Posted: September 29, 2017

The Arboretum at Penn State invites you to attend our annual Pumpkin Festival!

The festival will start on Sunday, October 8, with a pumpkin giveaway for our jack-o'-lantern contest entrants beginning at 1 PM and continuing until 3 PM or while the supply lasts (1,000 pumpkins). We will be receiving jack-o'-lanterns for the contest from 9 AM until 3 PM on Friday, October 13.

Hundreds of lighted jack-o'-lanterns will be displayed from 6 PM until 9 PM on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. (Please bring a flashlight if attending evening events.) Family activities, including crafts and storytelling, will be offered from 4 PM until 6 PM and music will be provided by the band Bluegrass Redemption from 5 PM until 8 PM. Food vendors will be on site both Friday and Saturday nights.

All activities will occur in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens near the intersection of Park Avenue and Bigler Road, University Park PA. Visit for more information.