Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 1-7pm • Central Square, Downtown Keene
“Well we all shine on!” —John Lennon
CLICK TO DONATE. This past October 29th, children, their pumpkin creations, and their families returned to downtown Keene to celebrate the fall, our community and the return of the Keene Pumpkin Festival. We have never felt such community spirit. In spite of the drizzle, children—dressed up in Halloween costumes with colorful umbrellas overhead—walked around Central Square full of thousands of carved pumpkins. The energy was palpable! The families were there because they remembered the Keene Pumpkin Festival experience and they wanted to have it again, even in the rain. It was heartwarming. It was exhilarating. It was all we could have hoped for.
We kept the Festival small, a request from our City, by inviting Keene school children to fill Central Square with their carved orange masterpieces. Pumpkin Festival encourages children to see how they can turn their jack-o’-lanterns into works of art to display for their community.
We need your support to bring this free community tradition back to downtown Keene in 2018. The event is Sunday, October 28. There will be games for the children, music, and, of course, the stars of the show, the pumpkins.
Help us bring the magic, community spirit and thousands of flickering orange gourds back to downtown Keene by making a contribution to the Festival or volunteering to help make it happen.
Keene Pumpkin Festival’s home is in downtown Keene. Help us keep the Festival’s light shining. GIVE HERE.
Programming for 2018 is in the works, here’s what we know so far….
The primary activity at Keene Pumpkin Festival is the spectacular display of jack-o’-lanterns, as always! But after families find their pumpkins and admire all the others, we encourage you to linger Downtown. Enjoy the fine restaurants and explore the space—a quintessential New England Downtown in autumn.
DJ Ray Ray, Master of Ceremonies and all around fun guy, is providing the sound system and seasonal favorites as the sound track of the day. Check out DJ Ray Ray
Children’s Costume Parade/Stroll from West Street around Central Square one and one-half times. Gather in front of the Parrish Shoe Sign on West Street at 1:15pm. Disperses in front of the free kids’ games near Roxbury Street.
Dance Performances in the street in front of Pedraza’s
Pumpkin Games including Corn Hole and many other innovative FREE games. We are putting the “active” in activities!
Pumpkin Bowling returns! Hay Bales, sugar pumpkins, real bowling pins. This is as good as it gets.
Downtown Association Trick-or-Treat. Participating Downtown establishments host traditional trick-or-treat a few days before Halloween! 2-3:30pm. Kids come in costume to the festival, join the parade and check out beautiful Downtown Keene’s shops and restaurants hosting trick-or-treat.
Other Pumpkin Festivals to Check Out
Laconia: NH Pumpkin Festival #NHPumpkinFest Cheshire Fairgrounds: Monadnock Pumpkin Festival.
Relive the magic: Photographs of 2017’s beautiful festival by Shaundi Rider