There will again be goodies prepared by local restaurants, craft beer, music, and lots of kids’ activities.
Last year over 10,000 attended the festival, which was the first in decades to close down the popular thoroughfare of the Boulevard.
“This year we have expanded the area a little bit, we’ve added a VIP zone,” said Brook Stone, the event chairman for the Scott’s Addition Business Association.“We’ve added a larger kid’s zone, with more kids’ activities and a larger space.”
Movin Mania, which is Bon Secours childhood obesity program, is a key sponsor of the event.
“We feel the pumpkin festival is a family-friendly event,” said Tunstall Bagley-Willis, the Movin Mania Coordinator for Bon Secours.
For kids, expect crafts, music, interactive opportunities and the mobile Class A Room will be on site providing healthy treats and fun snacks.
“We’ve also added our biggest feature, which is our Family Movie Night, at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center immediately following the event,” said Stone.
The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and immediately following the event families can head over for movie night. A double-feature will air starting with It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, followed by Monsters, Inc.
The organizers hope to keep highlighting the revitalization happening in the area. There are breweries coming into the neighborhood, 1,200 new apartment rentals, new businesses — and the Scotts Addition Buiness alliance wanted to introduce the public to the area.
“It just makes sense to showcase that,” Stone said.
Isley Brewing, Ardent Craft Ale, Strangeways, Hardywood and Brown Distributing will serve adult beverages.
Smile, Triad, Billy Joe Trio, and Everwilde will perform throughout the day.
Smile: noon – 1 p.m.
Triad – 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Billy Joe Trio – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Everwilde –5 – 6 p.m.
There will be seasonal food offered by several vendors. The selections they will offer are below.
Buz & Ned’s: Roasted Pumpkin Brunswick stew, Pumpkin Funnel Cake
Iron Horse: Roasted Pork BBQ on Pumpkin Yeast Roll, Cranberry Apple Coleslaw with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Chiffon Dessert topped with graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut
Nacho Mama’s: Pumpkin Empanadas
The Camel: Candied Bacon
William’s Bakery: Apple-Walnut Bread, Pumpkin Cakes, Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Rolls
Mosaic: Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese
Martin’s: Pumpkin Cupcakes
Fat Dragon: Bao with filling and Pumpkin Dish
Mark’s Airborne Kettle Corn: Kettle Corn and Apple Cider
Alamo BBQ: Jalapeno mac n cheese, Texas Caviar, Pumpkin Pie
Moore St. Café: Pumpkin Crab Cake Sliders
Polar Roller: Self Serve Frozen Yogurt featuring Pumpkin/Cheesecake, Pumpkin/Pecan Praline with full-serve toppings
Other restaurants and vendors with fall themed items that will be at the festival include: Red Eye Cookie Company, Ellwood Thompsons, Blue Goat, Nader’s Bistro, Cross Concessions, Sherri’s Crabcakes, Daddy G’s Salsa, and Decadence Cheescake.
An ATM will be on site and many vendors accept credit cards. There will be free parking at the Diamond.