The Virginia Pumpkin Festival

Discover what's on in Cavan this autumn

October 2024
Specific date and time to be announced

The Showgrounds, Rahardrum, Virginia, Co. Cavan, Ireland
(16 min. walk from Virginia Park Lodge)

What To Expect:
Step into a world of whimsy and wonder at the Virginia Pumpkin Festival, where enchantment awaits at every turn. This unique autumn festival brings great colour to the region. The blackened out lakeside town is lit up with carved and lighted pumpkins as the street carnival fills the town with excitement.

As children don their most imaginative costumes, the festivities kick off with a lively fancy dress party. 

Wander through the artisan food and crafts fair nestled within the church grounds, where a treasure trove of handmade delights awaits, from exquisite jewellery to designer wellies, alongside an array of delectable homemade treats. 

Meanwhile, the first-class pumpkin marquee sets the stage for unforgettable performances by top international music acts, with past headliners including the likes of Sharon Shannon, Mundy, Shane McGowan, and Bell X 1.

Enormous pumpkins from all over Europe compete to be crowned the biggest. 

As night falls, the streets fill with people in costumes heading to the pumpkin marquee for Ireland's largest fancy dress party. Followed by fireworks over Lough Ramor that are simply breathtaking.