California Festivals


Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

October 14-15, 2023, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main Street between Miramontes & Spruce
Half Moon Bay, CA
Free admission - no pets!

Art Festival Exhibits

Food + Drink includes Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Pumpkin Harvest Ale 

2023 Music lineup

  • Jim Stevens & Friends
  • Terry Hiatt
  • Terrie Odabi
  • Steely Dead
  • Jim Stevens & Friends
  • Three On The Tree
  • Sean Carscadden
  • Pardon The Interruption
  • Casual Coalition
  • Jacob Benning Trio
  • John Elliot and the Band of Supervisors
  • Maestro Vaughan's Campfire Quartet
  • Clay Eagle Bell
  • John Lester
  • Walter Anderson and HMB Marching Band
  • Midnight Flyer
  • David Walker & Moxoa
  • Michelle Lambert
  • The Aguilar Blumenfeld Project

 2023 coming soon

Monday, October 9, 2023

  • 7 a.m. Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off at IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street

Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • 7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, City Hall Lot, Main St. @ Kelly Ave.
  • 9 a.m. Festival Opens
  • 10 a.m. Costume Contest, Half Moon Bay Library, Church & Correas Streets
  • 12 noon Great Pumpkin Parade
  • 2 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 11 and under)
  • 2:15 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 12 and over)
  • 5 p.m. Festival Closes

Sunday, October 15, 2023

"Made on the Coast" local artists block with art and live music,
Great Pumpkin Run 10k, 5k, Half Marathon and Kids' Fun Run

  • 7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, City Hall Lot, Main St. @ Kelly Ave.
  • 8 a.m. 44th Annual Pumpkin Run by Senior Coastsiders
    In-Person Events: Kid's Fun Run, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. Start and finish at Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Avenue
  • 9 a.m. Festival Opens
  • 10 a.m. Pumpkin Carving for Fun
  • 2 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 11 and under)
  • 2:15 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 12 and over)
  • 5 p.m. Festival Closes

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. Be sure to stop by to see Farmer Mike carving one of his masterpieces.

HALF MOON BAY, CALIF. -- Half Moon Bay annual Art & Pumpkin Festival is the season's signature event known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California. Art & Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of pumpkins, music, community and art.

Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off  7 a.m., 735 Main Street. Free to see.

  • Volkswagen-sized weigh-off champion pumpkins on display
  • Pumpkin Carver Farmer Mike (the Picasso of pumpkin carvers)
  • Harvest-inspired crafts by America's top artists
  • Sunday's Made on the Coast Locals Artists Block f
  • Live music
  • Food and drink
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin Parade
  • Artist Peter Hazel's 10,000-pound world's largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture (12' x 11')  Castroville has the Giant Artichoke, New York City has the Big Apple and Half Moon Bay commissioned the world's largest pumpkin sculpture made by Reno-based artist Peter Hazel. Made of steel, cement, and ceramic tile for festivalgoers to  see.
  • Xfinity Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV
  • Bungee jumping
  • Waterballerz
  • Gourdy, Pumpkin Festival mascot
  • Pumpkin patches

Artists sell quality arts and crafts, offer demonstrations

275 of America's top artists and craftmakers sell sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, metal and mixed media, hand-blown glass pumpkins, vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes

Pumpkin pancakes | pumpkin pie | pumpkin bread | pumpkin muffins | pumpkin cake rolls | pumpkin cheesecake | pumpkin cookies | pumpkin ice cream | pumpkin smoothies | pumpkin churros | pumpkin-infused chili (regular and vegetarian) | pumpkin pie fudge | chicken pumpkin sausages | pumpkin seeds | macaroni and cheese with pumpkin seeds and spice | baked potatoes with pumpkin curry


PANCAKE BREAKFAST   at City Hall parking lot, Main Street at Kelly Avenue
Plain or pumpkin pancakes, grilled sausage links, fresh orange juice, and hot coffee.

COSTUME CONTEST  at Half Moon Bay Library parking lot, at Church and Correas Streets
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. Winners receive movie tickets and other prizes!

PIE-EATING CONTESTS  in the  Bank of America parking lot, 620 Main Street (open to all ages with categories 11 years & under | 12 and older

Non-competitive Pumpkin Carving, 620 Main Street. 

GREAT PUMPKIN RUN/WALK at Hatch School (on Kelly Avenue, just west of Highway 1).
New Half Marathon plus a 5K & 10K Run and Kids Fun Run/ Registration:

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.

Handicap accessible parking on Purissima Street between Correas Street and Kelly Avenue
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
Community Center/Shoreline Station complex on Kelly Avenue just east of Highway 1. 
Bicycle parking is available behind the Bike Works at 520 Kelly Avenue near Highway 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days $5 donation per bicycle
Ride SamTrans bus service to the festival

Main Street closed from Mill Street south to Monte Vista Lane throughout festival weekend


Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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