South Haven is turning 150 and to celebrate the National Blueberry Festival is going all out to highlight the 150th Anniversary with classic events all over the city from August 8th – August 11th. From parades to pie eating and farm tours to family fun there is something for every member of the family to enjoy.
The 56th Annual National Blueberry Festival with kick-off on Thursday, August 8th at 5 PM with the Opening Ceremony at the Riverfront Main Stage. Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, head over to the Huron Street Pavilion for the Blueberry Pie & Ice Cream Social. After enjoying a slice of delicious pie return to the Riverfront Main Stage for the Blueberry Festival Youth Pageant (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM) and stick around for to enjoy the high energy sounds of the Bluewater Kings Band (7:30 PM – 10 PM).
The first full-day of the festival, Friday, August 9th is packed full of family fun. The Huron Street Pavilion will host the Blueberry Central Market (10 AM – 5 PM) where guests can purchase fresh blueberries, pies, preserves and plants while enjoying great live music. Riverfront Park is the location of Meijer Kids’ Day (10 AM – 3:30 PM) and the Kid Zone (11 AM – Dusk). Learn about the community, enjoy many kid’s activities and entertainment including: rides, a climbing wall, moon walk, slide and many more fun amusements. In the evening head over to the Riverfront Main Stage (5 PM – 10 PM) for Clementine’s Blueberry Blowout and entertainment from Glim Gypsy Baggage and the Dweebs. Close out the day with Blueberry Festival S’mores at the Victoria Resort and Bed & Breakfast Fire Pit (9 PM – 11 PM).
Saturday morning, August 10th, lace up your runners for the National Blueberry Festival 5K & 10K Run/Walk at Eagle Street & Kalamazoo Street (8 AM). After the race, refuel at the Kiwanis Blueberry Pancake Breakfast held at the Huron Street Pavilion (8 AM – 12 PM). A first for the festival, the Blueberry Blitz CrossFit Games, hosted by CrossFit Current (237 Broadway Street) will be South Haven’s first ever CrossFit Games (9 AM). Enjoy the DeGrandchamp Farms National Blueberry Parade along Huron Street (11 AM) then check out the Blueberry Central Market at the Huron Street Pavilion (10 AM – 5 PM), Blueberry Festival Craft Fair at Stanley Johnston Park (10 AM – 5 PM) and the Kid Zone on Water Street (11 AM – Dusk). You won’t want to miss the Kids Blueberry Pie Eating Contest for ages 5 – 12 at Riverfront Park (2 PM), followed by the Adult Pie Eating Contest (3:30 PM). Check out the Steel Headers Famous Fish Boil at the Huron Street Pavillion (4 PM) where visitors enjoy boiled fish with potatoes and onions, topped with melted butter. If you are looking for a truly unique event, don’t miss Brother’s of the Brush Unite! (7:15 PM) on the Riverfront Mainstage. This real and fake beard competition is going to be great fun!
The last day of the festival is packed with fun. Start your morning with the Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast & Classic Car Show (7 AM – 12 PM) at the South Haven Regional Airport. The airport venue will also be hosting a fly-in (7 AM – 12 PM) where visitors can see amazing planes. The Huron Street Pavilion will host the Kiwanis Blueberry Pancake Breakfast (8 AM – 12 PM). After breakfast, head over to North Beach for the Sand Sculpture Contest (9 AM – 1 PM).
There are just too many amazing events to cover in this story, so visit https://www.blueberryfestival.com/schedule.html for the full schedule of events. We will see you in South Haven!