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OCTOBER

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Get into the spirit of the season at the self-proclaimed “World Pumpkin Capital” (expansive pumpkin patches surrounding this Central Coast town give the name some weight). Highlight of the weekend of gourd-themed festivities is undoubtedly the great weigh off, where farmers, families, and green-thumbs bring their heavyweight pumpkins—some tipping the scales at over 1,000 pounds/456 kilograms. Watch master carvers create incredible designs, rock out at “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands,” enjoy the Great Pumpkin Parade, and sample a bounty of pumpkin pies, soups, Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale and local wines, and other treats.