Our Pumpkin Festival takes place in mid-October and features a pumpkin giveaway, jack-o’-lantern carving contest, lighted nighttime displays, and family activities. Volunteers help with event set-up, contest registration, jack-o’-lantern illumination, games and crafts, refreshments, and more. The dates and times for the 2018 festival activities are Sunday, October 14 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or while supply lasts) for the Pumpkin Giveaway and Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) for the lit jack-o’-lantern display. Family activities will be offered from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.
If you are registering a jack-o’-lantern for the contest, bring your entry to the Overlook Pavilion in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19.
You can also see these dates on our events calendar.
The Vargo family has sponsored the Pumpkin Festival for six consecutive years.
The Winter Celebration in 2018 is being held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7. Community and Penn State student a cappella groups will perform a mix of seasonal and popular tunes. Visitors will be able to view the lighted tree displays throughout the gardens and in Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden.