Make your way to Historic Downtown Abbotsford to celebrate the 36th annual Berryfest this weekend.
The free event, previously held over two days, runs this year for one day only – Saturday, July 8 – from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along Montrose and Essendene avenues in the old downtown core.
The festival, hosted by the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association (ADBA), celebrates the world’s most abundant berry-producing communities and commemorates Abbotsford’s rich farming heritage.
This year, the ADBA and the Abbotsford Arts Council team up to offer an artisan market, located across from TraceyCakes and Spruce Collective.
This year’s additions also include the festival’s first beer garden (hosted by Old Yale Brewing) from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring food options and children’s activities so that festival-goers can keep their little ones occupied.
The festival also features the return of the ferris wheel for $2 a ride and the classic Berry-Go-Round.
In addition to the local restaurants that will be open for Berryfest, food trucks will be spread throughout the site.
The entertainment lineup features the headline act – The Fab Fourever, a Beatles tribute band – at 5 p.m. after nearly two hours of set-up time.
Shortly after their set, Abbotsford comedian Sunee Dhaliwal will take the stage, followed by popular country ban Me and Mae.
Funk band Big City Soul will close out the festival at 9 p.m.
All downtown boutiques and shops remain open during the festival. Visit downtownabbotsford.com for more information.