California Festivals


Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Races

October 29, 2023, 12-5 p.m. Races begins at 2 p.m.

Manhattan Beach Pier
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd. approx.
Manhattan Beach, CA

Kits $30-35


READY, SET, GO! Gather your family and friends and get your little pumpkins to the Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival. Enjoy the spectacle of the Manhattan Beach Pier area transformed into Pumpkinrace Land, where creativity runs wild and cheaters never prosper. Dress in colorful costumes, enjoy fun activities for all ages, make your own Pumpkin Racecar and feel the thrill of competing in the fun-spirited World Famous Pumpkin Race. Free and fun for the whole family thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers.

WHAT'S THE WORLD FAMOUS PUMPKIN RACE? - Handcrafted Pumpkin Racecars racing side-by-side in unpredictable and dramatic style! Families and friends race for fun and the coveted Championship Trophy. Prizes are awarded for Best of Show, Best Team Spirit, and Best Crash. Check out these photos and videos photos and videos and see why.

JOIN THE RACE - It's fun! It's easy! It's free to enter! Compete in single elimination Open Qualifying for your chance to race in the Championship Finals. Award ceremonies and sunset concert right after the finals!

NEED A PUMPKIN RACECAR? World Famous Pumpkin Racecar Kits will be available for purchase at the festival while supplies last! Pumpkin Racecar Kits are fun and easy to assemble and contain everything you needed to build a Pumpkin Racecar, including a medium-sized pumpkin. Free expert assistance, decorations, and accessories are available at the event for those purchasing official kits. You may also may make you own Pumpkin Racecar according to the Official Rules of the World Famous Pumpkin Race.

BECOME A PART OF THE TRADITION - Invented in Manhattan Beach in 1990, this national award-winning event brings families and communities together for a celebration of creativity, ingenuity, diversity and fair play. the festival has been hailed by South Bay residents, city officials, business leaders, and education foundations and as one of the best community traditions ever held in the area, attracting over 10,000 attendees in 2009. Read about the Pumpkin Race tradition and the legendary Cheater Pumpkin.

HOST A WORLD FAMOUS PUMPKIN RACE - A record number of Pumpkin Race community events and block parties are rolling through cities across America this Halloween season. The World Famous Pumpkin Race is the original granddaddy of them all. Our team is ready to help you turn your event into a smash hit! Contact us to request more information.

RULE #1 Craft your Pumpkin RaceCar using a single pumpkin.
RULE #2 Insert two independent axels through your pumpkin and attach wheels to the axels. Spice up your racer with style.
RULE #3 You may not attach your pumpkin onto a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc., etc...) A.K.A. The "Anti-Stealth" Rule.

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

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