Things to Do

No matter what age you are, there’s lots to do at the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest!

Talented local performers rock the stage all weekend long. The craft show showcases more than 100 local crafters and artisans. The Kids’ Zone offers games and activities for children of all ages. Delicious festival food can be found, with local favorites honoring the flavors of the season. And other downtown Cortland establishments offer activities that make Pumpkinfest weekend a truly community-wide celebration of the harvest season.

 
Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee

Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee

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Photo credit: Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kris Reynolds.

Photo credit: Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kris Reynolds.

Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Photo credit: Cortland Performing Arts

Photo credit: Cortland Performing Arts

Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

All Weekend

  • The Kids' Zone Tent has games for children of all ages to play and activities to get them in the spirit of fall. Those who come in and play games can win prizes all weekend long. 

  • The Tractors of Yesteryear are on display both days, showing many of the tractors that were used on farmland around the area over the course of the past 150 years. Members of the Tractors of Yesteryear club are available to talk about the tractors. 

  • Talented local musicians will be performing throughout the weekend. For a complete lineup, visit the Entertainment page.

  • The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Craft Show features more than 100 local crafters and artisans with their works for sale.

  • Swing into the harvest season with a ride on the midway! A carnival-style midway will be at the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest courtesy of Ontario Amusements both days of the festival. Rides for all ages will be at the festival all weekend- we hope to see you there! 

  • Come enjoy a drink at the Pumpkin Pub both days of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. A selection of beers will be available while you listen to the live music rocking the festival. Cash only.

Saturday, October 5

Hayrides are available throughout the weekend for $1 a piece (maximum $5 per family)! Children under 5 ride for free!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Decorate your pumpkin (real or hand-made) to resemble your favorite character from books, films, TV or music.

Learn more about the Pumpkin Decorating Contest and get your application form here.

Midway

Swing into the harvest season with a ride on the midway! A carnival-style midway will be at the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest courtesy of Ontario Amusements both days of the festival. Rides for all ages will be at the festival all weekend- we hope to see you there! 

Pumpkin Pub

Come enjoy a drink at the Pumpkin Pub both days of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. A selection of beers will be available while you listen to the live music rocking the festival. Cash only.

12 noon, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Cortland County Autumn Harvest Baking Contest

Come celebrate the harvest season! If you’re up for the challenge, enter the Autumn Harvest Baking Contest. Entries should be delivered between 11:00 am and 11:45 am at the CCE booth with the recipe and registration form attached. Judging begins at 12:00 noon. So if you think you have the best autumn baked goods in Cortland County, come make us believers!

Registration forms can be found here, or at the CCE office at 60 Central Ave. For more information, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County office at 607-391-2660, or visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County Office at 60 Central Ave. Please note that if you plan to pick up an entry form at the CCE office, you must do so before 4:30 pm on Friday, October 4.

12:30pm and 3:30pm Performance by Cortland Performing Arts TheatreDanz Company

Cortland Performing Arts has been bringing the love of dance to downtown Cortland for 15 years now. They offer classes for all ages and levels in: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Acro, Hip Hop, and Irish! TheatreDanz Company is an audition only program designed for dancers looking for more committed training and performance opportunities. They have performed at dance competitions, conventions, events across the central NY region, and even Disneyworld! Cortland Performing Arts loves being a part of the The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest for many years now!

Dancers 2 years old to adult: Come join the fun!

Learn more about PAI at www.cortlandperformingarts.com

Sunday, October 6

Hayrides are available throughout the weekend for $1 a piece (maximum $5 per family)! Children under 5 ride for free!

Pumpkin Pub

Come enjoy a drink at the Pumpkin Pub both days of the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. A selection of beers will be available while you listen to the live music rocking the festival.

Cash only.

Midway

A carnival-style midway will be at the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest courtesy of Ontario Amusements. Rides for all ages will be at the festival all weekend- we hope to see you there!

Several community businesses and organizations host their own events over the course of Pumpkinfest weekend. For additional information on these events, please contact them as listed below.

Saturday, October 5
10 am - 3 pm
Cortland Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

Hosted by: Cortland Fire Department HQ
Location: 21 Court Street, Cortland, NY

Held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week in October. Our firefighters provide educational opportunities, demonstrations and fun events like the Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge. Activities change each year but the Auxiliary is always there with popcorn and cider for this family-oriented event! This is a free family event!

For more information call (607) 756-5612, e-mail david.jensen@cortlandfire.org or visit cortlandfire.org.

Saturday, October 5
7 am -11 am, 14th Annual Cortland Loaves and Fishes Pancake Breakfast

Hosted by: Cortland Loaves and Fishes
Location: Grace and Holy Spirit Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland
(Right near the Cortland City Fire Department, 1/2 block from the Great Cortland Pumpkinfest)

Enjoy a warm, hearty morning meal before heading out to the Pumpkinfest, and help us feed the hungry! All proceeds go directly to Cortland Loaves & Fishes.  

Donations: $15 per family, $6 per adult, $3 children 5-11 years. Free for children 4 years and under.

For more information, visit the Cortland Loaves & Fishes Facebook page, or http://www.cortlandloavesandfishes.org/