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 11th year!) our fall festival begins on September 28th and runs through October 20th. 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 2019 Lineup –

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

Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day!) from September 28th thru 20th October 11 am to 4 pm

October 19th/20th

Daily From September 28th thru October 20th

Clayscapes Pottery Market October 5th & 6th

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 5th, and 6th 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 28th thru October 20th) –

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

This year we welcome back Bob Barker’s Hot Dogs (a Syracuse staple!), Wood-fired Pizza, PB&J and for the first time, we have Ponchitos Taqueria with their signature smothered nachos!

Saturday 28th September – Bob Barker’s and Ponchitos Taqueria
Sunday 29th September – Bob Barkers and Wood-fired Pizza

Saturday 5th – Bob Barker’s and Ponchitos Taqueria
Sunday 6th October – Bob Barker’s and Wood-fired Pizza

Saturday 12th October – Bob Barker’s and Wood-fired Pizza
Sunday 13th October – Bob Barker’s and PB&J
Monday 14th October – Bob Barker’s and Wood-fired Pizza

Saturday 19th – Bob Barker’s and Wood-fired Pizza
Sunday 20th October – Bob Barker’s and PB&J

Our pop up cafe returns again this year and we will have the following available each weekend (and Columbus Day).

  • Cookies $1.25 ea
  • 1/2 Moon Cookie $2.00
  • Donuts $1.25
  • Popcorn $1.00
  • Apple Fritters $3.00
  • Caramel Apples Plain $3.00, w/ Topping $5.00
  • Bottled Water $1.00
  • Coffee $1.25
  • Hot Chocolate $1.25
  • A cup of Cider $1.00
  • Bottled Cider $2.50

In-Store Tastings

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!

9/28
Canale’s 10-4
Wing A Lings 11-3
Stonewall Kitchen 11-3

9/29
Canale’s 10-4

10/5
Stonewall Kitchen 11-3

10/12
Syracuse Salt 11-3

10/19
Primo & Mary’s Salsas 11-3
Syracha ‘Cuse 11-3

10/20
Syracha ‘Cuse 11-3

Family Fun in Syracuse

Every Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day!) from September 28th thru October 20th 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 28th thru October 20th – Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 10 am – 5 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 (Free) – This is an absolute must-do! 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?

Cost of Activities

2019 Ticket Prices – $1 ea/Buy 5 get 1 FREE/Buy 10 get 2 FREE

Haunted House (3 Tix)
Pumpkin Painting…free w/ purchase
Face Painting (2 Tix)
Pony Rides (3 Tix)
Wagon Rides (2 Tix)
Zombie Paintball (3 Tix)
Bounce House $5 unlimited wristband, (2 Tix) for 10 mins

Crafts 2-5T
Sand Art 2-4T
Tie-Dye 4-5T
Color Zone 2-4T

Weekend Events

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

September 28th

Meet Otto the Orange!  1130 am  to 1 pm 

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

Bugs and Butterfly wind chimes – 

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.

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

Bugs and Butterfly wind chimes – 

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 5th

Birds Of Prey 12 – 4 pm (Free Show!)

Back by popular demand will be Cindy Page and “The Birds of Prey” from the Page Wildlife Center in Manlius.

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!

New This Year! Henna Tattoos 10 am -4 pm ($10 – $20 depending on the design)

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Wiggly wooden snakes, spinners and spinning tops

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

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!

Pink Hair Extensions 11:30 am – 2.30 pm – Stop by Salon Bellezza in the greenhouse and receive your pink hair extension or fabric pumpkin with a donation of $10 to the American Cancer Society. 100% of the proceeds go to this great cause.

New This Year! Henna Tattoos 10 am -4 pm ($10 – $20 depending on the design)

Crafts 11 am – 4 pm Ticket Purchase Required

Wiggly wooden snakes, spinners and spinning tops

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.

Columbus Day Weekend –

Saturday – Monday  Chuck Hafner’s will be donating 10% of pumpkin sales to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research

October 12th

Meet Otto the Orange!  1130 am  to 1 pm 

Raku Pottery 9 am – 4 pm

Join Andrew and his team from Clayscapes Pottery for an amazing experience! Raku firing is a process by which pottery is fired at a relatively low temperature and then moved, while hot, to a closed container with combustible materials, (such as paper or sawdust) that ignite and cause a reaction creating colors and patterns on the pottery’s surface.

Each pot to fire costs $10.

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.

3-D Dinosaur and Wild Animal Wooden Puzzles

October 13th

Raku Pottery 9 am – 4 pm

Join Andrew and his team from Clayscapes Pottery for an amazing experience! Raku firing is a process by which pottery is fired at a relatively low temperature and then moved, while hot, to a closed container with combustible materials, (such as paper or sawdust) that ignite and cause a reaction creating colors and patterns on the pottery’s surface.

Each pot to fire costs $10.

Birds Of Prey 12 – 4 pm (Free Show!)

Back by popular demand will be Cindy Page and “The Birds of Prey” from the Page Wildlife Center in Manlius.

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.

3-D Dinosaur and Wild Animal Wooden Puzzles

October 14th 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!

Pink Hair Extensions 11:30 am – 2.30 pm – Stop by Salon Bellezza in the greenhouse and receive your pink hair extension or fabric pumpkin with a donation of $10 to the American Cancer Society. 100% of the proceeds go to this great cause.

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.

Flying planes, boats that sail & cars that go!

October 19th

Meet Scooch the Syracuse Mets Mascot! – Come and meet Scooch from the Syracuse Mets who will be on-site from 11.30 am – 1 pm!

Halloween Costume Event – Come dressed in a costume and receive 15% off your purchase (Excludes Fall Festival Tickets, attractions, activities, and concessions)

Sidewalk Chalk Contest –

  • 3 Age Groups (9 & under) (10-13) (14 & up)
  • Saturday 10/19
  • Chalk will be provided, Feel Free to bring your own materials and tools
  • Sign up at Customer Service any time up to 1030am the morning of Saturday 10/19
  • You are allowed to work on your square from 11-2pm
  • Judging will take place at 2.30 pm and prizes will be awarded to one winner of each age group
  • Each winner will be presented with a $25 Movie Tavern Gift Card

New This Year! Henna Tattoos 11 am -4 pm ($10 – $20 depending on the design)

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.

Pick your project! – We will have a wide selection of crafts for you to customize.

October 20th

Halloween Costume Event – Come dressed in a costume and receive 15% off your purchase (Excludes Fall Festival Tickets, attractions, activities, and concessions)

Pink Hair Extensions 11 am – 2.30 pm – Stop by Salon Bellezza in the greenhouse and receive your pink hair extension or fabric pumpkin with a donation of $10 to the American Cancer Society. 100% of the proceeds go to this great cause.

Meet Scooch the Syracuse Mets Mascot! – Come and meet Scooch from the Syracuse Mets who will be on-site from 12.30 pm – 2 pm!

New This Year! Henna Tattoos 11 am -4 pm ($10 – $20 depending on the design)

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.

Pick your project! – We will have a wide selection of crafts for you to customize.