Many of the festivals typically held in the summer are still cancelled for 2021 due to Covid19. 

June 9, 2021: Summer Blackberry Field Tour, at the Fruit Research Station in Clarksville, Arkansas, 2:00 PM-6:00 PM. Also includes research reports and catered dinner. Co-hosted by the Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Free to members of the Arkansas Blackberry Association, $25 for others. For more information and registration, click here.

September 24, 2021: Blackberry Field Day, at Lewis Nursery & Farms, Rocky Point, NC, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Sponsored by the NC Commercial Blackberry & Raspberry Growers Association. Field Tours, Sponsored Lunch, Long Cane Production, High Tunnels, Research Updates, Annual Meeting, and more.  Free; registration by Friday September 17 requested. Click here for more info and registration

February 1-3, 2022: Berry Health Benefits Symposium, Tampa Bay, FL. NARBA is a sponsor of this event. Watch for more information at

February 21-24, 2022: North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference. In Gaithersburg, Maryland, near Washington, DC, at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It is expected that this conference will be a hybrid event, with both live and virtual aspects. Includes an opening reception on Monday, Feb 21, a full-day tour on Tuesday, Feb. 22, and educational sessions and a trade show on Wed-Thurs, Feb 23-24. The conference is expected to include a workshop for novice growers as well.  One focus of the conference will be agricultural policy and legislation; attendees will be able to lean about issues and policy and how they can make their voices heard, and have the opportunity to visit congressional offices (probably Thursday afternoon and Friday).Content and schedule for virtual participants is likely to be somewhat different from this. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor or receiving updates about the conference, please contact NARBA to be added to our E-mail list. 

Please contact NARBA to let us know of upcoming events of interest to the caneberry community or raspberry/blackberry events for the general public, including online events, virtual field trips, and webinars.