Golden Harvest Festival

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Calling all Artists & Crafters:

There is no better place to kick off the fall season then at the 42nd Annual Golden Harvest Festival! Always held the weekend after Labor Day, this year's event is on Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2019. Apply to be at this iconic festival today! Click here for more information. Click here for the application.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 • 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, September 8, 2019 • 10:00am - 5:00pm


$5 - adults
$1 - children (6-17 years old)
Free - 5 & under
(Go for FREE... Click here to find out how!)

Free Parking on site and also at the River Mall/Tops Market parking lot in Baldwinsville. A continuous shuttle will run throughout the event to the festival grounds. The River Mall is located at 2265 Downer Street, Baldwinsville. 

Please note: Pets are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Now in its 42nd year, 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, Wild Critter Call, and Pie Eating 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 • $2.00

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 inside the Visitor Center • FREE

Face Painting • $1.00

Petting Zoo • $2.00

Balloon Art • $2.00


(See Entertainment Schedule for 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.

Pie Eating Contest
There are two divisions: Ages 13 & up, and Children 12 & under. Sign up at the information booth in front of the Visitor Center.

Entertainment Schedule - Coming 2019

Saturday Sunday
Main Stage Main Stage


2018 Entertainment
Bog Brothers
- From roots and folk music, to Americana, the Bog Brothers frequently mine deep tracks that music lovers will appreciate.

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.

Harmonic Collective - Coming from the Liverpool Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmonic Collective offers a place for men of all ages to sing and create relationships lasting a lifetime. They strive to promote a dynamic and inspiring environment, both musically and civically, through the barbershop art form.

Harmonic Dirt - Their debut album "Anthracite" provides familiar reference points to sixties folk-rock. Harvest-era Neil Young, as well as alt-country in the vein of Son Volt or early Wilco.

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

Khalil Jade - Only 23, Khalil's Americana sound is unique, and her soothing voice and genuine lyrics hopes to bring peace and healing to those who listen.

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.

The Magic of Virgil – Virgil uses a combination of dynamic illusions and audience interaction to give you a magical experience.

Charley Orlando - Having released 17 albums Charley continues to paint outside the lines of convention! In his 30 plus year career he has been added to the GRAMMY entry ballot a total of 28 times and played over 3,000 shows in North America!

Mike Powell – This lacrosse star turned guitarist draws inspiration from Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan in his soulful, honest acoustic music.

Steve Pfanenstiel - When not frying donuts, this volunteer will entertain you with folk and soft rock selections from the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, The Beatles and an Adirondack favorite, Dan Berggren.

The SU Standards Trio - This group features students and a professor from Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. Patricia Magliaro is a senior Jazz/Commercial voice major, Kyle Beirnie, sophomore bass violin major, and Prof. Jeff Welcher, the vocal jazz professor.

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 

A variety local and regional artists and crafters offering their original work for sale. Click here for the complete list of 2018 vendors. Vendor space is still available for this year's event. Click here for information & application.

The Food!

chicken bbq • pulled pork • paella • meatball subs • grilled cheese • pizza • falafel • spinach pie • hummus • gyros • grape leaves • portabella mushroom sandwiches • steak sandwiches • bbq beef sandwiches • ribs • hot dogs • vegetable patties • blooming onions • ribbon chips • Hawaiian shaved ice • fresh squeezed lemonade • apples & caramel • Spam sandwiches • cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans & cashews • flavored coffee • salt potatoes • baked beans • soft serve ice cream • pastries •  smoothies • Beaver Lake's famous homemade donuts and more! subject to change

Attention Food Vendors, limited space is still available for this year's event. Click here  for information & application.

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 download application/list of positions or call (315) 638-2519 for more information.

Still have questions?? Email us at or call (315) 638-2519.

Golden Harvest Festival is a Zero Waste Event.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.