Zeeland’s oldest and most loved festival is back, Pumpkinfest! – Celebrating community, family fun, and fall activities for over 30 years! The theme for 2021 is “Pumpkinfest Barnyard Bash!” Pumpkinfest is a two-day event that features a number of free and low-cost events that can be enjoyed by all ages. This year’s festival is Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd.
For the 6th year, Pumpkinfest has coordinated a community art centered project known as Pumpkinfest Avenue Art. Pumpkinfest has invited the community to join in the celebration by participating with Pumpkinfest Avenue Art to express their creative talents! Anyone was welcomed to participate. Local artists, schools and community groups joined in the celebration by painting their wooden barnyard animals featuring their interpretation of this year’s theme of Pumpkinfest Barnyard Bash. These creations have been positioned along Main Street for community members and visitors to admire.
Pumpkinfest is excited to feature a fun place for kids to be creative, learn and play – KidZfest! Within the KidZfest area, families will discover, inflatables, petting zoos, stage performances, pony rides, games, snacks and more! KidZfest will be located on Church St. just south of Main Ave.
The community is invited to gather Friday, October 1st for Dessert on Us at 6PM on Church Street – a celebration of community and a complimentary donut and cider. A sweet treat, combined with an evening of family activities, including the Kids Tractor Pull at 4PM on Main Street, outdoor movie showing: Coco at 7:30PM in the splash pad and KidzFest events all day long, will make for a see, and be seen community event that you won’t want to miss!
Friday and Saturday Pumpkinfest will feature live, outdoor, Music on Main Street concerts in Zeeland’s Social District, accompanied by food trucks and local restaurants. The concert line up is:
Friday 7-10PM – Pretty Rage
Saturday 12-3PM – Dune Grass
Saturday 4-7PM – Catfish and the Main
Saturday 8-11PM – Rock Shop
Other exciting Pumpkinfest attractions include:
Saturday 8:30AM – Pumpkinfest 5K Run, organized by the Zeeland Athletic Boosters and hosted Zeeland West High School, 3390 100th Ave.
Saturday 9AM-5PM – Civil War Reenactors at the Dekker Huis Museum, 37 E. Main
Saturday 11AM – Zeeland Community Band Concert, corner of Main/Church
Saturday 12PM – Pumpkin Roll (bring your own pumpkin) Zeeland Christian School hill, 334 W. Central
Saturday 3PM – The much-anticipated Pumpkinfest Parade will march down city streets. The parade will feature marching bands, walking groups, tractors, and of course floats representing this year’s theme. The Parade Route is as follows: West on Main Ave. from Centennial St. to State St., South on State St. to Central Ave., East on Central Ave. ending at Maple St.
Pumpkinfest is organized by Zeeland Festivals, Inc. and sponsored by the generosity of many local businesses and organizations. The complete Pumpkinfest schedule and list of sponsors can be found on https://www.zeelandfestivals.com/pumpkinfest.