Have you ever seen a one-ton pumpkin? Have you ever heard of giant pumpkins being carved into canoes and raced across a lake? The 28th annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival will have all that and more on Oct. 1 and 2.
Thousands of pumpkin enthusiasts flock to Elk Grove Park on the first weekend in October to kick off the fall season at "Elk Grove GPF", the region's premier celebration of enormous gourds and all things pumpkin!
Since 1994, giant pumpkin growers from all over California and beyond have brought their precious produce to compete in the Giant Pumpkin & Produce Weigh-Off. Last year, pumpkin grower Leonardo Urena won his fourth championship and a $7,000 cash prize with his 1,623-pound orange behemoth.
Throughout both days, there are hours of amusement for festival goers with carnival rides, inflatables, arts and crafts, vendors and food trucks, pumpkin recipe contests, scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, and more. Entertainers and musical acts will fill three stages throughout the weekend. Plus, some of the giant pumpkins from the Weigh-Off will be carved into boats and paddled across the lake in the Pumpkin Regatta!
Join Us a Sponsor or Vendor
We are grateful for many years of tremendous support from our attendees, growers, volunteers, sponsors, and all who are involved! Event organizers are now seeking vendors and sponsors to join us at this year's festival.
About Elk Grove GPF
What began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration is now Elk Grove’s favorite family festival and attracts an estimated 65,000 guests each year. The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is held during the first weekend in October by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) in partnership with many sponsors. A portion of festival proceeds benefit local youth and service organizations.