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Coastal Outdoor Markets
Through December 19
Summertime on the coast is loaded with farmer markets bursting with farm fresh produce, artisan crafts and locally made foods. Fresh, organic produce, flower bouquets, meat, seafood and baked goods are just a small taste of what you might find at the market. You will also find an accessible and enjoyable community gathering place where locals and visitors alike come and stay awhile. Meet the artisans, farmers and craftsman who bring their goods straight from the fields and workshops and into your shopping bag. ...[read more]
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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