17th Annual NC Blackberry Festival

The 17th Annual North Carolina Blackberry festival will take place from July 13th-14th in Downtown Lenoir. Bring the whole family for a "jam" packed weekend with live music, food, blackberry themed cuisine & beverages, local and regional beer, shopping, and of course, loads of blackberries! 

Don't miss The 2018 "Blackberry Jam" Singer-Songwriter Competition on Friday, July 13th as part of the Festival. The "Blackberry Jam" is a family-friendly live music event, featuring 10 local and regional acts competing for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform their music on Saturday, July 14th on the Downtown Mainstreet Stage. Those interested in performing must enter by June 17th via  

Friday, July 13 – “The Blackberry Jam”

  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Black”Beer”y Garden Featuring Local Breweries and Craft Beers
  • 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm | Vendor booths open for shopping
  • 6:00 pm - Blackberry Belle Pageant Preliminaries
  • 7:00 pm - Live Music – Blackberry Jam Singer-Songwriter Contest
  • 7:00 pm - Blackberry Recipe Contests
  • 9:00 pm - Glow Run 5K & Fun Run

Saturday, July 14  - The North Carolina Blackbeyyr Festival 

  • 9:00am-5:00pm - Black”Beer”y Garden Featuring Local Breweries and Craft Beers
  • 10:00 am - Live Music all day on starting at 10am
  • 10:00 am - Blackberry Belle Pageant Finals at
  • 10:30 am -  Blackberry Festival Blood Drive
  • 11:15 am  - The Blackberry Eating Contests (Youth & Adult)
  • 12:00 pm - Presentation of Colors Ceremony
  • 12:15 pm - Colossal Cobbler Parade
  • 12:30 pm - World’s Largest Patchwork of Cobbler
  • 3:30 pm - Blackberry Jam Winners

Event Details

Location Downtown Lenoir, North Carolina
Lenoir, NC
Cost Free
Music Styles Bluegrass
Early Country Music
Ballad Singing
Event Type Festival
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

In addition to the Festival, Downtown offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

Contact Info

Phone (828) 726-0616

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