Top 20 Fruit Festivals in the USA
With the fascinating history and development of a country the size of the USA, it is hardly surprising to discover the wealth of major events celebrating so many different fruits each year.
To make everyone’s mouth water, these events include 3 major strawberry festivals in the spring, 2 top raspberry festivals and 3 popular blueberry festivals in the summer, 3 apple festivals in the fall and festivals celebrating cranberries, mangoes, huckleberries, watermelons, peaches and pawpaws.
See below for more about the main 20 Fruit Festivals in the US.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVALS - MID TO LATE MAY
Buckhannon, West Virginia
A unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest, the Strawberry Festival offers good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone. There is a carnival, arts and craft exhibits, quilt show, photography show, souvenir shop, band competition, car show, strawberry auction, all rounded off with the huge block parties on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information about the Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon visit: www.wvstrawberryfestival.com/
Pungo Strawberry Festival
Pungo – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Highlighting the Pungo farmland of the area, the free Pungo Strawberry Festival that has been a popular attraction for almost a third of a century attracts more than 120,000 visitors to enjoy two days of strawberries (presented in 50 different ways) and a strawberry bake-off, as well as three stages with continuous entertainment, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, a livestock show and sale, pig races, as well as a youth art show, and arts and crafts booths.
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California Strawberry Festival
3rd weekend in May
Oxnard, due west of Los Angeles,California
Recognized as one of the top festivals in the USA, the California Strawberry Festival has been a popular event for almost a third of a century and proudly boasts an ability to present strawberries in every way possible. A host of entertainment options, apart from all the strawberries, includes everything from live music on two stages to the Strawberry Promenade with celebrity cooking demonstrations, more than 250 Fine Arts & Crafts booths, Strawberryland For Kids with rides and attractions, gooey contests, special appearances, and more, all taking place on 15 acres of parkland. In the three decades of the Festival more than $4 million dollars have been generated to fund over 25 southland charities.
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RASPBERRY FESTIVALS - MID TO LATE JULY/EARLY AUGUST
Lynden, often referred to as "A Little Bit of Holland", celebrates the largest harvest of raspberries in North America with the annual Raspberry Festival complete with a benefit golf tournament, children's activities in downtown Lynden, raspberries and ice cream sundaes, jazz music and a basketball tournament. Other attractions include petting zoos and wagon rides, wine tasting, the "Berry Fair" Street Market & Sidewalk Sale, the “Razz & Shine” cruise-in car show, and an “all you can eat” raspberry pancake breakfast.
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Bear Lake Raspberry Days
Garden City, Utah
Celebrating the Bear Lake Valley harvest of Raspberries, the Bear Lake Raspberry Days event attracts people from all over the world not only for the delicious raspberries but also for the rodeos, parades, fireworks and a craft fair. The parade is filled with floats, marching bands, antique cars, drill teams and more. The participants in the parade usually have bags and bags of candy and beads, which is thrown into the crowds as they make their way down the parade route.
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BLUEBERRY FESTIVALS - EARLY AUGUST - MID OCTOBER
For one day each August, the Southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan celebrates the Panhandle’s favorite fruit – the blueberry. Tourists and locals alike turn out for blueberry pie, the best blueberry art exhibit, best blueberry dish, a beard and mustache contest, Haiku poetry slam, pie eating contest, slug races, trivia contest, spelling bee, fun runs, pet and doll parade and with more activities on Main Street.
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Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
Celebrating 39 years of this event, the people of Machias once again gather to celebrate the blueberry harvest in a festival that lasts all weekend long and offers a real old-fashioned good time. Events and attractions include a children's parade, a fish fry, a homemade blueberry pancake breakfast, arts & craft show and more.
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Marshall County Blueberry Festival
end August - early September
Recognized as one of the main 20 Fruit Festivals in the US, held over Labor Day weekend, the Blueberry Festival is one of the Midwest's premier events and has been named a "Top 100 Event" in North America by the American Bus Association in 1997, 1999 and again in 2007. Attractions of Indiana's largest 4-day festival include over 300 craft vendors from all across the United States and 100 food booths featuring everything from blueberry pies to donuts, sports activities, hot air balloons, Labor Day parade and a spectacular fireworks display.
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APPLE FESTIVALS - EARLY SEPTEMBER - MID OCTOBER
North Carolina Apple Festival
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Western North Carolina’s premier family festival for over 60 years, the North Carolina Apple Festival is held on Labor Day Weekend each year to recognize the importance of the apple and the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina. Highlights of this 4-day event include freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, the King Apple Parade on Labor Day and more free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse.
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A festival featuring more than 60 orchard and food booths with traditional festival foods, as well as apple desserts is fun for all ages. More than 150 artists and crafters, and a grand parade with a mass Band of over 600 musicians playing “On Wisconsin” will entertain. Visitors enjoy ongoing stage entertainment from Big Top Chautauqua, a traditional fish boil, carnival rides and games, and an evening dance in the historic Pavilion on the waterfront. Other attractions include orchard visits (free shuttle), apple pie and peeling contests, an evening boat parade, and the Apple Dumpling Gang prize drawing.
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Typically made of hog offal, Scrapple is like a pork meatloaf and is best known as a regional food of Delaware. The Apple Scrapple Festival takes place during the 2nd weekend in October in Bridgeville, a small town in Sussex County, and celebrates both scrapple and the apple harvest. Festivities start with a carnival and street dance on Friday night and continue on Saturday morning with a wide range of activities including games, like scrapple carving, live entertainment, carnival rides, and food – everything from apple fritters to scrapple sandwiches. There are also live bands playing bluegrass, country, rock, and soul music.
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ALL OTHER FRUIT FESTIVALS – EARLY JUNE - LATE SEPTEMBER
Georgia Peach Festival
Byron and Fort Valley – Peach County, Georgia
An appropriately popular event for the state known as the Peach State, the week-long Georgia Peach Festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors to the two cities hosting the event – Byron and Fort Valley. The Georgia Peach Festival offers a wealth of events focussing on the peaches, including live music concerts, a parade, peach-focused arts and crafts, as well as a flea market, a Miss Georgia Peach contest and the highlight of the event - the fireworks display.
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National Cherry Festival
late June - early July
Traverse City, Michigan
Founded in 1926, and attracting more than 500,000 visitors each year, the National Cherry Festival celebrates cherries with a wealth of activities from baking the world's largest cherry pie, cherry pit-spitting and pie-eating contests, to the Grand Royale Parade in which the newly crowned Cherry Queen greets the crowds. This week-long event also features concerts, special events for kids and adults, a marathon, a milk carton regatta, and a fireworks display.
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This popular annual event celebrates everything about the mango, from mango tree sales, to educational lectures on everything you need to know about mangoes (like how to grow them, peel and cook with them) to fun events such as a mango cook-off, mango fruit displays, a mango auction, and lots of exciting children’s activities with mangoes.
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early / mid August
Swan Valley, Montana
An annual celebration of the elusive huckleberry that grows wild in the high mountainous areas of Montana, the Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival offers many different ways to enjoy huckleberries as well as featuring more than 100 arts and crafts vendors displaying and selling their wares, live stage entertainment, a parade, a 5K fun run, dancing under the stars, karaoke contests, dog agility demonstrations, a pageant, auction, children's activities, and even a horseshoe contest.
For more information about the Huckleberry Festival in Swan Valley, visit:
Hope Watermelon Festival
Features of this festival drawing over 50,000 watermelon-aficionados in each of the 34 years celebrating the watermelon include watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, Watermelon Olympics, variety of live music all four days, fishing, archery, arm-wrestling and horseshoe tournaments, 5K run, more than 300 craft booths, food booths, antique engine and car shows, and motorcycle show.
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Milan Melon Festival
A popular event for over 50 years, the Milan Melon Festival attracts over 50,000 visitors each year with everything including an abundance of all sorts of melons as well as watermelon eating contests, watermelon-balancing contests, and the crowning of the Melon Queen, a beautiful baby contest, grand parade, carnival games, classic cars, arts and crafts displays, and kid’s activities.
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Ohio Pawpaw Festival
A popular event for over 14 years, the Ohio Pawpaw Festival highlights the magic of this uniquely tasting fruit that is actually one of the USA’s largest native tree fruits. This fun-filled occasion that highlights the fruit also known as the “poor man’s banana, features a variety of attractions including a pawpaw cook-off, Best Pawpaw Competition, and Pawpaw Double Nickel Bicycle Ride, and much more.
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Flooded cranberry marshes filled with a sea of bright crimson cranberries herald in the harvest as the “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin” celebrates the tart fruit. Cranberry delights of every type imaginable are available to tickle the taste buds. Travelers can take a tour of the marshes Friday and Saturday; or enjoy the sights and sounds of the arts and crafts fair, cranberry parade and live entertainment.
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.