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Carved pumpkins at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
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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 locals with green-fingers bring their heavyweight pumpkins—some tipping the scales at over 450 kilos. Watch master carvers create incredible designs, rock out at ‘Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands’, enjoy the Great Pumpkin Parade and sample a variety of pumpkin pies, soups, Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale, local wines and other treats.