The Miami Arts Commission is holding its First Annual Pumpkin Festival.
It will be from 3-10 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Veterans Memorial Park on Sullivan Street, in downtown Miami.
As a fundraiser for the event, the Commission is selling pumpkins on Highway 60, in the parking lot of the Miami Farm Bureau, throughout the month of October.
The pumpkin sale will take place from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4-5 p.m. on Saturdays throughout October.
Free of charge, the Oct. 27 festival will include live music by Neto and the band Imagine, as well as dance performances by the Power Elite Dance Academy, of Globe.
Organizer Michael 23 said there will be contests to enter to win prizes for carved pumpkins, costumes and decorated homes.
While the costume and carved pumpkins contests are open to everyone, the decorated home contest is for Miami residents only, he said.
“We’re trying to activate our side of the tracks,” said 23, adding that last year he looked for decorated homes in Miami, finding “only about seven houses lit up and candy friendly.”
While Halloween is not counted out, “we wanted to focus on pumpkins and a harvest festival,” as some people do not celebrate Halloween.
“We wanted it to be inclusive,” he said, adding that attendees could celebrate it either way they choose – as a harvest festival or a Halloween festival.
The festival will also include dancing, concessions, games, raffles, face painting, kiddie train rides and much more.
“Terrific food vendors and plenty of treats – family fun for all.”
Plans are in the works for a “spooky alley” in Miami, as well as a “haunted trolley,” which 23 described as a haunted house on wheels.
He encouraged people to attend the festival in costume and invites the “zombie-inclined” to contact the Commission, as it is “trying to organize the zombies.”
For more information, go to www.miamiartscommission.org