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Palo Alto Glass Pumpkin Festival

September 30-October 1, 2023

Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto, California 94303
Free admission,

Glass blowing demonstrations every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins and purchase them to take home.

The largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California, now in its 27th  year, is a free family-friendly autumn celebration featuring colorful pumpkins & gourds, and glass-blowing demonstrations. Visitors wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins, and then purchase the glass pumpkins.

More than 20 prominent glass artisans have created one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins and unique glass art objects for the Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. Proceeds from the sale of the glass pumpkins support the three presenting organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.

Shoppers line up to purchase the glass pumpkins and other festive glass art celebrate the Fall season with a great shopping experience. Get a head start on your gift buying!

Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), focuses on creating a fun family event this year, with glassblowing demonstrations, a caricature artist, and hot dogs.

The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide accessible, hands-on glass experiences that educate and inspire current and future generations of patrons, students and artists. BAGI is the only public access glass working facility in Santa Clara County, offering a variety of glass-working classes and demonstrations by internationally renowned and local artists. Visit for more information.

About the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation:
The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973, expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and the Palo Alto Art Center function through a City council-recognized public/private partnership. The Foundation supports all of the Art Center's major program areas, including: free-admission exhibitions; our school tour program Project LOOK!; art classes for adults and children; and volunteer and volunteer programs. The Foundation is supported by membership and individual contributions, corporate and foundation grants, and special events, as well as proceeds from The Gallery Shop.

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

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