8th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Returns to Brevard, North Carolina – 4 Weekends in October

Dates and Times:  Fridays and Saturdays, October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 from 6-9 pm.

 (Note:  October 28 follows Halloweenfest from 10-5 in downtown Brevard)

Pumpkin Fest is a fun, family friendly and fantastic artistic event or great date night with 18 beautiful artist-designed lighted carved pumpkin displays on a newly-paved short walking trail.  The event includes talented local musicians, food trucks and coffee house, games, storytelling, face painting, white squirrel scavenger hunt, games, dress ups, and the Silvermont historic mansion and second floor museum open for tours.  New exhibits from 2022 (“Syd’s Silvermont Adventure”) and 2021 (the spectacular “White Squirrel Circus”) are returning, as well as 16 other lighted pumpkin displays such as Butterfly Garden, Pirates Cove, Under the Sea, Witches Garden, Ghost Circle, Totem Garden, and more. 

A new 2023 exhibit has been developed by Friends of Silvermont’s Pumpkin-teers: “Land of Waterfalls,” featuring the unique places and features that make Transylvania County so beautiful and special for locals and tourists alike.   A new social media photo-op site with a Silvermont Pumpkin Fest background will also be set up between the dress up and face painting areas near the tennis courts.  There will be lots of activities for young and old alike – with fun for all ages!   Silvermont Park has a newly paved 1/3-mile trail that works much better for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs.

Pumpkin Fest is a fundraiser for Friends of Silvermont to help maintain and improve the Silvermont Park and the 106-year-old historic mansion, which houses the county senior center and a history museum.  Friends of Silvermont was founded in 1981 to help save the mansion and has continued to make significant financial contributions to both the mansion and park each year. 

Location – Silvermont Park, 364 E. Main St., Brevard, NC   

Admission $7 per person (ages 13 and over), $5 ages 3-12, and under 3 is free.  We accept cards, cash or check with ID.  Volunteers receive free admission.  Contact pfestbrvdvols@gmail.com if interested in volunteering for event nights or setup/teardown starting September 23 through November 3.

Onsite parking cost is $5 cash per car.  Free parking is available offsite on nearby streets and at churches and the Comporium and church parking lots 1 block away.  There is free parking onsite for vehicles with a handicap sticker.

Music and Food Schedule:

DateTimeMusic ScheduleFood Trucks plus Cup and Saucer
Oct. 6    Friday6-9 pmTwo Step TooFeta Flav, Jenny’s Mini Donuts
Oct. 7    Saturday6-9 pmBig Eyed RabbitBBQ Shed, Jenny’s Mini Donuts
Oct. 13    Friday6-9 pmNikki Talley and Jason SharpFeta Flav, Jenny’s Mini Donuts
Oct. 14   Saturday6-9 pmAndrew Thelston and Carrie MorrisonHaus Heidelberg
Oct. 20    Friday6-9 pmNikki Talley and Jason SharpToasted Cuban, Jenny’s Mini Donuts
Oct. 21    Saturday6-9 pmUnpaid Bill and the Bad CzechsFeta Flav
Oct. 27   Friday6-9 pmMcIntosh and the LionheartsBBQ Shed, Jenny’s Mini Donuts
Oct. 28   Saturday6-9 pmMcIntosh and the LionheartsToasted Cuban, Feta Flav

Pumpkin Fest is supported by a grant from Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority.        

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