Half Moon Bay celebrates its world-famous Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 14-15. The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade with SF Giants broadcaster/fan fave Duane Kuiper as Grand Marshal, a bone-chilling Haunted Barn, boo-tiful harvest-inspired fine arts and crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the Goliath weigh-off grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultra-thrilling rock climbing wall, waterballerz, and bungee jump, tasty premium wine, seasonal craft beer and pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, and the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” local artists block with fine art and live music.
There’s smashing entertainment on four stages – the diverse lineup includes contemporary country, Latin rock, salsa, blues, folk, and classic rock ‘n roll music by some of the Bay Area’s biggest name bands. Performing on the IDES Main Stage are The California Cowboys, The Megatones, Pamela Rose, Haulin Oats, Urban Outlaws, Apple Z and Jim Stevens & Friends. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at the Gazebo will feature Bits & Pieces, The Swampers Credence Clearwater Revival Tribute, Coast Tribe, Business Casual, and Jazz Con Fusion. The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Made on the Coast Stage features Derek Fairchild, The Jenny Kerr Band, The Patrick Maier Duo, DreamCycle, and the Half Moon Bay High School Pep Band.
Street musicians include Emerson & The GroWiser Band, John Clarke, and Bob Culbertson. The Family Stage features the amazing, three-wheeling comic explosion known as Bob at Large, award-winning electro-pop singer/keyboardist/drummer original The Singing Lizard, sensational bluegrass band West Coast Ramblers, kid-friendly fun and games plus “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands.
Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed.
Bicycle parking is available at Bike Works, 520 Kelly Avenue near Highway 1.
Presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its 47 year history.