Harvest Home Weekend Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5

Mark your calendars for the highlight of the fall season, our annual Harvest Home Weekend Festival. We will have everyone’s favorite activities such as hay rides, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, entertainment and food served under a big tent. Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop, will have artisan potters and sweetgrass basket-makers along with hand-made soap and candles, glass art, and the popular Gullah bottle trees.
In the Lowcountry Zoo area, there will be additional hayrides, kids’ (temporary) tattoos, a snack tent, and special animal programs. There will be wool spinning demonstrations, sidewalk chalking, and a make-and-take pine cone bird feeder craft activity. The butterfly house will be open all day with some new butterflies just for the fall season. Costumed character performances will take place in the Enchanted Storybook Forest and ‘not so Spooky Swamp Adventure’ creek cruises will be available throughout the weekend.

Harvest Home Weekend Festival is sponsored in part by



Here is a schedule of the activities and entertainment.

Kids Craft Tent (pinecone bird feeders, god’s eyes)

Kids Tattoos (temporary)

Wool Spinning Activity/Demonstration in the Zoo area

Pumpkin Patch Painting Activity – we supply the paint and brushes – you purchase the pumpkins - small pumpkins-$4 large pumpkins-$8

Scarecrow Building Activity- we supply the hay, poles, and twine and you bring your old clothes or use some of ours!

Wagon Hay Rides - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. depart on the hour and half-hour - $4 per person. Hay rides often sell out and we strongly recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible when you arrive at the gardens. Tickets are only available at the Welcome Center and the Zoo area. Hay ride tickets are not sold online or by telephone.

Enchanted Storybook Forest Character Performances - Characters from the stories associated with the Storybook houses will read and retell their stories in full costume and be available for photo opportunities.

Live Music - Saturday at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, enjoy solo guitar/vocalist, Dave Berry, who will perform music especially for younger audiences and including sing-a-longs, skits, groovy hats and percussion instruments. With 30+ years experience, Dave’s wide range of music and personal attention to detail is a testament to his talent. He currently performs from Washington DC to St. Augustine, Florida and is a resident of Summerville, SC. His past works include albums from rock, variety, to Irish pub songs. On Sunday, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, The Paul Grimshaw Duo will play the songs crowds know and love from virtually every genre, oldies to modern. Paul’s band is well-known to music-lovers, young and old, including loyal locals and returning visitors.

Special Creek Cruises: The Not so Spooky Swamp Adventure With Lowcountry Ghost Stories and Animal Tales - Creep on board for our Not So Spooky Swamp Adventure! Listen to spellbinding stories of Lowcountry ghosts and their connections to Brookgreen Gardens as we float down the mysterious Brookgreen creeks. Be enthralled by animal tales of the fascinating creatures that make their homes in the eerie Lowcountry swamps. Who knows what we might see as we meander past ancient, twisted trees dripping with Spanish moss. Creek cruises are at 11a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m. Adults $8, Children $4 (no regular program boat rides offered).

NOTE: Performers and performances subject to change without notice.


Here's a fun commercial about the festival, thanks to our friends at WMBF.