Signature Events

The seasons of the year are marked at our museum with celebrations that echo the spirit and traditions of rural New York State.

Sugaring Off Sundays


Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast coupled with traditional maple sugaring activities. Animals, activities, and more! Every Sunday in March at The Farmers’ Museum.

Junior Livestock Show

The Junior Livestock Show brings together the best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region. The event tests the skills of youth handlers ages eight to eighteen who present animals that they own, care for, and have prepared for competition.

Independence Day Celebration

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day with the sights and sounds of the mid-1800s. Hear the muskets blast with our militia muster and hear history happen. Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green.

Harvest Festival

CANCELED THIS SEASON – Replaced with Celebration of Autumn

The ongoing traditions of Harvest Festival contribute to its charm. Find two days of live performances, music, family activities, and much more. Check back on September 8 for more information.

Tractor Fest

CANCELED THIS SEASON – Stop by and check out our Celebration of Autumn

Learn about the world of tractors and everything they powered on New York State farms at the eighth annual Tractor Fest. See classic tractors, small engines, and other machinery – displaying the growth of farming technology.

Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours

Experience The Farmers’ Museum during the most haunting time of the year.  Join museum guides as they lead you about the shadowy grounds and recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the Museum’s historic village.

Candlelight Evening

Be sure to check back in November to see if Candlelight Evening will take place in 2021.

The landscape of the museum is adorned with greenery and aglow with hundreds of candle luminaries. Real jingle bells add to the magic of the evening as horses dressed in harness bells pull wagons carrying visitors through the museum’s snowy grounds. Gather around a bonfire on the tavern green and partake of complimentary wassail made with local cider–warming in kettles over open fires and served throughout the event.

Planning a future visit?

The seasons of the year are marked at our museum with celebrations that echo the spirit and traditions of rural New York State. Don’t miss our demonstrations and cute and cuddly animals. Pick the best time to visit!

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