Coggeshall Farm Museum

Harvest Fair

Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20

9 am to 4 pm

Coggeshall Farm Museum
1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI

Sponsored by Bristol Marine, East Bay NewspapersVan Liew Trust, Elder, Gaffey & Paine, PC and BankNewport.

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Harvest Fair celebrates the simple life, engaging visitors of all ages in friendly competitions, games, lively music and dance, hay rides, pony rides and much more against the backdrop of a working 18th century living history farm.

For 42 years, Coggeshall Farm Museum has drawn visitors from across New England for this major festival. Bring the whole family for a day of good old-fashioned fun. There's something for everyone!

GracesTry your hand at more than a dozen 18th-century games, discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from our talented vendors, visit our heirloom sheep and cattle on a hayride through the pasture, and put your artistic skills to work at our craft tables.

Learn contra dancing with a live caller and musicians leading the dance, or compete to win our Apple Pie Contest!

Great family-friendly food will be provided by a variety of vendors, along with Coggeshall's own jonnycakes!


We've kept the ticket prices low to make it easy for families and friends to participate. It's just $7 per day for children under 12, seniors (62+) and active duty military. Adults are $10, and kids 3 and under are free. If you want to catch all the great performances, you can purchase a two-day ticket: $12 for kids, seniors and military or $15 for adults. Purchase tickets here.

You can also purchase tickets directly from Coggeshall Farm Museum during regular open hours. Tickets purchased in advance include a free raffle ticket and craft table ticket (redeemed at the Fair). Members receive $1 discount on tickets purchased at the farm.

Headline Performers

This year's event features performances by some of the region's most renowned performers for children and families. If you want to catch all the great performers, purchase a two-day ticket. Here's a preview of our performers, with more to come!

Bill Harley

Bill Harley

Saturday, Sept. 19, 1 pm

A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities and an NPR commentator, Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life.


9 am - 4 pm: Games, crafts, demonstrations, shopping and Arts on the Farm Exhibit

10 am: Contra Dancing with Live Music and Caller-- Join in!

10 am - 3 pm: Hay Rides

10:30 am: Rock Painting for children ages 6+ with Jess Downing of Learning with Nature

11 am - 2 pm: Pony Rides

11:30 am: Arts on the Farm Awards Announced

Noon: Apple Pie Contest -- Bring your best home-cooked apple pie and compete to win prizes! See details below.

Noon: Heirloom Apple Talk & Tasting by Joseph Ingoldsby, ASLA, an expert in environmental planning and design

12:15: Martial arts demonstration by the students of Ernie's Martial Arts

12:45: Apple Pie Awards Announced

12:30 - 2:30 pm -- Drawing demonstration by Suzanne Lewis

1 pm: Bill Harley performs!

Norah Dooley


Norah Dooley

Sunday, Sept. 20, 11 am

Norah Dooley is a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed children’s author and creator of StoriesLive®, a high school storytelling curriculum and story slam program. She is the co-founder of massmouth.org and the Greater Boston Story Slam series.



Atwater Donnelly



Sunday, Sept. 20, 2 pm

Award-winning duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, perform traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance.  Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, limberjacks, and other surprises including a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing. 


9 am - 4 pm: Games, crafts, demonstrations, shopping and Arts on the Farm Exhibit

10 am: "Mother Nature" Lindsay Adler performs stories and songs for children

10 am - 3 pm: Hay Rides

10:30 am: Rock Painting for children ages 6+ with Jess Downing of Learning with Nature

11 am: Norah Dooley, master storyteller, weaves her tales

11 am - 2 pm -- Pony Rides

12:15: Martial arts demonstration by the students of Ernie's Martial Arts

1 - 1:45 pm -- Watercolor demonstration by Elizabeth O'Connell

1:30 pm: "A Gentleman's Disagreement" -- Two dashing gentlemen settle a matter of honor the only way respectable men of courage should.

2 - 4 pm: Atwater-Donnelly perform!


Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make Harvest Fair possible!

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Saro at WindowArts on the Farm exhibit at harvest fair

During the month of August, artists working in all media used Coggeshall Farm Museum as a place of inspiration. The artwork they produced is truly inspirational!

Come to the Arts on the Farm Exhibit at Harvest Fair and see the winning submissions on display. Several of our participating artists also have vendor booths, so if you like what you see, you may be able to purchase it directly from the artist.

For more information, visit our Arts on the Farm page.

Family-Friendly Food!

You won't need to worry about packing snacks or a lunch when you come to Harvest Fair! Check out our great list of food vendors:

  • Jonnycakes by Coggeshall volunteers
  • Chef Thomas Hunold will be preparing grilled skewers of chicken, beef or vegetables
  • CC's Spiral Sweet Potatoes will be cooking up chips, fried dough, chili, veggie burgers, clam chowder and corn dogs
  • Rhodies Food Truck will offer chicken, burgers, steak, empanadas, sausage and peppers, and more
  • Friskie Fries presents fries "buck naked" or topped with chicken, pork, bacon or more
  • Del's Lemonade will be quenching our thirst with frozen treats

Browse Our One-of-a-Kind Vendors

Aspara Jewelry: polymer clay jewelry, wire and gemstone "Tree of Life" pendants, beaded suncatchers, birdcages

New England Child Safety Team: distributing free child safety kits in partnership with the International Union of Police Association and The Amber Alert System.

Downtown Designs: a gallery co-operated by artisans of handcrafted jewelery, supported by Looking Upwards, Inc.

Dyan Vaughan: Driftwood designs

Ernie's American Martial Arts: Demonstrations presented by local youth!

Evergreen Farm: homespun yarns, felted and hand-knit textiles

Hope & Main: Rhode Island's first culinary incubator

Incredible Threads: handmade clothing and decor, wooden toys, crocheted accessories, handmade beaded jewelry

Learning with Nature: science stones, birdhouses, educational arts and crafts for all ages

Nancy Sisti: handmade bags, wallets and totes

Nessie Knits: handknit children's wear and soft toys

Nicole Duperre Photography: nature photography

Off The Hook Hats: handmade hats and scarves, designed and crocheted by 80+ young Amelia!

Suzanne Lewis, artist, and selected artists from the Portsmouth Arts Guild

The Art of Pandau: handsewn flower cloth, wallhangings, bags, runners, tree skirts and more

The Gordon School: The Gordon School is a racially diverse nursery through eighth grade coeducational independent school in East Providence, Rhode Island.

The Toymaker: wooden toys, games and home decor items

Tribal One Old World Creations: fairies, fairy baskets, fair scenes, pottery, nontraditional jewelry

Queen Bee Krafts: handmade Baltic amber necklaces, jewelry, baby slings, nursing pads and nursing necklaces

Apple Pie Contest

The time-honored tradition of baking competitions at county fairs continues at Coggeshall's 42nd Annual Harvest Fair! All ages are invited to participate. Bake your best apple pie and get it to the fair by noon on Saturday, Sept. 19 to compete!

Become a Harvest Fair Vendor

Do you make or sell one-of-a-kind or handcrafted items? Are you a specialty food vendor? You may be interested in becoming a vendor at Harvest Fair, which attracts thousands of people for a two-day family festival. Download the vendor agreement or email Cindy Elder for more information.