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Tall Ships
Through September 25
You've seen them in the movies, tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit several Ports of call along the Pacific Northwest this season. The tall ships offer dockside tours, public sailing excursions and hands-on living history programs. 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 1700s and early 1800s. 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. Those interested in travel experiences may purchase tickets online at historicalseaport.org or call (800) 200-5239. ...[read more]
 
May 26-28 6th Annual BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay
This is a three-day Kansas City barbecue sanctioned event celebrating lip-smacking barbecue, locally-crafted beers and sizzling hot blues. Visit the website for a schedule of events. The Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave. 541.756.8800 [more info]
May 29 Blessing of the Fleet
This annual ceremony is at 10am. Names added to the memorial will be read and flower memorials will be taken to sea by the US Coast Guard. The South Coast Pipes and Drums will play, cake and coffee will be served afterwards at the Charleston Church. Charleston Boat Basin 541.888.8888
June 1-4 Festival of Sails
Step aboard and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. The Schooner Ship Freda B from San Francisco along with The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftan from Grays Harbor will be in port for this festival. Featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverage, entertainment and fun for the entire family. Event hours: 11am-7pm on Thursday and 9am-5pm Friday-Sunday. See website for ticket options and event schedules. Mill Casino [more info]
June 24 Clamboree and Art Glass Festival
A celebration of the area's history and future. Multiple locations and venues feature live music all day with vendors, glassblowers and beer garden. Empire District, Multiple Locations 541.217.8774
July 8-30 Live Theater: Summer Opry
Now in its 36th season, Little Ole Opry on the Bay continues with the Opry Comedy Team, local singers and dancers accompanied by a live band. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm. Sunday matinee is at 2pm. Tickets available www.thelibertytheatre.org or at the box office one hour before curtain time. Little Theatre on the Bay, 2100 Sherman Ave 541.756.4336 [more info]
September 15-17 Bay Area Fun Festival
Thousands of locals and visitors from afar come to this popular festival also know as the greatest last party of the summer. Highlights include live entertainment, the famous Cruz the Coos featuring nearly 500 vintage automobiles, the Prefontaine Memorial Run, K-DOCK Music Festival featuring the finals of Bay Area Teen Idol, a parade and much more. A variety of vendors offer arts and crafts, food and a beer & wine garden. Central Ave. & Hwy 101 541.269.0215
September 23 SOLVE Fall Beach & Riverside Cleanup
The Beach & Riverside Cleanup began in 1984 as "The Plague of Plastics" after Oregonians, Judie Hansen and Eleanor Dye, were inspired to rid the state's beaches of litter. Join thousands of volunteers to clean up Oregon's beaches at this coastwide coordinated event. Various Oregon Coast Beaches 503.844.9571 [more info]
December 26-January 1 2018 Winter Whale Watch
Spot Gray Wales on their migration south along the Oregon Coast with a trained volunteer. Visit the website to view a map with a list of 24 designated locations. Various Oregon Coast locations 541.765.3304 [more info]
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