Allen Centennial Garden Harvest Festival

Harvest Folk Festival

Harvest Folk Festival

Join us between noon and 6pm on Saturday, October 8 to celebrate an abundant and diverse harvest! We’ll have live music, dancing, and storytelling alongside opportunities to learn about different harvest traditions from Dejope (Madison) and around the world. Free and open to the public!

The full schedule is below.

The harvest festival’s song, dance, and food celebrates the ongoing Kitchen Garden project which has been highlighting the crops, cuisines, and cultures of our African American, Indigenous, and Hmong community partners.

The harvest festival also features student research that focuses on the important of harvest festivals to communities across the globe.

The Harvest Folk Festival is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens our democracy through educational and cultural programs that build connections and understanding among people of all backgrounds and beliefs throughout the state. The Harvest Folk Festival is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


The our Afro-Diasphoric garden pays homage to the gardens tended by people of African descent, and to their culinary sense making with the many diverse crops they stewarded.
Leaders among the in the Native American Center for Health Professions helped plant this Three Sisters garden of corn, beans, and squash.
The plants in the Hmong herb garden are quintessentially Hmong, and the crucial ingredients to the Hmong postpartum recovery soup.
Allen Centennial Garden Harvest Festival. Saturday, October 8, 2022. 12-6pm. Dance and listen to live music. Explore student presentations about harvest and food traditions and indigenous stories about plants and the land. Free public admission.