Pumpkinfest 2022Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th

Save the dates and join us for a fall harvest festival of fun and learning! 



We are so excited to be able to gather once again for this iconic community event and fundraiser. 

Please plan to join us for the 2021 MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest!   

Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th, 2022

Come, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Food, music, farm animals, educational exhibits, and children’s activities all make for a fun fall outing for all ages.  

Come enjoy the beautiful setting of this history 160 acre farm. Lots of educational exhibits, children's strawland, music, and many children's activities are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased for pumpkins, food, and select children’s activities.

Pumpkinfest activities:

  • Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch
  • Farm animals
  • Free concerts
  • Harvest story time with local librarians and children's authors
  • Fishing
  • Inflatable archery
  • Target practice booth
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Pumpkin bowling
  • Children’s Strawland with straw maze
  • Horse demos
  • Nature activities
  • Fun farm field games
  • Wacky Water Critters Pond-dipping
  • Tollgate Farm 4-H Club
  • And much more!

 Come Join the Team: Pumpkinfest Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteer PfestPhotos


Every great event has a team of great people who make it happen. Pumpkinfest has a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who love the Farm and who love to help. There are so many different supporting roles where Tollgate visitors would appreciate your help.

For adults and youth 16 and older, we would like to invite you to consider volunteering in one of the many roles available for this event.

A sample of volunteer positions available:

  • Wagon Ride Helper
  • Children's strawland
  • Cider pressing helper
  • Sound board operator
  • Food concessions 
  • Volunteer headquarters hospitality
  • Welcome center 
  • Fishing helper
  • Volunteer musicians

Some of the benefits of volunteering at Pumpkinfest include:

  • Enjoy the volunteer hospitality headquarters 
  • Listen to live music
  • Meet new friends; enjoy old friends
  • Help visitors have fun while learning about agriculture
  • Enjoy a day at the Farm

Be a part of the Tollgate Pumpkinfest Volunteer Team and help make a difference! 

Pumpkinfest is a fundraiser. Proceeds help support educational programming and help schools and individuals  who might otherwise not be able to attend programs and camps. 

If you're interested in helping Tollgate's mission through a sponsorship or donation, please email koehle43@msu.edu or call 248-701-9956.


We are planning for in-person programs in 2022. We will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on programs, and decisions will be based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations/guidelines from MSU, the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local Health Department guidance. You will be contacted regarding any changes or updates through the email you use to register.