50th Annual HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Oct. 16-17. 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, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, tasty homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the gargantuan 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, the Xfinity Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, wet and wild waterballerz, ultra thrilling bungee jump, Cornhole game area, Stay Cool Misting Tent, 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 art and live music, and the Sunday-only Great Pumpkin Run – 10k, 5k, Half Marathon and Kids' Fun Run, plus sweet sponsor swag giveaways and samples. 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 50 year history.
48TH SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF KICKS THINGS OFF, OCTOBER 11
The Big Week launches with the World's Greatest Gourd Growers and their titanic orbs doing battle in the 48th Annual SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF, the Super Bowl of weigh-offs, on Monday, October 11 (7 a.m., on the IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay). Organizers are offering a hefty, world’s biggest top prize of $7 per pound and $30,000 in total prize money for a new world record entered at Half Moon Bay plus beefed up overall prize money going to the Top 20. Anoka, Minnesota grower Travis Gienger’s goliath 2,350-pound mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2020 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The Goliath grand champion mega-gourd, along with the top four heaviest weigh-off pumpkins, will be displayed at the Pumpkin Festival, October 16-17.
SMASHING ENTERTAINMENT ON FOUR STAGES
The dynamite entertainment lineup includes non-stop live music on four stages throughout downtown by some of the Bay Area’s biggest name bands. The 2021 music lineup is yet to be announced. Follow us on Facebook to the be first to hear!
Community based non-profits serve fabulous homestyle foods including assorted pumpkin-flavored treats like pumpkin pie, pancakes, ice cream, smoothies, cheesecake, churros, cookies, bread, sticky buns, fudge, soup, soda and seeds, plus hearty stews of artichokes and Brussels sprouts, tamales, macaroni and cheese with pumpkin spice, corn-on-the-cob, roasted turkey legs, hot beef sandwiches, hamburgers, corn dogs, baked potatoes, clam chowder, kettle corn, caramel apples, and popcorn.
DELECTABLY DELICIOUS DRINK
Enjoy tasty varietals from Half Moon Bay Winery including Coastal Fog Sauvignon Blanc and this year’s limited edition festival-label Cool Coastal Red Blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet, La Nebbia Sparkling Wine, mimosas, and assorted 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 Kona Brewing Company’s crisp, easy-going, pale-gold Longboard Lager, hoppy, easy-drinking Hanalei Island IPA, and tropically refreshing Big Wave Golden Ale, plus Golden Road Mango Cart, a light, refreshing Wheat Ale bursting with mango flavor, and low-carb, easy drinking Michelob Ultra. For another refreshing alternative, festivalgoers can enjoy delightful Mike’s Hard Lemonade made from scratch using real fruit juice and hand selected lemons. On the spirits side, enjoy deelish artisanal cocktails – pumpkin-flavored Jack-o-tinis and traditional Bloody Mary’s from Half Moon Bay Distillery. Cool off, replenish and hydrate with a bottle of PathWater, 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle. Water provider Oollee will have a re-filling station for festivalgoers to replenish their reusable bottles with clean, fresh water. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine glass or beer mug adorned with the stylish festival logo.
HARVEST-INSPIRED FINE ART & COOL CRAFTS
Pacific Fine Arts Festivals brings its world-class and diverse lineup of 275 professional artists and fine craftmakers to showcase extraordinary work in wood, leather, ceramics, metal, textiles, graphics, glass, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, photography, watercolor and oil painting, clothing and more.
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), Great Pumpkin Run (Sunday, 7 AM), Pumpkin Carving for fun/no judging (Sunday, 10 AM).
Stock up on the latest and greatest official festival gear for men, women and kids including t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, baseball shirts, trucker hats, beer mugs, shopping bags and more.
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 will be available in early October for Apple and Android devices.
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.
"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.
Ride SamTrans bus service to the festival – you’re dropped off just steps from the festival!
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.