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Celebration of Autumn

September 18 - October 11

Celebration of Autumn
September 18 – October 11, 2021
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Regular museum admission rates apply

Food trucks each weekend!
No craft vendors will be on-site during the event.
See weekend schedules at bottom of page.

Celebration of Autumn incorporates elements of Harvest Festival each weekend over a four-week period, minimizing crowds and increasing safety for visitors.

The Farmers’ Museum’s month-long event, Celebration of Autumn, takes the place of Harvest Festival this fall. We look forward to the return of our much loved and traditional Harvest Festival in 2022. Celebration of Autumn incorporates many of the cherished elements of Harvest Festival and spreads it out over four-weeks, September 18-October 11. Visitors will find activities relating to the fall season with lively happenings planned for each weekend.

All ages will find fun in the museum’s Country Village and Farmstead–experiencing what it was like to live in upstate New York in the mid-1800s. Hear the knowledgeable interpreters tell the story as you make your way through the museum’s bygone setting. See the grounds decorated for the season with cornstalks, pumpkins, and hay bales. Take horse-drawn wagon rides through the Country Village on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (weather permitting). There’s also a hay bale maze and a corn maze for kids, scarecrows, and The Empire State Carousel.

Visitors will find demonstrations reflecting 19th-century trades. Interact with our printer, pharmacist, and broom maker. In the open air of the Country Village, the blacksmith shows off his talents outside the many historic buildings. At the Lippitt Farmstead, see the friendly farm animals in the Children’s Barnyard and farming demonstrations out in the fields. Learn how we smoke hams in our Smoke House. Children will enjoy additional agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding, and apple pressing (weekends only). The museum’s new calf, Ginger, will parade around the village at various times throughout the day. 

See the famous Cardiff Giant in the Main Barn and then check out our exhibit, Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival. Central New York’s breweries and beer experts share their stories and process. This vibrant and engaging exhibition features objects, images, and text highlighting the history of New York State brewing, hops, and barley up to the present day. Get a head-start on your holiday shopping in The Farmers’ Museum Store where you’ll find gifts for everyone on your list. Discover our expanded selection for babies!

Sponsored in part by Five Star Subaru.

(Food trucks on weekends. No craft vendors will be on-site during the event):

Children’s Hay Bale Maze
Historic Games
Tinsmithing on Bump Tavern Porch
Cider Pressing demonstrations
Corn Shelling & Grinding
Corn Maze on the Farm
See and vote for your favorite scarecrows
Discover great family photo-ops throughout the museum grounds
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides (Weekends: Saturdays only, 1:00-3:00pm, weather permitting. Also Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Children’s Arts and Crafts (Subaru tent near carousel):
 – Corn husk dolls
 – Stamped autumn greeting cards
 – Stamped jack o’ lanterns with various embellishments

Story Time (Schoolhouse porch • 11am-2pm each day):
– Hear selections from James Harriot’s A Treasury for Children and Olive Miller’s My Book House collection


September 18-19
Both days: Larry’s Meats and Smokehouse (Mount Vision, NY): Serving German Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, and Hamburgers

September 25-26
Sept 25: Oh Crepe and Waffles (more info)
Sept 26: Savage Eats (more info)

October 2-3
Mangia Macrina’s (more info)

October 10
The Grapevine (more info)



September 18
October 11
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