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

Activities & Entertainment

Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands

"Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands"

Now entrenched as a beloved and signature attraction at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, under the direction of impresario Ken Kelly, returns for an highly-anticipated encore performance at this year’s festival, October 14-15.

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Farmer Mike, pumpkin carver

Farmer Mike: “The Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers”

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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pumpkin pie eating contests

Audience Participation Drives the Pie Eating Contests

pumpkin pie eating contestants
“To me, the pie eating contest embodies the essence of Pumpkin Festival,” said Wilbur Collins, the spiritual and emotional leader of the contest organizing team for many years.
pumpkin pie eating contest

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. The pie eating contests take place in the Bank of America Family Fun Zone, located in the Bank of America parking lot, 620 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

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Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 14-15, 2017
9am – 5pm