Half Moon Bay’s biggest event of the autumn is coming up! The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival will return for its 44th year this October 18-19. Each year Half Moon Bay becomes the World Pumpkin Capital as it celebrates the fall with a variety of festivities that include pumpkin showcases, arts, crafts, food, and live entertainment. The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival is a tradition that you have to participate in at least one time in your life! We at the Mill Rose Inn love this yearly event and want to share some information about the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival with you!
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival History
Now in its 44th year, the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival began in 1971, which is also when the Main Street Beautification Committee was formed in Half Moon Bay. The original goal of the festival was to raise money for the restoration and revitalization of Half Moon Bay’s Main Street. Today, the festival still celebrates the bounty of the harvest season and the area’s many pumpkin patches. While the first Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival drew a crowd of about 30,000 people over the course of the festival, today the downtown area sees scores more people during the festivities.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Events
Before he festival begins during the weekend, the “kick off” event is the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Which sees pumpkins of more than 1,000 pounds compete to find the biggest in the land. In addition to the Weigh-Off there is an exciting schedule of events during the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. The events include the Great Pumpkin Parade (showcasing the winning weigh-off pumpkin), a costume contest, pie eating contest, a Pumpkin Run/Walk on the Coastside Trail, and live entertainment on several stages.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Activities
Along with the contest events at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, there are other activities to participate in. Arts and crafts from local, national, and even international artisans will available for purchase, with a special locals section that will provide you with the opportunity to support the community while discovering one-of-a-kind crafts and art. There will be a large variety of pumpkin flavored and infused food and beverage including the stand-by pumpkin pie and pumpkin ale. You’ll never be bored or hungry when you visit the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.
When you come to a local event like the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, the Mill Rose Inn is the ideal place to stay. The Inn is located in the heart of Half Moon Bay, so you’ll be close to the action – whether it’s for a festival or just a weekend getaway. Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast has luxurious and elegant accommodations with modern amenities to keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay. You can truly indulge while at the Mill Rose Inn, either with a massage, a soak in our garden jacuzzi, or a stroll through our amazing gardens. We’ll make sure your time in the area is unforgettable. We’ll see you soon!
Photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson.