National Blueberry Festival

Annual National Blueberry Festival (August 8 – 11, 2019)

National Blueberry Festival LogoThe National Blueberry Festival is not just a celebration of a fruitful harvest. It has evolved into a celebration of South Haven as well. Each year we welcome thousands of visitors to our community — yes, to celebrate that almighty king of berries — the BLUEBERRY but, also to showcase and share everything that is South Haven: Downtown shops, our parks, our beaches, historical sites, the waterfront and our people.

The National Blueberry Festival Welcome Center is located at the corner of Water & Kalamazoo Streets in downtown South Haven. There you will find information, maps, brochures, schedule details and more. Blueberry Central Market is where you can purchase your fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, preserves, plants, and visit assorted vendors at Blueberry Central Market + enjoy live music while you shop! For souvenirs, the National Blueberry Festival T-Shirt Tent/Swag Mobile is the place to shop.

The Blueberry Festival is staged at multiple venues. A complimentary shuttle is available as well as free off-site parking at former Village Market store on M-140. The shuttle runs a continuous loop of the festival with stops at key festival locations.

The 2019 Blueberry Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 9:00am.

2019 Festival Schedule

Thursday, August 8, 2019

  • 4:00pm – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: Beer & Wine Tent
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Blueberry Pie & Ice Cream Social
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm – Elkenburg Park: Bobby Walker Basketball Tournament
  • 5:00 – 9:00pm – Water Street @ Kalamazoo Street: National Blueberry Festival Welcome Center Open. Find information, maps, brochures, schedule details and more!
  • 5:00 – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: National Blueberry Festival T-Shirt Tent/Swag Mobile Open. Get your commemorative festival T-shirt and other National Blueberry Festival swag!
  • 5:00 – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: Red Cross Hospitality Tent. Information, hospitality and first aid.
  • 5:00pm​ – Riverfront Main Stage: Opening Ceremony. The official kick-off of the 56th annual National Blueberry Festival!
  • 5:30-7:00pm​ – Riverfront Main Stage: Blueberry Festival Youth Pageant/Community Opportunity.
  • 6:00pm​ – Huron Street Pavilion: Harvest Toast. Non-alcoholic toast to the harvest!
  • 7:30 – 10:00pm​ – Riverfront Main Stage: Bluewater Kings Band

​Friday, August 9, 2019

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm – First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix St.: AAUW Used Book Sale
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Blueberry Central Market. Purchase your fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, preserves, plants, and visit assorted vendors at Blueberry Central Market! Enjoy live music while you shop.
  • 10:00am – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: National Blueberry Festival T-Shirt Tent/Swag Mobile Open. Get your commemorative festival T-shirt and other National Blueberry Festival swag!
  • 10:00am – 9:00pm Water Street @ Kalamazoo Street: National Blueberry Festival Welcome Center Open. Find information, maps, brochures, schedule details and more!
  • 10:00am – 10:30pm – Complimentary shuttle bus. Free off-site parking at the large lot behind Village Express on M-140. Shuttle runs continuous loops with stops at key festival locations.
  • 10:00am – 3:30pm – Riverfront Park: Meijer Kids Day. Blueville – a fun place to learn about the community! Kids activities and entertainment at Riverfront Park Sponsored by Meijer!
  • 11:00am – dusk – Riverfront Park: Kid Zone. A variety of rides for all ages- zip line, moon walk, climbing wall, slide, etc.
  • 11:00am – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: Red Cross Hospitality Tent. Information, hospitality and first aid.
  • 3:00pm​ – 7:00pm – Locker Plaza, 1675 Phoenix Rd.: Blueberry Festival 5K Run/Walk Registration and Packet Pickup
  • 4:00pm​ – 6:00pm – Tipsy Brush Studio, 515 Williams St.: Paint and Sip @ Tipsy Brush Studio. This is a no-experience-necessary painting class with a fun Blueberry theme! Wine, beer and hors d’eouevres available for purchase.
  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Blueberry Bark-B-Que. Fundraising dinner for Al-Van Humane Society. Hosted by Al Van Humane Society
  • 3:30pm – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: Beer & Wine Tent. Enjoy local wine and Michigan made craft beer while you listen to the live music!
  • 4:30pm – 9:00pm – Elkenburg Park: Bobby Walker Basketball Tournament
  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm – Riverfront Mainstage: The Dweebs – A colorful, crazy, and awesome show that plays all the hits from the 60s till now!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

  • 6:45 – 7:45am Riverfront Park: 5K Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up 8:00am Eagle St. & Kalamazoo St. National Blueberry Festival 5K & 10K Run/Walk
    Start time for the 10K is 8:00am, the 5K Run 8:15am, and the 5K Walk 8:30am.
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Kiwanis Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. Blueberry pancake breakfast! $8 adults, $5 kids! Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee & orange drink. Hosted by South Haven Kiwanis Club
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm – Kids Corner Park: Kids Soccer Clinic. Come play soccer in the park! After a quick warm up, your kids will be placed on age appropriate teams and play rounds until one team stands! This event is a festive way to recognize and honor the kids of the migrant workers that are a huge part of the local blueberry culture! ​Hosted by Covert Public Schools
  • All Day – CrossFit Current 237 Broadway St.: Blueberry Blitz CrossFit Games. An amazing addition to the festival line up – South Haven’s first ever CrossFit Games! ​Hosted by CrossFit Current.
  • 9:00am – 2:00pm – First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix St.: AAUW Used Book Sale. AAUW annual used book sale Friday and Saturday! Proceeds fund local scholarships.
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm – Elkenburg Park: Bobby Walker Basketball Tournament
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Blueberry Central Market. Purchase your fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, preserves, plants, and visit assorted vendors at Blueberry Central Market! Enjoy live music while you shop.
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm​ – Stanley Johnston Park: Blueberry Festival Craft Fair. Over 175 unique art & craft vendors plus gourmet and fair food! Limited to hand-made items only- something for everyone! Managed by the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce.​
  • 10:00am – 8:00pm – Water Street @ Kalamazoo Street: National Blueberry Festival Welcome Center Open. Find information, maps, brochures, schedule details and more!
  • 10:00am – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: National Blueberry Festival T-Shirt Tent/Swag Mobile Open. Get your commemorative festival T-shirt and other National Blueberry Festival swag!
  • 10:00am – 10:30pm: Festival Shuttle. Complimentary shuttle available for your convenience. Free off-site parking at the large lot behind Village Express on M-140. Shuttle runs continuous loops with stops at key festival locations.
  • 11:00am: DeGrandchamp Farms National Blueberry Festival Parade. Great place to watch is along Huron St. Set up your kids in the Candy Zone outside of Hardt Insurance!
  • 11:00am – dusk – Water St.: Kid Zone. Variety of rides including zip line, climbing wall, etc. Ticket fee applies.
  • 11:00am – 10:00pm – Riverfront Park: Red Cross Hospitality Tent. Information, hospitality, and first aid.
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Channel Wine Bar, 515 Williams St.: Blueberry Wine Flights @ Channel Bar. Special blueberry wine flights will be available for $12.
  • 2:00pm – Riverfront Park: Kids Blueberry Pie Eating Contest. Ages 5-12 FREE! Sponsored by McDonalds of South Haven, True Blue Farms, & Golden Brown Bakery!
  • 3:30pm – Riverfront Park: Adult Blueberry Pie Eating Contest. Limited Entries; first come bases. Entry fee of $10.
  • 4:00pm​ – 6:00pm – Tipsy Brush Studio, 515 Williams St.: Paint and Sip @ Tipsy Brush Studios. This is a no-experience-necessary painting class with a fun Blueberry theme! Wine, beer and hors d’eouevres available for purchase.
  • 4:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Steelheaders Famous Fish Boil. Enjoy delicious boiled fish and veggies topped with melted butter! Always a popular event!
  • 3:30pm – 11:00pm – Riverfront Park: Beer & Wine Tent. Enjoy local wine and Michigan made craft beer while you listen to the live music!
  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm – Riverfront Mainstage: Earth to Mars Band – All the way from L.A. – the ultimate Bruno Mars experience!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

  • 7:00am – 12:00pm – South Haven Regional Airport: Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast & Classic Car Show. Blueberry Pancake Breakfast served to you by the South Haven Rotary Club.
  • 7:00am – 12:00pm – South Haven Regional Airport: Airport Fly-In. Head out to the South Haven Regional Airport to see amazing airplanes!
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Kiwanis Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. Blueberry pancake breakfast! Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee & orange drink. $8 adults, $5 kids!
  • 9:00am – 1:00pm​ – North Beach: Sand Sculpture Contest. Sculpture building starts at 9:00am, judging at 1:00pm. No preregistration is necessary, registration is on site; families welcome!
  • 9:00am – 6:00pm – Elkenburg Park: Bobby Walker Basketball Tournament and Championship Game!
  • 10:00am – 3:30pm – Water St. just past the Riverfront Park: deBest Lawn Tractor Pull​. Hosted by deBest Inc.
  • 10:00am – 2:00pm – Huron St. Pavilion: Blueberry Central Market. Purchase your fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, preserves, plants, and visit assorted vendors at Blueberry Central Market! Enjoy live music while you shop.
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm – Stanley Johnston Park: National Blueberry Festival Craft Fair. Unique handmade arts and crafts! Over 175 vendors, plus gourmet and fair food! Managed by South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • 10:00am – 2:00pm – Water Street @ Kalamazoo Street: National Blueberry Festival Welcome Center Open. Find information, maps, brochures, schedule details and more!
  • 10:00am – 2:00pm – Riverfront Park: National Blueberry Festival T-Shirt Tent/Swag Mobile Open. Last chance to get your commemorative festival T-shirt and other National Blueberry Festival swag!
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm – Riverfront Park: Red Cross Hospitality Tent. Information, hospitality, & first aid.