There’s definitely no shortage of fall pumpkin festivals in October 2015 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.
Romulus Pumpkin Festival - Romulus, MI - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
A three day street festival on the third weekend in September that has been going on for 35+ years. It starts with a night “parade of lights”.
Pumpkinfest - Bessemer, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
38th annual event in Bessemer. Features include displays at the Historical Society, free carnival rides (Friday night), helicopter rides, poker run, pancake breakfast, treasure hunt, classic car show, pumpkin bingo, dinners, horseshoe tournament, and lots of live music on stage.
Zeeland Pumpkinfest - Zeeland, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.
Pumpkintown Festival - Athens, TN - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Mutt strutt, tasty treats, heritage exhibit, family fun and entertainment. Petting zoo, carriage rides, pony rides, doggie costume contest, pumpkin carving and more.
Great Pumpkin Festival - Brainerd, MN - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
10th 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.
Great Pumpkin Fest - Worcester, MA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Held at Ecotarium. This Halloween event features over 1000 carved pumpkins, live entertainment, family fun with trick-or-treating, displays and more.
Jeffersontown PumpkinFest - Jeffersontown, KY - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square.
Morton Pumpkin Festival - Morton, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2017
Celebrating 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.
Seymour Pumpkin Festival - Seymour, CT - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2017
South Lyon Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Parade, children’s activities, craft show, live music, food and more at this event going on for more than 30 years. More than 55,000 people attended in 2014.
The Giant Pumpkin Carve - Woodstown, NJ - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
Meals on Wheels holds this annual fundraising event at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $7 for adults and free for children 5 and under. 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.
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival - Stowe, VT - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2017
Annual event at Stoweflake Mountain Resort for around 10 years. Trebuchet contest, Chili Cook-off Contest, and live music. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and over. Raises money for the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville, VT.
Versailles Pumpkin Show - Versailles, IN - Sep 27 to Oct 1, 2017
Pumpkin Festival - Whippany, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2017
Held at Whippany Railway Museum this annual event with train rides and a Halloween crafts fair.
West Virginia Pumpkin Festival - Milton, WV - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
Celebrating autumn and the harvest since 1986. More than 50,000 people attend annually. Parade, 5K run, crafts, craftsmen demonstrations and live music. Admission is $7 and free for children 5 and under. Held annually at the WV Pumpkin Park in Milton.
Milford Pumpkin Festival - Milford, NH - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
35,000 attend this annual event. Giant pumpkins, live music, craft fair, make your own scarecrows for kids, corn hole toss competition and more.
Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival - Huntsburg, OH - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
A free family day in the country with free admission, parking, games, entertainment and attractions.
Pumpkinfest - Anamosa, IA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
Great Cortland Pumpkinfest - Cortland, NY - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Something for everyone includes crafters, children’s games, entertainment, food, tractors, hay rides, pumpkins and lots of displays and exhibits. Held annually at Courthouse Park near downtown Cortland, New York.
Maryland Pumpkin Festival - Frederick, MD - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
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, egg hunt, candy shoot, and some painting and sculpturing demonstrations.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta - Damariscotta, ME - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2017
Pumpkinboats 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.
Glass Pumpkin Fest - Dearborn, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2017
8th annual event. First/second weekend is in Dearborn, final weekend held in Ann Arbor. Watch glassblowing demonstrations. Free admission. October 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23.
Pumpkin Daze - Republic, MO - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
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.
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest - Enola, PA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
17th annual event. Held at Adams-Ricci Park. Car show on Saturday. Craft vendors, games, inflatables, contests, food and entertainment.
Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off - Allardt, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
25th annual event. Giant pumpkin weigh-off, run, beauty pageant, car show, parade and more.
Thorp Pumpkin Fest - Thorp, WI - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Entertainment and fun in downtown Thorp with 130 vendor booths, food, crafts, and fall produce. An annual event for 20 years.
NH Pumpkin Festival - Laconia, NH - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Held in downtown Laconia, New Hampshire. This is a huge festival.
South Jersey Pumpkin Show - Woodstown, NJ - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Held at Salem County Fairgrounds it feature live entertainment, wine sampling, food, a giant pumpkin pyramid, dog show, hayrides, Boo Barn, amusement rides, and of course lots of decorated pumpkins.
Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkin Fest - Conneaut Lake, PA - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
A weekend of food, crafts and live entertainment in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Houston Pumpkin Festival - Houston, PA - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
Floydada Punkin Day - Floydada, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
An annual celebration in the Pumpkin Capital of Texas.
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival - Half Moon Bay, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
The top 5 pumpkins from the giant pumpkin weigh-off are displayed at this epic festival in the “World Pumpkin Capital”.
Pumpkinfest - Aurora, MN - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
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. Also a 5k pumpkin run.
Beacon Waterfront Pumpkin Festival - Beacon, NY - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
Circleville Pumpkin Show - Circleville, OH - Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2017
100,000 attend this event daily. Always the 3rd Wednesday through Saturday in October. Giant pumpkins, parades, Miss Pumpkin Show & Little Miss Pumpkin Show, amusement rides, food vendors, crafts and games.
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Calabasas, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
Pumpkin Carving Festival - Honolulu, HI - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017
Hundreds of families sit together and carve their pumpkins in the shopping mall. Local artists offer tips to families who want to take their pumpkin carving to the next level. Held during the week preceding Halloween on the island of O’ahu. Founded in 2010.
Franklin County Falls Pumpkinfest - Turners Falls, MA - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017
Pumpkins & Mums Fall Festival - Excelsior Springs, MO - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017
Lots of crafters, vendors, kids activities, pumpkin painting, carnival games and rides, pony rides, petting zoo, and of course great food.
Pumpkin Palooza - Sparks, NV - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2017
Autumn-themed activities including a pumpkin derby, marshmallow shooting, costume parade, carnival games live music, pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin pie eating contest and mummy wrapping contest.
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore, IL - Oct 25 to Oct 29, 2017
55th annual decorated pumpkin display with parade, carnivals and indoor craft show.
Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest - Mesquite, TX - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2017
A decorated pumpkin contest, haunted house, carnival games and children’s activities.
Grafton Pumpkin Festival - Grafton, WI - Nov 3 to Jan 1, 2018
Pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin lighting, pancake breakfast and more.