Marquette Blueberry Festival
The 12th Annual Blueberry Festival will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. 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 farmers will be on-hand throughout the day selling fresh produce, including mounds of plump blueberries.
Music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day. Enjoy the melodies of Eclettico at the Washington Street Pocket Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Lost Lake Effect & Friends from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Trombone Quartet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by Northern Michigan University. Center Stage at Washington and Front streets will rock with the live music of the "Blueberry Jam" by local favorites Union Suits (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), Jim & Ray (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.), Les Ross Sr. & Friends (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Conga Se Menne (4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Flat Broke Blues Band (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and Shotgun Kelli & The State 51 Band (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.).
Additional entertainment includes karate demonstrations by Spirit Warrior Karate Academy at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., a dance performance by the Beladinas at 4 p.m., and the popular Youth Talent Show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Lake Superior Youth Theatre. This year's festival will also feature medieval armored combat demonstrations at 2 p.m. by the Shire of Skerjastrond.
The twelfth annual limited edition festival posters are available for $10 each at select downtown businesses and at the information booth on the day of the event. Artist Donica Hope Dravilas will be on hand to autograph posters. Concurrent with the Blueberry Festival is the Blueberry Dance Festival sponsored by the Second Skin Shop and the third annual Northern Michigan University Blueberry Classic Golf Outing at the NMU Golf Course.
For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at (906) 228-9475.