Details about each event will be released as the event date approaches. Check back for more information.
May 4, 2014
Hug a Farm Animal Day
Los Angeles-area shelter, Acton, California
Join us for an open-house-style celebration where guests can spend the day with friends and family, along with hundreds of other compassionate folks, experiencing everything our Southern California Shelter has to offer. Whether this is your first visit or you’re a seasoned guest, Hug a Farm Animal Day is a fantastic way to get one-on-one time with the rescued animals who reside at the sanctuary and to explore our newest location. This half-day event will begin with guests enjoying delicious, cruelty-free hors d’oeuvres and desserts while listening to inspiring presentations, and it will end with everyone’s favorite part – visiting with cows, pigs, chickens, and other rescued animals who can’t wait to meet you! Registration is required for this event. More Information.
May 10 and 11, 2014
Northern California Hoe Down
Come and soak up the California sun while spending time with fascinating rescued farm animals, inspirational speakers, and hundreds of people who are interested in rethinking the way we interact with animals! This weekend-long educational event offers guests the chance to learn and connect while enjoying the stunning scenery of our 300-acre shelter. Guests also enjoy the opportunity to camp out under the sanctuary stars, enjoy delicious all-vegan meals, and join us for our famous Saturday evening contra dance, complete with live music! More information.
August 2 and 3, 2014
New York Hoe Down
Watkins Glen, New York
This August, experience the event that animal lovers look forward to all year long! The New York Hoe Down is held at our gorgeous 175-acre shelter, where you can meet our rescued animal residents face-to-face. Guests enjoy presentations from a host of expert speakers on topics ranging from the environmental impact of factory farming to vegan cooking. Delicious vegan meals are included in the ticket price, as is complementary on-site camping. Whether you wake up with the birds for morning yoga, sit down with Gene Baur and other sanctuary staff for “coffee talk,” or swing your partner at our famous barn dance, you’re sure to make connections that will last a lifetime!
September 20 and 21, 2014
Farm Animal Care Conference
Watkins Glen, New York
Farm Sanctuary’s long history of rescuing and caring for animals has put our staff at the cutting-edge of farm animal care. The techniques and methods developed by our staff are used at sanctuaries across the country. Each fall, we invite guests to the sanctuary for a hands-on course geared toward those interested in adopting animals or starting sanctuaries of their own. Attendees benefit from the expert knowledge of our National Shelter Director Susie Coston, as well as the directors of our Education and Development departments. If you want to learn more about what it takes to care for rescued farm animals, this is an experience that cannot be missed.
Celebration for the Turkeys
Orland, California November 8, 2014
Acton, California (Los Angeles area) November 15, 2014
Watkins Glen, New York November 22, 2014
At Farm Sanctuary, we do Thanksgiving a little differently. At our shelters, the turkeys are the guests of honor! Celebrate with us this November as we treat our rescued turkey residents to a grand feast of stuffed squash, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. After spending the day getting to know the turkeys and other rescued animals that live at our sanctuaries, you will be treated to a gourmet vegan Thanksgiving feast of your own! During dinner, guests enjoy a lively speaker program with presentations from Farm Sanctuary staff and special guests. This fun, feel-good event is perfect for families, individuals, long-time vegans, and those simply interested in learning a little more about animals. We welcome you to join us in celebrating this unique holiday tradition!