Harvest Festival
Saturday–Sunday, September 12–13 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm

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Join the ultimate celebration of autumn! Harvest Festival is a regional favorite, bringing together a wide range of performers, artisans, and exhibitors. Enjoy great food, music, animals, and activities your family will love.


  • The event will feature live performances and family activities such as crafts and demonstrations.
  • Watch a parade of champion animals from the museum's annual Junior Livestock Show.
  • Rides on the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride (sponsored by Matt Sohns and family)
  • Take a horse-drawn wagon ride
  • Performances by the Blue Ribbon Cloggers (Saturday at 1:00pm and 3:30pm)
  • Performances by O'Donnell-Kelly School of Irish Dance (Sunday at 11:00am)
  • Southern Tier Alpacas
  • Caricature artist

Artisan Demonstrations

  • Spinning and fiber art 
  • Lace making 
  • China painting
  • Doll painting
  • Rope making
  • Coopering 

Live Musical Performances (Festival Stage)

  • Mary Doherty Duo (Saturday from 11:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Gravelyard (Saturday from 2:00 - 3:30pm)
  • Rusty Doves (Sunday from 1:00 - 2:30pm)
  • Hop City Hellcats (Sunday from 3:30 - 5:00pm)
  • 19th Century music played by Jim Kimball and Glenn McClure (Bump Tavern porch each day)

Farm and Food

  • Help with harvesting potatoes and hand-scything hay.
  • Experience heirloom seed demonstrations and tastings with Landreth Seed Company.
  • Savor an abundance of delicious foods from the season's harvest.
  • Relish the taste of pulled pork, chili, hot dogs, and salads.
  • Huff Ice Cream will be on the grounds with your favorite flavors.
  • Homemade pies and fresh baked goods.
  • Roasted corn

Activities for Kids

  • Dickens the Clown will delight children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds.
  • Agricultural activities such as corn shelling and grinding, and grain flailing and winnowing
  • Story Time in the schoolhouse.
  • Games: giant pick up sticks, pumpkin rolling, beanbag toss, etc...
  • Face painting
  • Creating a mural in the festival tent.
  • Craft activities for the entire family
  • Children's Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys.


  • Tinsmith
  • Soap makers
  • Woodworkers
  • Potters
  • Cooperstown Farmers' Market
  • Dulcimer and ukulele maker
  • Triskele Rhythm Bones
  • Canoe maker
  • Handmade jewelry
  • American Mountain Man

Admission to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12). Children age 6 and younger are free, as well as NYSHA Members. Discounted 2-day passes available on Saturday: $18 adults (13+) and $9 children (7-12).

Free carousel rides sponsored in part by Matt Sohns and family. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.