About the Event

Hunting for an Orange October? Head for Half Moon Bay's World-Famous Celebration of the Great Gourd, October 18-19

$30K Prize Money Offered for New World Record Pumpkin at Weigh-Off
Six-Time Gold Glove Winner, All-Time San Francisco Giants Fan Fave J.T. Snow is Grand Marshal
Arts & Crafts Show Gets a Fresh New Look With Many New Artists and New Art Coordinator
"Made On The Coast" Expands with Books, Authors, Music and a Haiku Contest
Meet the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders
Nationally-Televised "The Better Show" Will be On-Site to Film a Show on the Festival
Ultra-Thrilling Zip-Line Debuts in Stone Pine Center!

*Please note this information is from the 2013 event although the dates are correct for 2014. Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2014 event.

The World Pumpkin Capital is Bursting Out in Orange!

Festival crowd

The tunnel is open, the sky is clear, people are smiling, autumn in HERE! Yes, indeed, our highly-anticipated autumn season is truly here and on the picturesque coast around the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay is stunningly spectacular. 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. It's the perfect time of year and the perfect place to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the fall season and Half Moon Bay does it like nobody else. The world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is the season's big event, drawing hordes of visitors to the "World Pumpkin Capital" for a fun-filled festival on historic Main Street. This year's 44th annual festival will be held on October 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Massive, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized weigh-off champion pumpkins on display, the mesmerizing and remarkably talented "Picasso of pumpkin carvers" sculpting and shaping a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, harvest-inspired crafts by America's top artists, the return of "Made on the Coast", a dedicated Locals' Artists Block on Sunday, which this year debuts a music stage and book selling booth featuring local musicians and authors, the richest/creamiest/tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, three stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone's favorite home-spun parade parade with six-time Gold Glove winner and all-time San Francisco Giants fan favorite J.T. Snow as Grand Marshal, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, the debut of our awesome new zip-line, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin, and a bumper crop of 3,000+ tons of the beloved orange orb waiting to be picked from one of the many rustic pumpkin patches around town are among the featured, not-to-be forgotten attractions. It's the real thing ... our nation's authentic "fall classic".

Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off: $30K World Record Mega-Prize

Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weighoff winner appears in the Great Pumpkin Parade

The Big Week launches with the World's Greatest Gourd Growers and their enormous orbs gathering for the 41st Annual SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF, the Super Bowl of weigh-off events, on Monday, October 13, (7 a.m., on the IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, in Half Moon Bay). Weigh-off organizers are offering $30,000 in prize money for a new world record entered at Half Moon Bay. The current world record is 2,032 pounds, grown by Tim Mathison from Napa, CA. The new record was set at the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park Weigh-off in Morgan Hill, CA on October 12, 2013. Defending champion Gary Miller, of Napa, CA obliterated the formidable field at the 2013 weigh-off with his Goliath-like 1,985-pound Atlantic Giant. Miller is expected to return along with a host of accomplished, veteran growers to contend for the $30,000 world record prize. The grand champion mega-gourd, along with the top five weigh-off pumpkins, will be displayed at the Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 18-19.


Six-time Gold Glove winner and all-time San Francisco Giants fan favorite J.T. Snow will serve as honorary Grand Marshal of the Great Pumpkin Parade. "J.T. Snow was the sweetest fielding first baseman I've ever seen," said Cameron Palmer, Chairman of the festival committee. "He was also a tremendous clutch hitter and inspirational team leader for the Giants for many years. "We're delighted and thrilled he has accepted our invitation to serve as parade Grand Marshal this year." Snow played nine of his thirteen seasons in Major League Baseball with the Giants. He was known as the best defensive first baseman of his era. After his retirement as a player in 2008, Snow worked in radio and television broadcasting. He is now a special assistant to the general manager for the Giants and resides year-round in the Bay Area with his family. It's the ultimate old-fashioned, home-spun parade featuring the mighty weigh-off champion pumpkin and grower, followed by marching bands, classic cars, fantastic floats, and a charming assortment of costumed ghouls, gargoyles, goblins, ghosts and assorted surprises. Saturday, 12 noon on Main Street.

World's Largest Pumpkin Sculpture

artist Peter Hazel with his giant mosaic pumpkin sculpture

The world's largest pumpkin sculpture will be displayed at both the festival and weigh-off. Lake Tahoe-based artist Peter Hazel, whose family has ties to the very first Pumpkin Festival, is the brilliant creator of the massive mosaic sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds. But, unlike other giant pumpkins, this one is made of steel, cement, and ceramic tile. "It's only fitting for Half Moon Bay to have the world's biggest mosaic pumpkin sculpture," said Cameron Palmer, Pumpkin Festival Chairman, who hatched the idea with Hazel and commissioned the piece. "Castroville has the Giant Artichoke ... New York City has the Big Apple ... Half Moon Bay should have the Great Pumpkin!" Hazel plans to attend both the weigh-off and festival. Stop by the pumpkin sculpture to meet its creator!

"Made on the Coast" Artists Block Expands, Adding Music, Book Booth and Haiku Contest

The "Made On The Coast" (MOTC) Artists Group is expanding their offerings at their one-day pop-up show, Sunday, October 19th at this year's festival. The centerpiece of the "Made on the Coast" Locals' Block will once again be the artists' booths, which will showcase top-quality arts and crafts from local painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, fabric artists, glassblowers, furniture-makers, and more—as well as demonstrations by local artists and art students. One of the new features in the MOTC Locals' Block this year will be an artist-in-residence—coastside musician and sculptor Mauro Ffortissimo, who created an international sensation last February with his "Sunset Piano" installation on the Half Moon Bay bluffs. Also new, the Locals' Block will include a music stage featuring three local bands: acoustic rock duo Chinese Melodrama, Highway One and Califuegos. The MOTC Music Stage will be located in the parking lot of Cunha's Country Store at the corner of Main and Kelly. Books by more than twenty coastside authors, editors, and photographers will be on display and available for sale in the new "Made on the Coast" Book & Author Booth, which will be sponsored by Harbor Books & Gallery. The booth will also host book-signing sessions with the local authors. Visitors to the Book & Author Booth can also enter MOTC's Haiku Contest, which will be open to coastsiders and inlanders alike. For a donation of just $1.00 per poem in support of MOTC's Emerging Artist Grant (free for poets under age 12), entrants can write their haikus (either anonymously or with their name and city of residence) on one of the colorful slips of paper provided, and pin their haiku "flags" onto the lines crisscrossing the ceiling of the booth.

Fine Art, Harvest-Inspired Crafts Gets a Fresh New Look

glass pumpkins are among the many arts and crafts available

The festival will feature a fresh look with a new artist coordinator, Pacific Fine Arts, and more than 120 new artists and craftspeople. Buyers and browsers will find thousands of handcrafted items in well-stocked booths covering several city blocks. It's an ideal opportunity to meet 250 of America's top artists and craftmakers—who will be offering great variety and price points to satisfy every budget—on hand with their latest creations. Featuring original work in sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, metal and mixed media, the festival is considered among the top art shows in the country. Hand-blown glass pumpkins, beautiful vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls will be among the thousands of items one-of-a-kind items available. "We have longtime festival favorites returning as well as many talented, new artists this year," said Kris Mason of the Pumpkin Festival Committee. "Every item you'll see is handcrafted from beginning to end—it's the perfect opportunity to meet the artists that conceive and do the work."

Smashing Entertainment

Three stages of sensational entertainment for all ages will transform Half Moon Bay into the Bay Area's entertainment hotspot for a weekend during the city's monster Pumpkinpalooza. Performing on the IDES Main Stage are The California Cowboys, Big Cat Tolefree, The Robin Campbell Band, Pamela Rose & Her B-3 Party, Extra Large, Caravanserai, The Stan Erhart Band and Jim Stevens & Friends. The Ritz-Carlton Gazebo Stage will feature Wendy DeWitt, Claddagh, South City Blues Band and Rockin' Down the Hiway. Street performers include Glitterface, HeartStrings Music, Emerson, and Bob Culbertson. The Family Stage features sensational talent from Radio Disney and "Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands".

Radio Disney Bay AreaSafeway Family Stage Powered by Radio Disney

Rocking the stage throughout the weekend will be the Radio Disney Road Crew whose high-energy, interactive show will make you want to get up and move! The Radio Disney Road Crew will play all types of fun games with the kids and families, like Hula Hoop Showdown, Mummy Wrap, Costume Relay and Scary Karaoke where everyone will walk away a winner with prizes like DVDs, CDs, posters and more. Plus, kids can learn the dance moves to some of their favorite Radio Disney songs, including the new hit song, "It's On" from Camp Rock 2.

"Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands"

Firmly established as a beloved and signature festival attraction, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands” returns for an encore performance under the direction of impresario Ken Kelly. "Smashing Pumpkins is all about giving exciting, new rock and roll talent from around the Bay Area a chance to do what all bands love to do: perform in front of a live audience," says Kelly.

Fabulously Festive Food

one of the many festive fall treats - pumpkin ice cream

Dig in! And, while you do, help fatten the coffers of community groups while savoring mouthwatering pumpkin-infused treats like pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake rolls, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin churros, chicken pumpkin sausages, and, new this year, warm pretzels with a pumpkin sauce and pumpkin seeds. Then, move onto the next course with coastal favorites like Brussels sprouts steeped in a zesty marinara sauce, and artichoke hearts steamed with an aromatic blend of garlic, olive oil, and herbs. Plus traditional favorites like Portuguese linguisa sausage, hot beef sandwiches, corn dogs, roasted turkey legs, chicken and beef tamales, macaroni and cheese with pumpkin seeds, garlic fries, steamy clam chowder in sour dough bread bowls, crunchy nachos with jalapenos and cheese, hamburgers, grilled corn on the cob, garlic fries and huge baked potatoes with all the trimmings.

Delectably Delicious Drink

festival wine and microbrewsThirsty my friend? For beer lovers, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will offer its Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale, a Pale Ale made with locally-grown Sugar Pie pumpkins that are roasted with a secret blend of spices and added to the brew kettle. The result is a subtle pumpkin pie spice flavor balanced by a biscuity maltiness. Deelish! Or try their fabulous Witbier, a refreshing Belgian style beer. Seasonal sensations like Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Coors and Coors Light will also be on tap. For a deliciously refreshing beverage alternative, enjoy a Sauza Original Margarita—the world’s most popular cocktail. Add a splash of Pumpkin Spice Syrup and you’ve got a refreshing and colorful Pumpkin-rita. Sip and savor luscious varietals from Half Moon Bay Winery including their limited-production festival-label Chardonnay and Fisherman’s Red, plus Barefoot Pink Moscato, La Nebbia Sparkling Wine and mimosas—all available by the glass at two booths hosted by the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The Pumpkin Festival-label Chardonnay will also be available by the bottle (to take home) at The Beautification Committee merchandise booth. Cool off with a tasty Lemonade, Pomegranate Blueberry Juice or 100% Pure Coconut Juice from Purity Organic, a refreshing bottle of Nestle Pure Life Water or assorted soft drinks. Enjoy your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.

Haunted House

“Ahoy, Matey! There be PIRATES haunting Half Moon Bay during Pumpkin Festival weekend in the Johnston Haunted Barn, aye! Not alive. Not dead.” The Haunted Johnston Barn features live (undead) actors from The Coastside Young Actors Workshop alongside audio-animatronic figures, projected and transparent ghosts, intense lighting, sound, and fog effects, and unexpectedly dropping and shwooping objects caused by unseen forces. The real treat is the young actors themselves, students from grade school through high school trained in the art of improvisation, staying in character, and playing for an audience. The theme of each room is based on a script, but the performers are able to interact and play with the visitors’ reactions, making each tour a unique experience. Every year, creative members of the Coastside Young Actors Workshop wow visitors with their theatrical skills, fabulous costumes and spooky special effects. The barn is located behind the Historic Jail at 505 Johnston Street. Admission is $7 per person or $25 for a Family 4-pack. Children 3 and under are free.

Farmer Mike, The Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers

Farmer Mike

This year, Farmer Mike, the “Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers” celebrates his 29th year as the Pumpkin Festival's official carving expert. On his Pumpkin Festival stage, Farmer Mike has created whimsical faces, movie characters like MEGAMIND, a Wells Fargo stage coach, Puff the Magic Dragon, and even enshrined Pigeon Point Light House into the shell of a pumpkin. The Atlantic Giant variety of pumpkins he carves range in size from 300-pounds to more than 1,500-pounds each. Most of the detail work is done using a folding Buck knife and a variety of simple chisels. He typically carves two pumpkins a day during the festival and can be found at the Coastside Water District lot at 766 Main Street, about the mid-point of the festival grounds.

Giant Pumpkin Photos

photos with the giant pumpkins

How often do you get to see and touch a staggeringly-massive, hard-to-believe, larger-than-life 1,900+ pound pumpkin let alone get to have your photo taken alongside something so unusual? Thanks to the festival's partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, photos with the grand champion gourd will be available for $15. Using state-of-the-art digital cameras and printers, your photo will snapped and quickly printed onto a cardstock frame for a special take-home keepsake. Photo sales benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation. The photo booth is at the corner of Main and Miramontes Streets.

Pancake Breakfast

To launch your day with a good carbo-load, the High School Varsity Basketball Team will fire up the griddle to host the traditional Pancake Breakfast complete with mouthwatering plain or pumpkin pancakes, gobs of butter and maple syrup, grilled sausage links, fresh orange juice, and plenty of Peet's coffee. Cost is $10. Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. in Mac Dutra Park, Main Street at Kelly Avenue.

Costume Contest

Hundreds of ghosts, goblins, ghouls and more model their ingeniously creative Halloween attire in the Costume Contest, a popular time-honored festival tradition before walking in the big parade. The costume contest is open to all ages with individual and group divisions. Saturday, 10 a.m. in the Half Moon Bay Library parking lot, at Church and Correas Streets.

Pie-Eating Contests

pie eating contests

Get up close and personal for this hilarious test of unbridled power-eating. Huge, gasping audiences gather to witness this stunning spectacle with each participant devouring and “wearing” a delicious 8” Safeway pumpkin pie heaped high with whipped cream. Aside from power-eating, panache and style go a long way with audience judges. “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. “It encourages participation, it’s loads of fun, and it’s open to everyone. Seeing kids with face and hair full of gooey pumpkin pie, whipped cream and a big smile, it’s a truly sight to behold.” On both Saturday and Sunday, age 11 and under at 2 p.m, age 12 and over at 2:15 p.m. in the Family Fun Zone in the Bank of America parking lot, 620 Main Street.

Pumpkin Carving

pumpkin carving

Non-competitive Pumpkin Carving will be available on Sunday in the Family Fun Zone at Bank of America, 620 Main Street. It is not a contest, there’s no judging or awards … it’s simply for fun. Pumpkins and carving knives are provided. Create your very own masterpiece anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Pumpkin Run/Walk

The Pumpkin Run will be held on Sunday starting at 8 a.m at Hatch School (on Kelly Avenue, just west of Highway 1). The run follows the picturesque Coastside Trail and features a 5 & 10k Run, 5k Walk and Kids Fun Run to benefit Senior Coastsiders. Info-line: 650-712-7322.

The Comcast “Take 5 Lounge”

Sports fans have a place to kick back and catch NFL and NCAA football and MLB playoff games on a giant LED screen in the Comcast Take 5 Lounge. It’s the perfect spot to take a break. Couch potatoes and sports fans will find the comfort and enjoyment of their own living room without ever leaving the event. The Take 5 Lounge is a place where festivalgoers can escape the teeming crowds, relax and hang out with friends while watching their favorite sporting events on a giant LED TV, a 9' x 12' screen with picture-perfect quality. Top that off with a tasty Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and an Italian sausage sandwich with zesty marinara sauce fired up by the Coastside Adult Day Health Center and you’ve got a winner.

Special Attractions

bungee jump

Up and down the street, festivalgoers will be captivated by an array of amazing attractions. See the spectacular display of the top 5 pumpkins from the weigh-off. Meet the gorgeous and talented ladies who make up the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders. Soar high above the crowd on our awesome new Zip-line in Stone Pine Center, making its festival debut. Catch massive air on Spider Jump’s super fun bungee jump in the Gazebo area. Test your mountaineering skills on Mobile Rock’s climbing wall in the Bank of America lot. Have some fun with creative facial enhancements at the High School Art Department’s face painting booth. Visit Kiddieland for amusement rides hosted by Coastside Children’s Programs.

Awesome New Zip-Line Debuts!


Let the excitement begin with the festival’s new Zip-line in the Stone Pine Center lot! Zip-liners are safety harnessed, then climb a spiral staircase up to the crow’s nest 28 feet in the air. They are then attached to the zipline by our trained team via a redundant safety pulley and prepared for launch. Two at a time can zip side by side so not only will they enjoy the ride but also shriek in unison while in flight. Flying through the air reaching over 20 MPH they approach the specially designed power pack decelerator and come to a gradual stop. The smiles, laughter, and squeals say it all … it’s the thrill of a lifetime!

"The Better Show" Filming at the Festival

Stop by "The Better Show" filming their "License To Spill" series featuring Half Moon Bay and the Pumpkin Festival in the Cunha Country Store parking lot on Saturday. The show on the Pumpkin Festival, featuring the sights and sounds of Half Moon Bay, festival attractions and interviews, will air at a later date on this nationally televised show which airs on the Hallmark Channel.

Coveted Curios

Stock up on the latest and greatest official festival gear including screenprinted t-shirts, ladies tank tops, hooded sweatshirts, zippered sweatshirts, ladies long-sleeve fitted shirts, men's vintage-inspired baseball shirts, long sleeve thermals, kids sweatshirts and t-shirts, hats, beer mugs, lapel pins and more.

Mobile App + Free Wi-Fi

Download the free Pumpkin Festival mobile app developed by Half Moon Bay’s phabulous Phondini Partners. This fantastic app is designed to enhance the festival experience for users by providing everything from a fact sheet with key details, information on special attractions, a detailed site map, event and entertainment schedules, door-to-door directions, push messaging alerts, Facebook and Twitter integration, and visitor information via a full-function version of Phondini's iCoastside app. The app, scheduled to be available in early October, will be compatible for the Apple and Android markets. Free Wi-Fi will be provided throughout the festival area by the good folks at Coastside.net!

Coastal Arts League Pumpin Festival Design Contest Exhibit

The logo design for the 2013 festival was created by Santa Cruz-based artist Matt Farrar, winner of the 2013 Pumpkin Festival Poster Design Contest. Entries from the 2014 Pumpkin Festival Poster Design Contest, a joint effort by the Coastal Arts League and Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, will be on display as part of a special show during the month of October at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Stop by to vote for the “People’s Choice” award and to see the submissions for next year’s festival. A special preview and reception, with all contest entries on display, will be held on Friday, October 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Coastal Arts League.

Organic, Healthy & Green Products Showcase

This year’s festival will feature the latest and greatest exhibits featuring Organic, Natural, Healthy and Eco-Friendly products. Festivalgoers can enjoy free product samples and gather information while experiencing first-hand how these products and organizations can help you live a better, healthier and “greener” lifestyle and be a positive catalyst for change. Sponsors include Safeway “Ingredients for Life”, Chevrolet Volt, The Solar Company, Eureka Bread Company, Larabar, Cascadian Farm, Food Should Taste Good, SolarCity, Dave’s Killer Bread and Allied Waste.

Home & Garden Exhibits

For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, Heavenly Greens, Cutco Cutlery, One Lawn and Bay Home & Window.

Spectacular Sponsors

Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Safeway, Chevrolet, Wells Fargo, DBI Beverage, Michaels Art & Crafts Stores, Aio Wireless, the San Francisco 49ers, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, First National Bank, California Department of Tourism, American Laser Skincare, Newport Coast Villas, Click Scan Share, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, DirecTV, Gold Rush Getaways, YP, CBS 5 –– Channel 5, The CW –– Channel 44, KOFY TV 20, Comcast, Bay Area News Group, San Mateo County Times, Radio Disney AM 1310, Alice 97.3 FM, KBLX 102.9 FM, KOIT 96.5 FM, and KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM.

Zero Waste

The Pumpkin Festival Committee will once again partner with Allied Waste Services, the City of Half Moon Bay and Coastal Repertory Theatre to promote and encourage maximum recycling. “Every day we talk about ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle,” said Melvin Mello Jr., Pumpkin Festival Director. “We’re on a mission to make this a Zero Waste festival—it’s a major priority for us and something we diligently plan for and try to improve upon every year.” The Pumpkin Festival garbage and recycling operation is run by volunteers from the Coastal Repertory Theatre. In keeping with the festival’s tradition of involving community organizations, the theater troupe has been in charge of the massive garbage/recycling detail for nearly 20 years, relying on the festival as one of its biggest fund-raising activities. “It’s hard work with extensive planning and coordination, but it’s important to all of us that we present a clean, ‘green’ event,” said Tom Woosnam of the Coastal Repertory Theater. “We’re proud to be a part of such an important community effort.”

Safeway Cares

“Since the founding of Safeway, our philosophy and vision remain the same –– provide value and give back to the community where our customers and employees live and work. Safeway is a proud sponsor of the Art & Pumpkin Festival.” The Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee salutes Safeway for its commitment to the community and its incredible generosity in supporting the festival and participating community service groups. Safeway has been the Pumpkin Festival’s presenting sponsor since 1990 and has been an instrumental partner in the festival’s fund-raising success.

The Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee

Half Moon Bay pumpkin patch

The Pumpkin Festival was created by the newly formed Main Street Beautification Committee in 1971 as a means for restoring historic downtown Half Moon Bay. That first year, buildings were painted, trees were planted and a legend was born. Since then, the festival has helped raise several million dollars for civic projects and community service organizations throughout the coastside.


There will be parking at the south end of Main Street at Metzgar, Half Moon Bay High School (Main St. just north of Hwy. 92), Our Lady of the Pillar Church and the Community Center/Shoreline Station complex, both located on Kelly Avenue just east of Highway 1. Many parking lots are operated by local non-profit groups who charge a nominal parking fee. There is also very limited free parking on several side streets.

Handicapped Parking

There will be specially marked handicapped parking on Purissima Street between Correas Street and Kelly Avenue.

Street Closures

Main Street will be closed to traffic from Mill Street south to Monte Vista Lane throughout festival weekend. Southbound Main Street will not be accessible from Highway 92 from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Main Street will re-open at approximately 9 PM on Sunday. Departing town, Highway 92 eastbound will not be accessible from Main Street (either from the north or the south). The only way to go eastbound on Highway 92 is from Highway 1.

First Aid/Lost & Found

Is located in the Small Hall on the IDES Grounds, the main food court and music stage area in the center of the festival.

Diaper Changing/Family Rest Stop

The Community United Methodist Church will be hosting the “Rest Your Wear Soles” Diaper Changing/Rest Area. The church is located at the corner of Miramontes and Johnston Streets, one block east of Main Street.

No Pets, Please

The City of Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County Sheriffs Department will be enforcing the ordinance prohibiting pets on the festival grounds. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home. Large crowds make it a very stressful and dangerous environment for pets.


The free-admission festival will be held on October 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce Streets in Half Moon Bay. To get to Half Moon Bay, take 101 or 280 to Highways 92 or 84 west. You can also get to Half Moon Bay via Highway 1 from both north and south. 


For festival information, call the Info-Line at 650-726-9652 or “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HalfMoonBayPumpkinFestival or follow us on Twitter @HMBPumpkinFest.