Golden Harvest Festival

Our 44th Year!

Saturday, September 10, 2022
10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, September 11, 2022
10:00am - 5:00pmGolden Harvest Festival2

Cash ONLY is accepted at the ticket booths. 

$5 - adults
$1 - children (6-17 years old)
Free - 5 & under
An ATM is located inside the Festival at the Visitor Center and many vendors accept credit cards.

8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, New York


Free Parking on site in the Nature Center's grassy overflow lot and in the field one mile north of the Nature Center, this lot will have a shuttle to the Festival. Both lots are located on East Mud Lake Road. (The Nature Center will NOT have shuttle parking from Tops Grocery Store on Downer Street in Baldwinsville.) IF THE EVENT REACHES CAPACITY, IT WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR ALL ADMISSION.

Click here to download the 2021 Golden Harvest Festival map/layout - 2022 Info Coming Soon...

This old-fashioned, country fair-style event has something for everyone. Hands-on nature activities, horse-drawn hayrides, free canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animal demonstrations, unique games, great shopping with local artists and crafters, and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment round out the weekend. Audience participation has long been a mainstay of the program as visitors serve as both contestants and judges in the signature Living Scarecrow and Wild Critter Call contests. 


schedule subject to change

Super Natural Midway
Original games include Beaver Tail Toss, Rack Up the Points, Leapin' Lily Pads and more. Everyone is a winner here • $1.00 ( to play all the games!)

Paddle a Canoe
Watch for wildlife, such as osprey, beavers, and painted turtles • FREE

Nature Trail Challenge
Pick up a scavenger hunt challenge sheet from the Ask A Naturalist booth just outside of the visitors center. This adventure will take you down a short path to the lake, as you test your detective skills searching for things hidden in the woods • FREE

Enjoy a leisurely ride along the Pine Meadow Trail • $3.00

Farmer Market
Wyllie Fox Farm of Cato, NY will be on hand with a selection of fresh organic vegetables for sale.

Meet Members
of the CNY Wood Carvers, Friends of Beaver Lake and other organizations.

Nature's Niche
Hands on crafts for kids outside near the Arboretum • FREE

Balloon Art
Near the Midway ticket booth • $2.00


Contestants must register at the information table in front of the Visitor Center. Space is limited. See schedule for contest times. 

Living Scarecrow Contest
Come to the hill in front of the Small Stage 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled contest time, dress up in some old clothes, stuff yourself with straw and compete for audience applause.

Wild Critter Call
Crowd applause will determine the winning entry.

Lake Loop Hula Hoop 
See how long you can hike (hoop!) the Lake Loop Trail. The winner is the who can loop the longest!

2021 Entertainment Schedule - 2022 Info Coming Soon...



Main Stage Main Stage
9:45 am – Dan Duggan 9:45 am – Dan Duggan
10:45 am – Westcott Jugsuckers 10:30 am – Catskill Puppet Theater
11:30 am – Catskill Puppet Theater 12:15 pm - Wildlife Series
12:15 pm – Westcott Jugsuckers 1:15 pm – Catskill Puppet Theater
1:00 pm – Wild Critter Call 2:00 pm – Los Blancos
1:30 pm – Wildlife Series 3:00 pm – Wildlife Series 
2:15 pm – Catskill Puppet Theater
4:00 pm – Los Blancos 
3:00 pm – Wildlife Series  
3:45 pm – Ted Yoder Band  
4:30 pm – Wild Critter Call  
5:00 pm – Ted Yoder Band  
Gazebo Gazebo
11:00 am - Jeff the Magic Man 10:30 am – Bridgid Bibbens
12:00 pm – Dan Duggan
11:30 am – Jeff the Magic Man
1:00 pm – Bridgid Bibbens 12:30 pm – Bridgid Bibbens
2:00 pm – Jeff the Magic Man 1:30 pm – Dan Duggan 
3:00 pm - Bridgid Bibbens 2:30 pm – Jeff the Magic Man
Small Stage Small Stage
11:00 am – Wild Critter Call 11:00 am – Wild Critter Call 
12:00 pm – Lake Loop Hula Hoop 12:00 pm – Lake Loop Hula Hoop
2:15 pm – Incredible Larry 12:30 pm – Living Scarecrow 
3:15 pm – Lake Loop Hula Hoop 1:30 pm – Incredible Larry
3:45 pm – Living Scarecrow 2:45 pm – Lake Loop Hula Hoop
4:15 pm – Incredible Larry 3:15 pm – Wild Critter Call
  4:00 pm – Incredible Larry 
Schedule/Musicians subject to change.  

Bridgid Bibbens
One of the most sought-after violinists in the United States, is from Weedsport, NY. She plays a bright pink, seven-string, fretted electric violin and is proficient in classical music. She’s been written about in Guitar World, is in high demand as a studio musician, and has performed with artists spanning Christina Aguilera to Mary J. Blige to Jay-Z.

Catskill Puppet Theater - Full sets, colorful scenery and beautiful puppets combine with art, music, drama and American folk culture to transform even the simplest environment into a fantasy world rich with wonder and excitement.

Dan Duggan
As a recipient of the prestigious National Hammered Dulcimer Championship, Dan’s accomplishment, though based on technical merit, is even more impressive as he is the first winner to have performed all original compositions.

Incredible Larry - A comic juggler, Larry has performed coast to coast at festivals, casinos, amusement parks, and theaters since 1992.

Jeff the Magic Man – 
Jeff’s award-winning shows are family friendly for children of all ages. He has performed on television and in schools, libraries, and malls across New York State.

Los Blancos - Their music spans style and time. They rip through blues, Memphis Soul, rockin’  Zydeco, Latin and folk, all played with passion and finesse.

Ted Yoder Band (Hammered Dulcimer) - In 2016, Ted Yoder set up a dulcimer in his Goshen, Indiana backyard and turned on Facebook Live and performed the Tears for Fears’ song Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Overnight he became an internet sensation with over 100 million views to date. But the roots of his talent weren’t simply earned overnight; Yoder has played the dulcimer for decades and even won America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010.

Westcott Jugsuckers  - Tune up some Delta-style blues with slide guitar, washboard, harmonica and tuba.

Wildlife Series -The World of Animals - Fascinating and informative birds of prey and reptile show. Brian Robinson has been providing wildlife education since 1993.

Artists & Crafters - Now Accepting Applications for 2022! 

Click here for information
Click here for application

A variety local and regional artists and crafters offering their original work for sale. Click here for a list of 2021 artists & crafters. Subject to change.

The Food!

meatball kabobs • grilled cheese • pizza • falafel • spinach pie • hummus • gyros • crepes • grape leaves • tacos • steak sandwiches • hamburgers & hot dogs • blooming onions • ribbon chips • Hawaiian shaved ice • fresh squeezed lemonade • cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans & cashews • pastries • Beaver Lake's famous homemade donuts and more! Subject to change.

Volunteers Wanted!

Help is needed in many different areas of the event. Work one whole shift and get a free event t-shirt, as well a ticket to the festival! All ages welcome (under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult) and scout/school/volunteer groups are encouraged to apply as well. Click here to go to online form.  Call (315) 638-2519 or email us at for more information.

Reminder: Pets are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Still have questions?? Call us call at (315) 638-2519 or email us at

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