Photo courtesy of Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Photo courtesy of Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Pumpkin Festivals and Jack-O'-Lantern Displays in New England in 2021

Whether you stick close to home or make a day or weekend trip out of it, going to a pumpkin festival or visiting a glowing jack-o'-lantern display is a family-friendly way to get into the spirit of the season. New England is brimming with fall festivals, but kids are particularly enamored with events celebrating the humble pumpkin: the symbol of autumn and Halloween. Here's our short list of 2021 pumpkin festivals, displays, and events that are happening in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island beginning this month and going through October.

Pick a destination, then be inspired by our easy pumpkin carving ideas and go find your perfect jack-o'-lantern (or two) at these Boston pumpkin patches, Fairfield pumpkin patches, or Hartford pumpkin patches

Places featured in this article:


Roger Williams Park Zoo
upcoming events
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Naumkeag House & Gardens
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show

Downtown
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Return of the Pumpkin People

Main Street
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 8, 2021 - Mon Oct 11, 2021) Damariscotta Pumpkinfest

Frog Pond
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 15, 2021) Frog Pond Pumpkin Float

Kate Gould Park
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 15, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pumpkin People in the Park

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum
upcoming events
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Story Pirates Story Creation Zone
Online Link to Be Provided - 7:00 PM Pick
Stemtastic Virtual Birthday Parties
stemtastic - various times
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