Punkin Chunkin 2019

Where pumpkins fly through the sky!

WHERE: Arapahoe Park Racetrack | get directions
WHEN: September 21-22
COST: $5 single admission or $15 family pack | get tickets

The City of Aurora’s 20thAnnual Punkin Chunkin is home to pumpkins that fly high in the sky. Walk the festival grounds Saturday and Sunday to enjoy family activities, live music, food trucks, and of course the yearly pumpkin launching competition.

Adults drink beer at the festival.

There’s a lot to do at Punkin Chunkin 2019. Discover kid activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, and a giant slide. Enjoy your favorite seasonal activities like pumpkin picking, viewing gourds that tip the scale, and pumpkin carving. View classic Corvette cars at the on-site car show. Come hungry! There will be food vendors, sweet treats, and a beer garden on site. All activities below are included in general admission.

Man wears goggles and prepares for punkin chunkin.

Since 1998, Aurora has hosted to the nation’s largest pumpkin launching competition. Punkin Chunkin categories launchers into two categories; air-pressured and spring-loaded. Visitors from around the United States compete, and watch pumpkins fly over 3,000 ft.

Man carving wood for competition.

Watch in awe as international artists create one-of-a-kind artwork from tree logs using chainsaws! Attend Carve Wars, a competition where artists go head to head creating designs. Or watch the Quick Carve, a time-crunch carving where artists only have one hour to complete a sculpture!

Man carves a pumpkin into unique shape.

Leave the pumpkin carving to the professionals. New this year, explore hundreds of carved pumpkins scattered throughout the festival grounds. These larger than life pumpkin displays are perfect for that fall selfie or giving you the inspiration to carve your own. The pumpkin carving artist from the Denver Botanic Gardens is famous for creating the annual “Glow at the Gardens” display will be creating two 25-feet long pumpkin displays. Get ready! One display has an interactive feature where attendees can push a button and make parts move.

More information can be found on the City of Aurora’s website. Looking for somewhere to stay? The Radisson Hotel Denver-Aurora is offering a special $94.00 a night room rate for festival-goers, book online for the best deal.