Pumpkin Festival 2017 brought to you by the children of SAU 29

Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 1-7pm • Central Square, Downtown Keene

Candycorn9-7largeFundraising Update, September 17, 2017

THANK YOU Pumpkin lovers! We are at 92% of goal with only $2,280 needed to get to the top! If you want to be part of this rekindling of Keene Pumpkin Festival, please make your gift this week. If you have already given, THANK YOU! Facebook donations are at the second highest level in the history of the fest.  GIVE HERE.

Pumpkin Honor Roll 2017 to date (Gifts of $100)

Dorrie Masten, Tim Zinn, Denise Meadows, Jay Pettapiece, Anonymous Grandparents, Monadnock Co-op, Corey Williams, Walpole Creamery, TD BankNorth, Carol McIntyre-Peale, Nadine Tardie, Betsy Cotter, Lisa Edwards, Amy Thacker and Kris Roberts.


Information for SAU29 families and teachers



Activities & Entertainment

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.

pf2010_1030972Live Entertainment on the Bandstand throughout the festival 1-7pm. Musicians and schedule TBA.

Dance Performances in the street in front of Pedraza’s including a special appearance by NHDI with the Pumpkin Festival anthem, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine.”

BowlingsPumpkin Bowling returns! Managed by Nancy Hickox who ran Pumpkin Bowling from 2011-2104. Hay Bales, sugar pumpkins, real bowling pins. This is good as it gets.

Pumpkin Games including Corn Hole and many other innovative FREE games. We are putting the “active” in activities!

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.

Downtown Association Trick-or-Treat. Participating Downtown establishments are hosting traditional trick-or-treat two days before Halloween! 2-3:30pm. Kids will want to come in costume to the festival, join the parade and check out beautiful Downtown Keene’s shops and restaurants hosting trick-or-treat.

Volunteer Here

Calling all pumpkin lovers! Would you like to help with the 2017 fest? Check out this VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION and consider lending a hand to bring the twinkling jack-o’-lanterns back to downtown Keene.

Other Pumpkin Festivals to Check Out

13709862_1833435636875222_7266230985049151500_nLaconia, October 14, 2017

In 2015, Pumpkin Festival as we have known and loved it for 25 years moved north of Keene to Laconia, NH, where an unbelievably spectacular event took place on October 24.  NH Pumpkin Festival   #‎NHPumpkinFest‬ 🎃 This event continued on a very rainy OCT 22, 2016 in friendly Downtown Laconia, NH. 


11701189_475328375974443_1430810688092175249_nCheshire Fairgrounds, OCTOBER 21, 2017

On the same day as the 2015 Laconia festival, a new festival debuted near Keene at the Cheshire Fairgrounds, an event called the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival. Facebook. This event continued on OCT 15, 2016, at Cheshire Fair Grounds, 247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH


PumpkinFestival_LarryFratesPumpkin Festival at the junction of art, business and recreation

Laconia, August 14, 2015. Standing at the junction of art, business and recreation, key members of the Pumpkin Festival 2015 team unveiled a work of art created to support the festival.


Lakes Region Chamber Director Karmen Gifford; Pumpkin Festival event manager Ruth Sterling; Bank of NH official Mark Primeau; Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson; Paul Giblin, Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad; and Pat Kelly, WEMJ. Photo by Tiffany Benton.

“Business support of the pumpkin festival event promotes the arts and recreation in our state,” said Ruth Sterling. “Artist Lawrence Frates has used his talent to help. This is what Pumpkin Festival is all about. Everyone letting their own lights shine.”

Let it Shine, the non-profit producers of the fest, has demonstrated for four years that when a region’s schools, businesses, neighborhoods, families and individuals sit down to carve their pumpkins, one community becomes a showplace for the world.