SOUTH HAVEN’S SIGNATURE EVENT SINCE 1963. It’s about family traditions. It’s about gratitude and pride in our community. It’s about blueberries.
Our Mission is to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the cultural and economic significance of blueberries, blueberry production and agritourism in the Southwest Michigan region by holding an annual National Blueberry Festival. To promote the education and future of agriculture in Southwest Michigan.
The National Blueberry Festival is held on the second weekend of August each year, and is one of the country’s oldest continuously-running fruit festivals! We’re proud of South Haven’s tremendous blueberry crop, and the important industry it represents in our area. Van Buren County is the Nation’s most prolific producer of highbush blueberries, and Michigan as a whole produces upward of 100 million pounds each year. Growers, packers, u-picks, specialty equipment, agritourism, cottage industry and more convene right here in Southwest Michigan, and it’s all thanks to the delicious and healthy king of fruits- the almighty blueberry!
The fest will have live music, special events, and lots of stuff for kids to do!
Where can I buy blueberries and blueberry products?
Blueberries and blueberry products are available at the Blueberry Central Market located at the Huron Street Pavilion (Friday and Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-2). There is also a vendor area along the Riverfront, with additional hours. If you want to pick your own blueberries or visit a blueberry farm, be sure to check out our agriculture partners on the Blueberries Page!
What is Blueberry Central Market?
Blueberry Central Market is located at the Huron Street Pavilion (see festival map). Here you can purchase fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, jams, plants, teas, jewelry and more amazing products! Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday 10-2.
Where can I buy Blueberry Festival T-shirts?
T-shirts are available at the Blueberry Festival Swag Mobile near the Riverfront Main Stage. You can also purchase online from our Merch Store (coming soon).
Where is the Blueberry Festival Craft Fair?
The Blueberry Festival Craft Fair is located in Stanley Johnston Park (see festival map). The Craft Fair hours are Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday, 10-4. The closest shuttle stop to the craft fair is the Warren Center on Williams Street. Then just cross over the bridge, and you are there!
What are the Beverage Tent hours?
The Beverage Tent is be open Thursday 4pm – 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am – 10pm. It is located in the Riverfront Park near the Riverfront Stage and features Southwest Michigan’s finest craft beer, wine, and cider.
Is the Festival dog-friendly?
We do not encourage dogs at the Blueberry Festival. Though dogs are allowed in some areas of the festival, many events, activities, and locations are not dog-friendly. Also, consider that there are a lot of people, tons of activity, and loud noises, which can be overwhelming to even gregarious, friendly dogs. In addition, festival week is often very hot. While dogs are not strictly banned, we highly recommend that you leave your furry friend at home.
For more details, visit: https://www.blueberryfestival.com/
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