin butter to polish sausages, hand crafted gifts and so much more.
Pumpkin Festival at Riverview Farm - Canton, SD - Sep 25 to Oct 10, 2021
Riverview Christmas Tree Farm hosts this pumpkin festival with pumpkin picking, painting, and pumpkin themed games, inflatables and train rides, farm animals, food vendors, live music, local wine and beer, baked goods and more
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival - Stowe, VT - Sep 26 to Sep 26, 2021
Annual event at Stoweflake Mountain Resort featuring a trebuchet contest, Chili Cook-off Contest, kids activities and live music. This event raises money for the Lamoille Restorative Center in Hyde Park, VT.
Ridgefield’s Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off - Ridgefield, CT - Sep 26 to Sep 26, 2021
Giant pumpkin and squash growers from all over the region will compete for cash prizes, plus kids crafts & activities, pumpkin decorating contest, live music, exhibitors, farm stands, baked goods, food trucks, and more! Held at Ballard Park
Zeeland Pumpkinfest - Zeeland, MI - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.
Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival - Pomona, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 31, 2021
Celebrate California agriculture at this annual event, featuring pumpkin patch, demonstrations, hay rides, corn maze, food, insect fair, live entertainment, petting farm and more!
Pumpkinfest - Anamosa, IA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
A true Main Street Festival that has drawn thousands to Anamosa since 1989. Activities include dozens of food and craft vendors, kids’ games, one of the largest parades in all of Iowa, and GIANT pumpkins.
Maryland Pumpkin Festival - Frederick, MD - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Annual event with a corn maze, hay slides, farm animals, pumpkin patch, pig races, live music and of course a great pumpkin patch. Also has a Pumpkin Princess Storytime, pumpkin hunt, candy shoot, and some painting and sculpturing demonstrations.
Pumpkin Daze - Republic, MO - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Come to downtown Republic and view the giant 400 pound pumpkins, meet the growers, shop the craft booths, enjoy the foods such as hamburgers, ice cream, hot dogs, and cotton candy. A fun event for all since 1992.
The Giant Pumpkin Carve - Woodstown, NJ - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Meals on Wheels holds this annual fundraising event at the Salem County Fairgrounds. 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. Enjoy food trucks and farmer’s market too!
Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off - Allardt, TN - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Giant pumpkin weigh-off, run, beauty pageant, car show, parade and more.
Thorp Pumpkin Fest - Thorp, WI - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Entertainment and fun in downtown Thorp with fall produce, 130+ arts & craft & food vendors, horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, Civil War and French & Indian War reenactments plus contests with pumpkin cooking, carving, painting, eating, seed spitting and more. An annual event for over 20 years.
Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival - Elk Grove, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
The official California site for weigh-offs for the national Giant Pumpkin contest, with something for everyone – carnival rides, games, live entertainment, contests, pumpkin patch, pumpkin boat race, and food! Since 1984.
CNY Great Pumpkin Festival - Oswego, NY - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Fall festival featuring kids activities, amusement & pony rides, live music, food, vendors, a corn maze, the Scarecrow Scramble & more!
Pumpkin & Dia de los Muertos Festival Lakeport, CA - Lakeport, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
The Pumpkin & Dia de los Muertos Festival on the streets of downtown Lakeport will celebrate everything fall!, There will be activities for all from 11 am to 5 pm including vendors, ballet folklorico, beer and wine, corn hole tournaments, food booths, live music, and a petting zoo, plus there will be a scarecrow contest for children and teens. This community event is a fundraiser for Lakeport Main Street Association.
Prospect Pumpkinfest - Prosper, TX - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
The lineup of entertainment includes live music, a kid zone with games and inflatables, shopping, food trucks and PUMPKINS galore!
Pumpkin Festival - Whippany, NJ - Oct 3 to Oct 17, 2021
Join in the Halloween fun at the Whippany Railway Museum onboard “The Pumpkin Patch Train” ! The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip from Whippany to Roseland and return is the perfect way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family. Your ticket entitles you to pick your own pumpkin after the ride at their Pumpkin Patch and enjoy the seasonal fun. Ticket also includes a pumpkin decorating kit. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes, where they can mingle with zombies and ghosts, helping to make the train a spooky sight!
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta - Damariscotta, ME - Oct 8 to Oct 11, 2021
Pumpkinboats (400-700 pound, hollowed out pumpkins) are paddled or motor powered in this famous regatta on the Damariscotta River. Also includes giant pumpkin weigh-off, parade, pumpkin drop, pumpkin pancake breakfast and other activities. Main events are over Columbus Day Weekend. In 2017, Travel and Leisure called this one the “Best Fall Festival in Maine!” (https://goo.gl/W3Pdse)
Milford Pumpkin Festival - Milford, NH - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
35,000 attend this annual event. Giant pumpkins, live music, craft fair, make your own scarecrows for kids, haunted trail, corn hole toss competition and more.
Houston Pumpkin Festival - Houston, PA - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
A community tradition since 1984 loated at the American Legion Post #902 Picnic Grounds. Pumpkin related contests, food & craft vendors, children’s games, parade, music and entertainment. Admission is free.
Highwood Pumpkin Festival - Highwood, IL - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
This fan favorite event is held to not only break the Guinness World Record of 30,581 for most pumpkins carved in one place, but to take it a step further by lighting a pumpkin for everyone affected by autism in Illinois- a staggering 52,000 individuals! Imagine pumpkins lining the streets on scaffolding towering over 30 feet lit and synced to music. It’s a site to behold and the ultimate family event!
Pumpkin Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Pumpkin Fest activities includes tractor wagon rides to pick your own apples and pumpkins, pony rides, kiddie train rides, inflatable playground, children’s barn, homemade apple pies, caramel apples, Kettle Korn, apple brats, and much more. There is also a weigh-in for the state-wide giant pumpkin contest, so come to see 500+ lb pumpkins too
Pumpkin Festival Weekend - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Floydada Punkin Day - Floydada, TX - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
An annual celebration in the Pumpkin Capital of Texas. Start out the day with a 5k, then explore vendor booths, BBQ and chili cook-off, costume contest, live entertainment, games for all, bingo, rodeo at the end of the day.
Pumpkinfest - Aurora, MN - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
Held indoor and outdoor at the Aurora Community Center. Features lots of pumpkins, craft vendors, quilt show, children’s games, wagon rides, and festival foods and a 5k pumpkin run.
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest - Enola, PA - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Held at Adams-Ricci Park. Car show on Saturday, plus craft vendors, games, inflatables, contests, food and entertainment.
Pumpkintown Festival - Athens, TN - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
Mutt strutt, tasty treats, heritage exhibit, family fun and entertainment plus petting zoo, carriage rides, pony rides, doggie costume contest, pumpkin carving and more.
Pumpkinfest - Havana, FL - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
This is an all day family event. Lots of fun activities such as pony rides, train rides, face painting and carriage rides will be available for children. Lots of arts and crafts, homemade goodies and food vendors will be lined up along the streets for your enjoyment.
Famous Pumpkin Train - Coopersville, MI - Oct 9 to Oct 30, 2021
Songs and jokes by the Grand Pumpkin, the Scarecrow, and more. All kids get to pick their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Weekends only, with tickets starting at $17.75 (children under 2 are free).
Glass Pumpkin Fest - Dearborn, MI - Oct 10 to Oct 10, 2021
For 2021, a virtial glassblowing demonstration. Normally: First/second weekend is in Dearborn, final weekend “Pumpkin Roadshow and Sale” held in Ann Arbor (117 E Ann Street in Kerrytown District). Watch glassblowing demonstrations and commission the perfect pumpkin you’ve always wanted! Free admission.
Chatham’s Pumpkin People in the Park - Chatham, MA - Oct 15 to Oct 31, 2021
A fabulous event where Chatham local businesses, and others create unique and fascinating display with Pumpkins. Every year the creativity gets better and better. Thousands of visitors pose for photo opps with the “People.”
Great Pumpkin Glow - Mansfield, OH - Oct 16 to Oct 24, 2021
There will be nearly 1,000 carved and lit pumpkins as well as gourds, mums, hay bales, corn stalks, holiday lights and other glowing decorations. Food vendors will be set up in the Trimble Rd. parking lot. Admission is just $5 per person, children 6 & under are free.
Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest - Mesquite, TX - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2021
A decorated pumpkin contest, haunted house, carnival games and children’s activities, plus live jousting and archery show, storytelling, contests and more! Now held at Valley Creek Park.
Great Pumpkin Festival - Brainerd, MN - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2021
This annual event runs from 1-4 PM with free admission. Pie throwing, pie eating, sack races and a variety of other kids and parent/children activities. Small fee for horse rides.
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival - Richmond, VA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2021
The Boulevard will be closed from Broad St. to Leigh St, so come to celebrate fall, Halloween and all that is pumpkin! The revered gourd is highlighted in beer, libations, food and activities. Local music, local craft beers and spirits and, of course, local food abounds! Have kids or pets that like to dress up? They host a costume contest on the main stage, but registration limited and sign up is day of
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Calabasas, CA - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2021
Pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin pies and more!
Circleville Pumpkin Show - Circleville, OH - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2021
100,000 attend this event daily. Always the 3rd Wednesday through Saturday in October. Giant pumpkins, parades, Miss Pumpkin Show and Little Miss Pumpkin Show, amusement rides, food vendors, crafts and games.
Garden Glow at Ladew Gardens - Monkton, MD - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2021
Unique celebration of fall featuring illuminated sculptures, hundreds of glowing jack o lanterns, live music, and food & spirits. Garden Glow also features educational programs including animal presentations!
Festival of Pumpkins - Paris, TX - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
Enjoy live music, unique shopping, carnival foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more as you explore the stores, shops, and festivities in downtown Paris.
Great Falls Festival aka Pumpkinfest - Turners Falls, MA - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
The annual festival is held on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA.
Pumpkin Festival - Jacksonville, IL - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
Enjoy a family fun like pumpkin decorating, contests, pumpkin drop, food, vendors and more!
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore, IL - Oct 27 to Oct 31, 2021
Annual decorated pumpkin display with parade, carnivals and indoor craft show. The festival started in 1956 to offer a creative outlet for the students of Sycamore has grown into a city wide event
Jeffersontown PumpkinFest - Jeffersontown, KY - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2021
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square, plus refreshments and a family movie night afterwards
Pumpkinfest - Franklin, TN - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2021
Over 65,000 people stretch along Main Street to celebrate all the festive fall family-friendly fun! Enjoy a kids zone with bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and more. Costume contest for kids, groups and pets, plus live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, street festival, beer tent, giant pumpkin, pumpkin carving, and more.
Fall on the Farm - Kutztown, PA - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2021
Celebrate harvest on the farm! Combine all the best parts of fall: apple cider, sunflowers, pumpkins, wagon tours, and costumes with Rodale Institute’s Fall on the Farm. Purchase crafts, food, and products from Rodale Institute and visiting vendors or pick farm-fresh sunflowers, pumpkins, decorative corn and more. Families can take free wagon tours of the farm, and everyone can enjoy the rotten apple rocket, the pumpkin cannon, and the corn maze.
South Jersey Pumpkin Show - Woodstown, NJ - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2022
Costume contest, pumpkin dessert contest, fall foods, live entertainment, pumpkin pageant, amusement rides and more! Held at the Salem County Fairgrounds, 10-8 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. A portion of the parking proceeds benefits a local Salme County nonprofit. The organizers also host the South Jersey Apple Fest in September. No Great pumpkin weigh-off this year though
NH Pumpkin Festival - Laconia, NH - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2022
Two day festival in downtown Laconia, with over 40,000 attendees, 20,000 Jack O Lanterns (carve at home or at the festival!), food and craft vendors, 10K/5K, beer garden, live music, kids activities, zip line and climbing wall, horse drawn hay ride, and more!