Are you planning to celebrate the berry season with a blueberry, blackberry, or strawberry festival? South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia have several berry festivals is spring and summer worth a visit to. What better item to celebrate with a festival than juicy, sweet berries?
Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries are celebrated nationwide; luckily, we have a handful of festivals that are accessible to the Upstate! If you’re a huge fan of these vitamin-packed gems, you can plan your summer vacation to include part of a festival a little further from home!
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South Carolina Berry Festivals
South Carolina Strawberry Festival
The list of activities at the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival includes a pageant, a golf tournament, rides, pig races, eating contests, and so much more! Some considered this event the most popular strawberry festival South Carolina has to offer.
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10 am – 10 pm
April 14, 2023 – May 2, 2023 will have berry-themed festivities preceding the actual 14th Annual Festival on May 6, 2023
Admission: Free to enter the festival, parking with a fee
Location: 345 North White Street, Fort Mill
Includes: Pig Race, Eating Contests, Fireworks, Rides and more
For more info to help you plan your trip, check out our Guide To Visiting York County, SC
Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
The low country has one excellent strawberry festival. South Carolina hosts an annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens that includes two weekends of events.
Dates: March 31st – April 2nd, 2023; April 6th – April 8th, 2023
Admission: $15 ages 3 and older, Ages 2 and younger are free
Location: 1235 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Includes: Pie eating contests, rides, K9’s In Flight, pig races, petting zoo, jump pillows, rides, and more.
Berry Festivals in North Carolina
North Carolina Blueberry Festival
If you hop in your car and head east towards the coast, you will wind up in Burgaw, North Carolina. Home to the NC Blueberry Festival. If you are planning a trip out to Wilmington for some vitamin sea, this is a great excursion during your trip!
Date: June 16-17 2023
Location: Downtown Burgaw – 106 E Wilmington Street, Burgaw, NC
Includes: BBQ cookoff, blueberry recipe contest, 5K, live music, car show, and tons of blueberry items!
Looking to plan a trip to the coast during the Blueberry Festival? Why not consider Surf City, NC? We’ve got all the info you need to plan a trip!
North Carolina Blackberry Festival
The North Carolina Blackberry Festival takes place five hours away in Lenoir, NC.
Date: July 14-15 2023
Location: 801 West Avenue NW, Lenoir, NC
Includes: Blackberry eating contest, beauty pageant, 5K, live music, and “bunches” of blackberry items.
Berry Festivals In Georgia
Georgia Strawberry Festival
A huge celebration of everyone’s favorite berry! The Georgia Strawberry Festival has tons to see and do! This would make a great trip to explore the southwest corner of our neighboring state!
Date: April 22, 2023
Location: Reynolds, GA
Includes: Arts and craft vendors, Food Vendors, Parade, Strawberry Patch, Antique Tractor Show, 5K Race, Photography Contest, Weenie Dog Race, Fire Truck Pull, Strawberry Pie Eating Contest, Free Kids Activities, Music, Petting Zoo, Free admission
Georgia Blueberry Festival
Head to the North Georgia Mountains to enjoy the State of Georgia’s celebration of blueberries!
Date: June 2nd & 3rd, 2023
Location: 518 West 11th Street, Alma, Georgia
Includes: Cooking Contest, Parade, Vendor, 5K Color Fun Run, Miss Georgia Blueberry Pagent
Has your family enjoyed a berry festival anywhere yet?
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