The Texas Blueberry Festival is a delightful day of the America you dreamed still existed.This year marks the 27th anniversary of the most delicious festival in the Lone Star State — a day-long celebration of the blueberry harvest.
Prime growing conditions make East Texas one of the leading blueberry producing areas in the state, and the annual harvest peaks in early summer. In 1989, Nacogdoches residents Leon and Patsy Hallman coordinated community leaders and volunteers to plan an affordable, family-friendly event that highlights our downtown businesses and attractions, while celebrating and promoting the unique local industry.
As the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas, this delicious annual event attracts more than 19,000 people to downtown Nacogdoches. It offers a smorgasbord of activities to keep folks entertained all day long.
The 2016 festival opens early on June 11 with a fresh blueberry pancake breakfast served on the historic downtown square.
Activities for blueberry lovers of all ages include a bounce park, petting zoo, make-and-take arts and crafts, a pet parade, “The Big Blue” mural painting, car show, Blueberry Hill Soda & Sweet Shoppe, Running of the Blueberries 5k, cooking demonstrations, 42 tournament, motorcycle show, pie eating contests, washers tournament, and food and arts vendors.
Downtown merchants and local businesses offer blueberry sweet specials inspired by the festival. The entire day is a fun, family-oriented event and many of the activities are free of charge.
Experienced and novice cooks submit their best recipes and prettiest plates to compete in blueberry pie and blueberry cupcake contests. Live musical entertainment — acoustic folk guitar, country, jazz and rock — fill the air from stages located downtown and in Festival Park.
Thousands of pounds of fresh blueberries are sold on the historic downtown square. Festival-goers also can catch free shuttles to tour and pick their own blueberries right off the bushes at nearby farms.
Proceeds benefit the Nacogdoches County Chamber’s various community and business development programs.