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Please note the following information is from 2023 although the dates are correct for 2024.
Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2024 event.

Pumpkin Festival Marks 51 Epic Years!

52nd Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20

The winner of the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off is a highlight of the fan-favorite Great Pumpkin Parade, held Saturday at noon
Pumped Up Pumpkin Mecca Gears Up for Half Moon Bay’s World-Famous Celebration of the Great and Almighty Gourd; Plus Godzilla Gourds Rock the Scales at the 51st annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, October 14, as Superstar Growers Butt Gourds in the Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs with Top Prize of $9/Pound and $30k World Record Prize; New Scale Purchased to Fit Rhinoceros-Sized Gourds; Debut of Weigh-Off Wall of Fame Mural and Pumpkin King Champion Ring

Half Moon Bay’s Beloved and World-famous Autumn Classic Celebrates 52 Years!

No matter what’s happening around us, one lovely constant endures at this time of year – the Coastside’s wondrous and highly-anticipated autumn season is upon us and on the picturesque coast around the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, it’s always stunningly spectacular. The dazzling journey is its own reward … 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 simple 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 signature event, drawing hordes of visitors to the “World Pumpkin Capital” for an epic festival on historic Main Street. This year’s highly-anticipated 51st annual festival will be held on October 19-20 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 monster pumpkins into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts by America’s top artists, the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” Locals’ Block featuring fine art and live music, fabulously festive food and drink, the richest/creamiest/tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, four stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone’s favorite home-spun parade, the Xfinity Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultra-thrilling bungee jumping and waterballerz, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, 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 extraordinary, not-to-be forgotten attractions.

Special Flourishes

Dancepark DJ Jam and Art Car and the EveryBodyCanPaint collaborative art temple get people dancing, painting and having a festive good time!

Special flourishes include the EveryBodyCanPaint Collaborative Art Temple with the Harvest-theme “What Do YOU Want to Cultivate and Grow?", the Dancepark DJ Jam and Art Car, a big Swag City merch tent with a wide selection of branded gear, a beautifully designed Family Nursery, Rest Spot and Changing Lounge from Canvas Occasions, plus a special display of historic weigh-off photos from 1974 to today and the unveiling of a spectacular downtown Weigh-Off Mural and Plaque Wall of Fame to honor the rich story and mark the milestone 2023 50th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on the south wall of the historic Cunha Grocery ... join us in the World Pumpkin Capital as we pay homage to the Great and Almighty Gourd Gourd!

51st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Kicks Things Off, Monday October 14: Coveted Title and $30k World Record Mega-Prize at Stake

2023 Weigh-Off winner Travis Gienger and family celebrate world record breaking pumpkin
2023 Pumpkin Weigh-Off champion Travis Gienger and family with his 2,749-pound word record breaking gourd

The Big Week starts off with the World's Greatest Gourd Growers and their monster orbs doing battle in the 51st Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, the Super Bowl of weigh-offs, on Monday, October 14 (7 a.m., on the IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay). Using a pay-by-the-pound system, the world’s biggest top prize of $9/pound will be awarded to the Weigh-Off champion thanks to title sponsor, Safeway. Also at stake are thousands of dollars in super hefty prize money doled out to the top 20, plus the big carrot: a $30,000 total mega-prize for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay. The current world record heavyweight champion pumpkin is 2,749 pounds held by Travis Gienger of Anoka, MN, set at the 50th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 9, 2023. A host of accomplished veteran growers are expected to contend for the coveted title. The immense girth of Gienger's 2023 beast required the purchase of a new scale to accomodate its enormity and the ever-increasing size of Weigh-Off contenders.

The Weigh-Off champion will be feted and play a starring role in the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 19-20 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast) and also receive the inaugural Pumpkin King Champion Ring and Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Growers Jacket. Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn with a $1000 prize awarded for the “Joe Cotchett Family Most Beautiful Pumpkin” as judged by the audience based on color, shape and size. The grand champion gourd (along with the top four overall) will be on display plus there's a special weigh-off champion pumpkin photo booth at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20.

2023 50th Anniversary Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off grand champion ring
The 50th Anniversary World Championshipi Pumpkin Weigh-Off grand champion ring, custom designed by Goldworks in Half Moon Bay

2023 marked the milestone 50th anniversary of Half Moon Bay’s now world-famous Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and the organizing team announced some of the special flourishes to celebrate its fascinating story and proud history. There are dazzling, one-of-a-kind rings to honor Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA champions and now there is Half Moon Bay’s one and only Pumpkin King Champion Ring that will be awarded to the winner along with the $9 per pound top prize and the coveted Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Growers Jacket. The spectacular ring is designed and sponsored by Josh Warshauer, second generation owner of Goldworks on Main Street in Half Moon Bay. The ring is sterling silver with the Weigh-Off logo in a 14kt yellow gold top plate with the winner’s name and pumpkin weight engraved on the inside. A fascinating display of historic weigh-off photos from 1974 to today will be shown at the Weigh-Off, plus a special Weigh-Off Wall of Fame Mural and Plaque Project installed on the Cunha Grocery wall on Kelly Avenue. Coastside artist Julie Engelmann, who created the remarkable landmark mural in 2022 to honor the 50th Pumpkin Festival, has designed and is painting a new adjacent mural to frame and surround the special bronze cast Weigh-Off Wall of Fame Champions Plaque and Honorary Inductees Plaque. Founding underwriters include Joseph W. Cotchett, Half Moon Bay Winery, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, and Miramar Events.

Always a Festival Fave – The Great Pumpkin Parade

A longtime festival favorite, the Great Pumpkin Parade (Sat. 12 noon) is the ultimate old-fashioned, home-spun parade featuring the mighty weigh-off champion pumpkin and grower, marching bands, classic cars, fantastic floats, and a Mardi Gras-style procession of costumed ghouls, gargoyles, goblins, ghosts and assorted surprises. Saturday, 12 noon on Main Street.

"Made On The Coast" Local Artists Block and Music Stage

The coastside area is brimming with exceptional artistic talent. “Made On The Coast” (MOTC), a group of coastside artists and a sub-committee of the Pumpkin Festival, returns with their popular one-day pop-up show, Sunday, October 20th. The centerpiece of the "Made on the Coast" Locals' Block will once again be the artists' booths, showcasing top-quality arts and crafts from local painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, fabric artists, glassblowers, furniture-makers, and more—as well as live demonstrations. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Locals' Block will also feature many of the best bands on the local music scene at the Made on the Coast Music Stage in Mac Dutra Plaza at the corner of Main and Kelly, presented by The City of Half Moon Bay, Visit Half Moon Bay, James Ford, and Half Moon Bay Winery.

Boo-tiful Fine Art, Harvest-Inspired Crafts

custom surfboard art by Michael Rumsey
Custom surfboard art by Michael Rumsey, who will be showing at this year's festival along with 250+ artisans

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 their latest creations with great variety and price points to satisfy every budget. 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 Dana Hale-Mounier, Director of Pacific Fine Arts. "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 Everywhere

live music on the Main Stage
Live music and entertainment on four stages plus street performers to entertain throughout the two-day festival

Four 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 Terri Hiatt, Terrie Odabi, Steely Dead, Three On The Tree, Sean Carscadden, Pardon The Interruption, and Jim Stevens & Friends. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at the Gazebo will feature Casual Coaltion, the Jacob Benning Trio, John Elliot and the Band of Supervisors, Maestro Vaughan's Campfire Quartet, and Clay Eagle Bell. The Made on the Coast Music Stage at Mac Dutra Park features John Lester, Walter Anderson and the Half Moon Bay High School Marching Band, Midnight Flyer, David Walker & Moxoa, Michelle Lambert, and The Aguilar Blumenfeld Project. Street musicians include DJ Cilla Bob Culbertson. The Safeway Family Stage features the amazing, three-wheeling comic explosion known as Bob at Large, James Henry's House of Samba Kids, Megan Schoenbohm, Martin & The Green Guitar, sensational bluegrass band West Coast Ramblers, and tons of kid-friendly fun and games.

Fabulously Festive Food

pumpkin pie
Pumpkin-infused treats include the must-have fall favorite – pumpkin pie

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 muffins, pumpkin cake rolls, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin milkshake smoothies, chicken pumpkin sausages, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin spiced cotton candy, macaroni and cheese with pumpkin seeds and spice, nachos with pumpkin salsa and chocolate-hazelnut crepes with pumpkin syrup and whipped cream. 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, bratwurst and Italian sausage sandwiches, chicken, pork and beef tamales, hot beef sandwiches, corn dogs, garlic fries, steamy clam chowder in sour dough bread bowls, hamburgers, veggie burgers, grilled corn on the cob, garlic fries, root beer floats and kettle corn!

Delectably Delicious Craft Beer, Premium Wine and Craft Cocktails

Half Moon Bay Winery festival wines
Half Moon Bay Winery's festival-label Monterey Red Blend and Rosé of Dolcetto will be featured at the festival

Enjoy tasty varietals from Half Moon Bay Winery including their easy-drinking Rosé of Dolcetto and this year’s limited edition festival-label Monterey Red Blend, and world-class, seasonal craft brews like Pumpkin Harvest Ale, refreshing Kolsch pale ale and deelish hop-happy Full Swing IPA from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company plus Elysian Space Dust IPA, Stella Artois, Golden Road Mango Cart, and Kona Big Wave Golden Ale.

For another refreshing alternative, festivalgoers can enjoy refreshing, low-carb, gluten-free Nutrl Vodka Seltzers – Watermelon and Pineapple. On the spirits side, enjoy delicious craft cocktails from 10 Barrel – Classic Margaritas and Moscow Mules – and 10th Street Distillery's fabulous signature cocktails handcrafted just for the festival – their Pumpkin Smash and Apricot Delight. Hydrate with a bottle of PathWater, 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine glass or beer mug adorned with the classic festival logo.

Farmer Mike, the Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers

Farmer Mike carves pumpkins at the annual festival
Farmer Mike's artistry fascinates audiences as the festival's official pumpkin carving expert for over 35 years

Farmer Mike, the “Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers”, has been a top draw and the Pumpkin Festival’s official carving expert for over 30 years. 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. Most of his incredible detail work is done using a folding Buck knife and a variety of simple chisels and he loves to interact with his audience, providing carving tips and answering questions.

For the 2023 event, Farmer Mike planned a special tribute to the Pumpkin Weigh-Off to honor its milestone 50th year, tracking down a pumpkin the same size as the first Weigh-Off winner, which was 132-pounds, to help attendees see how far the Weigh-Off has come from its humble beginnings to the rhinoceros-sized 1-ton+ pumpkins seen today. Be sure to stop by to see Farmer Mike carving one of his masterpieces.

Giant Pumpkin Photos

photos with the 50th anniversary Weigh-Off winning pumpkin benefit education on the coast
Photos with the 50th anniversary Weigh-Off winning pumpkin benefit education on the coast

How often do you get to see and touch a staggeringly-massive, hard-to-believe, larger-than-life 1-ton pumpkin, let alone get to have your photo taken alongside something so extraordinary? Thanks to the festival’s partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, photos with the grand champion gourd will be available. Your awesome one-of-a-kind photo will be snapped and instantly printed for a special take-home keepsake. The cost is $20 per 4x6 print, with discounts for multiple copies or poses. All proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF), a non-profit for the sole benefit of the students attending our seven local Coastside public schools. The photo booth is at the corner of Main and Miramontes Streets.

Pancake Breakfast Both Days

To launch your memorable day with a super-tasty carbo-load, the High School Varsity Boys Basketball Team will fire up the griddle to host the traditional Pancake Breakfast complete with unlimited buttermilk or pumpkin pancakes, gobs of butter and maple syrup, three grilled sausage links, and a choice of fresh orange juice, hot coffee or tea. Cost is $20 per person. Advance tickets are available on Eventbrite. Advance ticketholders will have their own line and less waiting time. Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. in the City Hall parking lot, Main Street at Kelly Avenue. Get Pancake Breakfast tickets here in advance and skip the long line!

Costume Contest

Costume Contest participants dressed as The Addams Family at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
The Costume Contest is a festival favorite, open to all ages, with participants walking in the Great Pumpkin Parade

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 front of Half Moon Bay Library, at Church and Correas Streets.

Pie-Eating Contests

pumpkin pie eating contest
A festival favorite tradition is the hilarious Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest in the Family Fun Zone

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 Mark Heath, prankster and ringmaster 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

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.

festive group of runners in the Pumpkin Run
Festive group of runners in the Pumpkin Run

Pumpkin Run Presented by Senior Coastsiders

The Pumpkin Run will be held on Sunday (various starting times from 7:15-8:20 a.m.) at Hatch School (on Kelly Avenue, just west of Highway 1). The Pumpkin Run features a Half Marathon plus a 5k, 10k, and Kid's Fun Run, all to benefit Senior Coastsiders. Get more Pumpkin Run info and register.

Xfinity 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 Xfinity 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 Xfinity 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 Pumpkin Harvest Ale, refreshing Kolsch or hoppy Full Swing IPA from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and an Italian sausage or bratwurst sandwich with zesty marinara sauce fired up by the Coastside Adult Day Health Center and you’ve got a flat-out winner.

Get more ideas on what to do on the Half Moon Bay Travel Guide.

Additional Attractions

Up and down the street, festivalgoers will be captivated by an array of amazing attractions. See the spectacular display of the top 4 pumpkins from the weigh-off. Catch massive air on the ultra-thrilling bungee jump. Splish, splash, run, jump, bounce and slide around on the super fun waterballerz. Express yourself with creative body art at the High School Art Department’s face painting booth. Enter the Wilkinson School Sensory Fun Zone and play around with kinetic sand tables, a play dough station, a bead blow up sensory pool with floating boats, express yourself chalk art zone, and spin the wheel game.

happy friends at the pumpkin festival
Gourdy, the Pumpkin Festival Mascot, is a huge hit with kids

"Gourdy", The Playul Pumpkin Festival Mascot

The playful, mischievious, delightfully rotund mascot will be bouncing around the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and various events and contests during the Pumpkin Festival. “Everyone loves Gourdy … he has been a huge hit and attracted tons of fans," said festival Chairman Cameron Palmer. “Gourdy will be rolling around the festival having fun and undoubtedly be the focal point of selfies and photos with festivalgoers all weekend,” said Palmer. Gourdy’s mascot costume is a one-of-a-kind custom design by prestigious design fabricator Carol Flemming.

Coveted Curios

Stock up on the latest and greatest official festival gear for men, women and kids including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, trucker hats, beer tankards, tote bags and more.

Pay by Credit/Debit Card for Food, Pumpkin Pie, Drinks, Beer Mugs & Merch at Festival Committee Booths 

For your convenience, pay for food, drink and merch using any major credit/debit card at all festival committee-run booths spread throughout the festival site.
 Special thanks to Xfinity for providing wifi service to our festival committee food, beverage and merchandise booths.

Zero Waste

The Pumpkin Festival Committee will once again partner with Allied Waste Services, Performance Foodservice and the City of Half Moon Bay to promote and encourage maximum recycling and composting in compliance with the city’s new compostable foodware ordinance. “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.”

Safeway Cares

family posing at the Safeway display with vintage pickup
Safeway has been an instrumental partner in the festival's fund-raising success since 1990

“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

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.

Vehicle Parking

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.

Kickstand Bicycle Parking Managed by Sea Hugger®

Bicycle parking is available in the Straight Wheel Cycling parking lot, at the corner of Kelly and Purissima from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Suggested donation is $5 per bicycle. Sea Hugger is managing the "Kickstand" Bicycle Parking as a fundraiser. Sea Hugger is a Half Moon Bay-based nonprofit working to protect and heal the marine environment from plastic pollution through education and action. From sponsoring monthly beach cleanups to promoting conservation laws, Sea Hugger works tirelessly to keep our beautiful ocean and Coastside clean and healthy. Special thanks to Straight Wheel Cycling and The Coastside Mountain Bikers. Get bicycle parking details

Public Transit

Ride SamTrans bus service to the festival – you’re dropped off just steps from the festival! Get public transit details

Ride Sharing and Drop Offs

The festival’s designated Ride Sharing and Para Transit drop-off/pick-up location is in the Shoreline Station lot at Highway 1 and Kelly Avenue.

Accessible Parking

There will be specially marked accessible 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 beginning at approximately 7 AM on Saturday. Main Street will re-open at approximately 10 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.

Rest Your Weary Soles Diaper Changing And Rest Station

The Community United Methodist Church nursery is available for caregivers of babies and young children who need a clean, quiet place to care for their little ones during the festival.

They offer changing tables for diapering and rocking chairs for nursing and are located at 777 Miramontes Avenue in downtown Half Moon Bay (at the corner of Johnston and Miramontes), just a short block away from the heart of the bustling festival.

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.

No Pets, Please (Exception for Sevice Dogs)

For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home. Large crowds, warm weather, food preparation and consumption make it a very stressful and dangerous environment for pets. Exception made for service dogs.

Dates / Hours / Location / Directions

The free-admission festival will be held on October 19-20 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. Get directions from your location.

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Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Celebrating the Great & Almighty Gourd
October 19-20, 2024 – 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA