The Arboretum at Penn State

Special Events

Gala in the Gardens!

Goldenrod, goldfinch, monarch

Goldenrod, goldfinch, monarch

Join us for dinner and dancing (rain or shine) as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens and the future Pollinator and Bird Gardens.

H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
Friday, September 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for this event by September 9, 2019. The cost is $150 per person. We hope that you can join us!

Pumpkin Festival

2015 10 16 Jack-o'-Lanterns and Night Sky

Jack-o’-Lanterns and Night Sky (Pumpkin Festival – October 16, 2015)

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.

Many thanks to the Vargo family who has sponsored the Pumpkin Festival for seven consecutive years.

Enter the Jack-o’-Lantern Contest (2019)
Pumpkin Giveaway
Sunday, October 6
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
One thousand pumpkins will be given away to contest entrants!

Contestants may also provide their own pumpkins.

Jack-o’-Lantern Registration
If you are registering a jack-o’-lantern for the contest, bring your entry (one per person) to the Overlook Pavilion in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11.

Pumpkin Festival
Friday, October 11
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lighted Jack-o’-Lantern Display and Food Vendors

Saturday, October 12
3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Food Vendors

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Family activities
Music with Picker and Papa
Magician Ben Salinas

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Nittany Valley Wranglers

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lighted Jack-o’-Lantern Display

Sunday, October 13
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ribbon Pick-Up and Composting
(Unclaimed pumpkins will be composted at 12:00 p.m.)

You can also see these dates on our events calendar.

Pumpkin Festival Gallery >


 Winter Celebration

All natural wreath #2

Garden wreath

The Winter Celebration in 2019 is being held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13. 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.

Winter Celebration Gallery >