New York Events

Watkins Glen, NY, Private Events

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Add a compassionate tone and a memorable backdrop to your event by holding it amid the lush, rolling hills at our sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York — surrounded by Sugar Hill State Forest. This location is available to rent May 1 – October 31.

Large Events (40 or more people)
Small Events (fewer than 40 people)
Weddings – Ceremony Only

Large events (40 or more people)

Thank you for considering Farm Sanctuary for your special event. The Watkins Glen sanctuary is the perfect location for everything from weddings to family reunions, and celebrating here is a wonderful way to share your compassion for farm animals with your friends and family.

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Farm Sanctuary offers:

  • site visit
  • rehearsal (for weddings only)
  • phone and email support prior to the event
  • staff member onsite for the duration of the event in case of questions or emergencies
  • guided tour of the sanctuary for event guests

Times
The rental fee entitles you to use the facilities for six hours, which includes set-up and clean-up time.

Facilities
Parties can set up and hold their event inside the Visitor Barn or rent a tent and put it in the field behind the Visitor Barn.

Visitor Barn information

  • building dimensions: 47’ X 46’
  • can accommodate 150 guests seated in rounds
  • Due to our tour program, events held inside our Visitor Barn must be planned outside of tour times. Set-up can be as early as 3:15 p.m. and the event/ceremony can begin as early as 5 p.m.
  • The Visitor Barn is not temperature-controlled, but heaters or fans could be used if rented by the event organizer

Event Field behind the Visitor Barn

  • Large field suitable for any size tent (event organizer is responsible for renting the tent)
  • Events can be held anytime during the day or evening

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Tours
Guided tours of the sanctuary for all event guests are available and are included in the rental fee. These tours are a great way to introduce your friends and family to the rescued animals who live at Farm Sanctuary. We can accommodate 100 people at one time on a guided tour. For larger events, we will discuss a tour plan.

Food
Out of respect for Farm Sanctuary’s mission and for the rescued animals who live at our shelters, all food served must be vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or animal byproducts). Farm Sanctuary does not have catering facilities. See our list of local caterers who are familiar with vegan cooking. Caterers will need to provide proof of insurance.

Entertainment
You are welcome to secure a DJ or band for your event. Any onsite vendors will need to provide proof of insurance or sign a Farm Sanctuary liability waiver. If you are planning to play CDs or use an iPod, you are responsible for securing any licenses to play copyright-protected music, or you may play royalty-free music.

Party Rentals
Farm Sanctuary has tables and seating options available for a flat rental fee of $50.

  • Up up to twelve 5′ wooden benches
  • Up up to twelve 6′ rectangular tables
  • Up up to 30 brown metal folding chairs

Any additional equipment or furnishings, such as a tent or tablecloths, must be procured by you. See our list of local vendors.

Accommodations
Farm Sanctuary has three Bed and Breakfast cabins on the property. Rental of all three cabins for the night of the event is included in the rental fee if the cabins are available. The cabins may be available to rent for additional nights at the regular member rates. Please see more information on our Watkins Glen Bed and Breakfast .

Cost
The rental fee is a flat rate of $1,500 and includes a guided tour for your guests.

A deposit of 50 percent of your total cost is required to reserve the space. The remainder of the balance is due two weeks before the event.

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Event organizers are responsible for

  • securing all caterers, entertainment, and rentals
  • ensuring that all food brought to the property is vegan
  • providing Farm Sanctuary with appropriate certificates of insurance and following all legal requirements
  • notifying Farm Sanctuary of any need to coordinate early vendor deliveries (Insurance certificates may be required from any vendors who will be on-site.)
  • securing any licenses to play copyright-protected music
  • ensuring that alcohol is consumed responsibly
  • set-up and clean-up:
    • Many event organizers hire the rental company for set-up and clean-up
    • Farm Sanctuary will remove the trash after the event

List of local vendors.

Please contact Natalia Veinott with any questions or to start planning your special day!

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Small Events (fewer than 40 people)

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Thank you for considering Farm Sanctuary for your special event. The Watkins Glen sanctuary is the perfect location for everything from birthday parties to family reunions, and celebrating here is a wonderful way to share your compassion for farm animals with your friends and family.

Farm Sanctuary offers:

  • site visit
  • rehearsal (for weddings only)
  • phone and email support prior to the event
  • staff member onsite for the duration of the event in case of questions or emergencies
  • guided tour of the sanctuary for event guests

Times
Rental fees entitle you to use the facilities for four hours, which includes set-up and clean-up time.

Facilities

  • Video viewing room can accommodate 16 people at tables
  • Conference room can accommodate 40 people at tables
  • Back deck can accommodate 32 people at tables

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Tours
Guided tours of the sanctuary for all event guests are available and are included in the rental fee. Tours are a great way to introduce your friends and family to the rescued animals who live at Farm Sanctuary.

Food
Out of respect for Farm Sanctuary’s mission and for the rescued animals who live at our shelters, all food served must be vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or animal byproducts). Farm Sanctuary does not have catering facilities. See our list of local caterers who are familiar with vegan cooking. Caterers will need to provide proof of insurance.

Entertainment
If you are planning to play CDs or use an iPod for music, you are responsible for securing any licenses to play copyright-protected music, or you may play royalty-free music.

Party Rentals
Farm Sanctuary has tables and seating options available for a flat rental fee of $50.

  • up to twelve 5’ wooden benches
  • up to twelve 6’ rectangular tables
  • up to 30 brown metal folding chairs

Any additional equipment or furnishings, such as a tent or tablecloths, must be procured by the event organizer. Check out our list of local vendors.

Cost
The rental fee is a flat rate of $500 and includes a guided tour for your guests. It may be possible to rent the space for additional time at a cost of $100 an hour if requested in advance.

A deposit of 50 percent of your total cost is required to reserve the space. The remainder of the balance is due two weeks before the event.

Event Organizers are responsible for

  • securing all caterers, entertainment, and rentals
  • ensuring that all food brought to the property is vegan
  • providing Farm Sanctuary with appropriate certificates of insurance and following all legal requirements
  • notifying Farm Sanctuary of any need to coordinate early vendor deliveries (Insurance certificates may be required from any vendors who will be on-site.)
  • securing any licenses to play copyright-protected music
  • ensuring that alcohol is consumed responsibly
  • set-up and clean-up:
    • Many event organizers hire the rental company for set-up and clean-up
    • Farm Sanctuary will remove the trash after the event

Please contact Natalia Veinott with any questions or to start planning your special day!

List of local vendors.

Weddings (ceremony only)

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Hold your wedding ceremony at Farm Sanctuary! A special rental arrangement is available for those wishing to host a ceremony only (without reception).

Please contact Natalia Veinott to discuss pricing.

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