Blueberry Art Festival

July 28-30, 2023

We are excited to announce the 42nd annual Blueberry Art Festival slated for July 28-30, 2023.  Each year the event draws 30,000 to 40,000 festival-goers across the three-day event.  With modifications for health and safety, we anticipate that approximately 270 artists, crafters, and makers are participating in the 2023 event, along with some fantastic food vendors.  

We have plenty of returning artists, crafters, and makers, along with some exciting new ones.  Whether you are looking for watercolor or acrylic art, pottery, woodcraft, or something unique or unusual, you will find it at this year's festival.  We mentioned food.  Those sumptuous blueberry pies are back, along with delicious burgers, brats, and pork chops on a stick.  Of course, there is seafood and kettle corn, and refreshing beverages - did we mention waffles too?

We need to mention our Operation Blueberry event happening in our business community.  Operation Blueberry runs from July 27 to July 30. Watch for the Operation Blueberry map, which we will post on Friday, July 22, 2023.   

Since there is too much to do in one day, why not enjoy Operation Blueberry and visit our local attractions one day, and come back to the festival for the second day of fun, food, and exciting arts and crafts?

Festival Dates/Hours

Friday, July 28 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Are you an artist, crafter, or maker?  We are accepting festival applications.  Here's the process:

  1. Review the festival policies.
  2. Complete the application, ST-19, and Release and Hold Harmless forms.
  3. Submit the completed forms, along with photos and the $25.00 non-refundable jury fee to Ely Chamber of Commerce, 1600 E. Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731 or
  4. Payments may be submitted by check or money order.  For credit card payments, please call our office at 218-365-6123.

Festival Policies       Art & Craft Application          Food Court Application       ST-19 Form                Release & Hold Harmless Form

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Midco is a proud sponsor of the Blueberry/Art Festival.

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Midco is providing free WiFi in Whiteside Park.