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Fort Stevens ReenactmentReenactment at Fort Stevens State Park - July 16–17, September 3–5, Warrenton

What better place to see history relived than at Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton. The park hosts two annual reenactment celebrations this summer over two weekends, the first focusing on World War II, July 16–17, and the second on the Civil War, September 3–5.
The WWII reenactment features camp life demonstrations by various U.S., German, Russian, British, and French living history groups. Displays include military vehicles, field medical unit, infantry, and coast artillery. Handle and fire blanks from period weapons. Tour the historic area in the back of a 2.5-ton, 1952, Army transport truck.

The popular Civil War Reenactment is the Northwest’s largest, full-scale event of its kind, and includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery camps along with period civilian and provision camps. Food vendors, period photographers, and period “sutlers” will be selling everything from clothing to dry goods to toys. (503-861-1470; www.visitftstevens.com)

Exploring ArcheologyExploring Archeology - July 20, Cannon Beach

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum welcomes guest speaker, Dr. Douglas Wilson, on July 20 at 7 p.m. Wilson’s presentation will focus on his most recent archaeological work at the Middle Village.

The Middle Village is a contact-period Chinook Indian village in the estuarine zone near the mouth of the Columbia River. The site contains abundant fur-trade era goods and well-preserved architectural features associated with at least three plank structures. Early fur traders and explorers described the village and it was later used as Lewis and Clark’s Station Camp. The archaeological excavations of the site suggest the intensity and context of interaction between the Chinook and the Euro-American fur traders. This program is a free event and is open to the public. (503-436-9301; www.cbhistory.org)

Coos Music FestivalCoos Music - July 21–30, Coos Bay Area

This summer, the Coos Bay area becomes a mecca for music at the Oregon Coast Music Festival, July 21–30. The festival presents 10 days of concerts at formal and informal venues throughout the bay area, including the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, the Egyptian Theatre, Mingus Park, Shore Acres State Park, the OIMB Boathouse in Charleston, Bandon’s Sprague Theater, and more.

This year’s musicians include the Lil’ Smokies, Left Coast Jazz, The Klezmonauts, Sugar Beets, The Evening Shades, the 234th Army Band Chamber Group, Asculta, and the festival’s own 80­piece professional orchestra. Some concerts are free, some require a paid ticket. See the festival website for a concert schedule and to purchase tickets. (541­267­0938; www.oregoncoastmusic.org)

courtesy SSG Jesus CruzRiverfront Rhythms - July 26 & August 11, Reedsport

Riverfront Rhythms, the free, outdoor concert series, is back this summer with some great musicians. The series continues at the Umpqua Discovery Center in Reedsport with the band Hot Wax on July 7. On July 26, the 234 Army Brass Ops band performs. The series closes with local band Strange Brew on August 11, who perform a wide repertiore of blues, rock, R&B, swing, and jazz.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Food vendors will be available for those who wish to purchase items, but attendees are welcome to bring a picnic if they choose. Pets, smoking, and alcohol, however, are not allowed. All concerts start at 6 p.m. (541-271-4816; www.umpquadiscoverycenter.com)

Dune FestDuneFest - July 27–31, Winchester Bay

The Oregon dunes are a huge attraction for those with ATVs, but in July they are an outright mecca for those seeking motorized fun. DuneFest, held July 27–31 in Winchester Bay, attracts sand buggies, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, and dirt bikes. It’s a full five-day extravaganza that includes tons of contests, events, music, and a variety of vendors.

The jam-packed agenda of DuneFest includes drag races, quad events, sand camping, youth safety classes, relay races, poker run, barrel racing, show & shine, freestyle show, lighted night ride, and a whole lot more. Register online. (541-297-6073; www.dunefest.com)

Dmitri MathenyLincoln City Cultural Center Concerts - July 28, August 4, Lincoln City

The Lincoln City Cultural Center has a wide variety of concerts planned this summer, two of which include the Celtic duo, Men of Worth, and The Dmitri Matheny Group, an all-star jazz band. The center is at 540 N.E. Hwy 101.

Donnie Macdonald from the isle of Lewis, and James Keigher from County Mayo bring Scottish and Irish folk songs and humor to the center at 7 p.m. July 28. Singing original and traditional folk music, the two between them play eight Celtic instruments, from the mandolin to the bodhran. Their music and stories will leave you smiling! Tickets are $16 in advance on the website or $18 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

The Dmitri Matheny Group is performing selections from its new album, Jazz Noir, at 7 p.m. August 4 at the center. writes the Oakland Tribune. This all-star jazz band that plays more that 100 concerts on tour each year garners kudos from far and wide for its soulful expressions and caressing phrases. Crowd and critic-pleasing selections include fresh, original works mixed with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, West Coast cool. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $2 discount for LCCC members.For the entire summer and fall calendar of concerts, visit the webpage. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Freed Gallery - August 6–September 7, Lincoln City

Perhaps it’s in their blood or maybe they work really hard at it, but from wherever their talent derives, the Jacques brothers have it in spades. This summer the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City hosts Jacques and Jacques, an exhibit featuring the work of the two talented brothers, Russell and Michael Jacques. The show will feature paintings and polished metal sculptures.

Russell Jacques is a world-renown sculptor and painter, whose work is in many private and public collections, galleries, and institutions. Russell’s theories on artistry and being an artist run deep. For most of his life, he has worked with bronze and stainless steel, partially because much of his work is destined for the outdoors.

Michael Jacques’ artwork ranges from illustrations, etchings and serigraphs, to paintings. The subjects of his paintings frequently focus on his great loves—dogs and old vehicles. Somewhere, in most of his paintings, there is a dog.

The Jacques brothers will be at the Freed Gallery on August 6–7, where they will be painting in a friendly “dual.” Those who attend can watch and chat with the brothers as they create art. (541-994-5600; www.freedgallery.com)

Psychic FairPsychic Fair - August 6–7, Yachats

In the mood for some alternative perspectives? The annual Holistic Health, Psychic & Crafts Fair in Yachats is a good place to go to experience things in a whole new way. The two-day fair at the Yachats Commons on Hwy 101 at W. 5th features more than 60 booths offering an array of holistic health practitioners, psychic readers, health and wellness products, and visionary arts and crafts. Visitors can also attend seminars with topics ranging from health to well-being to spiritual development.

The Fair’s Cafe offers wholesome and nutritious foods, good for mind and body. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a $3 weekend pass donation suggested, which includes seminars.

Tanya TuckerTanya Tucker at Chinook Winds - August 12−13, Lincoln City

On August 12 and 13, country music legend Tanya Tucker performs for audiences at the Chinook Winds Casino. Tucker’s voice has been a defining force in country music ever since she recorded her debut single “Delta Dawn,” at age 13. Tucker’s unforgettable sass and soul of her voice has defined her wide repertoire of songs and inspired many female artists who top the charts today. Fans can expect the same classic, edgy, and unpredictable Tucker music that has made her a mega-star.

Reserved seating tickets are $20–$35; attendees must be 16 or older. Contact the Chinook Winds box office to reserve tickets. (888-624-6228; www.chinookwindscasino.com)

Creative FestCreative Fest - August 13–14, Florence


Immerse yourself in a land of imagination and inspiration at the Second Star Festival, a celebration of creativity in all forms at The Florence Event Center. The two-day event features artisans, authors, illustrators, and performers of music, storytelling, and puppetry.
There are tons of activities for kids and the young-at-heart from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians, storytellers and other performers will inspire from the Flight Deck’s stage. Artisan booths offer unique ink stamps for attendees to collect in their passports as they wind their way through the indoor Goblin Market. There, meet artists including local Eugene interactive steampunk artists Steve LaRiccia and Joe Mross, who will be displaying unique creations.

Take a trip through the gates of The Tesla Field in the outdoor area, where you will find mermaids, pirates, face painting, demonstrations, workshops, gaming area, a vardo acoustic music stage, Nymbol’s Secret Garden, Fooble the Dragon, and a beer gardeen.

The Saturday evening headliner concert features the Nathaniel Johnstone Band. Eugene Taiko drumming is the opening act.

Daytime admission for adults (ages 13 and over) is $10 a day, or $15 for both days; children 12 and under are free. Saturday evening concert tickets are $25. A weekend package includes both days and the concert for $35 per person. Tickets are available by calling the Florence Event Center. (541-997-1994; www.2ndstarfestival.com)

The Blind SpotsMusic on the Bay - August 23–September 27, Coos Bay

Another great lineup of musicians is on tap for this year’s Music on the Bay concert series, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the amphitheater in Mingus Park. The park offers a lovely setting to hear local and not-so-local musicians.

This year, the season starts off August 23 with the The Blind Spots, a female-fronted, five-piece “moxy” rock band hailing from Ithaca, New York. On August 30, Jones & Fischer bring their trademark independent country music to Coos Bay. The concert September 6 features The Junebugs, who describe their music as “high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness.” September 13 features The Social Animals, an indie rock/Americana band known for its sarcastic lyrics, smooth sounds, and dry commentary. Two local standout bands, Che’s Lounge and The Clamdiggers, perform on September 20. The series wraps up September 27 with the Portland-based soulful seven, Dirty Revival.
All concerts are free to the public. In the event of rain, check the series’ Facebook page for an alternate concert location. (www.facebook.com/musiconthebay or www.musiconthebayoregon.com)

Boardwalk Art ShowExhibit—Outside - Through–September 13, Bandon

A stroll along Bandon’s boardwalk offers views of the waterfront, the lighthouse, and all summer, a view of artwork. Through to September 17, artwork of various styles and subjects will be on display for a Slice of Life: 2016 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show. The show is an open-air, public display of work by both amateur and professional artists from throughout southwestern Oregon. Paintings are the most common medium at the show, but photography, collage, and three-dimensional works may also be on display. The show this year is curated by Ava Richey and Shawn Tempesta.

Those who find a favorite art piece can vote in the People’s Choice award. Ballots are available at Bandon Bait and Tackle, 110 First Street S.E. Voting ends September 7. Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners will be announced at the Bandon Cranberry Festival September 10. (541-347-3206; www.facebook.com/BandonBoardwalkArt)

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