10 reasons not to miss the 36th annual Abbotsford Berryfest Saturday

10 reasons not to miss the 36th annual Abbotsford Berryfest Saturday

New attractions, extended hours and awesome entertainment make this one-day family favourite a must

Downtown Abbotsford throws open its main street Saturday for the 36th annual Berryfest, a day-long family festival chock-full of activities, entertainment, food and a bushel of fun!

Presented by Aldergrove Credit Union, Berryfest welcomes families for just a single day this year – July 8 – but extended hours allow for lots of familiar favourites and brand new highlights.

“We wanted to appeal to a wider demographic this year without taking away from the family-friendly nature of the event,” says Reuben Mann, ADBA’s marketing and events co-ordinator. “Berryfest is all about community and we encourage everyone to come celebrate Abbotsford, the downtown and the history of the area.”

1. Start early, stay late: The festivities open at 9 a.m. and continue right through the day until 9 p.m.

2. Grand opening: Opening ceremonies start at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Mayor Henry Braun, MLAs Simon Gibson and ​Dr. Darryl Plecas, and president of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association, Dave Algra.

3. Artisan market: The Abbotsford Arts Council invites you to explore the diversity of local creative talent at the festival’s Artisan Market.

4. Ride on!: Back by popular demand is the Berry-Go-Round and ferris wheel, both family favourites.

5. Get refreshed: Festivals can be thirsty work so Berryfest guests can relax and refresh in the Old Yale Brewery beer garden, open from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

6. Fuel up with good food: Tuck into yummy fare from your favourite food trucks, on-site for the day’s festivities, or sample summer offerings from Abbotsford’s restaurants, serving their best all day.

7. See, try, play: Many community organizations and non-profits will be on hand offering family-friendly activities and engaging the public, including Abbotsford Police, Fire and Paramedics.

8. Berry beautiful: No Berryfest would be complete without berries, so visitors will find a variety of farm-fresh goodies from Abbotsford’s own Neufeld Farms.

9. Entertaining ideas: Head to the mainstage area where a host of local musicians, dancers and others will take the stage following the opening ceremonies.

10. Aldergrove Credit Union Headliners: The entertainment kicks into high gear at 5 p.m. with the Fab Fourever Beatles tribute band, followed by popular local comedian Sunee Dhaliwal at 6 p.m. and country duo Me + Mae at 7 p.m., before funk favourites Big City Soul wow the crowds at 8 p.m.

Visit Berryfest, presented by the Aldergrove Credit Union, Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Abbotsford.


10 reasons not to miss the 36th annual Abbotsford Berryfest Saturday

10 reasons not to miss the 36th annual Abbotsford Berryfest Saturday

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