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We Found the Best Blueberry Festivals in America

There's really no better place to spend a sunny weekend than at a blueberry festival, eating fresh fruit and treats and enjoying events from live music to fireworks. We've rounded up 20 of the best festivals across the country!

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Michigan blueberry butterCourtesy @marnwrites/Instagram

National Blueberry Festival

Where: South Haven, Michigan

When: August 8-11, 2019

The National Blueberry Festival is one of the nation’s oldest fruit festivals—it has been taking place on the second weekend of August each year since 1963. This year, after you feast on blueberry pancakes (and before the famous fish fry at night), you can lace up for the annual 5K race or compete in the first-ever Blueberry CrossFit Games.

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blueberryvia Iron River Lions Club/facebook

Iron River Blueberry Festival

Where: Iron River, Wisconsin

When: July 27-28, 2019

What sets the Iron River Blueberry Festival apart from other fruit fairs around the country? If it’s not the abundance of fresh juicy blueberries or the two-hour-long polka mass on Sunday morning, then it’s the cardboard boat races, where kids row to the finish line on Moon Lake in their crafty creations.

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Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Where: Plymouth, Indiana

When: August 30-September 2, 2019

With so much going on at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival, it’s hard to know where to start. While there are more than enough festivities to fill all four days, locals say that the Blueberry Donut Stand is a must-visit for warm fruity pastries and that the fireworks show on the final night is equally spectacular. See all the best recipes from Indiana.

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Blueberry ice creamCourtesy @jessicaaareng/Instagram

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

Where: Chincoteague Island, Virginia

When: July 19-21, 2019

Come for the blueberries, stay for the shopping. With over 100 vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to artisan baskets, the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival prides itself on being the largest arts and crafts event on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Psst: Blueberries tend to sell out, so insiders recommend pre-ordering your berries online before the festival.

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Twisp, Washington/ United States- 7/4/2016: Two young children look over the remains of their pies at the end of a 4th of July pie eating contest in the Methow Valley; Shutterstock ID 1122167222; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeMandi J. Donohue/Shutterstock

Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival

Where: Anchorage, Alaska

When: August 18, 2019

For two full days, you can indulge in all of the blueberry pies, smoothies, muffins and other creations to your heart’s content at Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival. And if you want to take some berries home with you, snag a free chairlift ride up the mountain where you can forage for fruit in the bountiful bushes.

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Machias Wild Blueberry FestivalCourtesy @droneseyeviewinc/instagram

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

Where: Machias, Maine

When: August 16-18, 2019

One of the highlights of the Machias Blueberry Festival has to be the annual pie-eating contest. It was even broadcast live on ESPN one year! But if you’re more into whipping up than chowing down, you might want to enter the blueberry cooking contest instead. Not sure what to make? We recommend one of these deliciously fruity dishes.

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Sweet Homemade Blueberry Pie Ready to EatBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Charlton Blueberry Festival

Where: Charlton, Massachusetts

When: July 28, 2019

Of course you’ll want to stock up on fresh local blueberries at the Charlton Blueberry Festival…but there’s a lot more than just fruit to be found. Look out for fresh blueberry pies and shortcake, plus live bands and craft vendors for the adults.

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Two young kids picking blueberriesvia vermontblueberry.com

Vermont Blueberry Festival

Where: Wilmington, Vermont

When: July 26-August 4, 2019

Perhaps even more unique than the blueberry boat parade or the blueberry Jell-O slide at the Vermont Blueberry Festival is the Blue Eyes Contest, where the person with the prettiest peepers will be crowned before the blueberry barbecue. Want more festival fare? Here are the best eats at fairs in every state.

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Blueberry pie eating contestCourtesy Blueberry Fest/Facebook

Blueberry Fest

Where: Bartlett, New Hampshire

When: August 3, 2019

The Bartlett Blueberry Fest had us at “free.” Held at Attitash Mountain Resort, the festival includes a blueberry pie baking (and eating!) contest, a cornhole tournament and performances by local bands. Here’s a tip from the event organizers: Leave your car in town and take the train into the resort to avoid parking crowds.

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Blueberry popcornCourtesy @puravidakettlecorn/Instagram

The Blueberry Festival

Where: Ellenville, New York

When: August 10, 2019

Chow down on fresh-baked goodies from the winner of the annual blueberry muffin contest at Ellenville’s Blueberry Festival while you listen to live music in the town square. If you can’t make it to the one-day event, whip up your own tasty treats with one of our favorite blueberry muffin recipes.

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Mossyrock Blueberry Festival

Where: Mossyrock, Washington

When: August 2-3, 2019

Get to the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival early to catch the parade (there will even be a parachute jumper!), then spend the day browsing the car show, participating in the fun run or cheering on the pups in the family dog show. At night, spread out a blanket and post up with a picnic to watch the fireworks.

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Two volunteers at the Blueberry Festivalvia historicbethlehem.org

Blueberry Festival

Where: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

When: July 20-21, 2019

If you live in Pennsylvania, one of our top picks is the Blueberry Festival in the Lehigh Valley. Besides the live colonial demonstrations, pet parade and barn tours, there’s also the crowd-favorite Blueberry Brewery tent, where you can sample local mead, beer, wine and vodka. Do you know the best craft beer in Pennsylvania?

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blueberriesvia North Carolina Blueberry Festival/facebook

North Carolina Blueberry Festival

Where: Burgaw, North Carolina

When: June 20, 2020

Fresh blueberries aren’t the only thing that the North Carolina Blueberry Festival is known for. You’ll also be able to partake in a barbecue cook-off, the Tour de Blueberry bike ride and live music in the beer garden. It’s all enjoyed with a side of Southern hospitality, of course.

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Florida Blueberry FestivalCourtesy @mollygr3/Instagram

Florida Blueberry Festival

Where: Kissimmee, Florida

When: March 28-31, 2019

Just $10 will get you into the Florida Blueberry Festival, where you’ll be treated to four straight days of live music and all the blueberries you can eat. And with the Blueberry Patch Kids Zone, featuring bungee jumping, a rock wall and inflatable bounce houses, there’s enough fun for the whole family!

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BlueberriesCourtesy @brookhavenfarmersmarket/Instagram

Georgia Blueberry Festival

Where: Alma, Georgia

When: June 5-6, 2020

Summer in the South means one thing: a trip to the big Blueberry Festival, held in none other than the blueberry capital of Georgia. There’s a blueberry cooking contest, live Civil War reenactments and even a senior beauty pageant where you can vote for your favorite grandma.

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Package of blackberriesCourtesy @lullabyfairy/Instagram

Smith Berry Barn’s Annual Berry Festival

Where: Hillsboro, Oregon

When: July 4, 2020

There are regular harvest festivals—and then there’s this Berry Festival. Jam-packed with all sorts of events, the schedule includes fresh berry desserts, a cookout and a Berried Treasure Hunt for the kids.

Wondering what to do with all your blueberries, strawberries and blackberries? Try one of these berry good recipes.

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Packages of blueberriesCourtesy Blue Pearl Farms/Facebook

Lowcountry Blueberry Festival

 

Where: McClellanville, South Carolina

When: June 30, 2019

No trip to the annual Lowcountry Blueberry Festival would be complete without a bucketful of blueberries—and the famous Blueberry Toss. Grab a partner and try to beat the current world record (55 feet, 8 inches!) by successfully catching a blueberry in your mouth.

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Alabama Blueberry Festival

Where: Brewton, Alabama

When: June 20, 2020

The Alabama Blueberry Festival is everything that a summer fair should be: family-friendly, fun and full of food. And speaking of food, beat the Southern heat with a scoop (or two… or three…) of blueberry ice cream, which is made especially for the festival each year. You can scoop up fresh blueberry ice cream at home with this recipe.

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Ladies holding boxes of blueberriesvia tbf.nacogdoches.org

Texas Blueberry Festival

Where: Nacogdoches, Texas

When: June 13, 2020

Thousands of people descend on Nacogdoches every June for the Texas Blueberry Festival. Here you can compete in contests like the Blueberry Cupcake Contest or the Mr. and Miss Blueberry Pageant, listen to the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park on Friday night, or even take a dip in the Blue Brrrrry Dunking Booth.

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Annual Blueberry Festival blueberry donutCourtesy @staceygiacono/Instagram

Annual Blueberry Festival

Where: Browns Mills, New Jersey

When: June 25-26, 2019

There’s a reason that the Annual Blueberry Festival made our list of the best food festivals in every state—not only is the blueberry the New Jersey state fruit, but Historic Whitesbog Village (where the event is held) is the spot where the first cultivated blueberry was developed back in 1916. Today, there’s food, contests and crafts galore.

Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.

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