Pumpkin Nights | Learn about the Pumpkin Nights experience

Started in the patch . . . now we’re here.

Pumpkin Nights was founded in 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds with a mission to showcase local artists, and celebrate the most magical time of year without the gore and scares. Now, Pumpkin Nights runs through the month of October in four different cities across the US.

At PUMPKIN NIGHTS, you will venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, a pirate’s cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 3,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment and games in Pumpkin Central, our central festival area.



Explore seven different pumpkin-themed lands, then join us for the Spirit of Pumpkins fire show, demonstrations by professional pumpkin artists, and more adventures!


Pumpkin Nights offers nightly entertainment, in addition to the Pumpkin Magic, including fire breathers, dancers and pumpkin artists.

Tastes + Treats

Choose from a feast of festival fare provided by local food trucks, then warm up with a mug of hot chocolate, a swig of apple cider, or an adult beverage.

Date Night

Enjoy a romantic stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and bring out your inner child by playing together in Monster Mash.

Bring the Kids

Little pumpkinheads can embark on a scavenger hunt, dig for treasure in Pumpkin Pirate Cove, catch a screening of Coco, or get their faces painted by one of our artists!

Dates + Times

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Go to your city-specific page to see which entertainment and vendors will be available each day. Reserve tickets for a time that’s best for you!

Pumpkin Nights In The Press

Pumpkin Nights’ Salt Lake City debut was an impressive display of carved gourds, entertainment and sites just spooky enough to cause intrigue and not fright.

-Salt Lake Tribune

Pumpkin Nights is spectacular!

-Good Day Sacramento

One thing’s for sure: you’ll end up with plenty of Instagrammable memories from this magical Halloween-themed night.

-Only In Your State

It’s a hauntingly good time that the whole family can enjoy.

-Utah Style & Design