3400 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

A Manhattan Beach Fall Tradition - Pumpkin Races!

04 October 2019 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
Manhattan Beach Annual Pumpkin Race Manhattan Beach Annual Pumpkin Race Photo by Toni Cuenca from Pexels

If you are visiting Manhattan Beach in October, a festive tradition like none other in the Southern California area should be on your list.  You will not want to miss the 2019 World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival in Manhattan Beach on Sunday, October 27th. Best of all, it is FREE to attend!

Just a short walk from The Sea View Inn, the festival transforms a section of Manhattan Beach Blvd near the pier into the fastest pumpkin raceway around.  Participants of all ages build their pumpkin masterpieces with a special kit created just for the races and send them down the hill for all to see. Pumpkin Racers come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. The creativity is out of this world!  In a bracket-style series of 5 rounds, the fastest pumpkin in the South Bay is crowned each year. 

The World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival is fun for the whole family.  The well-attended event begins at 11 am and continues throughout the day until the champion is crowned around 5 pm.  Attendees can enjoy watching the pumpkins barrel down the steep track in addition to games, activities and fun surprises located in Pumpkin Race Land (located next to the pier).  The boutiques and businesses along the pier also get in on the fun as they host costumed trick or treaters all day long.

Do you think you have what it takes to make a Pumpkin Racer?  Pumpkin kits are sold at the Live Oak Tennis Office as well as on the day of the event for last-minute entries.  At the festival, there is a Race Genius Booth that offers assistance and advice to competitors looking for that edge.  

Skip the patch this year and come enjoy the World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival.  Contact our helpful hotel staff for more information on this fun local event. It promises to be a spectacle you will remember forever!