The charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay is gearing up to host the highly anticipated Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival! It takes place on Half Moon Bay's Main Street, between Mill and Spruce Streets on October 14 and 15. 

  • When: October 14 and 15, 2023, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Where: Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

A Weekend of Artistic Inspiration

Half Moon Bay, often referred to as the "World Pumpkin Capital," has been a hub for pumpkin enthusiasts for decades - and for good reason. The area's fertile soil and coastal climate provide the perfect conditions for growing gigantic pumpkins, some of which have reached weights exceeding a ton! On October 9, the festivities kick off with these massive pumpkins competing in the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival is a true testament to the town's love for pumpkins and artistry. This two-day event attracts visitors from near and far who come to celebrate the creativity and talent of local artists, while also reveling in the joys of the autumn season.

Event Features

  1. A special display and photos with the Rhinoceros-sized weigh-off grand champion mega-gourd to benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation
  2. Smashing non-stop entertainment with stellar live music on stage and street
  3. Boo-tiful harvest-inspired fine art and crafts from local Made on the Coast artists and a world-class and diverse lineup of 250 professional artists and fine craftmakers
  4. Fabulous homestyle foods served by local community service organizations
  5. Delectable delicious drinks including premium wines from Half Moon Bay Winery, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, and craft cocktails
  6. Expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces
  7. Costume contest (10am in front of the HMB Library at 620 Correas Street)

And so much more!


Plan Your Visit

The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival is a family-friendly event that offers something for everyone. Admission is free, and public transportation drops you off at the festival grounds. Parking is available 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. There is also very limited free parking on several side streets. There will be specially marked accessible parking on Purissima Street between Correas Street and Kelly Avenue.

For additional information, be sure to check the event website.

Whether you're a dedicated pumpkin aficionado or simply looking for a memorable autumn outing, this festival promises to be a delightful experience you won't want to miss. We hope to see you there!