Owego’s Strawberry Festival will be here before you know it and although we have some pretty fantastic festivals in the Southern Tier, the Strawberry Festival is hands down my favorite of them all.

I've gone to Owego's Strawberry Festival for the last five years and it never gets old because each year there are so many new and exciting things to discover. So, if you're looking for something to do outside of the house that will appeal to everyone in your family, regardless of age, I definitely recommend the Owego Strawberry Festival.

Don't take my word for it, though. Close to 20,000 people descend on Owego every year for this free event which features delicious food, entertainment on every corner, and up to 200 vendors. I mean, 20,000 people can't be wrong!

Traci Taylor

The Owego Strawberry Festival will kick off on Friday, June 15th with a block party, which will run from 5pm-10pm. The block party will feature food drink, musical entertainment, the Miss Strawberry Pageant, the Strawberry Shake 5K and Kid's 1-mile and fireworks at 10 p.m. at Draper Park.

On Saturday, June 16th, the festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 90-minute parade, which starts at 10 a.m., will delight all ages. Then, you won't want to miss the Duck Derby, the Kid's Zone in Draper Park, vendors, food, a wine, and beer tent and a plethora of other activities sure to keep you busy for the whole day including a brand new attraction- Dinousar Performers! Dinousars will not only roam the village on Saturday, but they'll also appear at Court House Square from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Curious to learn what the Dinousar Performers are all about? Check this out:

The Owego Strawberry Festival is absolutely free to attend and is located in downtown Owego. Parking for Friday night is free at Marvin Park which is located on the Tioga County Fairgrounds on Route 17C West across from Price Chopper. However, shuttles aren't available on Friday. On Saturday, all of the downtown Owego area will be closed from early in the morning until the end of the festival in the early evening hours. Parking, shuttle bus service, and handicap shuttles are available all day long at Hickories Park and at Marvin Park. The cost to ride the shuttle is $3 per vehicle.