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Harvest Festival — Oct. 8-9

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 87th annual Harvest Festival, an iconic Berkshire event dating back to our founding, 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. NOTE: No advanced registration is required.

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We need volunteers! 

Indeed, we really need your help. Please sign up for the four-hour shift of your choice over this two-day Columbus Weekend event. Hey, it’s fun — sign up for more than one! Find all the open Harvest Festival jobs by clicking HERE.

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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 hayrides; 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. 8, with Andy Kelly's Jazz Ambassadors and New Orleans jazz. Entertainment continues throughout the weekend with the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Puppet Wagon Show; Caribbean music by Zikina; Tom Ricardi’s program on birds of prey; acrobats for Berk Cirque; Bryson Lang’s family friendly comedy and juggling, and concerts by The Misty Blues and Robin Gerson Wong . On Sunday, entertainment includes Moonshine Holler, The Lucky Five, Union JackThe O-Tones, Soul Magnets, and Peter Poirier.  

Barrington Brewery will be pouring the suds near the food court. There will be apple squeezing as well.

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.

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!

If you are a vender — download the application here: 

We need volunteers! Indeed, we really need your help. Please sign up for the four-hour shift of your choice over this two-day Columbus Weekend event. Hey, it’s fun — sign up for more than one! Find all the open Harvest Festival jobs by clicking HERE.

SCHEDULE

Saturday — On stage

11-11:45 a.m.Andy Kelly's Jazz Ambassadors (start the day with some New Orleans jazz!)

11:45-noon — Berkshire Waldorf School’s Puppet Wagon (great fun for everyone!)

Noon-12:50 p.m. — Zikina (East African Folk Music with Reggae & Rock) 

1-1:45 p.m. — Tom Ricardi & His Birds of Prey

1:45 -2 p.m. — Berkshire Waldorf School’s Puppet Wagon 

2-2:50 p.m. — Bryson Lang (a Cure for The Common Show!)

3-3:50 p.m. — The Misty Blues Trio (Blues-Infused Jazz, Funk and Blues)

4-5 p.m. — Robin Gerson Wong (Music of the Great American Songbook)

And Be Sure to Look for … Robie Bones with His Bones, Drums & Harmonica For The Little Ones, Flying Aerialists and Special Surprises in the Gardens! 

Sunday — On Stage

11-11:45 p.m. — Moonshine Holler (folk favorites!)

11:45-noon — Berkshire Waldorf School’s Puppet Wagon (Fun for the Whole Family!)

Noon-12:50 p.m. — The Lucky Five (Terrific Local Band!)

1-1:45 p.m. — Soul Magnet (Horn-Heavy Ensemble)

1:45–2 p.m. — Berkshire Waldorf School’s Puppet Wagon

2-2:50 p.m. — The O-Tones (Swing, Soul & Blues)                        

3-3:50 p.m. — Union Jack (Sounds of the 1960s British Invasion)

4-5 p.m. — Peter Poirier (Vintage Jump and R&B Tunes!)

 

 

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