Harvest Festivals in the San Gabriel Valley

Pumpkin Festivals and Halloween Celebrations

There are many Harvest Festivals in the San Gabriel Valley.  In the dense city area, most of these events are one day events right around Halloween.  Check the outlying area for events all October in the main index.  Events here are grouped mainly by city, moving west to east.

Don’t forget to check out Day of the Dead Festivals as well.

Annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival  & More

2017 Update This family-friendly festival includes fun for all ages and will be hosted in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum.

Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, make your own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. Parents will love the book and costume sale, and tasty picnic treats.  Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy the bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other festival attractions.

Festival admission is free to enjoy the live music/performances, selected crafts, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. There is also plenty of free parking in Lot I of the Rose Bowl adjacent to Brookside Park.  Since 1994.

Varied events during October include…

Haunted Arroyo

Kidspace’s Arroyo Adventure will be glowing with ghouls, spooks, and mystery as you journey through the Haunted Arroyo, light yourself up with glow in the dark paint, and learn how to make ghoul slime. Investigate how nocturnal animals live in darkness, create glowing lanterns, and join in the monster mash dance party!

  • Info:  Event Detail
    • Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5-8pm
    • Admission will be $8 during these special event hours, and Kidspace Members are free.

Pumpkin Festival

This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages and will be hosted in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum.  Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, make your own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. Parents will love the book and costume sale, and tasty picnic treats.

Festival admission is free – as well as the live music/performances, selected crafts, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch.  This is a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the season!

  • Info: Event Detail
    • Sat-Sun, October 14-15, 2017 – 9:30 am – 5 pm 
    • Festival is free.
    • Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy the bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other festival attractions.

Halloween Hunt

Trick-or-treat for clues at our scavenger hunt where you will meet some of the kooky (not spooky) critters that call the Arroyo home, whose clues you will need to solve a Kidspace mystery. A prize awaits those who solve the case! Come in your Halloween best for a costume parade, make eerie bat ears, and create some creepy critters.

  • Info: Haunt Details
    • Saturday 28, 2017
      • 10am – 4pm,  A rive by 3:30 to complete event in time
    • Advance registration online for $4 per child or pay $5 on event day.
      • Museum admission not included.


  • Info: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/ or  Event Detail
    • Pumpkin Festival
      • Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15, 2017 
    • KidSpace Museum / Brookside Park
      • 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena
      • Festival in Brookside Park, directly in front of the Museum
      • Near the Rose Bowl.
    • Festival free, parking at the Rose Bowl, Free – lots I, F, K
      • Admission to museum separate
    • See other events for prices.

Kids Night Out – Pumpkinpalooza

Color Me  Mine, Pasadena

  Paint a jack-o-lantern that never melts!  Our Pumpkinpalooza Kids Night Out includes a ceramic jack-o-lantern, paint and instruction, firing, pizza, fun, and treats! No parents allowed! Let the kids hang out with us making friends and having fun.

  • Info: http://www.pasadena.colormemine.com  or (626) 298-6765
    • Friday, October 20, 2017 

      • his is a drop off event. Drop off 6-6:15pm and pick up at 8:30pm
    • Color Me Mine
      • 81 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
    • $30, Book in advance
    • Ages 7+

More Pasadena fun — Old Pasadena Halloween Events

Old Town Pasadena

Group of events…

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating 

2017 Update Don’t miss One Colorado’s pumpkin decorating extravaganza! Kids can unmask their creative super powers with some serious Halloween pumpkin decorating fun. Pumpkins first-come-first-served and all creations go home with their creators. Get busy with glitter, glue sticks and (washable) markers and your imagination to create your own Great Pumpkin. Pumpkins and spaces limited, available first-come-first-served. And no pumpkin grubbing – one per active decorator, pretty please.   (And don’t worry Mom and Dad – this is a glue and stick-on only event!) (provided) in the One Colorado Courtyard. And kids take home their creations! Good for little and medium-sized kids alike; boys and ghouls welcome.


2017 Update The Pasadena ARTWalk is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair with over 5,000 people attending yearly. The event highlights some of the best Southern Californian visual artists showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. ARTWalk is free and all-ages are welcome.  Instagram scavenger hunt.  Local restaurant discounts.  (See web for details.)

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration 

Tricks, a Flick and (free) Family Pix

2017 UpdateDress up the tots and trot them over to One Colorado for some sweet store-to-store Trick-or-Treating. And once the candy bag is bulging, pose in our Halloween-themed courtyard milieu for family portrait captured by our photographer extraordinaire. Photos conclude at 8p; line will be adjusted accordingly. Then stay for the Halloween moviel

Monster Flick – ParaNorman (PG 2012)

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

All are welcome to join us for an outdoor screening starting at 7pm.


Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration Trick-or-Treating

2017 Update On Halloween, more than 100 stores and restaurants in Old Pasadena open their doors to all the costumed visitors for free store-to-store trick-or-treating. The Dog Bakery is giving out treats to furry friends that are in disguise.  Be on the lookout for Old Pasadena ambassador guides handing out fun little Halloween eggs filled with surprises. Kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet various popular costumed characters along Colorado Blvd. Take your dressed-up family and even four-footed friends over to the One Colorado Courtyard for free professional photos against a Halloween-themed background and hundreds of pumpkins.

Vroman’s Bookstore’s Annual Halloween Storytime – Pasadena Store

2017 Update Vroman’s Bookstore and a bunch of our neighbors will be celebrating this Halloween with activities, games and lots of candy!  Come to Vroman’s for Halloween themed crafts, activities, storytelling and a costume contest outside near the Vroman’s stage!

In addition, KidsArt Pasadena (20 S. Oakland) will be hosting a Halloween themed drawing activity at their studio and the Southern California Children’s Museum (459 E. Colorado Blvd.) will be hosting a Halloween party with arts & crafts, a food craft, and games.

Halloween Happy Hour with Your Dog – Pasadena  New Event

2017 Update Bring your four-legged friend in costume for a haunted Happy Hour celebration at Constance Perry’s Patio. Join us for small bites, drinks and dog treats. The event is FREE and open to the public.  For every $15 donation you will receive a digital, Halloween-themed pet portrait. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Humane Society.

Find even more Pasadena events at www.PasadenaNow.com  and https://www.oldpasadena.org/visit/events/signature-events/halloween/ .   Also check out our Book section and Kids events.

For more events in Pasadena see or Day of the Dead page.

City of Alhambra

Lots going on in Alhambra this year…

Alhambra Pumpkin Run

2017 Update Join the race! 10K run and 5 K walk/run.  Our mission is to provide a fun, family environment to promote physical fitness, health and fun through a community based event. The Alhambra Pumpkin Run is one of Alhambra’s biggest annual city wide events. The race brings more than 1,000 runners to the downtown event.  Farmer’s Market, Vendors, Bear Garden, Music, Dancing, Costume dontest, Pumkin Carving Contest, Pumpkin Pie Contest.  (See website for contest details.)

The Alhambra Pumpkin Run is also a HUGE party! Dress up in your best Halloween, Pumpkin or Orange gear! Being so close to Halloween, many of our runners dress up to the run. Feel free to wear anything and all orange, a Halloween costume or a big and fun pumpkin tutu! Make it fun. Make it memorable.

Race will take place rain or shine. Running since 2014. 

  • Info:  http://alhambrapumpkinrun.com/  or    www.facebook.com/AlhambraPumpkinRun.com  or    City Calendar
    • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 8-3   EarlyBird
    • Start at 2nd & Main Street, Alhambra
    • Farmer’s Market & Fun: 8:00am – 2:00pm
      •   2nd Street between Main Street and Commonwealth – in front of Alhambra High School
    • Early bird discounts available.
      • See site for pricing of different races and start times
    • Do come in costume for the run or for play.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Escape Room

Teens are invited to participate in a Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children-themed Escape Room. By unlocking a series of challenges, teens will reveal a set of clues that will ultimately gain them their freedom from the escape room. Door prizes, snacks, and refreshments too!

Family Film “Hotel Transylvania” (PG, 2012)

 Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. No registration is required, but please note that space is limited.

  • Info:  http://www.alhambralibrary.org/   or    City Calendar or event detail
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017 –  3-4:30pm 
    • Civic Center Library – Reese Hall
      • 101 S First St, Alhambra
    • Free
    • For families with children ages 3 to 12 years old. 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hallowscream – Downtown Alhambra

??? (Looks like this may be combined with the Pumpkin run this year)

Costume contests and trick or treating for the family.  Family friendly vendors in the mosaic town center (1 E. Main St.) .  DJ.  Candy.

Costume contest 10-12am.  Prizes.   Trick or treating from noon on.

San Gabriel’s Haunted Zone  New Event

Fall Fun Festival

2017 UpdateBring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular good time! There will be games, a costume contest, Halloween flicks, games, free food, free family photos, trunk-or-treating, and kids’ activities. Our family-friendly Fall Fun Festival is open to all ages.

Haunted Zone at Grapevine

Grapevine Arbor Park will be transformed into a Haunted Zone! Those brave enough to attempt the zone will have a ghoulish good time.

San Dimas Western Days Rodeo

2017 Update Everyone wants to be a cowboy. Get your boots on and get ready for a rip roaring, yee-hawing, action packed good time.  Come out and see all of these professional cowboys and cowgirls in action.  Check out descriptions of the PRCA rodeo events. “Kids Korral” for the young ones.

  • Info: http://www.sandimasrodeo.com/ or (909) 394- RODEO (7633)
    • Sat-Sun, October 7-8, 2017 
      • Rodeo 1-5pm, gates open at 11am
    • Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas
    • Tickets $15/$10 for kids, each day, see web for special pricing 
      • Special pricing on family packs

Pumpkin Festival – Cal Poly Pomona 

2017 Update Visitors can pick from more than 80,000, campus-grown pumpkins in a huge patch.  Many families bring wagons or carts to carry pumpkins, kids and lots of freshly harvested produce. Those more adventurous can try and find their way through a corn maze specially grown for the event. Visitors also can feed animals at a petting farm, ride horses, and listen to live music or play games sponsored by student clubs. Among the new activities expected this year are fun contests and Agriculture Discovery Lane, which will feature a variety of exhibits and kid-friendly displays showcasing California agriculture. The festival also includes numerous food vendors, including a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning from 8:00am-11:00am.  Schedule .  Since 1992.

The festival is generally held in the same weekend as other events at Cal Poly Pomona, including Preview Day for prospective students, the very popular insect fair, and Matt’s Run, a 5K walk/run that raises money for student scholarships.

Village Venture Arts & Crafts Show – Claremont  New Event

2017 Update Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with 450+ booths selling unique art, original crafts, and apparel. Get to know all the local businesses and non-profits in the business and organization block located on First Street. Be sure to also stop by the food court for an array of international foods and entertainment.

Special Events:

  • Pre-Carved Pumpkin Contest
    • Bring your pre-carved pumpkins to the Claremont Sunrise Rotary Booth at 205 Yale Ave 8:30-9:30 AM. Judging will take place at 2 PM.
  • Children’s Halloween Costume Parade:  10am
    • Assemble outside of the Chamber office which is located at 205 Yale Ave.


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