• 2017 Daily Schedule

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Schedule of Events

October 20-29, 2017

Town of Carefree’s 3rd year of pumpkin enchantment is sure to please even the biggest Ray Villafane fan.

Stroll the 4 acre exhibit, the Carefree Desert Gardens every day and discovered whimsical pumpkin characters keeping time with the Carefree Sundial. We encouraged people to return as the exhibits changed daily with new carved pumpkins. Everyone enjoyed “Ray’s 10 Best” Pickled Sculpted Pumpkins in their Saguaro Cactus displays that resembled real botanical specimens.

The weekdays were exciting, but the weekends invited the scarecrows and the pumpkin activities to reach their peak and included LIVE pumpkin carving featuring world renowned artist Ray Villafane! The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., from October 20 – 29 at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion with FREE admission!

Friday, October 20

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Farmer’s Market plus NEW Harvest Market at the Sundial
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Autumnal Treats and Jack O’Lantern Craft Beer Garden
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch by Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Saturday, October 21

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    LIVE! Pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    NEW! Harvest Market located at the Sundial in the Gardens
    Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
    NEW! Carefree Inflatable Corn Maze
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids, sponsored by Easy Street Galleria
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin, sponsored by Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required), sponsored by Venues Café
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Sunday, October 22

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    LIVE! Pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    NEW! Harvest Market located at the Sundial in the Gardens
    Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
    NEW! Carefree Inflatable Corn Maze
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids, sponsored by Easy Street Galleria
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin sponsored by Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Monday, October 23

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers

Tuesday, October 24

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers

Wednesday, October 25

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Family Carving Night with Ray Villafane (RSVP required) sponsored by Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Mortimer Farms

Thursday, October 26

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Family Carving Night with Ray Villafane (RSVP required) sponsored by Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Mortimer Farms

Friday, October 27

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Farmer’s Market plus NEW Harvest Market at the Sundial
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Autumnal Treats and Jack O’Lantern Craft Beer Garden
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch by Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Saturday, October 28

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    LIVE! Pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    Gourmet Autumnal Treats and Jack O’Lantern Craft Beer Garden
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    NEW! Harvest Market located at the Sundial in the Gardens
    Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
    NEW! Carefree Inflatable Corn Maze
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids, sponsored by Easy Street Galleria
  • 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
    “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch by Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    NEW! Kid’s Costume Contest (Ages 16 and under)
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    NEW! Group/Family Costume Contest
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required), sponsored by Venues Café
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)
  • 7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
    NEW! Spook-tacular Adult Costume Contest

Sunday, October 29

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    LIVE! Pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    Gourmet Autumnal Treats and Jack O’Lantern Craft Beer Garden
    “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    NEW! Harvest Market located at the Sundial in the Gardens
    Face Painting by Blushing Peach Art
    NEW! Carefree Inflatable Corn Maze
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids, sponsored by Easy Street Galleria
  • 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
    “Adopt a Pumpkin” Patch, sponsored by Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required), sponsored by Venues Café
  • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    Live music by country/rock band HomeStretch
    Storytelling with Witches and Warlocks (Garden fireplaces)

Tuesday, October 31

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Trunk or Treat along Easy Street, sponsored by Bella Donna & Cane

2017 Halloween Activities

Adopt a Pumpkin
Carefree Corn Maze
Family Carving Nights
Costume Contests
Craft Beer Garden
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Picasso Arts and Crafts
Face Painting
Trunk or Treat

Have questions? Call the Town of Carefree today at 480.488.3686 or send us an email.

Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

October 20 – October 29, 2017
101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377
480.488.3686
info@carefreepumpkingarden.com
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