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World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 13–14, 2018 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

Hunting for an Orange October? Half Moon Bay’s The Spot…

Autumn is a stunningly spectacular season on the picturesque 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.



  • 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 13-14.

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  • 4 Music Stages

    4 Music Stages

    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.

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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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  • Schedule of Events

    Schedule of Events

    See the entire schedule of events surrounding the 48th annual festival, including Pumpkin Weigh-Off, pancake breakfast, the Great Pumpkin Parade, pie eating and costume contests, and much more!

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  • World's Biggest Pumpkin Sculpture

    World's Biggest Pumpkin Sculpture

    This year’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (October 13-14) will feature the biggest, heaviest pumpkin sculpture the world has ever seen.

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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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  • 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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  • Harvest-Inspired Crafts

    Harvest-Inspired Crafts

    America’s top artists and craftmakers set up shop on Main Street at Half Moon Bay’s world-famous Art & Pumpkin Festival...

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  • Festival Merchandise

    Festival Merchandise

    We're gearing up for the festival and now you can too! Here's a preview of our lineup of fabulous festival gear...

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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 13-14, but nothing gets you up close and personal to the Great Gourd as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest.

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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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  • 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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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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Photo Downloads

See the results of the 2017 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off - click for details

The Grand Champion Pumpkin (and four heaviest overall) will be part of a special display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street. Festivalgoers can get their photo taken alongside the grand champion gourd.

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Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 13-14, 2018
9am – 5pm