Harvest Festival
Saturday–Sunday, September 13–14 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Join us for this ultimate celebration of autumn! Harvest Festival is a regional favorite. Enjoy great food, music, animals, and activities your family will love. See complete schedule (pdf).

New this year is a discounted "Two-Day Festival Pass" for admission both Saturday and Sunday plus free admission to Fenimore Art Museum. Purchase in advance!

The Festival Tent features live performances and family activities:
  • Crafts, demonstrations, storytime, and contests
  • Musical performances on Saturday: "Bourbon and Branch" and "Gravelyard"
  • Musical performances on Sunday: "Rusty Doves" and "Heaven's Back Door"
  • Saturday: Blue Ribbon Cloggers
  • Sunday: O'Donnell Kelly Dance Company
Animals are always a large part of Harvest Festival:
  • Marvel at demonstrations of dog obedience and agility.
  • Watch a parade of champion animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show.
  • See cuddly alpacas and watch their agility in an obstacle course. An entire tent is home to these domesticated animals raised for their fiber. 
  • Smile at the Children's Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys.
  • Take in the whole museum on a horse-drawn wagon ride.

Many artisans demonstrate their skills. View list of all artisans (pdf)

  • Spinning, weaving and fiber art demonstrations
  • Blacksmithing
  • Printing

Harvest time means farm and food:

  • Help with harvesting potatoes, beans, corn, and hops.
  • Enjoy agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding.
  • Apple cider pressing demonstrations.
  • Savor an abundance of delicious foods from the season’s harvest.
  • Relish the taste of pulled pork, chili, hot dogs, and salads.

Children will especially enjoy:

  • Rides on the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride (sponsored by Matt Sohns and family)
  • Historic games and races
  • Apple bobbing
  • Craft activities for the entire family
  • Nineteenth-century games in the one-room schoolhouse

At noon on Saturday, stop by the Empire State carousel for the dedication of a new carousel plaque honoring New York State musician Pete Seeger. Carousel creator Jerry Holzman will also sign copies of the Empire State Carousel book detailing the history and creation of the carousel.

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, enjoy a book signing and reading with author Shannon Hayes and her new book Homespun Mom Comes Unraveled and Other Adventures from the Radical Homemaking Frontier.

Admission to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12). Children age 6 and younger are free, as well as members of the New York State Historical Association. Join today! Purchase a discounted Two-Day Festival Pass for admission both Saturday and Sunday plus free admission to Fenimore Art Museum: $18 adults (13+) and $9 juniors (7-12). Purchase in advance!

Sponsored by Organic Valley and Matt Sohns and family. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.