7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country

Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor Halloween

Where:  Croton-on-Hudson, NY
When:   Through November 11

Visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor enjoy a dramatic display of 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. The historic site's sloping brick paths and gardens are transformed into a Halloween haven, complete with a Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love, ghosts, animals, and dinosaurs—all made of fiery carved gourds. For details, visit Historic Hudson Valley.


Keene Pumpkin Festival

Keene Pumpkin Festival

Where:  Keene, NH
When:   October 19

Head to downtown Keene for a celebration of all things autumn, including a road race, live music, and pumpkin bowling. The Food Court has it all, from pulled-pork sandwiches to fried pickles to pumpkin ale. And don't miss Central Square's enormous tower of jack-o’-lanterns carved by festivalgoers and locals. Visit Pumpkin Festival 2013 for more.

Flickr courtesy of Jeff Newcomer

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Where:  Half Moon Bay, CA
When:   October 19 – 20

Half Moon Bay welcomes fall with heavyweight pumpkins, live music on three stages, a parade, haunted house, crafts, food vendors, pie-eating and costume contests, microbrews, pumpkin-infused ales, and margaritas. For more information, head over to 43rd Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.


Circleville Pumpkin Show

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Where:  Circleville, OH
When:   October 16 – 19

Since 1903, the Circleville Pumpkin Show has boasted a full schedule of entertainment, including a float parade, marching bands, rides, wood carving, and a hog-calling competition. Dig into pumpkin-inspired waffles, chili, cream puffs, and taffy—but save room for the world’s largest pumpkin pie, from Lindsey's Bakery, a local landmark. Visit Circleville Pumpkin Show for more.


Statesville Pumpkin Festival

Statesville Pumpkin Festival

Where:  Statesville, NC
When:   November 2

A mere 40 miles north of Charlotte, this celebration of squash features rides, pumpkin bowling, a pie-eating contest, and even pumpkin smashing. The festival is home to more than 60 art and craft exhibitors, food booths, three entertainment stages, and a Classic Car Cruise-In. For more information, check out Statesville Pumpkin Fest.


The Great Pumpkin Festival

The Great Pumpkin Festival

Where:  Phoenix, AZ
When:   October 17 – 20

Sponsored by the Desert Botanical Garden, this event brings old-fashioned fall festivities to kids growing up in the desert. Catch a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, experience animals close-up at the petting zoo, wander the hay bale maze, and enjoy live country-western music. For admission information, check out The Great Pumpkin Festival.


Ukiah Country PumpkinFest

Ukiah Country Pumpkinfest

Where:  Ukiah, CA
When:   October 19 – 20

The streets of Downtown Ukiah fill with food, beer, and wine vendors, craft and art exhibits, and "Scarecrow City" during this two-day event. Enjoy live music, a haunted house, pet costumes, and a children's carnival. Join the parade, enter the baking contest, or show off your colossal squash in the giant pumpkin weigh-off! For details, visit Ukiah Country PumpkinFest.


Pumpkin Patches and More

Pumpkin Patches

Didn't see your local pumpkin patch or festival in this lineup? Head over to Pumpkin Patches and More to find pumpkin patches, festivals, pick-your-own orchards for apples and other fruit, corn mazes, Halloween events, and even Christmas tree farms near you.


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