October 15, 2016: 10am to 5pm


register for the Scarecrow Stroll HERE

register for the Pies, Pickles & Preserves Contest HERE

Schedule of Events


The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families.

New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more.

Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts will be on hand as well, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes.



Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of fish, coastal New England’s most significant harvest.

Cooking Demos

Harvestfest also features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk and Celtic music, along with the annual Scarecrow Stroll, where artistic, creative, and generally fascinating scarecrows can be found throughout downtown. Several Rockport inns, shops, restaurants and galleries offer Harvestfest specials and packages. This next Harvestfest takes place from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Interested in volunteering at Harvestfest? Sign up here.

For general inquiries, please email us at: info@rockportfestivals.org.

2016 Harvestfest Schedule of Events


10:00 am to 3:00pm Scarecrow a-Go-Go Contest Voting general interest Dock Square
10:00 am to 4:00pm Rockport Farmers Market at Harvestfest local food Harvey Park
10:00 am to 4:00pm Rosemary’s Pie Stand local food Dock Square
10:00 am to 5:00pm Harvestfest Expo general interest Dock Square
10:00 am to 5:00pm Rockport Exchange Merchandise Booth general interest Harvey Park
11:00am to 5:00pm Local Food & Drink on T-Wharf local food T-Wharf
10:00 AM Renee & Joe music Harvey Park
11:00 AM Imojah & the Skylight Band music T-Wharf
11:00 AM Doug Papows of Pigeon Cove Tavern cooking demo T-Wharf
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Make-Your-Own Instrument sponsored by Rockport Music family activities Old Firehouse Trust
11:00 AM Local Food & Drink Tent Opens food T-Wharf
12:00 PM Deadline to register for Pies, Pickles & Preserves Contest general interest Harvey Park
12:15 PM The Erratics music Harvey Park
12:30 The School Greenhouse Project with Superintendent Rob Liebow! general interest Dock Square
12:00 to 3:00PM Raw Bar with Chef Doug Papows local food T-Wharf
1:00 PM Pardoning of the Lobster with Kenny Porter of the Roy Moore Lobster Co. music T-Wharf
1:00 to 4:00PM World Family Puppet Theatre family activities Harvey Park
1:00 PM Down Home Swing music T-Wharf
1:30 to 3:30 PM Seafood Throwdown sponsored by NAMA cooking demo T-Wharf
2:15 PM Sasquatch with John Hicks music Harvey Park
3:00 PM Pies, Pickles, & Preserves Judging general interest Dock Square
3:00 PM Old Cold Tater music T-Wharf
3:00 PM Children’s Scarecrow Chase Costume Parade family activities Harvey Park
3:15 PM Sasquatch with John Hicks music T-Wharf
4:00 PM Pies, Pickles & Preserves Winners Announced general interest Dock Square
4:00 PM Scarecrow A-Go-Go Winners Announced general interest Dock Square