2019 Dates are July 26-28, 2019
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 39th year in 2019. 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 authentic Polish Pierogis. There of course are fresh blueberry pies by the slice with ice cream or a whole pie.
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!
We welcome you to join us for a fun-filled weekend in Ely, MN.