The Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival returns for its third and final year at the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead. Each Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 23 to Oct. 29, the family celebration will feature over 50 fall-inspired games, activities and attractions from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and admission is free for children three and under as well as seniors (65+). Parking for the event is also free. Pre-sale tickets are available, and walk-up tickets are limited.
The Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival was created in 2021 after its founders discovered the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead was in serious disrepair.
“Through the festival’s fundraising, we’ve been able to collectively donate nearly $300,000 to the Pound House and our local community,” said Christopher Durst, Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival co-founder and producer.
“The Dr. Pound Farmstead and Museum is finally reopening to the public after five years. We welcome all of Central Texas to join us in celebrating,” said Gretchen Bray, Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival co-founder and production coordinator.
There will be headlining performances by Henry Invisible and other live music artists, and an incredible selection of seasonal foods and beverages. Attractions and activities for all ages, ranging from $3 to $15, include face painting, pumpkin painting, barrel rides, an exotic petting zoo and more.
The festival will feature products from local Central Texas vendors, a drinkery hosted by Solaro Estate Winery and Fitzhugh Brewing, and a boutique cafe by Afuga Coffee. The Pumpkin Patch will showcase over 30 unique and colorful species of gourds with an abundance of photo opportunities.
Housing developments around Founders Park will consume much of the festival’s current parking when completed in 2024. The historic farmstead is now in jeopardy of losing annual funding.
“It’s difficult to comprehend this is our last year at the Pound House—and, quite possibly, the final year of the festival altogether, if we’re unable to identify a new property that can accommodate us,” said Will Loconto, Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival co-founder and partner. “We are the epitome of what a community event should be. That’s worth preserving, so we remain hopeful for the future.”