Calabasas is slowly becoming my home. Even though hubby grew up here, my kiddos and I are newbies, and we are just slowly becoming accustomed to the slower pace of life that is associated with Calabasas. Coming from Texas, Calabasas is actually reminiscent of Texas towns with its quaint ranch like ambience and outdoor living. As you navigate around this small city, it also becomes clear that this is a well maintained and affluent city. There are many hidden gems of Calabasas that only those who live here may be aware of, and one of those is the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. Calabasas (the name) is derived from the Spanish word pumpkin, so how fitting to have a Calabasas Pumpkin Festival before Halloween right?
We went to the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival 2017 on a Saturday- around 11am, believing that the crowd will be arriving after that. As the Festival is scheduled to run from 10-5pm, 11am was surprisingly crowded already. There were however plenty of parking and also shuttles for drop off at the event- which was held at Juan de Anza park. Entrance was $5 with a $15 bracelet for extra activities. The $5 entrance is more than enough to enjoy the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, which included games, activities, rides, inflatables and slides. There were also plenty of shopping booths and best of all, food. There were pumpkin themed items like pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin pies, pumpkin lattes, and everything else pumpkin you can imagine. For my first experience, I thought the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival was enjoyable for the kiddos. I’m not much of a fan of super crowded places but will go for the little ones. The kids had a blast, and though we only stayed for 2 hours, it was more than enough.