ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE! In addition to nearly 5,000 jack-o’-lanterns, Keene Pumpkin Festival in the HeART of Downtown Keene is proud to present the following attractions.
Magical Artist Larry Frates will be hosting an all-day CREATIVE MURAL EVENT made up of cartoon faces based on the children at the festival. Stop by and be part of the mural! Larry is well-known throughout New England for his creative energy and comedic style of painting for audience of all ages. He taught art in NH schools for over 40 years and presently serves as the Artist in Residence at the Belknap Mill of Laconia, NH. www.larryfratescreates.com
Larry Frates’ painting Festival of Pumpkins, pictured here, will be on display at Keene Pumpkin Festival in the HeART of Downtown Keene. And while supplies last, beautiful mugs and note cards featuring the painting are available, free! (Donations may be accepted.)
The Autumn Fairy: Leading the Costume Parade again this year is the fantastical Autumn Fairy whose intricate costume is a work of art! Pose for a picture with her as a lasting memory of the day. (Photo by Deb Daniele Photography at the 2018 festival)
DJ Ray Ray: Bringing Halloween-themed music and a barrel of fun, DJ Ray Ray is the Master of Ceremonies for Keene Pumpkin Festival in the HeART of Downtown Keene. We are expecting a delightful day! Check out DJ Ray Ray
Face Painting by Emily Sodders: Returning to Keene Pumpkin Festival in the HeART of Downtown Keene is our wonderful artist Emily Sodders. Check out her work and her mission at Birdhouse Studio. Face painting is sponsored by Amherst Label.
Live Entertainment on the Bandstand
Melodius Zach returns 3:30-5pm! Check him out
Senie Hunt returns 5:15-6:30pm Check him out
Chock Full O’ Notes KSC A Capella Choir returns! Time TBA. Check them out!
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.
Treats and Spooky Music at the UCC Church at the Head of the Square 2-3:30pm
The Colonial Theatre presents Looney Toons Cartoons, free for kids, $1 for adults 2-6pm. TheColonial.org and check out this view of Keene’s jewel of a theater!