Scroll down for a HarvestFest Schedule of Events. And be sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stroll Contest Ballot! Great cash prizes awarded courtesy of Granite Savings Bank to the winning scarecrows!
HarvestFest All Day Events: October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm
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 Contest 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 in Harvey Park. Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.
HarvestFest Scheduled Events*
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.
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.
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.
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
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
MIT Juggling Club on T-Wharf. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!
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.
MIT Juggling Club in Dock Square. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!
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.
MIT Juggling Club on Bearskin Neck. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!
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.
Scarecrow Stroll Contest winners announced in Dock Square! Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank.
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