Things to Do

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

Talented local performers rock multiple stages 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: 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: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

Photo credit: Great Cortland Pumpkinfest Social Media Committee.

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. 

  • A storybook walk around the park for young readers and their families to explore the Pumpkinfest as they wonder if "Even Monsters Need Haircuts"?

  • Talented local musicians will be performing in multiple venues over 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.

Saturday, October 7

9 am - 12 noon, 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.

11:00 am and 12:30 pm, Story Time with Miss Tammy and Miss Renee

Come join Miss Tammy and Miss Renee from the Cortland Free Library for a pumpkin-themed story time! They will help kids get into the spirit of autumn with stories, songs, and more!

There will be 2 story times, one from 11:00 - 11:30 am and one from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Both will be held in the Kids Zone!

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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!

Questions? Email Jackie at jdh28@cornell.edu, call (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 6.

 

12 noon and 2 pm, Cortland Performing Arts Institute Flash Mob Dancers

Now in it’s thirteenth year in downtown Cortland, Cortland Performing Arts Institute is excited to be part of the 2017 Great Cortland Pumpkinfest! Come see the PAI dancers perform hits at this year's festival, and join them afterwards to learn some of their moves! There will be 2 performances this year near the rotunda in the center of Courthouse Park, one at 12 noon and another at 2pm.

Cortland PAI provides students with the opportunity to establish a strong, positive sense of self worth, confidence, and the value of teamwork by developing dance & theatre skills in a supportive and nurturing environment. The PAI family embraces all students and offers each high quality training, whether they are looking for a recreational activity or they dream of a future as a professional performer!

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

Learn more about PAI at www.cortlandperformingarts.com

2 pm - 3 pm, Catskill Puppet Theater Puppet Show

This year's performance by the Catskill Puppet Theater is the Willow Girl. When a young Chinese girl immigrates to the American frontier, she finds herself facing discrimination in a swirl of other immigrants and cultures. But she possesses special gifts. She has been taught the healing power of plants and has a secret friend…the mysterious spirit who inhabits a beautiful Willow Tree!

When the Willow Girl meets two Irish brothers, one generous and good, the other selfish and unkind, they all discover that the magic of The Willow works two ways. This rod puppet show features a huge, gracefully animated Willow Tree and is a wonderful blend of humor, mystery, drama and magical effects.

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

 

Events hosted by Friends of the
Great Cortland Pumpkinfest

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 7

7 am -11 am, 12th 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/.

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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

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