Whitesbog Blueberry Summer Fest 2024

Blueberry Season is Here!
June 22 - July 20

Whitesbog’s Blueberry Summer Fest

We are looking forward to a Wonderful Blueberry Season!

Every Saturday from 10am-3pm. Rain Dates: Sundays.
New theme each Saturday

June 22: Blueberry Season Kickoff
9 am - 2 pm due to Heat,
Moonlight Walk (8 pm)

June 29: Salsa and Blueberries
Music & Food

July 6: Red, White and Blueberry

July 13: Jersey Devil & NJ Pine Barrens

July 20: Dog Days of Summer & Moonlight Walk (8 pm)

July 27: Moth Night! 8 pm
(No Blueberry Fest)

Plan a family outing or surprise your sweetheart with a memorable date.

Whether you visit from up the road or venture out on a day-trip to the Pine Barrens, come on down to pick a pint of blueberries, listen to live music, and take home a fresh blueberry pie and one-of-a-kind gift at the annual Blueberry Festival at Whitesbog, the birthplace of the cultivated blueberry.

Don’t forget to grab this year’s limited edition Blueberry Festival t-shirt.

Pre-order Blueberry Flats, Pies & Plants

There is no entry fee, but donations are greatly appreciated 🙂

Visit our Facebook page for the latest news and updates 

For vending info and general questions please email whitesbopreservationtrust@gmail.com

Vendor application is online and can be found here, please upload one photo only.

Please note: Entry closes when we reach capacity. There is no overflow parking or shuttle buses.
The roads are sandy and bumpy! In case of heavy rain, we will move activities to Sunday.

Have Fun and Help the Farm

For forty years, festival guests like you have helped us preserve the rich history of our farm and village. What was once a Blueberry Trail Run with a few volunteers selling blueberries and t-shirts blossomed into this popular old-fashioned country festival. By enjoying live music and local vendors, exploring history and the unique ecology of The NJ Pine Barrens, festival guests have played a significant role in raising money for recent renovations and ongoing maintenance.

Why is The Blueberry
Festival Important?

The Blueberry Summer Fest supports programs and staff in the village so we can continue to provide open hours for the public and educational programming. Funds also help support local blueberry farms and nurseries, and each year thousands of dollars are spent right here in our community (Browns Mills and Pemberton, NJ). Plus, the Blueberry Summer Fest is a great way to see the whole village, from our various museums to the heritage blueberry sites.

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FAQs

Is the property wheelchair/stroller accessible?

There are ramps on the General Store, Cranberry & Blueberry Museum, Barrel Factory and some cottages. The roads are sandy and can be bumpy and depending on the weather, puddles do form. There are handicapped parking spaces in the parking lot, but they can fill up quickly on event days.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, but we ask that you bring well-behaved dogs and keep them on a leash at all times during your visit. Trash must be taken with you, so please plan to pick up after your pet.

What if it rains?

We will move the event to Sunday if Saturday’s forecast indicates moderate to heavy rain. We will post updates on the Facebook event page. Please dress for the weather.

What if the entrance is closed?

We recommend checking the Facebook event page for updates and if the entry is closed, come back another week! As a small historic village, we have only so much capacity for vehicles. If you arrive and the main parking lot is full, you may be directed to alternate parking areas. Some are up to a mile away and sandy, and there will not be shuttle buses this year! If you don’t mind a hike in the sand, this might be an option for you.

Is the festival free?

Yes, as we are not hosting a big single weekend event as in past years, we removed the entry fee. We do appreciate donations as they provide most of the funding to run the Village.

Do Vendors accept cash only?

Some are cash only and some may accept Square, Paypal, Venmo, etc. The General Store accepts credit cards and debit cards through Square. There is no ATM in the Village, so we suggest you stop for cash before you arrive. Browns Mills has several banks, Wawa, CVS, Rite Aid, and convenience stores with ATMs.

Are there activities for children?

YES! Every week will have a different collection of kids activities including arts and crafts, outdoor fun, games for the family, cutouts for photo ops, music, instruments, and more! We will have wagon rides ($5) on several festival days and blueberry picking in the fields ($5).

Music

Tap your feet and move to the music from local roots bands and performers:

June 22: Libby Prison Minstrels (Civil War, Patriotic), Pat Karwan (formerly of the Beach Boys) & Tony Pileggi (Elivis, Johnny Cash+), Sawmill Run Band (Folk), Doerge Family Band (Americana) 

June 29: Fish & Whistle (Acoustic), The Woodshop Band (Pop, Acoustic), Ami Yares (Singer-Songwriter), Jimmy Jazz Salsa Band (Latin, Salsa)

July 6: Davis Falcone (Guitarist Extraordinaire), Flim Flam Band (Country, Dance), A.C. Mitchell (Acoustic Pop), Polkadelphia (Polka!!!)

July 13: Random Notes (Rock & Roll), Moe Dene Concept (Blues & Jazz), Alpha Rabbit (Rock & Roll), Brian n’ Ed (Rock & Roll) 

July 20: Cimarron Sky Duo (Bluegrass, Americana), Fiddle Kicks (Clog, Appalachian Dance), Marybeth Johns (Pop, Covers), BAD DOGZ Bluegrass 

Food + Drink

Blueberry ice cream, pies, muffins, scones, turnovers, old-fashioned sodas and snacks at The General Store.

Enjoy local food flavors:

June 22: Notorious P.I.G. (BBQ), Padd Thai Cuisine, Cawfee (Coffee & Drinks), LeeLee’s Lemons (Lemonade), Red, White & Boba Tea, Falohop Cafe (Cookies & Cake)

June 29: Notorious P.I.G. (BBQ), B&M Caribbean Cuisine, Master Foodies (Tacos, Quesadillas), LeeLee’s Lemons (Lemonade), Red, White & Boba Tea, Falohop Cafe (Cookies & Cake)

July 6: Notorious P.I.G. (BBQ), Btch’n Bacon, Camille’s Cuchina (Italian), Master Foodies (Tacos, Quesadillas), Melting Away (Grilled Cheeses), Hot Dogs, Cawfee (Coffee & Drinks), LeeLee’s Lemons (Lemonade), Falohop Cafe (Cookies & Cake)

July 13: Master Foodies (Tacos, Quesadillas), Melting Away (Grilled Cheeses), Cawfee (Coffee & Drinks), Lemonade Bros, Red, White & Boba Tea

July 20: Just Desserts & Concessions (Nachos, Empanadas, Funnel Cake), Cousins Maine Lobster, Cawfee (Coffee & Drinks), Hot Dogs, LeeLee’s Lemons (Lemonade)Red, White & Boba Tea

Vendors

Discover unique gifts, crafts, art, and more from local artisans and businesses,
and learn from local nonprofits and ecology organizations. A list of vendors for each week can be found here.

For vending info and general questions please email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com

Vendor application is online and can be found here, please upload one photo only.

Whitesbog History

Step into over a hundred years of history of fruit cultivation and farming.

Learn more on a Village Tour, House Tour or read more here.

Blueberry Recipes

Transform your delicious bounty into treats to savor right away or save for after blueberry season ends. Find recipes here.

Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors who support Blueberry Summer Fest at Whitesbog including Renewal By Andersen, UPS Store #6342, Brett & Lise Mainor and Tom Besselman. Thanks to our partners including New Jersey State Parks & Forests, J.J. White, Inc. and the Pinelands Antique Engine Association.

2023 Blueberry Summer Fest Sponsors

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