Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 1-7pm • Central Square, Downtown Keene
“Thousands of smiles.” —Pumpkin Festival Let it Shine Organizer Tim Zinn
2019 Festival News: Youth-oriented local nonprofits interested in hosting a baked goods/refreshment table at the festival are encouraged to apply for a very limited number of tables (2-4). More information about how to apply here soon. This proposed program has received preliminary City approval but will not be finalized until spring.
2018 Appreciation: Thank you Sponsors, Volunteers, Carvers and all the artists, photographers, performers, costume creators, City workers, Downtown shopkeepers and EVERYONE who shared their talents to make this event possible. Thank you to everyone who believes in the magic of the Keene Pumpkin Festival in the HeART of Downtown Keene.
“Beautiful. Fun. Downtown Keene was the place to be.”
—Pumpkin Festival Let it Shine’s Ruth Sterling
See more photos of the amazing day at Shaundi Rider Photography or Join Keene Pumpkin Fest on Facebook
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.
1pm Festival opens. Bandstand entertainment hosted by DJ RayRay
1:15pm Costume Parade/Stroll Sponsored by Keene Smiles. Line up at Parrish Shoe Sign Dance performances
2pm NHDI This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine 2:30pm KSC Dance Team
Face Painting by Emily Sodders, sponsored by Savings Bank of Walpole. Photos by Debbie Daniele Photography
Live Music 3:30pm Melodious Zach, 5:15pm Senie Hunt. 2:45 Chock Full of Notes, KSC A Capella Choir 1-3pm
Pumpkin Bowling sponsored by Best Western Plus, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express
HeART Tent: Creative Art Activities sponsored by Service Credit Union. Frates Creates caricature mural and more!
1-7pm Pumpkin Games including Pumpkin Corn Hole, Pumpkin Can Toss & more! Sponsored by Amherst Label
4:30pm Lighting of the Jack-o’-lanterns sponsored by ZIPPO Bring a tall, taper candle and help!
6:45pm Pumpkin Count, Closing 8pm Pumpkin Cleanup
Other activities Downtown
2-3:30pm Downtown Association Trick-or-Treat at participating Downtown establishments including Life is Sweet
2-3:30pm UCC Church Treats, Spooky Organ Music
2-6pm The Colonial Theatre Looney Toons Cartoons, free for kids, $1 for adults
Entertainment: Let it shine!
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.
The Colonial Theatre presents Looney Toons Cartoons, free for kids, $1 for adults 2-6pm
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.
MAP & SCHEDULE Click to Download the complete SCHEDULE and MAP (Subject to change)
Click to Register to BRING YOUR PUMPKINS TO KEENE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL! Limited to first 500 registrants. Businesses, individuals, artists, anyone! Share your jack-o’-lantern on Central Square and be part of the magic of Pumpkin Festival!
Other Pumpkin Festivals to Check Out
Relive the magic: Photographs of 2017’s beautiful festival by Shaundi Rider