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Our hope is that public health and University guidelines will allow us to host this fun, fall festival with covid safety precautions in place. Please save the dates below to join us for the 7th Annual Pumpkinfest in 2021!

Saturday, October 2nd: 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 3rd: 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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.  

The 7th Annual Pumpkinfest weekend at MSU Tollgate Farm takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd, from 11 am to 5 pm at 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377

Admission is $5 per person, 2 and under are free. Parking, 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 may include:

Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch
Tollgate Farm 4-H club
Farm animals
Free concerts
Harvest story time with local librarians and children's authors
Living history reenactments
MSU Bug House
Inflatable archery
Target practice booth
Pumpkin painting
Pumpkin bowling
Children’s Strawland with straw maze
Horse demos
Pony rides
Mother Goose and Gander
The Book Fairy
Heritage Park Nature Explorations
Pumpkin trebuchet demonstrations
Make your own mini-catapults with the MSU Extension Science Team
Novi Historic Commission - Toys from the 1800s
Commodity Carnival
Novi Youth Assistance
Batty About Bats/Conservation Stewards
Fun Farm Field games
Owls and the Stage Nature Center
Wacky Water Critters Pond-dipping


Come Join the Team: Pumpkinfest Volunteer Opportunities 


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
“Strawland” Children’s Activity Monitor
Cider Pressing Helper
Sound board operator
Food Concessions Worker
Volunteer Center Helper
Welcome Center Helper
Fishing Helper
Sound board operator
Strolling Minstrel!

Some of the benefits of volunteering at Pumpkinfest include:

Enjoy the volunteer hospitality center 
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@anr.msu.edu or call 248-701-9956.