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Pumpkin Fest

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Central Park Bandshell
Enter at 72nd Street

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Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York City's annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!

Taking place on Saturday, October 26, Pumpkin Fest takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include:

  • NY”Z” Scream Haunted House
    Our spooktacular haunted house at Bethesda Fountain is back again and this year it’s filled with zombies!
    Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House on Friday, October 25 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.!
  • Pumpkin Patch
    Kids take home a free sugar pumpkin!
  • The Pumpkin Decorating Zone
  • Live Quidditch Matches
    Transport yourself to Hogwarts to witness this fast action sport!
  • Marionette Performances by CityParksPuppetMobile
  • JestMaster Walkabout Characters
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Create a Creepy Creature
    Make your own ghost, ghoul or pumpkin puppet with The New Victory Theater!
  • Get Crafty with Scribble Town
    Have fun making pumpkin puppets, tissue paper pumpkins, and even pumpkins with accordion legs!
  • Live Entertainment
  • Pride of NY Farmers’ Market

All events are free! Event is rain or shine!

Please note that the lines for the Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch may close early. While supplies last!

Iams PUP-kin Zone

For the first time at Pumpkin Fest, NYC Parks will host a venue designed specifically for four-legged New Yorkers!

  • Doggie Costume Contest
    Top three winners to receive special prizes provided by Iams
    Just show up at 1:00 p.m. to the free-play area to be judged. Winners announced at 1:30 p.m.
  • "Fall into Autumn" Free-Play Area
    An enclosed, off-leash area for dogs to run and play!
  • Agility Course
    Equipment and staffing provided by Biscuits and Bath
  • Express Spa for Dogs by Dog Fashion Spa
    Including complimentary applications of signature Dog Fashion Spa lotions, dog nose moisturizer, and cleaning around dog's eyes with Dog Fashion Spa gentle eye pads
  • Photo Booth…and more!

Entertainment Schedule

Pumpkin Fest will feature amusement for all ages at the Bandshell.  Check out our schedule below!

  • 11:00 a.m. - Introduction
  • 11:15 a.m. - song for seeds
  • 11:45 a.m. - Master of Ceremonies: Beetleguy
  • 12:00 p.m. - Big Apple Circus
  • 12:30 p.m. - Master of Ceremonies: Beetleguy
  • 12:45 p.m. - Welcome Remarks
  • 1:00 p.m. - Kidrockers Presents Celestial Shore – Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo Host
  • 2:00 p.m. - Best of Equinox, Shape Up NYC
  • 2:30 p.m. - JestMaster Presents Cosmic Greg: Flaming Madness

Small child in a pumpkin costume surrounded by pumpkins

Marionette performance

Basset hound wearing a devil costume

person dressed as Beetle Juice holding a fake severed head

Highlights from previous years

  • People watching a performance at Pumpkin Fest
  • Woman dressed as Leia with her dog dressed as Yoda
  • Kids competing in a sack race
  • People picking out pumpkins
  • People watching a performance at Pumpkin Fest
  • People playing Quidditch
  • People decorating pumpkins


Pumpkin Festival poster in a subway station

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Pumpkin Fest? In addition to being featured in the one of the largest public events in Central Park, your brand will gain exposure through a comprehensive marketing plan that includes, but is not limited to:

Please contact Graham Fisk at for more information.

Presenting Sponsors

NYC Parks

Supporting Sponsors


Honest Tea



Radio Disney


The New Victory Theater

Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella on Broadway

Motown the musical on Broadway

Scribble Town

New York Knicks

Happy Family organic superfoods

Dog Fashion Spa

NYC water

Performances by

Big Apple Circus



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