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Holiday Lights at Shore Acres
November 23-January 1 2018
Shore Acres State Park is the brightest spot on the Oregon Coast with its illuminated displays of colorful pelicans and puffins, dancing frogs and a life-sized spouting whale. The park shines with over 325,000 lights from Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve. Decorated by the Friends of Shore Acres State Park, the formal seven-acre garden is lit daily from 4-9:30pm over the holiday season. With paved and lighted paths throughout, the garden is wheelchair accessible. The gift shop will be open for holiday shoppers and refreshments and entertainment in the pavilion will surely get you in the holiday spirit. There is no charge to view the holiday displays but a day-use parking pass for Oregon State Parks Pass is required. Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, about 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay. For more information call (541) 888-3732...[read more]
Through October 29 Live Theater: Is He Dead
The Dolphin Playhouse presents Is He Dead a story by Mark Twain, adapted for stage by David Ives, directed by Alice Carlson. More information available online, see website for details Dolphin's historic Empire Theater, 580 Newmark Ave. 541.808.2611 [more info]
November 23-December 31 Holiday Lights at Shore Acres
Famous for its beautiful seven acre botanical gardens and Japanese lily pond. The gardens shine with over 325,000 lights, 4-9:30pm. Shore Acres State Park, 89039 Cape Arago Hwy. 541.888.3732 or 541.269.0215
December 1-17 Live Theater: Inspecting Carol
The Dolphin Playhouse presents Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan, directed by Kevin Thurkow. More information available online, see website for details Dolphin's historic Empire Theater, 580 Newmark Ave. 541.808.2611 [more info]
December 26-January 1 2018 Winter Whale Watch
Spot Gray Whales 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]
January 1 2018 Polar Bear Plunge
Join this tradition with our local Polar Bears for a New Year's dive in to the ocean. The only rule is that you must completely immerse yourself. Starts at 9am sharp. Sunset Bay State Park 541.269.0215 [more info]
February 10 2018 Annual Charleston Crab Feed
Fresh Dungeness Crab dinners, whole or half crabs at market price includes side dishes, 11am-3pm. North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway 541.269.0215 [more info]
May 25-27 2018 Annual BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay
This is a three-day Kansas City barbecue sanctioned celebration with local craft beers, sizzling hot blues and lip-smacking barbecue. The Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave. 541.756.8800 [more info]
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