47th Annual HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Oct. 14-15. 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 with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the Goliath grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultra-thrilling zip-line, waterballerz, and bungee jump, tasty wines, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, and the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” local artists block with fine art and live music. Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its 47 year history.
The Big Week launches with the World's Greatest Gourd Growers and their titanic orbs doing battle in the 43rd Annual SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF, the Super Bowl of weigh-offs, on Monday, October 9, (7 a.m., on the IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay). Weigh-off organizers are offering $30,000 in total prize money for a new world record entered at Half Moon Bay. Superstar grower Cindy Tobeck's ginormous 1,910-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2016 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Tobeck 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 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 14-15.
SMASHING ENTERTAINMENT ON FOUR STAGES
The diverse lineup includes contemporary country, Latin rock, salsa, blues, folk, and classic rock ‘n roll music by some of the Bay Area’s biggest name bands. Performing on the IDES Main Stage are The California Cowboys, Caravanserai, The Megatones, Michael Furlong – A Tribute to Tom Petty, Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys, Ticket To Ride, and Jim Stevens & Friends. The Ritz-Carlton Gazebo Stage will feature Wavelength – A Van Morrison Tribute, The Jim Moore Band, South City Blues Band, and the Stan Erhart Band. The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Made on the Coast Stage features The Patrick Maier Duo, The Ahern/Cotruvo Project, Half Moon Bay High School Jazz Band, Chinese Melodrama, and Coastsiders. Street performers include HeartStrings Music, Emerson, John Clarke, Bob Culbertson and Man In White. The Family Stage features the amazing, three-wheeling comic explosion known as Bob at Large, The Singing Lizard, sensational bluegrass band West Coast Ramblers, kid-friendly fun and games plus “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands.
FABULOUS FOOD & DRINK
Pumpkin-flavored treats like pumpkin pie, pancakes, ice cream, smoothies, cheesecake, churros, cookies, bread, sticky buns, fudge, soda and seeds, plus hearty stews of artichokes and Brussels sprouts, tamales, tacos, macaroni and cheese with pumpkin spice, corn-on-the-cob, roasted turkey legs, hot beef sandwiches, hamburgers, corn dogs, baked potatoes, clam chowder, chili, tamales, nachos, kettle corn, cotton candy, and popcorn. Beverages include tasty varietals from Half Moon Bay Winery, sparkling wine, mimosas, and assorted world-class, seasonal craft brews like Pumpkin Harvest Ale, Kolsch and IPA from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company plus Sam Adams Octoberfest, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, Angel City IPA, Coors and Coors Light, and, on the spirit side, deelish artisanal cocktails – pumpkin-flavored Jack-o-tinis and traditional Bloody Mary’s from Half Moon Bay Distillery.
FUN-FILLED EVENTS AND CONTESTS
Pancake Breakfast (both days, 7 AM), Costume Contest (Saturday, 10 AM), The Great Pumpkin Parade (Saturday, 12 noon), Pie-Eating Contests (Saturday and Sunday, 2 PM), “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands” (Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM), Pumpkin Run & Stroll (Sunday, 8 AM), Pumpkin Carving for fun/no judging (Sunday, 10 AM).
Stock up on the latest and greatest official festival gear including screenprinted t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, zippered sweatshirts, ladies t-shirts and sweatshirts, men's vintage-inspired baseball shirts, kids sweatshirts and t-shirts, infant onesies, beer mugs, lapel pins, shopping bags and more.
FREE MOBILE APP
Download the free Pumpkin Festival mobile app developed by Half Moon Bay’s Phondini Partners which includes an iPad specific version and a helpful “Find Parking” feature! 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 keyed to specific crafts and food vendors, 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, is available for the Apple and Android markets.
THE HALF MOON BAY BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE
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. Download the Pumpkin Festival mobile app for help in finding parking.
THE HEAL PROJECT KICKSTAND BICYCLE PARKING
Bicycle parking is available at the Bike Works parking lot, 520 Kelly Avenue near Highway 1, from 7:30 a.m. tp 5:30 p.m. both days. Suggested donation is $5 per bicycle. Bicycle parking is managed as a fund-raiser for The HEAL Project. Space is limited. No in and out privileges. Bikes left unclaimed after the 5:30 p.m. pick up deadline will be charged a $50 overnight fee. Unclaimed bikes will be donated to Puente.
There will be specially marked handicapped parking on Purissima Street between Correas Street and Kelly Avenue.
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 approximately 7 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Main Street will re-open at approximately 9 PM on Sunday. Departing the festival, 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
Festival first aid and lost and 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.