The Great Pumpkin – Best Pumpkin Festivals In Ontario


Fall is here and aside from the classic “child in the leaves” photo, you also need to get the “child in the pumpkin patch” shot. Why not have a little fun too? Ontario has some great festivals centered around the giant orange gourd. Check out these festivals below to find the perfect pumpkin, all while getting the whole family into the Autumn spirit.

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Pumpkininferno – Upper Canada Village

You know how tired you are after painstakingly carving one pumpkin for your front doorstep, right? Now imagine 6000 of them. At Pumpkininferno at Upper Canada Village that is exactly how many there are. Pumpkins here are lit up at night in a most spectacular manner. A firebreathing dragon made from pumpkins? Check. A oversized Grandfather Clock? Check. How about an Under the Sea exhibit made entirely of carved pumpkins?! You guessed it. Check. Pumpkininferno runs on select dates from October 4th to November 2nd.

Waterford Pumpkinfest – Waterford

Now this is a town that really gets into it. For three days in October (18 -20) the town of Waterford celebrates the pumpkin in grand style. Aside from close to 2000 carved pumpkins, you’ll also find the whole town decorated in fall’s finest. Look for a Soapbox Derby, a town parade, fireworks, contests for best decorated home and of course, best pumpkin carving. Finally, what would a pumpkinfest be without a Little Miss Pumpkin pageant. Too cute.

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Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest – Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is charming 365 days of the year. However, there maybe just a teensy bit more charm with all those colours in the fall. Head out with the family for their annual Pumpkinfest and stay at a charming (of course) family-friendly Bed & Breakfast like Alanna’s Lakeside B&B. This year’s Pumpkinfest is October 19th.

Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene

Pull on your woolies and join the fun at the Keene Pumpkin Festival on October 26th. At the Keene Pumpkin Festival you can bowl with pumpkins or check out the pumpkin pyramid. If you think you bake a mean pumpkin pie then you should definitely enter yours in the Pumpkin Pie contest. Now that’s a blue ribbon you can hang in your kitchen with pride.

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Pumpkinfest – Port Elgin

On October 5th and 6th, Port Elgin gets it’s pumpkin on and even gets all medieval on them. A couple of other less traditional events include a seed spitting contest (yes, you read that correctly) and a Pub-kin Crawl. There’s also a very traditional baking contest, where I’m thinking the featured flavour would be pumpkin? Also look for a Antique car show as well as an art and crafts show. Sounds like Port Elgin is a can’t miss if you’re on a pumpkin quest.

Candace Derickx

Candace Derickx writes about food, family and travel on her site Life in Pleasantville and has been a staff editor at ChildMode since 2011. Follow her on Twitter @candace_dx and join in the conversation on her Facebook page, Life in Pleasantville.

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