Pro Pumpkin Carvers & Free Family Fun — Kick Off October at Holland Fall Fest 2023

Holland Fall Fest’s Includes Pumpkin Carvings, Face Painting, Performers

Friday, October 6 – Saturday, October 7, 2023
Downtown Holland, MI

Nothing beats budget-friendly fun for the whole family. Downtown Holland embraces all things fall on October 6 & 7, 2023 with harvest decorations, an artisan market, family activities, and LIVE professional pumpkin carvers.

Pumpkin Carving - Holland Fall Festival 2022

It’s just one of the many cool fall festivals happening in West Michigan this year!

Shopping & Dining Downtown Holland

Stroll down 8th street in Downtown Holland the first weekend of October for Fall Fest.


Here you’ll find a lengthy list of fall-inspired family activities like balloon artists, face painting and live pumpkin carvers wielding masterpieces from all sizes of squash.

Don’t forget shopping and deals at the adorable shops downtown and a strong lineup of restaurants that are serving up the best cool weather dishes when you need a break from the fun.

PS- The bulk of the festival is happening throughout Downtown Holland, but there are other locations to check out as well.

Professional Carvers

Downtown Holland’s Fall Fest is the only fall festival in Michigan where you’ll find the nation’s best professional pumpkin carvers (including Food Network alumni) carving the biggest pumpkins you’ve seen!

You can watch the professional pumpkin carvers at work on :

  • Friday, October 6, 2023 from 3 PM – 7 PM (8th Street in Downtown Holland)
  • Saturday, October 8, 2023 from 10 AM – 2 PM (Holland Farmers Market )

All carvings will remain on display through Monday.

Downtown Holland Pumpkin Carvers

Family Fun at Holland Fall Fest

There’s so much fun planned for the entire family during Fall Fest!

  • Pumpkin Painting (for just $1.00) at Holland Farmers Market
  • Fun Games at the Holland Farmers Market
  • Free street performers in Downtown Holland (including face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, and more) on Saturday from 12 PM – 4 PM.
Holland Street Performers - Fall Festival 2022

You can’t beat affordable fall fun!

Holland Farmers Market

Enjoy the bounty of the autumn harvest during Fall Fest at the Holland Farmers Market.

Shop from over 50 local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, plants and flowers, fall decor, honey, jam, meat, gourmet specialty foods and so more! The Market is a can’t miss!

  • Saturday, October 7 from 8 AM – 2 PM

Artisan Market

The third annual Fall Fest Artisan Market at Windmill Island Gardens will be held

  • Friday, October 6 from 12–5 PM
  • Saturday, October 7 from 10 AM–5 PM.

Hosted by Tulip Time, the Artisan Market is a juried show that features over 85 talented local vendors selling their arts and crafts! ($5 entry fee.)

Artisans Market at Windmill Island Gardens during Holland Fall Festival
Artisans Market at Windmill Island Gardens during Holland Fall Festival

Downtown Social District

As part of Downtown Holland’s popular social district, patrons ages 21+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from one of sixteen participating establishment to enjoy outdoors!

During Fall Fest, grab a drink to sip while strolling the decorated sidewalk and checking out the pumpkin carvings!

Take Part in the Tulip Planting Tradition

While the fall weather has many dreaming about pumpkins, it’s also the best time to plant tulips for next year’s Tulip Time Festival.

Rally the troops to take part in a long-standing, tulip planting tradition.

Tulip Planting Holland Fall Festival 2022

Next May, when tulips spring up on Window on the Waterfront, planters can take pride in knowing they helped keep the tradition alive. As a bonus, free coffee and donuts will be handed out as a thank you!

2023 Holland Fall Fest Schedule

Friday, October 6, 2023

10 AM – 12 PMTulip Planting *Window on the Waterfront
12 PM – 5 PMArtisan Vendor MarketWindmill Island Gardens
1 PM – 3 PMTulip Planting *Window on the Waterfront
3 PM – 7 PMPumpkin CarvingDowntown Holland
7 PM – 10 PMJack-O-Lanterns DisplayedDowntown Holland

Saturday, October 7, 2023

10 AM – 12 PMPumpkin Carving Display
Children’s Activities
Pumpkin Painting
Holland Farmers Market
12 PM – 5 PMArtisan Vendor MarketWindmill Island Gardens
12 PM – 4 PMStreet PerformersDowntown Holland
12 PM – 7 PMPumpkin CarvingDowntown Holland
7 PM – 10 PMJack-O-Lanterns DisplayedDowntown Holland

Some events will be held at specific times, check out the full schedule before attending.

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