2018 Dates are July 27-29, 2018
The Blueberry/Art Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors and local musicians. The Ely Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, which celebrated its 38th year in 2018. It draws some 40,000 people over a three day period to enjoy fine art, quality crafts and great ethnic food.
The festival is held in Ely’s beautiful Whiteside Park where you can find wood and leather products, metal art, photography, paintings, jewelry and pottery, and many other unique hand-crafted items. Start your morning with a Blueberry pancake breakfast. While you are shopping for that special one of a kind original piece of art you may want to take a break and listen to one of the musical acts that are scheduled everyday. There are activities for the children as well like the bungie jump and other amusements. Make sure you visit the food court with all kinds of tempting food everything from cream cheese wontons and seafood to Minneapple Pie. There of course are fresh blueberry pies by the slice with ice cream or a whole pie. This is a fun event for the whole family.
The stores and restaurants in town join in the festivities offering specials and tasty concoctions featuring a blueberry theme such as blueberry banana smoothies, tea, muffins, lemonade and scones to name a few. Make it a weekend and take in all Ely has to offer including hiking, day canoe trips, museums and other attractions. Refresh and relax in one of Ely’s beautiful lodging facilities after a fun day of shopping, dining and other activities. Don’t forget to book early!
This year's featured artists include Timmy Haus, Bill Maxwell & Cowboy Blue Angel, and Pat & Donna Surface and the Boundary Waters Boys. Music begins on Friday from 1-4 pm with Timmy Haus. Satuday features Bill Maxwell & Cowboy Angel Blue with two performances at 11-1 pm and 2-4 pm. The "Remember When" show, with Pat & Donna Surface and the Boundary Waters Boys, has two performances on Sunday from 12-1 pm and 2-3 pm.
We welcome you to join us for a fun-filled weekend in Ely, MN.