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World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 14–15, 2017 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

Please note this information is from the 2016 event although the dates are correct for 2017.
Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2017 event.

Where Pumpkin Is King … Festival Marks 47 Epic 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...

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS VIDEO IS FROM THE 2016 EVENT
  • Schedule of Events

    Schedule of Events

    See the entire schedule of events surrounding the 47th 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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  • Harvest-Inspired Crafts

    Harvest-Inspired Crafts

    Simmering stews, crisp autumn weather, family gatherings... it’s harvest time again! With the upcoming holidays around the corner, it’s a perfect time to spend the weekend at the 47th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival...

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  • Music Stage

    Music Stage

    It’s that special time of year when throngs of pumpkin fans gather in Half Moon Bay to dance and frolic in the ultimate mecca of gourd greatness. In keeping with the festival’s big reputation, four stages of sensational entertainment...

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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 14-15, 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 14-15) will feature the biggest, heaviest pumpkin sculpture the world has ever seen.

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  • Merchandise

    Merchandise

    We're gearing up for the festival and now you can too! Here's a preview of our lineup of fashionable festival logo hoodies, T-shirts, pullovers, ladies tanks, infant onesies, eco-friendly shopping bags and more

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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 6th Annual "Made on the Coast" Locals' Block...

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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 14-15.

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Presented by

The Half Moon Bay
Beautification Committee
as a Community Benefit
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Special Thanks

Special Thanks to the
City of Half Moon Bay
for their Support
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See the results of the 2016 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
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LOCATION & DATES

Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 14-15, 2017
9am – 5pm

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