Blueberry Festival

Event Date: Friday, July 31, 2020   Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: West Washington and Front Streets

 

The 19th annual Blueberry Festival, originally set for Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Marquette has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. All registration fees will be returned to 2020 registrants in the coming weeks.

The 2021 date is scheduled for Friday, July 30. Mark your calendars!



Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, artists, demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable arcade games, and activities for children and families. Downtown restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops offer will offer “blue” specials. Local vendors will be on-hand throughout the day selling mounds of fresh blueberries and music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day.

Please note: the Blueberry Festival is held the last Friday in July, and does not always coincide with Art on the Rocks, which is held the last full weekend in July.


Blueberry Festival Sales & Specials

Stay tuned for sales and specials

Blueberry Festival Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sidewalk Sales • Food Vendors • Crafts
Blueberry Specials • Pony Rides
Children’s Activities
Abra Cadabra Arcade Jumps

 Youth Talent Show (tentative)
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Center Stage,  Washington & Front Streets
(Sponsored by Superior Arts Youth Theater)

 “Blueberry Jam”
Center Stage,  Washington & Front Streets

Bands TBD

Live Musicians
Near Washington Street Pocket Park
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Bands TBD

Official Blueberry Festival Poster
Available for purchase at Blueberry Festival

Mining Journal article on Blueberry Festival- 2017

TV6 report on Blueberry Festival- 2017


Vendor Application

Registration for Blueberry Festival will open on Monday, February 10, 2020.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority invites artisans, food vendors and nonprofit organizations to join the fun and set up a booth during the annual Blueberry Festival on Friday, July 31, in Marquette, MI. The application deadline is May 22, 2020.

Due to limited available space, a cap has been set on the number of vendors allowed at the event and previous booth locations are not guaranteed. All applications will be subject to review and approved at the discretion of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority. Vendors will be notified of their approval in early June. Vendors not approved will have their registration fee refunded.

Vendors may request one or two (10’x10’) spaces for Blueberry Festival. Booth sharing will not be permitted. Vendors must provide their own tents, weights, tables, chairs and any other booth items needed.These items will NOT be available at the time of set-up for the festival. Tents must be weighted, as the festival is in close proximity to Lake Superior, where strong winds are frequent.   Please note: vendors MUST contain their booth within their one or two (10’x10′) spaces. Vendors will NOT be able to utilize space outside of this area, such as the sidewalk or down the middle of the street/fire lane. If you are concerned about being able to fit your booth within a 10’x10′ space, please consider requesting two spaces.

All retail items sold by vendors at the 2020 Blueberry Festival must be handmade, original items only. No resale merchandise, kits or pre-manufactured items will be allowed without approval. Vendors will be required to submit one to three photos of the products they plan to sell at the 2020 Blueberry Festival with their application. Those who have participated in Blueberry Festival in the past and plan on selling similar items may contact the event organizers to see if photos of items are required.

Information-type vendors will be required to include an activity with their booth. This could be selling branded items, kids activities, fundraisers, or similar. If you have questions, please contact our office.

Vendors preparing food on-site must submit a copy of their health department license with application.  More information about temporary food service licenses can be found here. All food vendors utilizing heat or open flame within or near their tent will have their tent inspected by the Marquette Fire Chief. Tents MUST be non-flammable and should align with applicable fire codes. The Marquette DDA reserves the right to turn away vendors for any reason.  Vendors will be notified of their approval by Monday, June 4. Vendors not approved will be refunded the registration fee and/or electricity fee.

VENDOR APPLICATION

Prefer paper? Download the paper 2020 Blueberry Festival Vendor Registration Form 2020 and return it to:

Marquette DDA
337 W. Washington St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Paper applications must be received by May 22, 2020.

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Downtown Business Registration

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority invites businesses within the downtown district to join the fun and set up a booth during the annual Blueberry Festival on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The deadline to apply will be of May 22, 2020.

Businesses may request one or two (10’x10’) spaces for Blueberry Festival. Booth sharing will not be permitted. Please note: businesses MUST contain their booth within their one or two (10’x10′) spaces. Businesses will NOT be able to utilize space outside of their assigned area. If you are concerned about being able to fit your booth within the assigned space, please consider requesting two spaces.

Businesses located inside the street closure areas (100 block of West Washington and 100 & 200 blocks of South Front) may use the area directly in front of their establishment, either on the sidewalk or out in the street, or offer sales/specials inside their store only. Businesses located outside of the street closure areas may have a reserved booth space within the festival boundaries or offer sales/specials at their business location. Note: If you are not using the street space in front of your business, a downtown district business from outside the closure area or an outside vendor may be placed there. Discretion is used in assigning outside vendor spaces in front of downtown businesses.

Non-restaurant businesses preparing food to sell at the festival must submit a copy of their health department license with application. Businesses preparing food on-site must submit a copy of their health department license with application.  All food vendors utilizing heat or open flame within or near their tent will have their tent inspected by the Marquette Fire Chief. Tents MUST be non-flammable and should align with applicable fire codes.

Register your Downtown Business- Businesses interested in participating in Blueberry Festival should fill out the applications. Questions? contact Tara Laase-McKinney, Promotions and Events Coordinator at Tara@downtownmarquette.org or (906) 228-9475.

Note: Businesses outside of the downtown district must register using the vendor application. If you are unsure about your business being within the downtown district, please contact our office.

BUSINESS APPLICATION

 

Prefer paper? Download the paper Blueberry Festival Business Registration 2020 and return it to:

Marquette DDA
337 W. Washington St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Paper applications must be received by May 22, 2020.

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