Bluesberry Festival, The Northshore’s newest celebration of the arts, returns for its 4th annual festival on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
Bluesberry Festival is a family-friendly celebration of world-class music, art, food and culture with a blueberry twist at every turn, and it all takes place at Covington's riverside Bogue Falaya Wayside Park.
A stellar lineup of regional and national talent are scheduled for the Northshore Media Group Stage. Headlining this full-day celebration of blues music and the arts is Americana stalwarts The Band of Heathens from Austin, TX, a crowd favorite from Bluesberry Festival 2022. Other featured performances include five-time blues music award winner Mike Zito; Texas blues-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist Ally Venable; Nashville country band Big 50; and New Orleans natives Kevin & The Blues Groovers.
Set in Downtown Covington’s riverside Bogue Falaya Park, Bluesberry Festival is an ideal place for music and art aficionados to experience the arts amid Southeast Louisiana’s beautiful natural landscape.
Bluesberry Festival will introduce a brand new third stage, The Reminding Coffee & Creative House’s River Revival Stage, which will be under a large tent near the Bogue Falaya River and will feature various Christian music and gospel artists throughout the day – plus, locally roasted coffee creations. The FOX8/Ozone Songwriter Stage will return to the festival pavilion and will feature performances by a number of local and regional songwriters from the Mandeville-based Ozone Songwriter Festival, which takes place in November each year.
In addition to a diverse music lineup, the festival features live art demonstrations; 20+ talented artists from across the region who will be selling their original work; the Liberty Self Storage Photo Booth; and the Children’s Village, sponsored by Louisiana State Senator Patrick McMath, where kids can exercise their own creative talent. As for food and drink options, the festival will feature the KYSEK Food Truck Roundup with local cuisine from mobile eateries like Pyre BBQ, Rustic Press, Rue Chow, Cranky Pig, Yum Yum Gimme Sum Mobile Food Truck, Hocus Smokus and more. Each will serve up their signature dishes, but also put a blueberry spin on some old favorites.
Also returning to the festival this year is the Gulf Coast Bank Relaxation Station, where patrons can cool down and grab a cold drink with a great view of the stage; and the Gallardo Signs Beer Garden, where festival goers can sip on a variety of locally crafted brews from Abita Brewery, including Abita Blueberry Beer, which they brew exclusively for this festival. A variety of wines from around the world will be available at the Acquistapace’s Wine Tent.
Follow the festival on Facebook for online performances, Q&A with Bluesberry Festival artists, past and present, and the complete lineup of performing artists. The festival takes place 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (gates open 11:30 a.m.) and is rain or shine.
General Admission, Ages 11+ (FREE for ages 10 and under):
$30 online, $40 at the gate, and free for children ages 10 and under. ($20 early bird tickets available through July 31.)
Fidelity Bank-NOLA Lending VIP Package:
$80, includes all-day food and drinks and tented seating, plus a prime view of the main stage.
*Tickets are non-refundable and do not include EventBrite fees.
Free parking is available throughout downtown Covington and at St. Tammany Parish Justice Center parking garage, and the Gulf Coast Bank Trolley will be running throughout the day, transporting festival patrons to and from Bogue Falaya Park.
For detailed festival information, see Festival FAQ's at https://www.thebluesberryfest.com/faq. Follow the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bluesberryfest.
2022 Bluesberry Festival Partners
Westaff | Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company | Fidelity Bank - NOLA Lending | Gallardo Signs | Ozone Music Education Foundation | State Sen. Patrick McMath | Edge of the Lake Magazine | Fox8 | The Highway 104.7 FM | The Lake 94.7 FM | Tropical 105.7 FM | Latino Mix 97.5 FM| Telemundo New Orleans 42 | Bin There Dump That | A Bear Electric, Inc. | Rapid Urgent Care | Fleur de Lis Title Co. | Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket | Bigler Woodworks | Where Y'at Magazine | Lynette Aucoin Boudet, Latter & Blum Realtor | Matthew Schlenker | Joel Treadwell
Images provided by Bluesberry Festival