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Chuck Hafner’s Annual Fall Festival – Family Fun in Syracuse2018-09-23T10:43:00+00:00

Every year Chuck Hafner’s holds our annual fall festival. It’s a month full of family fun and has become a family tradition in the CNY and Syracuse area for many people.
This year (the 10th year!) our fall festival begins on September 29th and runs through October 21st. Many activities are open daily throughout the week, and we have additional activities on the weekends including free shows, arts and crafts, magical demonstrations, local food trucks, and animal exhibits. Most of the festival is undercover and carries on rain or shine.

Fall Festival 2018 Lineup –

To jump to a specific date for full details of what is taking place, please click on the links below –

Daily From September 29th thru October 21st

Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day!) from September 29th thru 21st October 11 am to 4 pm

29th, September 30th

6th/7th/8th

13th/14th

20th/21st

Clayscapes Pottery Market

We are excited to welcome Clayscapes back to our Fall Festival this year! They will be holding their pottery market in one of our greenhouses on the 6th and 7th of October from 10 am to 5 pm! It is an all-ceramic show featuring 40 local artists under one roof.

This event is presented by Clayscapes Pottery and hosted by Chuck Hafner’s Garden Center. Other sponsors are the Independent Potters Association of CNY and The Clay School of Ithaca.

Food Trucks and Tastings (September 29th thru October 21st) –

Each weekend we will have food trucks here to satisfy your hunger!

New this year we are excited to welcome Potatoes and Molasses to our Fall Festival. Potatoes and Molasses is a farm to food truck. They grow or raise the majority of what they cook (with much of it organic produce grown on their own farms in Skaneateles and Seneca Falls, NY.) Our menu is always fresh, seasonal, and tasty and includes some of the best traditional British foods such as Fish ’n’ Chips and Cornish pasties! They will also have Mac n Cheese and lots of kid-friendly food choices!

We also welcome back Bob Barker’s Hot Dogs (a Syracuse staple!).

Saturday 29th September – Bob Barkers
Sunday 30th September – Bob Barkers
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October – Bob Barkers and Potatoes and Molasses
Monday 8th October – Bob Barkers and Potatoes and Molasses
Saturday 13th October – Bob Barkers and Potatoes and Molasses
Sunday 14th October – Bob Barkers and Potatoes and Molasses
Saturday 20th – Bob Barkers and Potatoes and Molasses
Sunday 21st October – Bob Barkers and Potatoes and Molasses

We will be selling, coffee, apple cider, donuts, cookies and other delicious treats each weekend throughout the festival.
In the store, we will have tastings from many of our specialty food vendors (please check our facebook page to see which vendor is here each weekend). You will also be able to sample some of our delicious farm fresh produce including Upstate New York Apples!

Family Fun in Syracuse

Every Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day!) from September 29th thru October 21st from 11 am to 4 pm:

Pony Rides – Please, please can I have a pony? Pony rides are the next best thing, and we have smaller ponies for the little ones and larger ponies for the older kids. Let our pony walkers guide them through the winding trails. Helmets are provided however you can bring your own and bicycle helmets are OK. Ticket purchase required. Open 11 am – 4 pm

Wagon Rides – You and your friends will climb aboard our draft horse-drawn wagon. Marvel at their sheer size and pleasant disposition. Watch as their handler directs these intelligent, willing workers to maneuver through our nursery. Ticket purchase required. Open 11 am – 4 pm

Pumpkin Painting (free with the purchase of a pumpkin) – Pick out any size pumpkin, and we will have a variety of colors and brushes waiting for you to create the perfect masterpiece! (washable paint) Open 11 am – 4 pm

Face Painting – Get your paint on! A fun way to dress up. Choose from a butterfly, witch, skeleton, hearts, flowers and more. Ticket purchase required. Open 11 am – 4 pm

Zombie Paint Ball Attack! – Zombies have invaded Chuck’s Fall Festival, and they are trying to overrun the nursery! Take a stand and fight them back using our paintball guns and your skill! Ticket purchase required. Open 11 am – 4 pm

Bump in the Night Bounce House – Everybody likes to bounce! Delight in the laughter that surrounds Chuck’s three inflatable bounce houses. Two large bounce houses for kids of all ages and one smaller bounce house for the first time toddler. Our bounce houses are secured and undercover. Ticket purchase required. Open 11 am – 4 pm

September 29th thru October 21st from 10 am to 6 pm.

Ghoul Bowl! – Show your skill at knocking down the pins!

Straw Maze (Free)- Come and get lost in our Straw Maze built using over 350 bales of straw. Toddlers and teens alike walk through our straw maze with twists, turns, and dead ends! No GPS needed!

Petting Zoo (Free) – Our friends from Fort Ricky Children’s Discovery Zoo will be providing animals for our petting zoo. Walk inside the pen for a photo with your favorite animal and feed them a tasty treat.

Ghoulish Hole in One (Free) – Test your golfing skills with two chances to make a hole in one.

Ghost Rider Speedway (Free) – Racers are you ready to test your driving skills on our big wheel bikes in the Ghost Rider Speedway? Recommended Ages 2-6

Indian Tepee (Free) – Come inside our authentic Indian Tepee!

Creep & Crawl Slide (Free) – This is an absolute must do! Climb to the top of the stairs and slide down a 36″ pipe, continuing to crawl your way through an obstacle course of tunnels.

Haunted House (ticket purchase required) –
Each year our talented team surprises and scares us all with their spooky creations in our haunted house!

Do you dare to zigzag through our haunted house? Over 13 scenes with each turn, the unexpected. Will you giggle or scream?

Weekend Events

The following weekends have extra events taking place from crafting to magic shows to a bird of prey display. Make sure you check out our facebook page for the most up to date information on each weekends events!

September 29th

Free To Be! – 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Nikki for an entertaining hour of original songs/music created by your children, improv, storytelling and more.. all ages are welcome – geared toward early childhood

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Bubble Art – Use bubbles to paint a one-of-a-kind monogrammed picture.

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

Mike the Magician 12 to 3 pm – (FREE show)

Watch as Mike “The Cartoon Magician” mystifies us with his magic, He may even break out and do some juggling as well. Voted “Best Family Entertainer” by the Syracuse New Times. Mike’s show is a sure bet for all ages!

September 30th

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Bubble Art – Use bubbles to paint a one-of-a-kind monogrammed picture.

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

October 6th

Free To Be! – 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Nikki for an entertaining hour of original songs/music created by your children, improv, storytelling and more.. all ages are welcome – geared toward early childhood

Mike the Magician 12 to 3 pm – (FREE show)

Watch as Mike “The Cartoon Magician” mystifies us with his magic, He may even break out and do some juggling as well. Voted “Best Family Entertainer” by the Syracuse New Times. Mike’s show is a sure bet for all ages!

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Bubble Art – Use bubbles to paint a one-of-a-kind monogrammed picture.

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

October 7th

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

October 8th (Columbus Day)

Mike the Magician 12 to 3 pm – (FREE show)

Watch as Mike “The Cartoon Magician” mystifies us with his magic, He may even break out and do some juggling as well. Voted “Best Family Entertainer” by the Syracuse New Times. Mike’s show is a sure bet for all ages!

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

Flowerpots – Decorate a flowerpot, even make it glow-in-the-dark. Plants available for additional tickets

October 13th

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

Race car with test track – Decorate a wooden race car and test out its speed.

October 14th

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

Race car with test track – Decorate a wooden race car and test out its speed.

Birds Of Prey – 11 am – 4 pm (Free Show!)

Back by popular demand will be Cindy Page and “The Birds of Prey” from the Page Wildlife Center in Manlius. Cindy will be coming to Chuck Hafner’s Fall Festival on October 14th from 11 to 4.

She will bring some un-releasable astonishing birds and discuss their amazing skills. Some of the predatory birds Cindy will bring are a Harris’s Hawk, a Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Gyrfalcon, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrow Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Screech Owl and a Barn owl. Come and learn about these incredible birds free of charge and support one of our local conservationists!

October 20th

Free To Be! – 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Nikki for an entertaining hour of original songs/music created by your children, improv, storytelling and more.. all ages are welcome – geared toward early childhood

Birds Of Prey – 11 am – 4 pm (Free Show!)

Back by popular demand will be Cindy Page and “The Birds of Prey” from the Page Wildlife Center in Manlius. Cindy will be coming to Chuck Hafner’s Fall Festival on October 20th from 11 to 4.

She will bring some un-releasable astonishing birds and discuss their amazing skills. Some of the predatory birds Cindy will bring are a Harris’s Hawk, a Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Gyrfalcon, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrow Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Screech Owl and a Barn owl. Come and learn about these incredible birds free of charge and support one of our local conservationists!

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

Creepy terrarium – Create a creepy terrarium perfect for a spider home(plastic of course!)

October 21st

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Sand Art Station – One of our favorites! Many different projects to choose from this year. Color a picture using sand or create your own wonderful flower pot.

Tie-Dye Shirts and hats – Make a one-of-a-kind Tie-dyed T-shirt or hat.

Creepy terrarium – Create a creepy terrarium perfect for a spider home(plastic of course!)