One of fall’s most anticipated events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Pumpkinfest, returns on Friday night this fall. Join us at Salem Farmers Market October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will once again feature a costume contest and pumpkin give-away. Plus, attendees can walk through our “Chefs vs. Surgeons” Jack O' Lantern patch, vote for their favorite carved pumpkin and later bid on it in the pumpkin auction.
In addition, children can buy tickets for carnival games and inflatables, walk through the trick-or-treat zone, get their face painted and enjoy sand art and a bake sale. This is 22nd year that Salem has joined forces with Q99 to present this event at the Salem Farmers Market.
Pumpkinfest admission for adults is just $5 a person, but children 15-and-under will be admitted free. Food Trucks will be selling culinary delights throughout the evening, and Five-Dollar Shake will provide the musical entertainment. All proceeds from the event will benefit Area 8 Special Olympics.
Q99, Kroger and Salem Parks and Recreation are sponsoring this year’s event and Q99’s Dick and Dave once again will host the fall celebration. The Salem Farmers Market is located on the corner of Main and Broad Street in the heart of Downtown Salem.
Also, youngsters also will have a chance to Trick-or-Treat with the Downtown Merchants on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can travel up and down Main Street from Academy St. to College Ave. Businesses that have a pumpkin sticker on their storefront window are participating. In addition, the Salem Sheriff's Office is hosting a Fall Open House from 10 a.m. - noon at 2 E. Calhoun Street.
Before all of the Downtown fun begins, the Salem Civic Center is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event in partnership with the Kazim Shrine Circus. This will take place in the front parking lot at 1001 Roanoke Boulevard on Thursday, October 27, from 6 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.
Traditional neighborhood Trick-or-Treating will take place citywide in Salem on Monday, October 31, 2022.