Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival kicks off in September, finds new home for 2024

🎃 Officials previously reported that 2023 would be last year for festival

The Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival will take place over six uniquely-themed weekends from Sept. 23 - Oct. 29, 2023. (Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival)

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas – Fans of the beloved Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival can rejoice after officials announced that the event will be returning in 2024.

Festival officials previously stated that 2023 would be the last year after organizers were initially unable to secure a new location for next year.

“We are excited to announce that the Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival has found a new home,” said Christopher Durst, Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival Co-founder and Producer. “Our new location provides us an opportunity to really grow the festival, which in turn allows us to do even more for our community; it’s truly a win-win situation.”

A spokesperson for the festival said the 2024 location — also in Hays County — would be announced at a later date.

The new location also allows organizers to help launch another holiday-themed bash.

Durst said they’re now able to launch the “long-awaited Christmas festival” in 2024.

For fall lovers looking to celebrate this year, the 2023 Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival will take place over six uniquely-themed weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept 23 through Oct. 29 at the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, located at 419 Founders Park Road in Dripping Springs.

There will be more than 50 fall-inspired games, activities and attractions at the festival in addition to local live music, a courtyard marketplace featuring family-friendly products and a selection of food and beverages.

Barnyard Volley3D Impression ArtArmadillo RacesAfuga Coffee
Buckaroo BullseyeBarrel Rides ($5)Balloon Art ($5+)Cilantro Tacos
Country Corn HoleBouncy Bull RidingCaricature Art ($15+)Connor’s Creamery
Dueling OutlawsCamel Rides ($6)Courtyard MarketplaceDowntown Burgers
Farmstead FootballChalk GraffitiDee Jay BonesDowntown Hotdogs
Hen House ScrambleCrazy Corn PitFace Painting ($5+)El Mariachi Tacos
Hillbilly HorseshoesExotic Petting Zoo ($3+)Fowl Play BingoFitzhugh Brewing
Kids Axe ThrowingGiant LegosHenna Art ($5+)Grilled Street Corn
Pioneer BowlingLED SeesawsLittles Pickin’ PatchI Panini Sandwiches
Potato Sack RacesLil’ Monster MazeLive MusicItalian Gelato
Pumpkin Patch PongMount HaymoreLost Souls CemeteryKids Food Truck
The Rooster RunParakeet Encounter ($3)Photo OpsK.O. BBQ
Pony Rides ($6)Pumpkin PatchPecos Pete’s Teas
Pumpkin Painting ($10)Swing VillagePop It Like It’s Hot
Ropin’ CowboyTurkey RacesSmoked Turkey Legs
Sound GardenSolaro Estate Winery
Spin Art ($10)Wetzel’s Pretzels
Tie-Dye Interactive ($10+)

Admission to the Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival is $15 per person. Children ages three and younger are free, as well as seniors ages 65 and up. Parking is free.

Cash, cards and Apple Pay will all be accepted forms of payment, according to festival officials. There will also be ATMs onsite.

Weekend themes, provided by festival organizers, are:

Weekend 1: Scarecrow Disco - Sept. 23 and 24

  • Fall Celebration Kickoff
  • DJ Henry Invisible
  • Foam Dance Party
  • KASE 101 & Anne Hudson
  • Live Country Music
  • Promotional Giveaways
  • Museum Reopening
  • Autumnal Equinox

Attendees are encouraged to wear scarecrow costumes.

Weekend 2: Butterfly Jubilee - Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

  • Live Butterfly Releases
  • Educational Interactive
  • Butterfly Merchandise
  • Butterfly Pea Lemonade
  • National Love People Day
  • National Ghost Hunting Day
  • International Music Day

Attendees are encouraged to wear butterfly costumes.

Weekend 3: Celebration of Indigenous Tradition - Oct. 7 and 8

  • Kalpulli Ayolopaktzin - Oct. 7 at 1 p.m and 4 p.m.
    • Ceremonial Aztec Dancing
    • Maize, tacos and merchandise
  • Comanche Indian - Oct. 8 at 1 p.m and 4 p.m.
    • Intertribal Exhibition
    • Ceremonial Song and Dance
    • Frye bread and merchandise

Weekend 4: Pioneer Palooza - Oct. 14 and 15

  • Texas Trick Riders
  • Annie Oakley Sharp Shooting
  • Bullwhip Cracking
  • Follies Shootout
  • Hollywood Horse Show
  • Striker the Pony
  • Trick Ropin’
  • Authentic Texas BBQ
  • Smoked Turkey Legs
  • National Costume Swap Day

Attendees are encouraged to wear country western attire.

Annular Solar Eclipse - Oct. 14

“The Ring of Fire” - The eclipse is expected to be visible in the area from 10:24 a.m.-1:32 p.m.

Free solar eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last.

Weekend 5: Bubble Extravaganza - Oct. 21 and 22

  • Bubble Shows
  • Bubble Interactives
  • Bubble Machines
  • Roaming Performers
  • Foam Dance Party
  • National Sweetest Day

Attendees are encouraged to bring bubble makers.

Weekend 6: Pumpkin Jamboree - Oct. 28 and 29

  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Golden Pumpkins
  • The Great Pumpkin
  • Trick-or-treating
  • New Hunter’s Full Moon
  • National Trick or Treat Day

Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefit the five-acre Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, including the farmstead’s Pound House, which is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the Pound House has been a Texas State Historical Landmark since 1965.

Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead (Madison Snelling)

Outside food and beverages are allowed. Picnic baskets and small coolers are welcome but no glass containers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed inside the festival grounds.

The festival website states that the grounds are ADA-compliant.

Dripping Springs is a roughly 90-minute drive from downtown San Antonio.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.