Farm Aid 2017 Calendar of Events

Thursday, Sept. 14

Homegrown Prosperity

Time:  5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center, Pittsburgh, PA
RSVP: Food provided from 5-6pm. Register by September 8th

Now, more than ever, we need the ingenuity and hard work of farmers to reinvigorate local economies. In Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, rural and urban citizens are showing a way forward: building food systems that revitalize economies, create meaningful jobs and refortify the fabric of their communities. Homegrown Prosperity will gather community leaders, local, state and federal policymakers, farmers and others to celebrate the great promise of food to connect people and grow strong communities, and elevate the role of public institutions like land grant universities, state & municipal governments, the Appalachian Regional Commission in supporting these efforts.

Friday, Sept. 15

Community at the Confluence

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh Airport
RSVP: Breakfast provided. Register by September 8th

When Farm Aid comes to town, food and farm leaders from the festival region get to connect with each other and with leaders from across the country who join us each year. Join us at this annual check-in to share issue and campaign updates and build community.

Farm Aid Farm Tours

Time: 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $25/person. Learn more & register here.

Join us for one of two very special tours to farms in and surrounding the Pittsburgh area. Farm tours offer a great opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange among farmers, as well as on-the-ground exploration of pressing issues facing local food systems.

Farm Aid Eve

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Wigle Distillery Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden
Order Tickets Here.

Join us in Pittsburgh for the Farm Aid family reunion! Farm Aid Eve will take place at the Wigle Distillery Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden in Pittsburgh. We will enjoy incredible food from local family farmers prepared by Kimberley Ashlee and a set from Banditos!

Saturday, Sept. 16

Farm Aid 2017 Press Event

Time: 11:00 am
Location: KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Cost: Free, festivalgoers with Farm Aid credentials are welcome.

Farm Aid 2017 will open with a press event on the main stage, featuring family farmers and Farm Aid board artists Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.

Farm Aid 2017

Time: Noon – 11:00 pm
Location: KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA

Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village

Time: Noon – 5:30 pm
Location: Party Pavilion at KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Cost: Free for concertgoers

On concert day, Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village invites festivalgoers to explore interactive exhibits and activities that engage all of their senses. Food and farm groups from across the country showcase exhibits about soil, water, energy, food and farming through art, games, and hands-on, interactive activities. Be sure you check it out and visit us in the Farm Yard to meet other farmers and Farm Aid friends from around the country.

Other Events

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Short Film Screenings: Farming a Legacy & Arc of Justice

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Homewood Public Library Auditorium
Join the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers (BUGS) and Grow Pittsburgh for a screening of two short films about urban agriculture and its impact on communities. This event will include a panel discussion as well as exhibits from local food and agriculture organizations.  

September 15, 16 & 17

Mother Earth News Fair

Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, Somerset County
This spectacular family oriented, sustainable lifestyle 3-day event features exhibits, hands on activities and workshops from leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading, green building, and natural health. View the full schedule at

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Harvie Meet-the-Farmer Happy Hour

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Smallman Gallery, 54 21st Street, Strip District, Pittsburgh
Join Small Farm Central for a delicious opportunity to meet local western Pennsylvania farmers. An entry fee of $15 (which benefits PASA) gets you a signature farm-fresh cocktail and opportunity to win a farm share for 2018! The event will introduce ‘Harvie’ – a new program to connect local consumers with their local farmer through a farm share customized to the member’s likes and dislikes, and delivered throughout the growing season complete with recipes. Come learn more!

Saturday, Sept. 30

East End Food Co-op Urban Farm Tour

Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $25 carload/$10 bike. Proceeds benefit PASA
This new event highlights the agricultural production capacity in our urbanized neighborhoods. This self-guided tour features over 12 farms, provides a unique opportunity to connect with local food, farmers, and the promise that sustainable agriculture holds for our future. Presented by East End Food Co-op in collaboration with Pittsburgh Food Policy Council.  More information and registration is available at:

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