Concert Venues & Directions
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival concerts are held at:
- The Farmers’ Museum Festival concerts on August 7, 14 and 21 will be held in the museum’s Louis C. Jones Center. This Colonial Revival stone barn, known for its excellent acoustics, is an informal yet intimate concert setting. One of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life.
Free parking is available in the Museum’s lot.
Get directions to The Farmers’ Museum 5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
The Otesaga Resort Hotel The grand Otesaga Resort Hotel will be the Festival’s home for concerts on July 7, August 1, 4, and 11. A magnificent, Federal-style building, the Otesaga occupies 700 feet of lakefront on the southern shore of Otsego Lake. Concerts are held in the Ballroom.
When you attend Festival performances at the Otesaga, you also may enjoy a formal dinner in the Hotel’s Main Dining Room from 6:00-8:30 pm (jackets are required for gentlemen) or a casual dinner in The Hawkeye Grill, located in the Hotel’s Lower Lobby overlooking the lake, from 5:30-10:00 pm. For more information and to make Main Dining Room reservations, please call Maitre d’ Lori Patryn at 800/348-6222 or 607/544-2519. For Hawkeye Grill reservations please call 607/544-2524.
Free parking is available in the hotel’s lot.
Get directions to the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Pro Am Performances (Free and open to all, no ticket necessary)
Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Road in Edmeston, will host a free Pro-Am performance on July 9 at 7:30 pm. On July 10 at 7:30 pm, a Pro Am performance will be held at Grace Church, 32 Montgomery Street in Cherry Valley. Christ Church in Cooperstown will host the final Pro-Am performance on July 11 at 7:30 pm. This historic church is located just south of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, at 46 River Street. Street parking. Directions to Christ Church
The historic Village of Cooperstown is a small town in the heart of central New York with global appeal. Originally famous through its association with The Leatherstocking Tales by author James Fenimore Cooper (son of Cooperstown’s founder William Cooper), and now known internationally as the birthplace of baseball and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown is a place brimming with surprises for visitors and residents alike. In addition to being a mecca for baseball fans and players worldwide, Cooperstown offers rich and diverse cultural opportunities. Cooperstown is ideally located between the Catskill and Adirondack mountain ranges, along the southern shore of Otsego Lake (coined Glimmerglass by Cooper), the source of the mighty Susquehanna River. [Source: Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce]
Please visit the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce web site and the Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism web site for information on lodging, dining, shopping, and other things to do and see in the area, including:
• Glimmerglass Festival
• New York Summer Festival at SUNY Oneonta
• Cooperstown Concert Series
• Oneonta Concert Association
• Catskill Symphony Orchestra
Museums, Galleries and Attractions
• National Baseball Hall of Fame
• The Farmers’ Museum
• Fenimore Art Museum
• Smithy-Pioneer Gallery
• Cooperstown Art Association
• Brewery Ommegang
• Hyde Hall
• Cherry Valley Artworks
• Cherry Branch Gallery
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long do concerts last?
- A. Concerts usually last about two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. The Flute Fest and Pro Am performances last about an hour.
Q: When and where do I pick up tickets being held for me?
- A: Starting 45 minutes before the concert begins, tickets may be picked up at the will-call table located just inside the venue entrance.
Q: Can I buy tickets at the door?
- A: Yes, tickets are sold at the door, as available.
Q: Are there different levels of seating?
- A: We have general admission seating, and seating is made on a first-come, first-served basis, unless you have taken advantage of one of our special donor opportunities that offer you priority reserved seating.
Q: How do concert-goers dress?
- A: We are a summer festival—some like to dress up, other prefer to be casual, all are welcome! While the Otesaga is air-conditioned, The Farmers’ Museum is not, though we do open the large sliding doors to let in the breeze from the lake.
Q. Are children welcome?
- A. Yes! Families with school-age children are welcome and encouraged to attend any of our concerts.
Q. How can I learn more about the music being performed?
- A. At each concert, the artists provide comments and insights on the works they are performing. The easy rapport between the artists and the audience is one of the hallmarks of the Festival.
Q: Are the concerts wheelchair accessible?
- A: Both The Farmers’ Museum and the Otesaga Resort Hotel are fully wheelchair accessible.
Q: What are my dining options?
- A: From the elegance of the Otesaga Resort Hotel to a picnic in the park, Cooperstown has a wide variety of dining experiences to fit every budget and taste. Fresh local produce is served in many of our restaurants complimented by libations from our breweries, wineries and cider mills. You can even rent a boat and dine on the lake watching the sun set behind our beautiful unspoiled landscape. For more information, visit the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce.
Q: Do you accommodate Group Tours?
- A. We are pleased to accommodate adult group tours for Festival concerts. So we can assist you in planning a visit, please call 877/666-7421.
Q: Why the name change?
- A. In 2011 we changed our name from the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. Our new name better reflects the music we offer, from classical to jazz, early works to contemporary, as well as cabaret, bluegrass and community concerts. It also reflects the welcoming, informal character of our Festival.