Every year the city celebrates the fall harverst of these huge orange gourds with festivals and events.
Half Moon Bay produces more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins every year by local growers.
Visitors during will find themselves surrounded by fields rich with brilliant orange-pick-your-own-pumpkins and natural beautiful fall colors.
Pumpkin beer is on tap, homemade pumpkin entrees and desserts are on the menu and specialty pumpkin spa experiences offer the perfect seasonal indulgence.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Events:
40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
October 8, 7a.m.
Pumpkin growers from California, Oregon and Washington will descend upon Half Moon Bay with their colossal pumpkins to contend for the coveted title of heaviest pumpkin. Last year Leonardo Ureno’s 1,704-pound Atlantic Giant wiped out the impressive field of sixty heavyweight growers under the worldwide media spotlight, taking home the sought-after title and big prize money.
42nd Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
October 13 & 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest with a fantastic lineup of rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carvers, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, a titanic weigh-off of champion pumpkins, a pie-eating contest, pumpkin carving, costume contests, a pancake breakfast, a five & 10K run/walk.
Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 13, 14 & 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The grounds of La Nebbia Winery will be transformed into a glistening glass pumpkin patch featuring the work of artist and glass blower Douglass C. Brown, owner of Half Moon Bay Art Glass. This artistic installation will feature a large selection of one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins available for purchase.
October 14, 8 a.m.
Join in the fun with the Pumpkin run! Run or walk a 5k course or take on a 10k. Kids can sign up too with the “Kid’s Fun Run.” Each runner will receive a t-shirt, a pumpkin and breakfast. The run starts and ends at Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Road.
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