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World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 15–16, 2016 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

Please note this information is from the 2015 event although the dates are correct for 2016.
Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2016 event.

Celebrate Good Times … Pumpkin Festival Marks 46 Years!

Autumn is a spectacularly special season on the fertile, scenic coast around Half Moon Bay where the entire Coastside area bursts into a brilliant sea of orange and buzzes with excitement and activity to celebrate its bountiful and beautiful fall harvest. The dazzling journey is its own reward … the tunnel through Devils Slide is a sight to behold plus the breath-taking views of seaside farm country dotted with vast, rolling fields of orange, scarecrows, barns, and pick-your-own pumpkin patches...


Local artists help each other out:
Coastside artists are invited to apply for Emerging Artist Grant
Click here to read more and to apply (applications due June 6, 2016).
MOTC artist Silvio Modena, bell maker

“Made on the Coast” Locals’ Block announces a call for entries for the 2016 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee

Application window for Local Artists’ 2016 booths: May 1 - May 29

The art of coastsiders is the focus of the “Made on the Coast” Locals’ Block, for the 5th year in a row, showcasing booths of top-quality arts and crafts from local painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, fabric artists, glassblowers, furniture-makers, and more—as well as art demonstrations, community art, and student artists from Half Moon Bay High School. Each year, locals take over one block on Main Street for a Sunday, creating one-day pop-up of great local art, where they occupy the block between Mill and Kelly during the annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 19th, 2016.

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  • Schedule of Events

    Schedule of Events

    See the entire schedule of events surrounding the 46th annual festival, including Pumpkin Weigh-Off, pancake breakfast, the Great Pumpkin Parade, pie eating and costume contests, and much more!

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  • Quick Facts

    Quick Facts

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment...

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  • Merchandise


    We're gearing up for the festival and now you can too! New this year is a lineup of fashionable festival logo hoodies, T-shirts, pull overs, sweatshirts, infant onesies, eco-friendly shopping bags and more.

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  • Harvest-Inspired Crafts

    Harvest-Inspired Crafts

    Gorgeous hand-blown glass pumpkins, one-of-a-kind jewelry, leather sandals and belts, handmade quilts, seasonal wreaths, holiday-themed home decor, panoramic photographs, whimsical sculptures, handpainted clothing, colorful ceramic vessels...

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  • Made On The Coast Artists

    Made On The Coast Artists

    The "Made on the Coast" (MotC) Artists' Group, a subcommittee of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee (HMBBC), presents its artists for the 4th Annual "Made on the Coast" Locals' Block at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

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  • Music Stage

    Music Stage

    We gave it our best shot but our personal faves The Gourds and Smashing Pumpkins can’t make it. No biggie, we’re still in great shape. In keeping with our big reputation, four stages of sensational entertainment for all ages...

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  • Family Stage

    Family Stage

    A popular and signature attraction at Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, the Safeway Family Stage will showcase an all-star lineup of performing artists at this year’s festival, October 15-16.

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  • Pie Eating Contests

    Pie Eating Contests

    There is plenty to see and do at Half Moon Bay’s world-famous Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 15-16, but nothing gets you up close and personal to the Great Gourd as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest.

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  • Costume Contest

    Costume Contest

    Everyone from tiny tots to ghoulish grandmas and grandpas will get a chance to show of their best Halloween attire at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Costume Contest.

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  • Haunted Barn

    Haunted Barn

    Ahoy, Matey! There be sneaky PIRATES haunting Half Moon Bay! Aaargh. We're in the Johnston Haunted Barn, aye. Not alive. Not dead. We're among the undead, sez I.

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  • Farmer Mike, Carving Expert

    Farmer Mike, Carving Expert

    In October of 1986, wearing a pair of orange overalls, “Farmer Mike” Valladao first stepped onto a stage at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival with a knife in his hand.

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  • World's Biggest Pumpkin Sculpture

    World's Biggest Pumpkin Sculpture

    This year’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (October 15-16) and Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (October 10) will feature the biggest, heaviest pumpkin sculpture the world has ever seen.

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Presented by

The Half Moon Bay
Beautification Committee
as a Community Benefit
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Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Festival Grounds Provided by the Good Folks at Coastside.net
Coastside Net

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to the
City of Half Moon Bay
for their Support
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Photo Downloads

See the results of the 2015 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
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Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 15-16, 2016
9am – 5pm