2018 Golden Harvest Festival

GHF logowebSaturday, September 8, 2018 • 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, September 9, 2018 • 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 41st 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 Soon


Artists & Crafters 

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 blnc@ongov.net 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.