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88th Annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival Slated for Oct. 8-9

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Harvest Festival, an iconic Berkshire event now in its 88th year, is slated for Oct. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Garden located at 5 West Stockbridge Road, (intersection of Routes 102 and 183), Stockbridge, Mass.

The Harvest Festival will include continuous family entertainment; a giant tag sale featuring repurposed, gently used household items, clothing and jewelry; and an expanded plant sale and farmers market. Children’s activities include hayride; pony rides; a haunted house; pumpkin tossing; a hay maze; interactive music; roving entertainers; and back by popular demand, “The Pocket Lady.”

Live entertainment begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, with Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors and New Orleans jazz. Entertainment continues with the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Puppet Wagon Show; Caribbean music by Zikina; Tom Ricardi’s program on birds of prey; Bryson Lang’s family friendly comedy and juggling, and a concert by The Misty Blues. On Sunday, entertainment includes Moonshine Holler, The Lucky Five, The O-Tones, and Peter Poirier.  

BBG’s Harvest Festival has earned a reputation for being a quintessential Berkshire family event celebrating the autumn harvest, when the 24-acre Garden is transformed into a vibrant hub featuring family fun and over 100 regional artisan food and craft vendors. Admission to the Harvest Festival is $10 cash for adults; children under 12 are admitted free. There is no charge for parking in the Garden’s lots. Harvest Festival wristbands can be pre-purchased at the Garden’s Visitor Center through Oct. 7. Dogs (with the exception of registered service dogs) are not permitted at the Harvest Festival.

To be decided: A beer garden with Barrington Brewery. Stay tuned!

This year’s Harvest Festival is generously sponsored by the Red Lion Inn, Meadow Farm Equipment and Berkshire Green Septic Services. All proceeds from this event benefit the Garden’s education and horticulture programs.

We look forward to seeing you then!

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