The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2017

 Community Appreciation Night October 5
Festival October 6 - 8

Benefitting Make-A-Wish Illinois

Welcome to The Great Highwood Festival 2017

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential kick-off event to celebrate the Fall season!

Be a part of history as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record of for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30, 851) and help us raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Come experience a full schedule of family-friendly activities and the charm of our small town that’s bursting with good will and family fun.

Pumpkin Fest Map

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Activities and Events Schedule - Here | Music Schedule - Here

$3 Daily Admission - $5 Weekend Pass

Buy your tickets at the entrance gates upon arrival.
Children 6 years old and under free.
All major credit cards accepted.
Rain or shine event.

Pumpkin Fest Hours
Friday, Oct. 64pm - 10pm
Saturday, Oct. 711am - 10pm
Sunday, Oct. 811am - 9pm
Carnival Hours
Thursday, Oct. 55pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Friday, Oct. 64pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, Oct. 712pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm
Sunday, Oct. 812pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm

2017 Calendar

BYOP (Bring Your own Pumpkin). The quantity of pumpkins delivered on site by the organizers alone will NOT be enough to break the world record. To help us break the record, bring a carved pumpkin. Place a candle in the pumpkin, and bring it to our Pumpkin Drop Off location in front of City Hall. All those who bring carved pumpkins will receive a FREE admission pass to the weekend event. BYOP pumpkins will be accepted through Sunday afternoon on Oct 8th.


Sunday October 8 Events

11amFestival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11:45am Join us for coverage of live NFL football in Tito's Lounge
12pm – 4pm
Unlimited Carnival Ride Special - ONLY $25 per person
12pm - 6pmMeet & Greet with Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: The Movie at the Info Booth
1pm Pet Costume Contest Sponsored by Pet People at the Music Gallery Stage in the Tito's Lounge - Sign-Up
2pm Kids Costume Contest at the Music Gallery Stage in the Tito's Lounge - Sign-Up
3 pm Teen-Adult Costume Contest at the at the Music Gallery Stage in the Tito's Lounge - Sign-Up
7pm Make-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting
7:10pm World Record Attempt For Most Lit Jack-O-Lanterns on Display
9pm Festival Closes

Sunday October 8 Music Schedule

Tito's Handmade Vodka Main Stage
12pm - 1pmMusic Gallery Presents Clockwork
1:30pm - 3:30pmGuitarra Azul
4pm - 6pmUnity the Band
6:30pm - 9:30pmMr. Blotto
Banner Kitchen & Bath School of Rock Stage
2pmSchool of Rock Evanston
3:30pmExeter (School of Rock Highwood)
4:30pmThe Red Line (School of Rock Evanston)
5:30pmSchool of Rock Alumni Band
7pmSchool of Rock Highwood House Band
The Music Gallery Acoustic Stage
1pm - 2pmCostume Contest - Pets Sign-Up
2pm - 3pmCostume Contest - Kids Sign-Up
3pm - 4pmCostume Contest -Adults Sign-Up
4pm - 5pmBlind Squirrel
5pm - 6pmTKO Duo with Joey Kruse
6pm - 8pmJim Fine & Marian McNair

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4 weeks ago

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

One of the many reasons we live for our Fest AND Make-A-Wish Illinois.Sydney and Betsy were practically twins, but they didn't even know each other. Both lived in the same area, both were diagnosed with cancer at roughly the same age, and both wished to travel abroad to learn more about fashion.

Thanks to The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival last fall, these wish kids met and became fast friends. Finding support, friendship and a caring community are more impactful benefits of becoming part of the Make-A-Wish family.
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One of the many reasons we live for our Fest AND Make-A-Wish Illinois.

When life gave us rain, we played in the puddles and enjoyed our 8th annual Pumpkin Festival! Daily North Shore mentioned that we were able to raise $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois, thanks to all who made this possible! ... See MoreSee Less

Our 2017 Fest allowed us to raise $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Thank you to everyone that supports this awesome event year after year.
We'll see you in 2018!

Celebrate Highwood
Celebrate Highwood is excited to present a check to Make-A-Wish Illinois Live from City Hall during the Highwood, Illinois City Council Meeting. We are so proud of our community and the surrounding neighborhoods that helped us surpass our goal at last year’s The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

Make-A-Wish America grants lasting wishes, making life better for kids with critical illnesses. This simple but powerful belief drives everything they do, and thanks to all of you, we are able to donate $60,000 to this important foundation. Live stream of this event through our friends at Coffee Cup Productions
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Celebrate Highwood


Comment on Facebook

So proud of Ilyse Strongin and her team for rejuvenating Highwood into such a special community. My family is so grateful and filled with so many amazing memories from all the events we have attended. Thank you for being so awesome!

2 months ago

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

We love our repeat sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka! They truly care about the things that matter!

Wag & Purr
Tito's Handmade Vodka is truly vodka for dog people. They fed strays around the office, then starting taking them in and finding them homes! Not only that, but every employee is allowed to bring their dog to work. Talk about a pet-friendly office!
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