Keene Pumpkin Festival Shines on in 2018

Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 1-7pm • Central Square, Downtown Keene

“Thousands of smiles.” —Pumpkin Festival Let it Shine Organizer Tim Zinn

2018LogoWeAllShineOn2019 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). APPLY NOW. This program has received preliminary City approval.

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.

CLICK TO DONATE. Keene Pumpkin Festival’s home is in downtown Keene. Help us keep the Festival’s light shining.  GIVE HERE.

See more photos of the amazing day at Shaundi Rider Photography or Join Keene Pumpkin Fest on Facebook


Keene Pumpkin Festival in the HeART of Downtown Keene, Shaundi Rider photo


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!

More information about entertainers

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

Live Entertainment on the Bandstand. Melodius Zach returns 3:30-5pm! Check him out Senie Hunt returns 5:15-6:30pm Check him out

pf2010_1030972Children’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

BowlingsPumpkin 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

Cheshire Fairgrounds: Monadnock Pumpkin Festival