A History of the Pumpkin Festival
The Pumpkin Festival is a two-day event held every October at the AGRIscapes Agricultural Outreach Center at Cal Poly Pomona.
Started in 1991, the festival has become a very popular event, drawing thousands of visitors to pick pumpkins from a patch near the Farm Store. The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture grows 70,000 pumpkins for the event.
The festival also features a corn maze that is specially grown for the occasion, horse rides, and a petting zoo. Visitors can compete and play games run by student clubs or listen to live music. Food and drinks are available to purchase from vendors.
Since 2015 the Festival has celebrated California agriculture with "Ag Discovery Lane," a large area with free exhibits, displays and demonstration from agriculture related organizations. This year one of the highlights will be Cow Milking Demonstrations.
The popular Insect Fair returns to the Pumpkin Festival with 500,000 live and preserved insects from around the world. An additional entrance fee applies.
Festival Admission Tickets – October 7th and 8th Only
Other days Free Admission
Avoid the Lines and Get Your Tickets Presale!
A small admission fee will be charged to enter the Festival. Increasing crowds and costs in recent years have made it necessary to make this change to ensure attendees comfort and safety. Several new attractions have been added complimentary with admission and Free Parking for the Festival is included, making this an even better Family Fun Value!
Adults - $4
Children 2 – 12 Years Old - $3
Under 2 Years Old - Free
Family Pack - 2 Adult & 2 Child Tickets ($14 Value) - $12
Additional Child Tickets can be purchased with the Family Pack for only $2 each.
To Tickets Will be On-Sale Starting August 15th
Advance purchase discounts available.
Group Ticket Discounts are available for 10 or more persons, call (909) 869-6722 for ticketing details.
Our Pumpkin Patch is known as one of the largest in California. Over 70,000 Cal Poly grown pumpkins fill the huge patch. Best of all every pumpkin, big or small, is only $5 regardless of size! Can’t make the Festival, the Pumpkin Patch is open every day except Mondays before Halloween starting October 10th.
After the Festival the PumpkinFest Continues
With No Admission Charge: October 10th – 31st
Sunday - Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am to 8pm
Pumpkins From the Field are $5 Any Size.
Special Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Field Priced by Size
Also limited Free Parking October 10th – 31st!
Join us 11am Saturday morning October 7th at the gazebo for a special Opening Ceremony to kick-off the ‘Season of Orange’ Celebrating California Agriculture. There will be live music provided by the Cal Poly Pep Band, festival giveaways and an appearance by the official festival mascot.
Ag Discovery Lane
Keeping with our theme “Celebrating California Agriculture”, we’ve added a major new activity area filled with Free Family-Fun Agriculture related exhibits and displays. Included will be Antique Farm Tractors & Equipment, Animal Displays, Home Gardening Demonstrations and a Kids Farm with squash tunnels and fun interactive play for those 10 and under.
Games / Petting Farm / Horse Rides
The Festival began as a way for Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture Student Clubs to raise funds for their projects. Twenty four years later the clubs are still providing fun game booths and activities including a Petting Farm filled with the cutest animals, Horse Rides and lots more!
Student Clubs & Food Booths
The Festival Food Court will be filled with tasty offerings to please anyone. From Tacos and Bar-B-Que to Festival treats Pumpkin Pie & Funnel Cake there’s plenty to fill any appetite. Check the event map for listings of all the goodness!
A crazy web of twisting, turning trails that will leave you scratching your head searching for the way out. This corn is more than 12 feet high and not for the faint of heart, but don’t worry there’s Always a way out. Enjoy the fun treasure hunt and find all the markers spread throughout the labyrinth, succeed and you’ll receive a button naming you ‘Maze Magician’!
Price per person: $3
The Farm Store / Farmers Market
Since it opened in September 2001, the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch has provided the university community and the general public with produce freshly grown in Cal Poly Pomona’s fields, greenhouses and hydroponic systems.
For more information about the Farm Store, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~farmstore/.
Entertainment & Contests
The center for Festival Live Entertainment is the beautiful Gazebo, smack dab in the middle of the huge Pumpkin Patch. There will be live music, fun contests and story-telling all day long with special surprises for the kids.
The Popular Insect Fair will be part of the Pumpkin Festival this year in the AGRIscapes Visitor Center. Enjoy thousands of creepy & crawly and unusual insects and bugs from around the world. A separate admission fee is required.
For More Information - https://www.cpp.edu/~farmstore/Insect-Fair.shtm