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Lincoln PopsBig Band Saturday Night - August 29, Lincoln City

For be-bopping, skidoo-ing, super-swinging suertime fun wmme celebrate the return of the Lincoln Pops Orchestra for the first time since February. The Lincoln Pops Orchestra, also known as the Lincoln Pops Big Band, has been performing in Lincoln County for more than 30 years. The band has evolved into one of the finest big bands in Oregon. A nonprofit organization, the Lincoln Pops is dedicated to preserving and passing along the heritage of the big band era.

The Pops will be playing favorites from the era of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and the gang, and the dance floor will be open. You’re invited to just sit and listen, or really cut a rug, in the auditorium at the LCCC located at 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for sale.

Tickets are on sale now, $11 in advance and $13 at the door. For three hours worth of dancing to live music, that’s quite a deal. Current LCCC members will receive $2 off the ticket price, either in advance or at the door. The doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the concert scheduled to begin at 7 pm. (541-994-9994; lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Pete OlsonPete Olson - September 2, Lincoln City

Get set for an evening of great songs well-sung, musical lore, obscure humor, romance, storytelling, dropping of famous names, and plain old good feelings, with singer-songwriter and Lincoln City native son Pete Olson.

A singer, picker, and writer of sweet, often hopeful, sometimes sad, always poetic songs, Olson’s strong, honest voice and fluid guitar style are known for their audience-moving qualities. Olson has played on street corners and in coffee houses, roadhouses, churches, living rooms, and concert halls across America and around the world – and shared the spotlight and traded licks with musical greats like Country Joe McDonald, Barry & Holly Tashian, Jimmy Ibbotson of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Rowan Brothers, and many others.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, on sale now at the LCCC, and at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (click “buy tickets”). Current LCCC members receive $2 off the ticket price, either in advance or at the door. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for sale. Doors will open at 6:30 pm at the center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. (541-994-9994;lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Yachats Kite FestivalTake to the Sky - September 5–6, Yachats

Take a day to enjoy the beach, wind, and joy of flying kites at Sky Candy, the Yachats Kite Festival, on September 5–6.

The classic kite festival is chock full of activities that are fun for all ages, including kite demonstrations, contests, and public kite flying. There will also be several professional kite fliers as well as giant kite fliers. Past year’s festivals have had a variety of kites up in the sky, including giant “bol” kites, and even giant bubbles, a huge hit with the kids! All activities and events take place on the beach at Yachats Ocean Road State Park. (www.yachats.org)

Bandon Cranberry FestCranberries Galore - September 11–13, Bandon

A leisurely drive along Hwy 101 both north and south of Bandon yields views of vast cranberry fields. Bandon has long been known as Cranberry Capital of Oregon, a distinction celebrated every fall at the town’s Cranberry Festival. This year the 69th-annual festival’s theme is “Cranberry Hop,” meaning that this is going to be one jivin’ good time.

Favorite events at the festival include the Cranberry Court coronation, a parade, and lots of live music, but there is also the Queen of the Kitchen contest and the cranberry-eating contest. Attendees can visit the Washed Ashore art exhibit and workshop, and nominate a name for one of the sea life sculptures. And of course, there will be tons of vendors at Cranberry City and the Festival Market, including local produce, cranberry products, and artisan wares.

Cranberries have been grown in Bandon since 1885. On average, 30 million pounds of cranberries are harvested each fall in Coos and Curry counties. (541-347-9616; www.bandon.com)

B-17 by Andy OxleyAir & Ag Show - September 11–13, Port Orford

The Port Orford North Curry County Chamber of Commerce will stage its first Cape Blanco Wild Rivers Coast Air & Ag Show at the Cape Blanco Airport, running September 11–13. The Cape Blanco Airport was built during World War II for the Navy. At an altitude of 214 feet, it is the only airport on the southern coast situated above the tsunami zone, an important factor should emergency landing be required. At 150 feet wide and almost a mile long, it can accommodate aircraft as large as a Boeing 737.

Among the attractions will be a B-17 bomber and a Ford Tri-Motor, which revolutionized passenger air transport when it was introduced in 1925. Flights will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, on the hour from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., with ground tours available from 2–5 p.m.

The story of agriculture in Curry County will also play a major role in the event. Visitors may be surprised to see the variety that is supported here, from cranberries to dairy farms producing cheese and sheep ranches producing wool that artisans weave into items that are sold locally.
A runway race will take place on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., and on Saturday evening a dance will be held in the hangar. To keep abreast of developments, check the Cape Blanco Air Show Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/CapeBlancoAirShow)

The ExilesBrews & Music - September 12, Tillamook

The Tillamook Music and Brew Festival is a relatively new festival to the coast. Now in its third year, the festival is no slouch when it comes to great music. This year’s lineup includes folk/fusion artist Sedona Fire, guitarist Michael Simpson, local greats Benny and the Bay City Rockers, classic rock and blues from The Exiles, and the Portland-based bands One From Many and the Crazy 8s.

In addition, beer, cider and wine tasting have been added to the festival this year. There are also fun events for kids.

Tickets are available starting on August 1, and best of all proceeds benefit the local nonprofit agency that assists those with developmental disabilities, the Marie Mills Center.

The festival takes place on Saturday, September 12, at the Blue Heron French Cheese Co. in Tillamook. Music starts at noon and runs until 9 p.m. (www.facebook.com/DivineBurgerBistro)

SequoiaBrews & Art - September 12, Gold Beach

After the busy summer season, September is the perfect time to sit back, grab a brew, and hear some great music. On September 12, the Gold Beach Brew & Art Fest offers all that and more.

Attendees can try beers from more than a dozen of Oregon’s independent craft breweries all in one place, including coastal breweries Arch Rock Brewing Co., Tight Lines Brewery, 7 Devils Brewing Co., Misty Mountain Brewing, and Chetco Brewing Company. Others attending include Wildcraft Cider Works, Plank Town Brewing Company, Hard Knocks Brewing, Climate City Brewing, Walkabout Brewing and more.

There’s also live music on two stages, featuring a variety of genres. Spectrum Sounds Music, Julie Divens, Chris n’ Wendy, Rocky Rogue, Sequoia, Robert Richter, The Ferguson Bros. Band, and Sleep Rehearsal will entertain audiences throughout the day.

On the art side of things, there’s a classic car show, an art show and sale, and artisan handcrafted wares. Tasty barbecue, fish and chips, wood-fired pizza, and more treats are on hand to satisfy appetites.

The festival takes place from noon to 11 p.m. at the Event Center on the Beach. Admission is $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. The price includes a festival logo glass and two tokens for beer tastings. (www.goldbeachbrewfest.org)

Astoria Old Time GamesOld Time Games - September 12–13, Astoria

In today’s digital world, the definition of “fun” has changed. But September 12–13 at the 1886 Flavel House in Astoria, old-fashioned fun is returning. Victorian Games are games dating back to the 1800s that have stood the test of time. These are games that are just as fun today as they were more than a hundred years ago. Try your hand at badminton and croquet. The kids will also enjoy testing their skills with the hoop and stick or ball and cup games. Free horse and wagon rides as well as blacksmith demonstrations are a popular draw at the games. The days’ activities also include contests and prizes, storytelling, music, several different craft demonstrations, and other hands-on activities. Young and old alike will enjoy the myriad of activities.

All those games got you hungry? There are even old-fashioned foods, like corndogs and lemonade. Yes, they had those back then too. Learn how children from the Victorian period entertained themselves with tons of activities taking place at the Flavel House from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. (503-325-2203; www.cumtux.org)

Cannon Beach Cottage TourBehind the Doors - September 12–13, Cannon Beach

Ever wondered what is behind the doors of Cannon Beach’s iconic homes? Wonder no longer. The annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour on September 12–13 opens the doors to Cannon Beach’s unique homes and gardens. In addition to exhibiting classic architecture, creative interior design, and coast gardens, the tour also includes a concert and wine reception, and a Sunday garden tea.

The tour begins at noon Saturday, September 12, with a luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn. A roundtable discussion moderated by Cannon Beach History Center and Museum Board President, Kimberley Speer-Miller, explores the unique history and stories of Cannon Beach. Tickets for the luncheon and lecture are $25.

After the presentation, attendees are invited to begin the self-guided home and garden tour. The tour includes a variety of dream homes, cozy beach cottages, historic splendors, and well-manicured gardens. Maps are available 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour and may be picked up at the Coaster Theatre. Tickets for the tour are $30.

After the tour, attendees are invited to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum for wine, live music, a quilt raffle, and hors d’oeuvres. The raffle quilt, designed and created by local quilt artist Constance Waisanen, is a colorful exploration of the tide pools of Haystack Rock. Raffle tickets are $5.The final event is an English-style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 13. Enjoy a selection of Oregon-made teas, homemade scones, and other treats in a flower-filled setting. Debbie Teashon, owner of the Rainy Side Gardner and co-author of Gardening for the Homebrewer: Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider, Perry, and More, will give a presentation entitled, “Life Beyond the Two-Season Garden Party.” Teashon will talk about the true stars of the Northwest garden: plants that spice up a garden in, around, and beyond the typical growing seasons. Tickets to the garden tea are $20.

Tickets for each event may be purchased separately, or a weekend event package is available for $60. (503-436-9301; www.cbhistory.org

Depoe Bay Salmon BakeIndian-Style Salmon Bake - September 19, Depoe Bay

Every fall, thousands of pounds of salmon are cooked in a traditional technique used for generations by native coastal tribes. Depoe Bay’s annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake this year is held on September 19.

Before sunrise on Saturday morning, volunteers ignite an 80-foot fire lined with nearly 10 cords of fir and alder. Salmon fillets are positioned on alder wood stakes and held in place with cedar strips. The alder stakes are then positioned diagonally over the smoldering fire line, imparting rich flavors to the salmon fillets as they bake to perfection.

Visitors can enjoy salmon meals while listening to live performances of Native American music and tribal dancers. Also, raffle tickets will be on sale at the Salmon Bake for “Discover Depoe Bay” packages, which include lodging, dining, fishing, and whale-watching trips.

Oregon’s signature salmon event takes place at the Depoe Bay City Park, located at the south end of the town’s harbor. Free shuttles will take visitors to and from the park, as well as from the park to downtown shops along the oceanfront.

Meal tickets are on sale in advance as well as on the day of the event. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. (541-765-2889; www.depoebaychamber.org)

Bay Area Fest - September 19–20, Coos Bay

It’s not called Bay Area Fun Festival for nothing. For 40 years, thousands of locals and visitors wrap up their summer with tons of fun in downtown Coos Bay.

The family festival features live entertainment, a parade, arts and crafts, a street fair, festival foods, kids activities, quilt show, a beer and wine garden, and Rockfest, a gem and rock show. 

Cruise the Coos, September 19, is one of the largest classic car shows, with nearly 500 vintage vehicles. In addition to professional bands, there’s a Teen Idol competition, also on the 19th.

The festival also includes the 36th-annual Prefontaine Memorial Run on September 19, held in honor of track star legend Steve Prefontaine. Distance runners from across the country compete in the challenging 10K road race on one of Prefontaine’s old training courses. (541-267-0749; www.bayareafunfestival.com)

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