The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden has been highlighted in the October issue of Food Network Magazine. Come experience our fantastic event this year, October 20th – 29th. For the event’s schedule, click here.
A fun experience!
Over 50 whimsical pumpkin characters artfully carved.
No. This is a FREE, exclusive fall exhibit sponsored by the Town of Carefree and other generous donors. We encourage you to please donate if you feel the exhibit has exceeded your expectations. Your support will keep the arts coming to Carefree. There are donation boxes throughout the Garden and the Town of Carefree thanks you in advanced for helping fund this one-of-a-kind event.
Can I attend multiple events?
Yes! We encourage visitors to return more than once during the 10-day event. We guarantee you will see more the second time around! The Carefree Desert Gardens are open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year.
Where will I be able to park?
Parking is available in multiple areas of the Town unless otherwise designated. Handicap Parking is designated and available all around Carefree and the Desert Gardens. The most adjacent drop-off for handicap visitors is along Easy street in front of the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at 101 Easy Street at the Carefree Desert Gardens.
May I come earlier than the listed events?
Why of course! The Carefree Desert Gardens are open to the public 24/7.
Can I meet Ray Villafane?
Yes. Ray will be tending the pumpkins in the Carefree Desert Gardens during the following exhibit dates: October 28th and 29th. He may also be spotted during the weekdays working in the Garden but we do not have specific times scheduled. Please call during the week at 480-488-3686, Carefree Town Hall for detailed information.
Can I take pictures of the carved pumpkins?
Yes indeed! Capture the artistry and enchantment. Just be careful not to disturb any of the pumpkin exhibits throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens.
Will I be able to purchase a carved pumpkin?
Ray Villafane is hired exclusively by the Town of Carefree for the dates listed. If you would like to order a pumpkin during dates outside of this exhibit, please contact Ray directly at Villafane Studios 888.592.3337.
Will there be food vendors at the event?
The Town of Carefree has multiple restaurants to service visitors and can be found on the Town of Carefree website. Weekends will highlight craft beer, beer and wine along with autumnal treats. To learn more, click here.
Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes! This is an enchanted garden full of frolicking pumpkins building and cultivating their new home in the Carefree Desert Gardens. We encourage kids to count how many pumpkins are currently living in the Gardens and to spot the different pumpkins and Hubbard squashes working in this organic environment.
Are dogs allowed at the event?
Yes indeed! We welcome dogs up to 30 pounds. Larger dogs are not suitable for this event. All dogs must be on a leash and well-trained for safe interactions with adults, children and other dogs. The Carefree Desert Gardens provides a 4-acre walking path and dog/pet waste bags are available onsite.
Ray’s Client List
He’s circled the globe carving pumpkins and entertaining people
Have questions? Give us a call at 480.488.3686 or send an email inquiry!