Romulus Pumpkin Festival at Romulus Historical Park

The 20th annual Romulus Pumpkin Festival kicks off the fall season Sept. 15-17, 2017 with a parade, pumpkin rolling and more.


Fall means a few things: leaves change color, sweaters become the preferred clothing – and pumpkins are everywhere. Your family will find plenty of that big orange fruit and fall fun at the Romulus Pumpkin Festival, happening Sept. 15-17, 2017 at the Romulus Historical Park.

The festival officially opens at 6 p.m. Friday. That night at 8 p.m. is the Parade of Lights, which will begin at Romulus City Hall. Check out all of the cool lights and see who wins first place in each division.

Saturday the festivities start at 8 a.m. with the pancake breakfast with Boy Scout Troop No. 872 until noon. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the Crusin’ 2017 Car Show will make its way down Goddard Road, so go see all of the great cars there.

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Then begins the true fall fun. The pumpkin-rolling contest will start at noon, followed by many other contests and games that are fun for everyone, including:

  • Pumpkin painting all day
  • Sack races at 12:30 p.m.
  • Marshmallow race 1 p.m.
  • Pumpkin pie-eating contest at 1:30 p.m.
  • Punkin’ Chuckin’ at 3:30 p.m.

Stick around Saturday from 5-7 p.m. for the spaghetti dinner at Community United Methodist Church, located at Olive and Bibbins streets. Kids under 5 eat free.

Sunday, visitors will enjoy the Tractor & Lawn Tractor Show from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the White Elephant Garage Sale, the Romulus Arts Council’s Pumpkin Pub and more.

There’s so much in store – and something for everyone, especially for those who love the autumn season. Admission is free. Gates open 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Noon on Sunday.

For more details on the 2017 Romulus Pumpkin Festival, visit the Metro Parent calendar for the scoop on this and other metro Detroit festivals.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.