2024 Michigan BLUEBERRY FESTIVALS Guide + Event Schedules! Top 6 FUN Festivals in South Haven, Paradise. Things to Do + Blueberry Season Michigan (Where to Pick Juicy Fresh Blueberries)

Article: 2024 Michigan BLUEBERRY FESTIVALS Guide + Event Schedules! Top 6 FUN Festivals in South Haven, Paradise. Things to Do + Blueberry Season Michigan (Where to Pick Juicy Fresh Blueberries)

I'm not gonna lie, Michigan blueberry season makes me just giddy!  Each year, Chris and I love attending Michigan blueberry festivals! There are so many family friendly things to do, so get ready to celebrate all things blueberry!

Chris and I also love going blueberry picking at Russell's blueberry farm in Freeland Michigan.  Chris and I bake blueberry pies, blueberry crisps, and love making blueberry nice cream (just blend a handful of frozen blueberries, a frozen banana and some almond milk/water for a delicious treat!) YUMMY!

If you can only pick one Michigan blueberry festival, you won't want to miss the National Blueberry Festival South Haven this July!

  • Keep reading for 2024 dates and our interactive map of Michigan Blueberry Festivals!


Did you know

Michigan produces upward of 100 million pounds of blueberries each year!

Contents:

  • Map of the best Michigan Blueberry Festivals Across Michigan
  • Where to Pick Fresh Michigan Blueberries
  • National Blueberry Festival South Haven
  • Wild Blueberry Festival Paradise Michigan
  • Montrose Blueberry Festival
  • Blueberry Festival - Downtown Marquette
  • Annual Blueberry Festival - Blueberry Lane Farms
  • Harietta Annual Blueberry Festival


Interactive Map of Michigan Blueberry Festivals Across Michigan!


When is the Blueberry Picking Season in Michigan? 

July is the prime Michigan blueberry picking season, however you can pick blueberries until about the third week of August, depending on the location of the farm and the weather. 


Where Can You Pick Fresh Blueberries?

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See our list of fantastic U Pick Blueberry Farms in Michigan + interactive map!



There Are Several Blueberry Festivals Held in Michigan Every Year Near You!

Michigan is well-known for its blueberry production, and there are several blueberry festivals that take place throughout the state. 


1. National Blueberry Festival South Haven

When is the National Blueberry Festival in South Haven? 

August 8-11, 2024

The National Blueberry Festival is one of the country's oldest continuously-running fruit festivals!  The festival features a blueberry pancake breakfast, a blueberry pie-eating contest, a 5K run/walk, live music, a craft fair, and more.

Where is the National Blueberry Festival Held? Throughout downtown South Haven-schedule coming soon.

Events at the National Blueberry Festival:

  • Blueberry Festival Craft Fair
  • Farm Festivities
  • National Blueberry Festival Parade
  • National Blueberry Festival 5k Run and Walk - Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI.
  • Blueberry Central Market - Huron Street Pavilion. Purchase fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, jams, plants, teas, jewelry and more amazing products!
  • Kids Fun Zone Rides
  • Blueberry Pie-eating contests
  • Live Music

Is the Festival dog-friendly? They do not encourage dogs at the Blueberry Festival.

So many fun things to do at Michigan Blueberry Festivals this year! Come on out to the blueberry festival South Haven located in Southwest Michigan! This is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan in August.


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Van Buren County is the Nation's most prolific producer of highbush blueberries!

South Haven, located in Southwest Michigan, is home to incredible blueberry crops!




2. Wild Blueberry Festival Paradise Michigan - Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Wild Blueberry Festival is August 16 - 18, 2024.

Location: Whitefish Township Community Center: 7052 M-123 Paradise, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Paradise Blueberry Festival is held in Paradise, Michigan each August. It features an Arts & Crafts Fair, blueberry brunch, family-friendly activities, pie eating contest, live entertainment and lots more!

These festivals and many more are a great way to celebrate Michigan's blueberry harvest and enjoy a variety of blueberry-themed foods, drinks, and activities.

Are Dogs Allowed at the Wild Blueberry Festival Paradise MI? Dogs are not allowed on the Wild Blueberry Festival Fair Grounds or Whitefish Township Community Center during the Blueberry Festival.

What is the wild blueberry capital of Michigan?  Paradise!!


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Paradise is Considered the Wild Blueberry Capital of Michigan!


You will no doubt come home with several pounds of luscious, fresh blueberries after attending Michigan blueberry festivals!  We recommend flash freezing your blueberries to maintain their nutrients and freshness! 

Grab our guide: How to Freeze Fresh Blueberries!


Red Did you know

Low bush blueberry varieties: Grow in open, sunny areas and will ripen from late July through August.

Highbush blueberry varieties: Grow in shade and ripen from late August through September.


3. Montrose Blueberry Festival Schedule - Central Michigan (Between Flint and Frankenmuth)

53rd Annual Montrose Blueberry FestivalAugust 11-18, 2024 

Location: On M-57 just 8 miles west of I-75. The festival is located between Flint and Frankenmuth. 

Check out their schedule of events.  Includes car show, softball tournament, marketplace, craft beer and wine, pig roast, blueberry store, midway, parade, blueberry pie eating contest, blueberry pancake breakfast and lots more!

Locals and visitors alike love Michigan blueberry festivals! These lovely Michigan festivals bring lots of visitors to local shops, restaurants and businesses!


4. Blueberry Festival — Downtown Marquette (Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

Marquette Blueberry Festival July 26, 2024, 10:00 AM to 7:00 pm. 

Location: Downtown Marquette in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The Marquette Blueberry festival, held in Marquette, Michigan, features a blueberry pancake breakfast, a blueberry pie-eating contest, live music, farmers market, and more.

Satisfy your blueberry cravings with everything blueberry! You might find blueberry pizza, blueberry beer and lots of blueberry fare throughout downtown Marquette.


  

5. Annual Blueberry Festival - Blueberry Lane Farms

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Blueberry Lane Farms is the largest U Pick blueberry farm in the American Midwest! They have 22 varieties of blueberries!!! WOW!


Blueberry Lane Farms - Blueberry Festival July 2024 TBD, 10am - 6:00 pm.

Location: 13240 Blueberry Ln, Otter Lake, MI.

Annual Blueberry Festival - Blueberry Lane Farms located in eastern Michigan.

  • Help celebrate this farm’s 75th anniversary of being a family owned U-Pick Blueberry Farm in Michigan! There will be live music, great food, vendors, games, scavenger hunts, jugglers, pony rides, local artisans, petting zoo, bounce house and more!

Plus, their U Pick Blueberries orchard is open with 115 aces of berries! And they have a great cafe! Open July through Labor Day

Hours: 

  • Friday: 4pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 8am-8pm
  • Sunday: 8am-6pm

There's also lots of goodies in the farm store too! So many fun things to do at Michigan Blueberry Festivals!


6. Harietta 17th Annual Blueberry Festival (West of Cadillac)

Date: August 3, 2024 8:00 AM - evening!

Location: Downtown Harrietta, MI 49638 

Celebrate all things blueberry – Blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry ice cream social, and blueberry pies. 

Events include geocaching, live music, children’s games, pie eating and frozen t-shirt contests, petting zoo, market place, rummage & bake sales and more! 

Live music begins at 10:00 am

More Things to Do Nearby:

  • Blueberry Hill u-pick & tours
  • Visit State Fish Hatchery
  • Visit the Oliver Family Nature Preserve
  • Grab our Cadillac Michigan Guide of things to do!


Delicious Blueberry Recipes!

Chris and I love making blueberry nice cream: Just blend a handful of frozen blueberries, a frozen banana and some almond milk/water for a delicious treat!) YUMMY!


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Blueberry Love: 46 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Pies, Jams, Smoothies, Sauces, and More

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Juicing for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss. I juice celery (enjoyed on it's own every morning before breakfast.)  I also juice fruit like apples, blueberries, peaches and oranges.



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