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The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2019

 Community Appreciation Night October 10
Festival October 11 - 13

Benefitting Make-A-Wish Illinois

Welcome to The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2018

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.

Activities and Events Schedule - Here | Music Schedule - Here | Festival Map - 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.
Pet friendly!

Pumpkin Fest Hours
Friday, Oct. 54pm - 10pm
Saturday, Oct. 611am - 10pm
Sunday, Oct. 711am - 9pm
Carnival Hours
Thursday, Oct. 45pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Friday, Oct. 54pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, Oct. 612pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm
Sunday, Oct. 712pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm

2018 Calendar

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). The quantity of pumpkins delivered on site will NOT be enough to break the world record. Bring a carved pumpkin to our Pumpkin Drop Off location in front of City Hall Monday, October 1 through Thursday, October 4 or bring it with you to the festival and receive a FREE admission pass to the weekend event. BYOP pumpkins will be accepted through Sunday afternoon Oct 7th.

Prelude to Pumpkin Fest
Monday, October 1- Thursday October 4

Monday, October 1

3:30pm - 9pmPumpkin Carving at Highwood City Hall

Tuesday, October 2

3:30pm - 9pmPumpkin Carving at Highwood City Hall

Wednesday, October 3

3:30pm - 9pmPumpkin Carving at Highwood City Hall

Thursday, October 4

5pm - 10pmCommunity Appreciation Night - Free Admission, Pumpkin Carving, Live Music, Cash Bar, Carnival & More!
5pm - 10pmCome check out the Tito’s Airstream Lounge showing live coverage of your favorite sporting events. Pick up some complimentary Tito’s swag and relax in style with a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail!

Friday, October 5 - Festival Begins

4pm Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), Carnival and More
4pm - 9pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
4pm - 6pmTrick-or-Treating Throughout Festival Grounds
4pm - 10pmEnjoy live coverage of your favorite sporting events while enjoying Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails in the Tito’s Airstream Lounge located next to the Kinzie Party Lounge tent.
4pm - 10pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch for FREE lattes (dairy and non-dairy options available) and apple cider! Take your picture inside a giant 8-foot tall pumpkin!
5pm – 9pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person
7:45pmMake-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting
10pmFestival Close

Saturday, October 6

9am Superhero 5K Run/Walk – Sign-Up
11am Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11am - 3:30pmStop by The Home Improvement Network booth and check out the creative designs by their balloon artist!
11am - 10pmEnjoy live coverage of your favorite football team while enjoying a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail in the Tito’s Airstream Lounge located next to the Kinzie Party Lounge tent.
11am - 10pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch for FREE lattes (dairy and non-dairy options available) and apple cider! Take your picture inside a giant 8-foot tall pumpkin!
12pm – 4pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person
12pm – 5pmJoin NorthShore University HealthSystem for a complimentary hot chocolate in front of the Info Booth
12pm – 8pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
2:30pm - 3pmStop by HGTV Magazine for a photo with Ken and Anita Corsini, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
3pmPumpkin Pie Eating Contest at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
3pm - 3:30pmCreate a pumpkin art project in the HGTV Magazine area with the Corsini family, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
4pm - 4:30pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch and have Instaprint photos taken with Ken and Anita Corsini, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
7pmIt’s “Fight Night” at the Tito’s Airstream Lounge tonight. Enjoy a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail and check out the action!
7:30pmMake-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting with Ken and Anita Corsini, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
10pm Festival Close

Sunday, October 7

11amFestival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11am - 3:30pmStop by The Home Improvement Network booth and check out the creative designs by their balloon artist!
11am - 9pmEnjoy live coverage of your favorite football team while enjoying a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail in the Tito’s Airstream Lounge located next to the Kinzie Party Lounge tent.
11am - 9pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch for FREE lattes (dairy and non-dairy options available) and apple cider! Take your picture inside a giant 8-foot tall pumpkin!
12pm - 4pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person
12pm - 6pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
12pm Pet Costume Contest Sponsored by Pet People at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
1pm Kids Costume Contest at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
1pm Play Atlas Treasure Hunts on your Android or iPhone - Compete to win prizes! Stop by the Info Booth for download instructions
1:30pmPlay Atlas Treasure Hunts on your Android or iPhone - Compete to win prizes! Stop by the Info Booth for download instructions
2pmPlay Atlas Treasure Hunts on your Android or iPhone - Compete to win prizes! Stop by the Info Booth for download instructions
2 pm Teens to Adult Costume Contest at the Demuth Food Court Stage - 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


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Did you know that planting your own vegetables can help improve the environment by creating long-term health of environmental systems? And planting your own pumpkins can help Highwood break a world record! Plant your own pumpkin today and take part in bettering the Earth, then bring it to the festival this October 11-13 for free admission (and bragging rights for growing and carving your work of art from start to finish!) ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that planting your own vegetables can help improve the environment by creating long-term health of environmental systems? And planting your own pumpkins can help Highwood break a world record! Plant your own pumpkin today and take part in bettering the Earth, then bring it to the festival this October 11-13 for free admission (and bragging rights for growing and carving your work of art from start to finish!)

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And lets not forget the Highwood Historical Societies Terrific Tomato Contest at the Garlic Festival. 🙂

We need you! Be a big part of our world record breaking 10th year October 11-13, 2019 and help supply the pumpkins! We work with awesome farmers that bring thousands on site but we still need as many as possible to break a world record of 30,581 pumpkins carved and lit on site! BYOP's for free admission! Can we make it happen at our 10th Annual event?! ... See MoreSee Less

We need you! Be a big part of our world record breaking 10th year October 11-13, 2019 and help supply the pumpkins! We work with awesome farmers that bring thousands on site but we still need as many as possible to break a world record of 30,581 pumpkins carved and lit on site! BYOPs for free admission! Can we make it happen at our 10th Annual event?!

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Drew Schembra you need to experience Highwood pumpkin fest ☺️

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Ashley Winter

Liz Palumbo. BYOP? Can you do it?

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