Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival


Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

October 19-20, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 19, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 20, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Great Pumpkin Parade Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12 p.m. on Main Street features the  champion pumpkin and grower, marching bands, classic cars, floats, ghouls, gargoyles, goblins and ghosts.

7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast both days
Saturday 10 a.m. Costume Contest
Saturday 12 Noon Great Pumpkin Parade
Pie Eating Contests both days
3 p.m. Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands both days
Sunday 8 a.m. Pumpkin 5k Run & Stroll
Sunday 10 am. Pumpkin Carving

HALF MOON BAY, CALIF. -- Half Moon Bay 49th 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 October 14, 2019, 7 a.m., 735 Main Street. Free to see. The 46th Annual Safeway big pumpkin weigh off previously featured a California-grown 1,535-pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin. Then in 2018 grower Steve Daletas registered his 2,170-pound mega-gourd, obliterating a formidable field of heavyweight contenders. Veteran growers contend for the $30,000 world record prize in 2019.


  • 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

MADE ON THE COAST October 20, 2019
Artists sell quality arts and crafts, offer demonstrations

FINE ART & CRAFTS October 19 & 20, 2019
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

2019 Entertainment

  • The Terrie Odabi Ensemble
  • Featprints
  • Victoria George and the High Lonesome
  • SambaDa
  • Haulin Oats
  • Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield
  • Jim Stevens & Friends
  • Los Improvidors
  • Radiograph
  • Scott Cooper & The Barrelmakers
  • Coast Tribe
  • Drop D
  • Midnight Watch
  • Half Moon Bay High School Band
  • Street musicians  Emerson & The GroWiser Band | John Clarke | Bob Culbertson | EllaHarp | Stephen Dreyfuss
  • Family fun with: comic  Bob at Large | Andy Z | Eva Cassel | West Coast Ramblers

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

Brussels sprouts / marinara sauce | steamed artichoke hearts | Portuguese linguisa | bratwurst and Italian sausage sandwiches |  tamales | hot beef sandwiches | corn dogs | roasted turkey legs | turkey sandwiches | garlic fries |  clam chowder in sour dough bread bowls | hamburgers | veggie burgers | grilled corn on the cob | garlic fries | kettle corn | caramel apples


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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST October 19 & 20, 2019, 7-11 a.m. $15 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 October 19, 2019, 10 a.m. 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 October 19 & 20, 2019, 2 p.m. 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 October 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  at Bank of America, 620 Main Street. 

GREAT PUMPKIN RUN/WALK October 20, 2019, 7 a.m. at Hatch School (on Kelly Avenue, just west of Highway 1).
New Half Marathon plus a 5K & 10K Run and Kids Fun Run/ Registration: seniorcoastsiders.org

NFL and NCAA football and MLB playoff games on a giant LED screen
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company beers & ales
Italian sausage or bratwurst sandwiches for sale

4 pumpkins from the weigh-off
Spider Jump bungee jump in the Gazebo area.
High School Art Department's face painting booth
Create a magic wand and mask
Kiddieland creative station with Mexican Paper Flower Crown and Waterballerz

Gourdy's mascot costume is a one-of-a-kind custom design by prestigious design fabricator Carol Flemming.

Festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, baseball shirts, trucker hats, beer mugs, shopping bags and more.



Formed by Main Street Beautification Committee in 1971, this Zero Waste festival is title sponsored by Safeway.

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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