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  / Creepy Critters / Boo Hoo / Hunt

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.

  • Info: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/ or  Event Detail
    • Pumpkin Festival
      • Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 2015 
    • 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.

Old Town Pasadena

Group of events…

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating 

Don’t miss One Colorado’s pumpkin decorating extravaganza! Kids can unmask their creative super powers with some serious Halloween pumpkin decorating fun. Free and open to the public; boys and ghouls welcome.  Pumpkins first-come-first-served and all creations go home with their creators. (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

Dress up the little ones and trot them over to One Colorado for some store-to-store Trick-or-Treating. And once the candy bag is bulging, pose for a super spooky family portrait with our photographer extraordinaire.  Then stay for the Halloween movie

Monster Flick – Mad Monster Party (1967) 

On the big screen… This classic 1967 Rankin/Bass romp is a fantastic flashback to stop animation before Burton was all the rage. Mad Monster Party takes place on Dr. Frankenstein’s Island of Evil, where he’s corralled his monster buddies for his retirement and naming of his successor. All the groovy ghoulies are there – Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster and Mate (Phyllis Diller) among others. In addition to his monster-making sayonara, Dr. F (Boris Karloff) will share his “secret of total destruction!” Be there or be square. And did you know – Mad Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman penned the script (with writer Len Korobkin) and Mad artist Jack Davis designed many of the characters.

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration Trick-or-Treating

 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.

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

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.

Buster Balloon’s Halloween SPOOKtacular

Buster Balloon will present an all new family show filled with creepy comedy, spooky magic, and monstrous balloon creations guaranteed to have your little ones howling with laughter and screaming with delight!  No registration is required. Space is limited.

  • Info:  http://www.alhambralibrary.org/   or    City Calendar
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015 –  3-5pm  EarlyBird
    • Civic Center Library – Reese Hall
      • 101 S First St, Alhambra
    • Free
    • For families with children ages 3 to 12 years old. 

Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch – Reading and fun

Story Time and Author Visit – Local author and educator Lynn Martin Snowden will be here to share her children’s picture book “Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch” which tells the story of true events that occurred in Pasadena resident Maezie Powell’s pumpkin patch. A pumpkin craft activity will also be in store following the author’s presentation.  No registration is required, but please note that space and supplies are limited.

Ghostbusters — Teen Movie

Make your own SLIME!!!!

Hallowscream – Downtown Alhambra

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 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.


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