Enjoy classic fall fair activities, a cranberry bog tour, and more at the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham, Massachusetts.
By Aimee Tucker
Sep 27 2018
Now that’s a photo op!Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker
Cranberries are the official state berry of Massachusetts, and each fall, bogs across the southeastern part of the state are flooded in preparation for the annual harvest. Unlike with apple or pumpkin picking, however, the cranberry harvest happens almost entirely at a distance, with little opportunity for public participation. This makes sense, given its aquatic setting and the machinery required to sort and transport the berries. But if you’ve always wanted to see a bog filled with ripe cranberries up close, the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration at the A.D. Makepeace Company (the world’s largest cranberry grower) in Wareham, Massachusetts, is sure to become your new favorite fall event.
At this rain-or-shine celebration, cosponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association and Ocean Spray Cranberries, you’ll find food (both the local and “fair food” kinds), live music, crafts, wagon rides, children’s activities, paddleboat rides on Tihonet Pond, and more. The highlight of the day, though, is the shuttle ride to the bogs themselves, where experienced growers demonstrate the phases of the wet and dry harvest, offering up-close views of the ruby berry–filled bogs. Here’s a closer look at the 2017 festival.
The 15th annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration will be held (rain or shine) the weekend of October 6–7, 2018.
Note: We experienced the colorful Massachusetts cranberry harvest in a season 2 episode of Weekends with Yankee, our public television show in collaboration with WGBH. Check the Weekends with Yankee site to learn more about the series, plus when and where to catch episodes.
This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.