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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

$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. 93:30pm - 9pm
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 Wall Lighting
11pmFestival Close

Saturday, October 12

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-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!
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 Party Lounge Stage sponsored by M. Brad Slavin Farmers Insurance - *Sign-Up*
7:30pmMake-A-Wish Illinois Family Presentation on Xfinity Main Stage and 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 Party Lounge Stage sponsored by M. Brad Slavin Farmers Insurance - *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 Party Lounge Stage sponsored by M. Brad Slavin Farmers Insurance - *Sign-Up*
2 pm Teens to Adult Costume Contest at the Party Lounge Stage sponsored by M. Brad Slavin Farmers Insurance - *Sign-Up*
7pm Make-A-Wish Illinois Family Presentation on Xfinity Main Stage and Wall Lighting
9pm Festival Closes


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Come out today and sign up to volunteer at The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest to help grant wishes for Make-A-Wish Illinois! We will be at The Toadstool Pub until 6pm today to answer your questions. Two hours of your time can make a difference in the life of a critically ill child in Illinois ... See MoreSee Less

Come out today and sign up to volunteer at The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest to help grant wishes for Make-A-Wish Illinois!  We will be at The Toadstool Pub until 6pm today to answer your questions. Two hours of your time can make a difference in the life of a critically ill child in Illinois

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