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Lady Washington under sail at sea.
Tall Ships Set Sail
Through July 5
Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit several port of call along the Oregon and Washington coast this spring and summer. At each stop, the tall ships will offer dockside tours, public sailing excursions and hands-on living history educational programs for students. Dressed in 18th century style clothing, the costumed crew is ready to tell tales of life on the high seas. The brig Lady Washington embodies American maritime history of the late 1700's and early 1800's. She is a traditionally built replica that has appeared in several movies and television shows. Hawaiian Chieftain has a fascinating history originating in Hawaii. She's a swift topsail ketch that has sailed the Atlantic Ocean and visited Tahiti....[read more]
July 8 Working Forest Tours
Spend a day in the woods with a professional forester. Free guided tours through a working forest. Bring your kids and your questions. Info and sign up at Coos Bay Visitor Center. Coos Bay Visitors Center, 50 Central Ave. 541.269.0215 or 800.824.8486
July 11-25 Oregon Coast Music Festival
Celebrating 37 years of music, festival highlights include three classical concerts performed by an 80-piece symphony orchestra. Many events are free. Visit the website for details and schedule of performances. Various Locations 541.267.0938 [more info]
July 17-18 North Bend July Jubilee
A birthday party worthy of 112 years and counting, July Jubilee has events and activities scheduled the entire weekend. See the website for a complete descriptions and updates. Various Locations 541.756.4613 [more info]
July 18 Oregon Coast Music Festival Garden Concert
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a wonderful concert in the garden, noon until 7pm. Friends of Shore Acres will be selling sundaes and ice cold lemonade. Shore Acres State Park, 89039 Cape Arago Hwy 541.888.3732
August 2 56th Annual Salmon BBQ
An annual salmon celebration 10:30am - 3:30pm. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club. Menu includes glazed barbecued salmon steaks, cole slaw, baked potatoes, rolls, coffee and ice cream. Call for tickets and further information. Bastendorff County Park 541.756.1282
August 8-9 25th Annual Charleston Seafood Festival
A family-friendly party, 10am – 6pm, includes plenty of great live music, a crab race, as well as games and contests for kids and adults. Beer and wine and, of course, seafood will be the center of the event. Call for further information. Boat Basin 541.269.0215
August 15 Bonsai Day at Shore Acres State Park
The Garden House will be open 11am – 4pm with displays by the Bonsai Society and refreshments. Parking is $5 and the event is free. Shore Acres State Park, 89039 Cape Arago Hwy
August 22-23 Blackberry Arts Festival
A summer favorite for 33 years. This juried art show features arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, paintings, prints, weaving, spinning, woodworking and entertainment. Blackberry treats, food, drinks and more. Visit website or call or more information. 50 Central Ave.Downtown 541.269.0215 or 800.824.8486 [more info]
September 4-6 29th Oregon Shorebird Festival
Birdwatchers of all skill levels are invited to join in and experience the wonder of shorebird migration on the scenic south coast. Bring your best pair of binoculars and go afield with experienced trip leaders to the best birding spots in Bandon and Coos Bay. Plan on a full weekend of activities planned for birders of all skill levels. The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston, OR. Activities include expertly guided land based field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River and the Coos Bay area. There is a pelagic trip on Saturday for those who want to experience birding on the water. See the website or call for complete information and registration. Oregon Institute of Marine Biology 541.867.4550 [more info]
September 5 6th Annual Sunset Bay Trail Run
Challenging, hilly and scenic trails covering 1M, 4M, 15km and a new half marathon distance. Starts at Sunset Bay State Park. Call for more information. Sunset Bay State Park 541.751.7999 or 541.290.7530
September 11-13 16th Annual Coos Basin Salmon Derby
All proceeds go towards fish enhancement/education projects in Coos, Tenmile and Eel Lake Basins. Admission and Fees: Derby Fee – $20 for 2 day event; BBQ – free for ticket holders, $5 for others. Weigh in at Mill Casino Boardwalk. Call for further information. California & Eastside Boat Ramps. 541.888.5515
September 12-13 Mill Luck Salmon Celebration
A celebration of Native American and Coquille tribal culture. Enjoy a free outdoor festival with native vendors, canoe races, canoe exhibition and rides, Native drummers and dancers and more. 3201 Tremont Ave. Mill Casino 541.756.8800 or 800.953.4800
September 19 SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup
Join thousands of volunteers to clean up Oregon's beaches at this coast wide coordinated event. Call or visit website for further information. Oregon Coast Beaches 503-.844.9571 [more info]
September 19-20 Bay Area Fun Festival
A festival of fun for families. Live Entertainment, the famous Cruz the Coos, the Prefontaine Memorial Run, parade and more. Variety of vendors, arts and crafts, beer and wine garden and lots of different kinds of food. See website or call for more information Various Location Downtown 541.269.0215 or 800.824.8486 [more info]
September 19-20 Coos Sand N' Sea - Sea of Quilts XI
A quilt show featuring a large variety of quilts, hourly demonstrations, exhibits, quilt challenge entries, a vendor mall, raffle quilt and member boutique of handmade items.Admission $5, children 12 and under free. Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. 3333 Walnut Ave. 541.297.2251
September 19 Orchid Day at Shore Acres State Park
Orchids "Gems of the Rain Forest". Garden House will be open 11am until 4pm with displays by the Pacific Orchid Society. Cookies, coffee and punch. This event is free, plus please note there is a $5 parking fee. Shore Acres State Park, 89039 Cape Arago Hwy 541.888.2472
September 19 30th Annual Cruz the Coos
More than 400 classic cars can be seen at this fun filled event. Show 'n Shine at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston on Saturday, 8am – 3pm.Cruz the Coos throughout downtown Coos Bay Saturday 6pm – 8pm. 50 Central Ave. 541.888.3863 [more info]
September 26 Dahlia Day at Shore Acres State Park
The Garden House will be open with Southern Oregon Dahlia Society displays and refreshments from 11-4pm. Event is free with a $5 parking fee at Shore Acres State Park. Shore Acres State Park, 89039 Cape Arago Hwy 541.888.2472
October 2-4 Octoberfish
A community festival celebrating the culture, art and history of Charleston. Music, food and fun for the entire family. Call or visit the website for more information. Cape Arago Hwy & Seven Devils Road 541.435.7080 [more info]
December 26-31 Winter Whale Watch
Spot Gray Whales on their migration south along the Oregon Coast with interpreters at Ecola State Park. Ecola State Park 541.765.3304 [more info]
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