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Rockport HarvestFest

2012 Rockport HarvestFest
Saturday, October 13th,
10:00 to 6:00

All Day Events

Information Booth & Music Tent in Dock Square. Pick up information about all there is to do and see during HarvestFest and listen to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!

Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from 11 to 6 o'clock.  Cooking demonstrations to take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Click HERE for more information.

Scarecrow Stroll throughout Downtown. Don't miss Rockport's unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Great prizes offered to the winners sponsored by Granite Savings Bank in Rockport. Click HERE for more information.

Kids' Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales and more! And don't miss our scheduled events: pumpkin painting from 2 to 4 pm and the costume parade, The Great Scarecrow Chase, at 4:30!

Glass Art Installations by John Bassett, seARTS Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner. Bassett's work will be on display at three downtown restaurants, right in the heart of the new Rockport Cultural District. Bassett has created the colorful Hannah Jumper series with slumped and fused recycled glass from Rockport's transfer station.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What's On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth at Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year's Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.

The Latest Festival News

  • Maitland Mountain Farm & Aster B Coming to HarvestFest Flowers and produce and pickles -- oh my! We're excited to announce that Aster B, a beautiful flower farm with pesticide-free locally-grown flowers, will be at HarvestFest as well as the legendary Maitland Mountain Farm of Salem, producer of the renowned Maitland Mountain Farm pickle. Their pickles are delicious and spicy enough to warm you up on a sunny, chilly October day.
    Posted Oct 12, 2012, 12:42 PM by Rockport Festivals
  • Tom O'Carroll to Perform at HarvestFest Tom O'Carroll will be performing in Dock Square at 11am during HarvestFest! Don't miss his blend of tradtional celtic tunes and folk songs. Dublin born folklorist, folk-singer and instrumentalist Tom O'Carroll brings a wealth of stories, humor, wit and history to his performances. He has played at concerts, festivals, colleges, libraries and pubs all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as his native Ireland, including a stint for one month in Seoul, South Korea. Whether playing a plaintive air on the tin whistle or singing and playing rousing traditional songs to the accompaniment of the guitar or the bodhran (Irish drum), Tom will captivate all with his lively program of Irish culture.
    Posted Oct 7, 2012, 4:49 PM by Rockport Festivals
  • Rockport PTO Sponsors Cakewalk at HarvestFest Rockport PTO sponsored 1st time ever, Cake Walk! Come play the game as many times as you like and win a cake to take home to your family for dessert!  We will play throughout the day 10-5 on Sat, Oct 13th at Rockport Harvest Fest. Tickets available day of the event in Harvey Park. All ages are welcome!!!!
    Posted Oct 8, 2012, 10:12 AM by Rockport Festivals
  • Dog Parade at HarvestFest to Benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid! CAAA's Best Dressed Dog Parade from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade starts at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park. Entry for the Best Best Dog Parade is $10 and every participant receives a participation ribbon and doggy goody bag. There will be 4 extra prize winning categories each receiving a prize from one of 4 local dog stores; Petco, Essex Bird Store, Animal Krackers and Good Dog Gallery: 1) Darned Cutest2) Most Creative 3) Ova The Bridge Pooch (most captures the essence of Cape Ann) 4) Harvest Fest Pooch (most ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2012, 10:53 AM by Rockport Festivals
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Scheduled Events*

Cooking Demonstrations

11 am
Cooking Demonstration with author and educator Nancy Singleton Hachisu under the tent on T Wharf. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood. Nancy will also be available to sign copies of her recently published cookbook, Japanese Farm Food.

1 pm
Cooking Demonstration featuring Chef Frank McClelland of Boston's L'Espalier and Apple Street Farm in Essex. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood

3 pm
Seafood Throwdown Sponsored by NAMA and emceed by Heather Atwood of the Taste of the Times. For more information, click here.

Live Music


11 am -  12:15 pm
Tom O'Carroll playing in Dock Square.  Traditional Irish & Folk. Click here


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Nicholas Bogosian and Michael Knoblach playing in Dock Square. Old Timey Roots Music. Click here.


1:45 - 3:15 pm
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square.  Indie Americana. Click here.


3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie/Alt Rock




11 am -  12:30 pm
Courtney Reid playing on T Wharf.  Indie/Alternative Rock. Click here


12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
The Sturdy Oak Boys playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Old Cold Tater playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass




2 pm - 3 pm
Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click here or here to watch a video clip.


Activities for Families

11 am - 1 pm
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music! In Dock Square at the Old Firehouse Trust Building. Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

12 noon
CAAA's Best Dressed Dog Parade from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade begins at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Animal Aid

2 pm - 4 pm
Pumpkin Painting at the Kids' Zone! Paint a pumpkin to take home as part of your Autumn decor! $5 suggested donation - proceeds to support Rockport Festivals programming.


4:30 pm
The Great Scarecrow Chase!  Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat!  Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.


Art & Culture

11 am
Narrative of the Battle of Sandy Bay: Rockport during the War of 1812, as seen through the eyes of five speakers portraying real historical characters who instigated and lived out events in wartime Rockport. The Narrative will be followed by Gaetano Micalizzi reading his award-winning essay on the War of 1812 as well as a brief musical presentation by students.   Located at the First Congregational Church and Sponsored by the Cape Ann DAR


1 pm
MIT Juggling Club on T-Wharf. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!


1 pm
Glass Art Installation at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant on Main Street. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

1:30 pm
MIT Juggling Club in Dock Square. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!


2 pm
Glass Art Installation at Roy Moore's Fish Shack in Dock Square. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

2 pm
MIT Juggling Club on Bearskin Neck. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!


3 pm
Glass Art Installation at the 7th Wave Restaurant on Bearskin Neck. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

4:00 pm
Scarecrow Stroll Contest winners announced in Dock Square!
Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank.

Through 6 pm
The Local Fare Fair Delicious seafood, sweets, pastries, soups and local beer available at the Tent on T Wharf!




*subject to change