Harvest Festival
Saturday–Sunday, September 15–16 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Check back soon for details on our 40th annual Harvest Festival! See what took place last year:


Get tickets here! 

Find two days of live performances, music, and family activities. On Saturday, enjoy Storycrafters from 11:00 -11:45 a.m., followed by Will Walker and the Iona Dance Troupe. On Sunday, see line dancing demonstrations and workshops, as well as music from singer/songwriter Marc Delgado. Each day in the Festival Tent, find children’s craft activities plus outdoor games. The museum's Templeton Players perform the one-act farce Box and Cox, guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages (12:30 p.m. both days).

The ongoing traditions of Harvest Festival contribute to its charm. Nineteenth-century musicians Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt have added to the festival’s ambiance since the late 1970s. Also part of Harvest Festival for nearly 39 years, Dickens the Clown delights children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds.

Animals always take the spotlight at Harvest Festival. Take a ride through the museum’s grounds in a horse-drawn wagon. Watch a parade of prize-winning animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show. Hinman Hollow Sport Dogs will dazzle you with their agility and obedience demonstrations. Kids enjoy the Children's Barnyard and cuddly alpacas from various regional farms.

If you like historical trades, you won’t be disappointed at Harvest Festival. Many artisans show off their skills, such as George Olsen from GTO Woodturning. Get hands-on with rope making, coopering, and see spinning and fiber art demonstrations. You’ll also find tinsmiths, woodworkers, quilters, bakers, and potters.

The Ag Tent features the Cooperstown Farmers' Market, Cowbella. LLC , Leatherstocking Beekeepers, Otsego County Maple Producers, Otsego County Dairy Promotion, and Kingfisher Lavender. The Ag tent is sponsored in part by Upstate Niagara.

Harvest Fest gives visitors the opportunity to assist our interpreters with the harvesting of potatoes and other crops on the museum’s Lippitt Farmstead. Children enjoy additional agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding, and grain flailing and winnowing, apple bobbing, and apple pressing. The entire family can take part in games and crafts as well as free carousel rides – sponsored by Matt Sohns and family.

An abundance of delicious foods from the season’s harvest awaits festival-goers, featuring roasted corn, pulled pork, chili, hot dogs, and Huff Ice Cream. You will also find homemade pies, fresh baked goods, and cider slushies.

One-day entry to Harvest Festival: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and museum members are free. Purchase tickets in advance on our website or at the entrance on the day of the event.

Walk to the museum from the village of Cooperstown and enter through our convenient South Gate. This pedestrian only entrance is located just up the road from The Otesaga Resort Hotel. The Cooperstown Trolley also makes stops at the museum.



  • 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
  • Alpacas

Artisan Demonstrations

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

Festival Stage

  • 19th Century music played by Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt
  • Box and Cox (Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm)
  • Iona Dance Troupe 
  • Storycrafters (Saturday from 11:00 - 11:45am)
  • Children's craft activities and outdoor games (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Marc Delgado
  • Will Walker

Farm and Food

  • Help with harvesting potatoes and hand-scything hay.
  • 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
  • Games: giant pick up sticks, pumpkin rolling, beanbag toss, etc...
  • Face painting
  • Craft activities for the entire family
  • Children's Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys.


  • Alpaca Tent - knitted items
  • Beckmann’s Prov. Inc. - sausage onions and peppers
  • Bernd J. Krause - dulcimer and ukulele building
  • Bonnie Breed - lace making demonstrations
  • Brodies Sugarbush - maple syrup products, candles, pancake flour, honey, and beeswax candles
  • Cheryl & Emily Loadwick - handmade folk dolls
  • Clarkshire Farms - lamb burgers
  • Cooperstown Farmers' Market - a variety of goods from the market vendors
  • Cowbella, LLC - dairy products
  • Historical Society of Early American Decorations - early American decorations
  • Huff Ice Cream - ice cream
  • Kate’s Kreations - handmade cloth purses and wallets
  • Kingfisher Lavender - dried lavender flower bunches, sachets, and notecards
  • Knapp Farm - specialty foods: jams, jellies, preserves, chutney, salsa, juices, and vinegars
  • Leatherstocking Bee Keepers Assoc. - honey and bee products
  • Otsego County Dairy Promotion - t-shirts and other items
  • Otsego County Maple Producers, Inc. - pure maple products
  • Otsego County Pomona Grange - baked goods
  • Butternut Valley Grange - baked goods
  • Our Green Acres - roasted corn
  • Red Pine Pottery - pottery
  • Smyth/CID Pottery - pottery
  • Springfield Presbyterian Church - pies, baked goods, and soup
  • Witherbee’s Chairs - Windsor chairs
  • GTO Woodturning - lathe turned wood items
  • Two Sisters Emporium - cinnamon buns, scones, cookies, and artisan bread
  • W.C. Pope Studio - caricaturist
  • Sharon Hill Crafts - quilted products and woven rugs
  • Susan James - fabric, quilts, table runners, and wall hangings
  • Tay Tea - hand-blended teas
  • Wildwoods Woodturning - wood art
  • Willow & Birch Apothecary - handcrafted skin care, beauty products, and candles

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 Museum Members. Discounted 2-day passes available on Saturday: $18 adults (13+) and $9 children (7-12). Get tickets here! 

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