Huge crowds are expected to make the trek to Half Moon Bay on October 19-20 for the 49th Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival. To help you plan your visit, here are some tips to help make your trip to the Pumpkin Capital of the World a more enjoyable one.
NO PETS, Please
Pets are not allowed at the festival. 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.
How to Get There
Half Moon Bay is 25 miles south of San Francisco and 45 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The best way to get to Half Moon Bay from the north is to take Highway 1 South from Highway 280 through Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, and El Granada into Half Moon Bay.
From the East Bay, travel west on Highway 92 over the San Mateo Bridge. Continue west on Highway 92 past Highways 101 and Interstate 280 to Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Half Moon Bay is 7 miles west of Interstate 280.
From the South Bay, take Highway 101 or Interstate 280 North to Highway 92 West. Take Highway 92 West to Half Moon Bay.
The Pumpkin Festival grounds are located on Main Street in Half Moon Bay between Spruce and Miramontes Streets. The grounds are approximately a half-mile in length, beginning just south of Highway 92.
Highway 92 will become congested by 8 a.m. both days. The best alternate route getting to Half Moon Bay from San Francisco or the north peninsula is to take Highway 1 (easily accessible fron Interstate 280) and come down through Pacifica into Half Moon Bay. The option from the south is to take Highway 84 through Woodside and La Honda to Highway 1, then take Highway 1 north into Half Moon Bay. These scenic backroads are soothing with magnificent views of the ocean on Pacific Coast Highway 1 and groves of giant redwoods that surround Highway 84. Another option from the south is to come up Highway 1 (easily accessible from Highway 17) from Santa Cruz.
There are several acres of parking at the south end of Main Street, where Higgins-Purissima Road intersects with Highway 1. There will also be parking at Metzgar and Main Street, Half Moon Bay High School (Main St. just north of Hwy. 92), at Seymour St. and Highway 1, and at the Community Center/Shoreline Station complex, located just north of Kelly Ave. on Highway 1. Many of these parking areas are operated by local non-profit groups who charge a nominal parking fee. There is also free parking on several side streets. Police will be citing for illegal parking, so read signs carefully.
"Kickstand" Bicycle Parking from the Heal Project and Sea Hugger®
Bicycle parking is available at a lot located at Kelly Avenue and Purissima Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Suggested donation is $5 per bicycle. The HEAL Project and Sea Hugger® are partnering to manage the "Kickstand" Bicycle Parking as a fundraiser. More than 4,000 students each year learn where their food comes from and why it matters through The HEAL Project's educational programs. Sea Hugger® is a Half Moon Bay-based nonprofit organization working to combat marine plastic pollution.
There will be specially marked accessible 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 beginning at approximately 7 AM on Saturday. 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.