Blueberry Festival
Visit Vermont's official Blueberry Festival: July 27th - August 5th, 2018

    Do you love all things blue?
The Blueberry Festival is the place for you!
2018 Schedule of Events

Thursday  July  26, 2018

Wilmington Village Stroll Join friends and neighbors to stroll Wilmington Village and kick off the Blueberry Festival! The final Summer Stroll series includes master juggler Tony Duncan who will perform on the Pettee Library lawn, then lead a community juggle jam on West Main Street. If you’ve always wanted to learn to juggle, now’s your chance (all ages welcome!). Bartleby’s books will host an "If you give a mouse a (blue) cookie" craft for kids. Sidewalk chalk, pop-up community events, shops open late, and blueberry treats will abound. Wilmington Works (802)234-1433

Friday July 27, 2018

Opening Ceremonies of the 11th Annual Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival 5:30 –7:30 pm 200 Gallons of Blueberry Jell-O to slide on, swim in, play in, many new activities this year. Jell-O made by North Star Bowl. Outdoor food concessions. This year’s activities are sponsored by Peoples United Bank. Located on Route 100 N at the Twin Valley Elementary School! 802-464-5618

Customer Appreciation Day at People's United Bank
  We are going to host it from 11 am until 2 pm and have hot dogs, blueberry treats, blueberry lemonade and blueberry coffee. People’s United Bank  Wilmington Branch 29 East Main Street Wilmington, VT 05363 Phone:  (802) 464-3321

“Field of Blue.” 9 am - 5 pm. Join us at the Boyd Family Farm to celebrate blueberry season. Pick Your Own Fields are open daily. Walk through the “Blue Gates” all 10 days of the festival!  Boyd Family Farm, 125 East Dover Rd., Wilmington 802-464-5618 

Saturday July 28, 2018

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast 8 to 11 am sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Rotary. Blueberry pancake breakfast with VT maple syrup and breakfast meats. Watch for signs at Twin Valley Elementary School .  Wlimington VT.  Donations required.

Snow Mountain Market Customer Appreciation Day  8:00 – 2:00  Stop in and show us your “Deerfield Valley Blueberry Passport” for a small coffee on us! We are growing due to your patronage and we would be “blue” without you! 323 Rte 100 West Dover, VT 802 464 9666.

The Valley View Saloon is Open Early!
 Open at 9:30 on parade day for $5 breakfast sandwiches with coffee. Throughout the festival Blueberry beer and specialty cocktails will be available all week. Sunday brunch from 11-2 featuring blueberry pancakes. Valley View Saloon is located in the Mount Snow Marketplace, 131 Rt. 100 West Dover 802-464-9422

Beat the Blues at the Coffee Barn Café 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Free small coffee when you show us your Passport to Blue Adventures!!! Taste the artisan style coffee beverages found at this popular café. Fresh bagels and blueberry baked goods. Daily from. 321 RT 100, West Dover. (802) 464-2848

Readsboro Glassworks Summer Open Studio and Blueberry Festival Sale July 28 & 29, 10 am - 5 pm Open Studio and Blueberry Festival Sale. In celebration of the Blueberry Festival and all things blue, there will be a sale on blue glass. Come see Mary Angus and Bill LeQuier’s beautiful hand-blown glass and glass sculpture and watch glassblowing demonstrations throughout the weekend. Readsboro Glassworks, 6954 Main Street (RT 100), Readsboro, VT. 423-7706

32nd Annual Time Line Event 10 am – 5 pm & July 28, 10 am - 2:30 pm Walkthrough re-enactor camps from 3rd Century Rome to modern day on Route 100 at the Dover Forge in West Dover. Admission fee. Call the Living History Association at 802-368-7913 or visit

Mount Snow Sports at The Cupola “Blueberry Festival Tent Sale” The Cupola will be open at 9 a.m. for a tent sale .Contact: 802.464.4044 Visit us at  316 Route 100 North, Dover VT.

10th Annual Blueberry Festival Parade featuring local floats and marching bands 11:00 am. (Be seated along the parade route by 10:45) Join us for after parade festivities, craft fair, BBQ, blue-inspired spectators, activities, music, Kid Zone, vintage cars, FMI 802-464-5618

8th Annual Blueberry Festival Craft Fair 10 am – 3 pm including many VT Made Products in Dover 10 am – 3 pm Layla’s Riverside Lodge, 145 RT 100, West Dover, VT
Blue Eye Contest 1:00 PM Bring your baby blues (no contacts allowed) all ages encouraged! Sponsored by the Town of Dover! Contest will be on the steps of Layla’s Riverside Lodge, 145 RT 100, West Dover, VT
"Don't Be Blue Kid Zone" Don't be blue when the parade is over... head to the new "Don't Be Blue Kid Zone" along the Valley Trail for family friendly entertainment.   Munch on some BBQ, visit with the West Dover Fire Department. See some animals and see what other treats and surprises are in store for you!  By Layla’s Riverside RT 100, West Dover.                                                                                                                                                                                   
Annual Blueberry BBQ. 11:00 After the parade follow the sweet smell of BBQ to the Dover Forge we will also have a smoker at Layla’s Riverside Lodge. You’ll find loads of blueberry inspired goodness to please your palate so tame your hunger and quench your thirst with us. We have a spacious back yard with outdoor games and our Billiards parlor features four nine-foot pool tables, two dart boards, foosball and ping pong so there’s fun for the whole family indoors as well. 802 464 7117   183 Route 100 West Dover, VT

Blueberry Bash Mount Snow 12pm-5pm After the Blueberry Parade , join us for our ode to the weekend warriors! This festival is a day of various backyard games, live music, a BBQ, beer, and more!  We'll have some of your favorite backyard games spread out around our festival venue for your enjoyment throughout the bash, as well as organized events for some true competition. There will also be a small & fun obstacle course for the kids! Live music will be performed throughout the afternoon. This event is FREE admission and all the games/activities are FREE!!!

Blueberry Evening Wagon Ride & Farm-to-Table BBQ 5:30 & 6:30 Explore the bear caves visit the log cabin and enjoy a farm to table BBQ with our farm raised meats! Dinner includes a protein (burger, chicken, or sausage), 2 side salads, corn bread, dessert, and a drink. Following dinner, the bonfire will be lit and you can roast some marshmallows for s’mores!  . Reservations are required and can be made online, over the phone, or in person.  802-464-3762

Jessica’s Closet 8th Annual Blueberry Fundraising Event  Formal Attire required. Guys in shirt/tie/slacks and girls in short or long dresses. 5:30 – 10:30  Enjoy appetizers on the patio, a catered dinner by The Log Cabin and after dinner dancing featuring DJ Michael Rosso. All proceeds to benefit the girls of Jessica’s Closet.  Tickets $50.00 in advance/$55.00 at door. Call or FB Debbie Bolognani 802-368-2534 Honora Winery
1778 Collins Rd, West Halifax, Vermont 05358

Sunday July 29, 2018

“Blueberry Splash” 1 – 4 pm at Lake Whitingham Listen to floating musical groups. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family. At 2:30 pm watch the parade of boats! Music will be at Wards Cove and at the end of Fairview Avenue boat landing on Lake Whitingham in Wilmington. Bring your family, kayaks, canoes and your floaties…create the Blueberry Lake Float Brigade FMI 802-464-5618

Blueberry Boat Extravaganza -All Day:  Decorate your boat blue, there should be a lot of splashin' goin' on!!!  Enjoy the music that will be at Wards Cove and at the end of Fairview Avenue boat landing on Lake Whitingham in Wilmington. Prizes will be awarded for the “Most Blue” boat, the “Bluest Spirit Award” and the boat that best “Beats the Blues”!  Sponsored by the Town of Wilmington!   FMI 802-464-5618 or

Monday July 30, 2018

Blueberry Week StoryWalk® 10:30 AM at Molly Stark State Park – FREE- Our Story Time moves outdoors for the summer!  Explore Molly Stark State Park  ”Libraries Rock”!.  Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch for after the program. Hosted by Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington 802-464-8557 705 VT-9, Wilmington, VT 05363

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Blueberry Pajama Party & Story Time 7:00-7:30 Wear your PJ’s. Great for ages under 8!  Storytime in the field!   Entry is Free! The pick-your-own fields will be open until dark - regular market prices for PYO. 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington. 802- 464-5618 Like us on Facebook -

Teen Tech Challenge - 2-4 pm At Pettee Library, Tuesday, Pettee Memorial Library 16 South Main Street - PO Box 896  Wilmington, VT 05363 (802) 464-8557

Wednesday August 1, 2018

Tie Dye Your Own Tee Shirt or 2018 Blueberry Shirt
11 am - 3pm: Blueberry shirts are available for sale at the Chamber of Commerce or the Boyd Family Farm and come learn the art of tie dying! Be there or be blue!
125 East Dover Rd., Wilmington (802) 464-5618

Lake Raponda Loons -5:30-6:30 Talk and slideshow about the loon family from Lake Raponda with Nicki Steel.  She will have prints and cards available for purchase.  Presentation will be at the Old School Library 1 School St. Wilmington, VT Sponsored by Pettee Library. (802) 464-8557

 Blueberry Bingo with the Masons! 6 pm Blueberry Bingo Night at the Masonic Hall. Masonic Temple on Rte. 9 East, Wilmington (3rd building on the right side of the street from the main intersection), 802-464-8629.

Thursday August 2, 2018
Family Fun Frenzy – 5PM - 8PM Substance Free Family Event at Twin Valley Elementary School.  Bring the family for a FREE evening full of fun games, a huge inflatable water slide, entertainment and ice cream!  Bring a picnic for your family and towels. Serving ice cream at 7:30pm.  Bring a favorite topping to share!  Sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership.

Friday August 3, 2018 

Sprague & Son Sugarhouse 10am - 7pm 10% Off any purchase including ice cream if you are wearing a Blue Tee-Shirt! Visit this working Sugarhouse in the heart of Southern VT. Offering our new Maple soft-serve ice cream and Sugar-on-Snow along with tours and tastings. 1631 Route 100 South, Jacksonville 802-368-2776

Jacksonville Community Church will be having their 7th Annual Spaghetti Supper Friday, August 3rd, 2018rom 5:00 to 7:00pm. The supper will be at the Fellowship Hall located behind the church on Rt. 112 in Jacksonville across from Honora. The spaghetti will be served with homemade sauce, salad, rolls and homemade blueberry dessert. Donation will be $8.00 for adults, children 5 to 12 will be $5.00and under 5 free. For information call 802-368-2205.

Honora’s Jacksonville Tasting Room you can enjoy tastings and glasses of our wines. Honora Winery shares the tasting room with J'Ville Brewery so you can also have a flight of beer if you like ! We also have various gourmet treats for you to explore. Enjoy our outdoor space with a glass of wine while listening to the stream or watching for Heron at the pond with the beautiful pines stretching up the hillside.  We will have amazing “Blueberry Salsa” !!!  Blueberry Windsordale from the Farmstead is available for purchase daily. 201 VT route 112, Jacksonville. We are open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm. (802) 368-2226

Remedy Wine Bar, Spoonwood Cabin’s latest venture, is open! We serve a unique menu of small plates as well as great wines by the glass on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30-8 PM. Just call us for reservations at 802 368 2802. Spoonwood Cabin Wine and Cheese Shop is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4:30. Come visit us and see where we craft and age all the great cheeses that are available for purchase, as well as a unique selection of wines from around the world. 3090 RT 100, Jacksonville 

Memorial Hall Cabaret 8:00 pm. A cabaret of Broadway musical songs will be presented at Memorial Hall, Wilmington, Vermont, by the Deerfield Valley Players, a local community theatre group.  The event is presented by The Friends of Historic Memorial Hall. and is under the musical direction of Barbara Lipstadt, founder of the group in 1997.  Stage direction will be by Reed Brown, chairman of the theatre department at Cerritos College in Los Angeles with choreography by Kate Severance Brown, formerly a member of the Vermont Dance Collective. Broadway musicals featured are CABARET, RAGTIME, OLIVER, ANYTHINGGOES, GODSPELL, and FROZEN. Tickets are $10 (children under 12 free) and can be purchased at the box office on the nights of the performance or online at Webpage for online ticket sales and info is

Saturday August 4, 2018

Beat the Blues at the Vermont Bowl Company August 4 & 5 ,2018 10 am to 6 pm with your purchase of $50 or more get a free jar of blueberry jam and a surprise gift. Open every day. Located just 3/4 of a mile west of the traffic light in downtown Wilmington at 802-464-5296 111 West Main St. Wilmington, VT
Watercolor Painting with Jane May Jones  9:30 – 12:00  Learn step-by-step watercolor techniques at the Boyd Family Farm for an afternoon of watercolor painting, creativity and giggles! Paint a small watercolor painting. No experience necessary, all materials provided. $30.00 per person. RSVP by Aug. 3.  802 423 7535 The Boyd Family Farm 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT
The Friends of Pettee Memorial Library will host their annual Book Sale on the library lawn!  Shop for books, movies, and audio books at great prices!  The sale starts at 2 PM and lasts until the end of the party.  During the Block Party, join us for blueberry lawn games and face painting!  Pettee Memorial Library 16 South Main Street - PO Box 896 Wilmington, VT 05363 (802) 464-8557

Feel the Blues at Jim McGrath Studio 3 - 8 pm:  10% off all paintings during the whole festival except for miniatures, note cards and prints. Open 10 am -5 pm closed Wednesdays. 22 West Main Street, Wilmington 802-380-6821

Blueberry Block Party 5:00 PM Wilmington at night takes on a smooth blue glow!!! Dance in the streets. Make sure your belly is empty for the Pie Eating Contest. Bring your Street chalk talents with you!!! Check out all the welcoming blue entryways and look for businesses with the Blueberry Festival specials in the Passport of Blue Adventures.  Sponsored by the Town of Wilmington and Wilmington Works. Rain-or-shine. visit Rain location will be announced.

Blueberry Pie Eating Contest  7PM at the Block Party in the front of the Cady and Dugan Building. Ages 4-12, limited to 30 children, first come first signed up. Sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers, Wahoo’s and the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber Commerce. 802-464-5618.

Memorial Hall Cabaret 8:00 pm. A Cabaret of Broadway musical songs will be presented  at Memorial Hall, Wilmington, Vermont, by the Deerfield Valley Players, a local community theatre group.  The event is presented by The Friends of Historic Memorial Hall. and is under the musical direction of Barbara Lipstadt, founder of the group in 1997.  Stage direction will be by Reed Brown, chairman of the theatre department at Cerritos College in Los Angeles with choreography by Kate Severance Brown, formerly a member of the Vermont Dance Collective. Broadway musicals featured are CABARET, RAGTIME, OLIVER, ANYTHINGGOES, GODSPELL, and FROZEN. Tickets are $10 (children under 12 free) and can be purchased at the box office on the nights of the performance or online at Webpage for online ticket sales and info is

Don't miss Ratu's Liquor & Market during the block party! We'll be sampling blueberry liquor, and a delicious blueberry flavored craft beer, blueberry soda and cider on tap! All growler fills $2 off! 34 West Main Street. 802 464-2252

Sunday August 5, 2018

Hike to the top of Haystack with Jake White, “Mr. Haystack” 9:30am – 12pm:  Water bottles and proper shoes required. Meet at the trailhead! FMI contact the Chamber 802–464-8092

farm.o.l.o.g.y  – all day Learn about all the different varieties and how to plant Blueberry bushes from the Boyd Family Farm. Plant your own patch! The Pick Your Own fields are open. 125 East Dover Rd., Wilmington, (802)464-5618, Follow us on Facebook year-round.



BOOK NOW! Wilmington Inn Blueberry fest is right around the corner! Come and stay at the Wilmington Inn during Blueberry Festival. Call us and book one night and get $15 off the second night. Mention the code BLUEBERRY. During the Festival we will be featuring blueberry cocktails at our bar and blueberry treats with breakfast as well as in the afternoons. #staylocal #thewilmingtoninn #blueberryfestival  802-464-3768


River Valley Market Take 10% off all blueberry flavored items at the River Valley Market 661 Rt. 100; Wilmington VT 802-464-2236

Chapman’s Antiques in Town & Chapman’s Antique Barn will have a 20% off sale for anyone showing the blueberry passport in both of our shops!  Hours at Barn:  Shop in town: 7 West Main Street; Wilmington – 802-464-1084

Pickwell’s Barn 20% off anything with a Blue Dot at Pickwell’s Barn A unique shop with wonderful gifts.  22 B West Main Street, Downtown Wilmington 802-464-3198

Eco-tique 'VT Made Green Gifts' 15% off - VT Made Ceramic Berry Bowls in assorted colors and glazes and blue dot specials on various items throughout the store. 112 Route 100 (in the historic district) West Dover, VT 464 5400

Norton House Quilting - SALE on Snoozies! Buy 3 Snoozies (thick cushion Sherpa socks, thin boot socks, and slippers in every size and color) and you'll receive one ½ off! We also have a large selection of puzzles and craft kits.  Plus, we'll complete all your quilting desires!  As a bonus, when you spend over $50. you'll receive a 1/4 pound of fudge next-door at the 1836 Country Store. We're open 9-5pm everyday. 30 West Main Street, Wilmington, VT. 802-464-7213

Boyd Family Farm – Pick Your Own Blueberries – on this 6th generation Vermont family farm –show us this Passport and get 20% the purchase of any Shrubs or Trees! 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington


Adams Farm Beat the Blues by visiting our friendly farm animals! Wear a blue shirt and get $1 off your admission! $5.00 off Paint Ball Equipment Rental with reservation.15 Higley Hill Rd, Wilmington, 802-464-3762


Celebrate the Vermont Inspired Menu at Harriman's Restaurant on Mount Snow, Local foods create contemporary blueberry inspired specials and cocktails. culinary experience. Free Valet Parking. 89 Grand Summit Way, West Dover, Vermont 802-464-1100

Blueberry Menu Specials at Anchor Seafood Experience blueberry infused dinner menu specials. Try our out-of-this-world Blueberry Cosmopolitans. 8 South Main Street, Wilmington, 802-464-2112

Creemee Stand
12 - 9 pm Locally made farm fresh ice cream & the creamiest soft serve. Ask about our Blueberry Cheesecake Creemee! Serving up farm fresh blueberry surprises as well! 716 RT 100, Wilmington,

Hola Amigo’s!  La Casitas Blueberry Margarita will instantly become your new favorite cocktail of the summer. 14 South Main St Wilmington, VT 802 464 8500.

Berry Blue Specials at Cup and Saucer.  Pancakes, muffins, pie, protein shakes, and ice cream!  Pull up a stool and stay a while!  159 Rt. 100 N.; Wilmington, VT 464-5813

Blueberry Martini & Dessert at the Roadhouse.  Enjoy our special Blueberry Martini and couple it with delicious dessert made from fresh blueberries!  Rt. 100 North and Old Ark Road, Wilmington VT.  802-464-5017

Get Sticky with Blueberries!!!  Sticky Fingers Bakery will be offering scratch-made blueberry ice cream, Danish, muffins and tarts- OH MY!!!  210 Rt. 100; West Dover VT 802-464-9463

The Village Roost Café & Marketplace – Stop on in for a Blueberry Breakfast including Blueberry Bagels, Cream Cheese and Blueberry Coffee.  
Sunday – Wed. 8am-6pm  and Thurs – Sat. 8am – 8pm , 20 W Main St, Wilmington, VT 802-464-3344

The Nutmeg Food Truck at Jerry’s Deck on 18 N Main St, RT100 Wilmington, VT 05363 will be complementing their rotisserie chickens with a kale, quinoa, feta and blueberry salad. Dine on the riverside deck, full bar available (no BYOB please) or pick up a meal to-go. The expanded menu includes pitas with pulled rotisserie chicken, burgers, ‘dogs and the best lobster roll in New England (seriously). Open Thursday through Sunday. 802.380.0076. Accepting preorders.

Blue Days at Dot’s Restaurant “Blueberry Shortcake” perfect for the dog days of summer!  Not to mention our world-famous menu items sure to warm your heart to beat the blues!!! 3 East Main Street Wilmington VT  802-464-7284
Blueberry Brilliance at Wahoo’s Special Blueberry Shakes, Blueberry Sundaes, Pork Tenderloin prepared with a Blueberry Marinade, and a few other blueberry surprises!  Open 7 days a week, 11am-8pm.  Order online at or call ahead to avoid the line!  Rt. 9 West; Wilmington VT 802-464-0110

Blueberry Specials at Betsey’s Dots of Dover Join us for incredible Blueberry Lemonade Mimosas, a blueberry barbeque with blueberry salsa, and blueberry baked French toast!  Located at 2 Mountain Park Plaza, West Dover.  802-464-6476

Blueberry Sundae’s at North Star Pizza Blueberry sundaes with all the trimmings will be sure to give your tummy a berry berry good taste treat delight:  Bevy’s Homemade blueberry topping makes all the difference!  North Star Pizza and Bowling 179 Rt. 100 Wilmington VT 802-464-5148


Hairaphernalia A full service salon: 20% off a single service or retail product from July 26th- August 5th  Closed Sundays and Mondays Call for appointments.. .  127 Rt. 100, West Dover VT.  802-464-6244

Mountain Styles Salon & Spa “Paint the Town Blue” 15% off all nail services!  We Rre A Full Service Salon!!!  148C RT 100, West Dover, 802-464-1116

25% off Naturespa Light-Hearted Body Treatment Soften skin and lift spirits with a sweet sugar body polish and neroli butter massage. Call for reservations!!! 89 Grand Summit Way, West Dover, 802-464-6606

The Village Beauty Shoppe 10% Off all services. Call for appointments. 802 368 7775, 3077 Rt 100 Jacksonville, VT

Zoar Adventure Center 10% off regularly priced rentals of bikes, SUPs and kayaks at the Zoar Adventure Center during the Blueberry Festival July 26th to August 5th only (not applicable to discounted rates) 36 W. Main St Wilmington 802-464-2450

Guy E Nido, Inc A locally owned and operated business for over 60 years. Delivering heating oil to the valley. Sales and service of heating and air conditioning systems. 193 Rt 100 N, Wilmington, 802- 464- 8830

About the Festival:
Berries, Vintage Cars, Music, and Food. If it’s blue, it’s probably happening in the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley area towns of Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover in late July and early August.
     The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival is the culmination of a community effort coordinated by Janet Boyd from Boyd Family Farm in Wilmington and the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley  Chamber of Commerce in which dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals have created blueberry or blue themed events happening the first ten days of August. “It’s fun, it’s silly, and something everyone can take part in,” Boyd says of the event.
    Visitors to the Valley will find a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, children's activities, jam making, blueberry themed specials in the local eateries, blue music events, a blue car auto show, blueberry bake sales, blue beer,  as well as pick your own blueberry opportunities. Don’t miss Boyd Farm's “Fields of Blue” public art display.  Inspired by Christo and Jean-Claude’s Central Park orange canvas display “The Gates”; Vermont farmers Janet and Buck Boyd’s display of blue tarps in their fields will have you chuckling.

A lovely note from a Blueberry Festival Attendee
August 12, 2016
We came up to Wilmington from Greenfield on Saturday for the Festival. I brought my 92 year old mother.
There was a NICE variety and we enjoyed it. And it was a nice family environment and we like watching the young kids.
A stranger came up to my mom and handed her some brownies she had just purchased, something like, “I’m glad to see you are here, let me buy you dessert.”
That Nice gesture capped our day!
Thank you, Nesi Jonas

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The Deerfield Valley Annual Blueberry Festival

DID YOU KNOW?The Vermont Senate and House of Representatives designated the Deerfield Valley as the Blueberry Capital of Vermont! 

DID YOU KNOW? If all the blueberries grown in North America in one year were spread out in a single layer, they would cover a four-lane highway that stretched from New York to Chicago.

DID YOU KNOW? Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.

American poet, Robert Frost, loved blueberries so he wrote a poem about them called, "Blueberries."

Photos courtesy of Therese Lounsbury
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