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The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2019

 Community Appreciation Night October 10
Festival October 11 - 13

Welcome to The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2019

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 | Music Schedule | Festival Map

→Download the Complete Festival Schedule←

$5 Daily Admission

Buy your tickets at the entrance gates upon arrival.
Children 10 years old and under free.
All major credit cards accepted.
Rain or shine event.
Pet friendly!

Prelude to Pumpkin Fest Hours
Monday, Oct. 73:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday, Oct. 83:30pm - 9pm
Wednesday, Oct. 912pm - 9pm *special extended hours
Community Night
*on north end of festival grounds
Thursday, Oct. 105pm - 10pm

Pumpkin Fest Hours
Friday, Oct. 114pm - 11pm
Saturday, Oct. 1211am - 11pm
Sunday, Oct. 1311am - 9pm
Carnival Hours sponsored by Demuth Inc.
Thursday, Oct. 105pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Friday, Oct. 114pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, Oct. 1212pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm
Sunday, Oct. 1312pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm

2019 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 Highwood City Hall at 17 Highwood Ave. in Highwood on Monday, October 7 through Thursday, October 10 or bring it with you to the festival and receive FREE admission to the event. BYOP pumpkins will be accepted at the festival through Sunday afternoon Oct 13th.

Prelude to Pumpkin Fest
Monday, October 7- Thursday, October 10

Monday, October 7

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

Tuesday, October 8

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

Wednesday, October 9

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

Thursday, October 10

5pm - 10pmCommunity Appreciation Night - Free Admission, Pumpkin Carving, Live Music, Cash Bar, Carnival & More!

Friday, October 11 - Festival Begins

4pm Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), Carnival and More
4pm - 11pmStop by the Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Kid Zone for some family fun!
4pm - 9pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
4pm - 6pmTrick-or-Treating Throughout Festival Grounds
5pm - 9pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person sponsored by Demuth Inc. and Radio Flyer
7:45pmMake-A-Wish Illinois Family Presentation on Xfinity Main Stage and Pumpkin Wall Lighting
11pmFestival Close

Saturday, October 12

8am - 12pmCome meet Batwoman, as she continues the legacy of her cousin Bruce Wayne aka Batman! She will be available for pictures or a quick hello. Also, her home base for the weekend will be at the CW26 booth so stop to say hello to the team and receive awesome freebies! If you miss her, don’t worry you can catch her Sundays at 7 PM only on CW26!
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 - 1pmCome meet the Brave, Strong and Fearless Volunteers from A Moment of Magic Wisconsin (formerly The Princess Project), a Foundation dedicated to bringing messages of hope and strength to children too ill to travel. Come meet the superheroes, princesses and princes that spread their magic and positivity through their visits to pediatric hospitals. Come to the Info Booth and say hello and have a picture taken with your favorite character
11am - 4pmJoin the Highland Park-Highwood Lions Club and Foundation and Foundation for FREE vision and hearing screening. The screening bus is just a short walk away from the Metra Gate entrance/exit across the tracks at 428 Green Bay Rd., in front of Chicago Mike’s Ice Cream Co. and Tala Coffee Roasters. Free festival re-entry with hand stamp.
11am - 7pmFrightfully Fun DIY Frames with KILZ Blue Buffalo Bone Bar, California Walnuts Sampling, Kick Back in the KILZ Lounge & Photo Booth at the HGTV Magazine Tent
11am - 11pmStop by the Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Kid Zone for some family fun!
12pm - 4pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person sponsored by Demuth Inc. and Radio Flyer
12pm - 8pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
1:30pmCelebrate Highwood Pride Fest donation check presentation to Highland Park High School Spectrum Club on the Xfinity Main Stage
2pm - 4pmDark 'n Stormy’s with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! $2 off all Gosling’s Rum Drinks at the Pumpkin Fest bars during the performance of Petty Kings, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band.
3pmPumpkin Pie Eating Contest at the The Benchmark of Highwood Party Lounge. The first person to finish 12 mini bundt cakes wins a gift certificate for a free bundt cake for a month for 12 months. Mini pumpkin spice bundt cakes provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes Deerfield - *Sign-Up*
4:30pm - 5pmMina Starsiak Hawk, from HGTV’s Good Bones and the soon to be released Rock The Block will present a do-it-yourself project on the Xfinity Main Stage
5:30pm - 6pmMeet & Greet with Mina Starsiak Hawk, from HGTV’s Good Bones and the soon to be released Rock The Block at the HGTV Magazine Tent.
7:30pmJoin Mina Starsiak Hawk, from HGTV’s Good Bones and the soon to be released Rock The Block, as she introduces the Make-A-Wish Illinois Family on the Xfinity Main Stage for the Pumpkin Wall Lighting
11pm Festival Close

Sunday, October 13

11amFestival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11am - 9pmStop by the Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Kid Zone for some family fun!
12pm - 4pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person sponsored by Demuth Inc. and Radio Flyer
12pm - 6pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
12pm Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Pet People at the The Benchmark of Highwood Party Lounge - *Sign-Up*
12:00pm - 2:30pmBloody Mary’s with the Beatles! $2 off all Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bloody Mary’s at the Pumpkin Fest bars during the performance of The Love, a Beatles tribute band.
1pm Kids Costume Contest at the The Benchmark of Highwood Party Lounge - *Sign-Up*
2 pm Teens to Adult Costume Contest at the The Benchmark of Highwood Party Lounge - *Sign-Up*
7pm Make-A-Wish Illinois Family Presentation on Xfinity Main Stage and Pumpkin Wall Lighting
9pm Festival Closes


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