The seasons of the year are marked at our museum with celebrations that echo the spirit and traditions of rural New York State.
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 a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green and much more.
(September 17–18, 2022) The ongoing traditions of Harvest Festival contribute to its charm. Find two days of live performances, music, family activities, and much more.
(October 8–9, 2022) 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
(6 nights! October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29–with six tours each night!) 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.
(Winter events schedule will be announced soon!) 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.