Festival History

In September 2015, the Bremerton Blackberry Festival will celebrate its 26th Anniversary!

It's not exactly blackberry season yet but the Bremerton Main Stream Association has already begun planning its biggest street party of the year. The 26th Annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival takes over Bremerton's picturesque waterfront on September 5th, 2016.

From modest beginnings in 1990, the berry-fest has evolved into THE summer-ending extravaganza for the Puget Sound. Last year, more than 50,000 revelers turned out for the free entertainment and festive atmosphere. This year's event is bound to bring in even more blackberry devotees.

"This festival has been growing every year," says festival director Carol Atkinson.

Carol Atkinson says that even with the astounding turnout last year, event coordinators are expecting even greater attendance this Labor Day weekend.

As the festival draws more public attention, it also gains a plethora of unique entertainment and culinary delights, blackberry-style! Breezing down Bremerton's boardwalk, one can stop and sample the best blackberry jams, jellies, pies and cobblers. The beer garden has blackberry cider, and again this year, the very popular blackberry wine with the festival label will be available. More than one hundred vendors offer a vast array of foods, drinks and art.

For children, the little Blackberry Festival is a storybook come to life. Kids will be fascinated by magicians and musicians. They can play games and have their faces painted. Little artists can even grab some colored chalk and make their mark.

As in past years, the Bremerton Blackberry Festival will be packed with free entertainment. Some of the best musicians and entertainers in the area will perform throughout all three days. Other Festival staples are back this year, like the Berry Fun Run and the Blackberry Criterium Bike Race. Once again, Bremerton National Airport will sponsor their annual Fly-In with shuttle service provided by Around the Sound Transportation to the festival.

So, mark your calendars now for three fun-filled days of celebration, as Bremerton gives thanks to its favorite berry!

Click here to contact the Blackberry Festival organizers.