Inspired by nostalgic small-town, big-heart fall festivals, the 2021 Pumpkin-Carving Festival celebrates autumn while highlighting talented local artists and small businesses. Stroll the Garden with beer, wine and spirits as you enjoy:
- A professional pumpkin carver demonstration
- Surprise break dance performances by Rockwell Dance Academy
- Fall treats for purchase, including pumpkin spice lattes, kettle corn, frosted nuts and more
- Kids scavenger hunt
- Decorative photo opps
And more! See the schedule below.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Skyline Garden 5 – 8 p.m.
Winners Announced 8:30 p.m.
Nathalia – Kid’s Music in English & Spanish
Rose Garden 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Bubbles Over Georgia Show
Rose Garden 5 – 8 p.m.
Atlanta School of Rock House Band
Skyline Event Lawn 5:15 – 6 p.m.
French Market Flowers Demos
In front of Longleaf Restaurant
Holiday Table Garlands, 5:30 p.m.
Fall Wreaths, 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Centerpieces Arrangements, 7:30 p.m.
Great Lawn, 5:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Smith & Calvert’s Bluegrass Brigade
ft. Rev. Jeff Mosier
Skyline Event Lawn, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“Botany of Beer”
with Wild Heaven Brewmaster Eric Johnson serving craft beer from a vintage tap truck
Great Lawn, 7 p.m.
NEW! Apply to become a pumpkin carver
Is your expertly-carved pumpkin always the best on your block? Apply to compete in the 2021 Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest, held live at the Garden on Oct. 28, 2021.
Teams of up to two amateur carvers will have three hours, 5 – 8 p.m., to carve a pumpkin in front of guests at stations throughout the Garden. All selected competitors (up to two per team) will receive one (1) Garden Golden Ticket, which grants access to a year of exciting events at the Garden and 1 free guest admission to the Oct. 28 event.
Anyone ages 18 and up are invited to apply. Carvers must bring their own tools and supplies to design pumpkins. More details and contest rules will be provided after pumpkin carving teams are announced. Carvers arrive at 4:30 p.m on the day of the event. Masks are mandatory for all competitors regardless of vaccination status. Carving must be suitable for viewing by children. Entries may not depict controversial subjects, or overtly commercial, political or religious subjects. All carved pumpkins will become property of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Application opens: Sept. 20. | Application deadline: Oct. 4 | Competition teams announced: Oct. 14