The Arboretum at Penn State’s Pumpkin Festival is not only a fun-filled event for families, but it also highlights the artistry of jack-o’-lantern carving and promotes a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
With over 600 jack-o’-lanterns, the Pumpkin Festival at The Arboretum at Penn State is a celebration of fall that brings together thousands of visitors to enjoy entertainment, food, and crafts. This annual event showcases the skill and creativity of carvers of all ages while providing a family-friendly environment.
The Arboretum at Penn State is set to host its highly anticipated Pumpkin Festival this weekend. With an estimated 20,000 visitors expected to attend, the festival promises to be a delightful experience for all. Taking place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, the event offers free admission and parking, making it accessible to everyone.
Arboretum Director Casey Sclar expressed his excitement about the festival, describing it as “welcoming and wonderful for everyone.” The highlight of the festival is the display of over 600 lit jack-o’-lanterns, showcasing the art and skill of carvers of all ages. These beautifully crafted pumpkins will be illuminated from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, creating a magical atmosphere for visitors.
In addition to the mesmerizing jack-o’-lanterns, the festival offers a wide range of entertainment. On Friday, attendees can enjoy traditional Celtic songs performed by Lilting Banshee from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, strolling musicians Picker & Papa will entertain the crowd from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by Western Range, who will bring Texas swing, honky-tonk, and rockabilly music from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The festival also features various family-friendly activities and games, such as pumpkin bowling, gourd decorating, a puppet show, and face painting. These interactive experiences provide an opportunity for children and adults alike to engage with the festival’s theme and have a memorable time.
Moreover, visitors can expand their knowledge about the environment through informative demonstrations and displays. They can learn about animal care, pollinator gardening, and other eco-friendly practices, further promoting a sense of environmental consciousness.
The Pumpkin Festival is not only a celebration of fall and Halloween but also a community effort. Approximately 250 community and student volunteers contribute their time and effort to make the event a success. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners, highlighting the collaborative spirit of the local community.
As an eco-conscious publication, EcoReporter encourages events that prioritize sustainability and environmental awareness. The Pumpkin Festival at The Arboretum at Penn State aligns with these values by offering a family-friendly and inclusive experience that celebrates nature and creativity. By showcasing the art of jack-o’-lantern carving and providing educational opportunities, the festival fosters a deeper connection between attendees and the environment.
For those interested in attending the Pumpkin Festival, more information can be found on The Arboretum at Penn State’s website. Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, admire the stunning jack-o’-lanterns, and enjoy a day of entertainment and fun for all ages.