Martinsville, Virginia


Pumpkin Palooza Brings Live Music, Craft Beer to Art Garden

Get ready for an all-new Pumpkin Palooza coming to Piedmont Arts’ Gravely-Lester Art Garden on Saturday, October 14 from 4 – 8 pm.

Everyone’s favorite pumpkin carving contest is now a fall festival with live music, food, drinks and kids’ crafts. This year’s event is sponsored by The Eye Site – Dr. Julie Brown.

“This year, Pumpkin Palooza is packed with activities,” said Director of Marketing, Communications and Design Bernadette Moore. “In addition to the pumpkin carving contest, we will have live music by Jason Springs Band, delicious barbecue from Hylton’s Wood Cooking Grill and a selection of craft beer from Mountain Valley Brewing. There will also be yard games and fun crafts for kids, making the event perfect for all ages.”

Pumpkin Palooza will kick off at 4 pm with a ribbon cutting for the Gravely-Lester Art Garden.

“We are excited to officially open the Art Garden,” said Moore. “It’s a great place to hold events, like Pumpkin Palooza, and it’s a true asset to the community.”

Teams interested in entering the Pumpkin Palooza pumpkin carving contest can download a registration form at or pick up a copy at the museum. Team registration is $50 per team and is due by Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

“The pumpkin carving contest is open to everyone – businesses, artists, any group that wants to test its pumpkin carving skills and have a blast making a pumpkin masterpiece,” said Moore. “We hope families, friends and co-workers will join in on the fun and enter a carving team. It’s all for fun and winning teams take home kooky handmade trophies.”

Tickets to Pumpkin Palooza are $15 and are available at Piedmont Arts, by calling 276.632.3221 or online at Guests should bring cash for the bar and food truck. Guests may also bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. No outside food or drink is allowed. In case of inclement weather, Pumpkin Palooza will be held at Piedmont Arts.

Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville, Virginia that inspires and engages the diverse Martinsville-Henry County community and surrounding areas through visual arts, performing arts and arts education. Piedmont Arts is a statewide partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Piedmont Arts programming is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at