Experience History, Art and Live Performances this Weekend

By Emily Lindblom | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Oregon's North Coast has a rich culture of history museums, visual arts, music and theater for you to explore. This weekend, check out everything from exhibits about sports and clay to an art walk, live music and dance performances.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Open Reception - Celebrating Sports in American Communities

November 23

Sports fans and history enthusiasts are welcome to visit the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco for the opening day of the new exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” This traveling exhibit about the connection between towns and their sports teams is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. The exhibit will be on display through January 4. While the displays will be available throughout museum hours, the museum will hold an opening reception for “Hometown Teams” from 1 to 3 p.m. Additionally, the museum will feature 100 years of sports photography on the Long Beach Peninsula through March 14. 

Ahikaaroa - Fire From Long Ago, Three Perspectives in Clay

Through December 5

The RiverSea Gallery in Astoria will greet you with clay works of art in the exhibition called “Ahikaaroa - a Fire from Long Ago.” Creators of the ceramic works Richard Rowland, Randy McClelland and Brand Dichter make up the group called Three Clay Artists who are celebrating their longtime friendship with this show. The show is also meant to honor Maori artists as well as a new traditional Japanese-style anagama kiln that Rowland recently built. The Three Clay Artists used the new kiln and an ancient wood-fired process to create the clay work on display. 

Tillamook Downtown District Art Walk

November 23

Come see displays of local art at businesses and organizations around Tillamook during the Art Walk this weekend. Art Accelerated puts on this event from 1 to 3 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month so people can take in the art of the North Coast as they visit Tillamook attractions. You can find information about the art and where it will be featured each week online.   

Holiday Surprise, An Evening of Music, Dance & More

November 24

Stick around in Tillamook for a fun evening of holiday music and dancing from the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts. Joni Sauer-Folger and Diane Nelson will direct this family-friendly mix of classic and contemporary selections of holiday music, which will include dancing and sing-along activities. Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for kids ages 12 and younger, and guests can buy tickets to the Holiday Surprise event online

Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints

November 24

Come rock out with Sunday Afternoon Live to a performance by Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints at the Raymond Theatre in Raymond. This Pacific Northwest band is known for the wide variety of music they play, including swing, Americana, jazz and vintage rock. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at the theater or if you call (360) 836-4419. Live from Washington, it’s Sunday afternoon! 


These events are just a taste of the visual and performing arts culture the North Coast has in store for you, and there are many other enticing things to do and see. Visit our North Coast Daytime Events page as well as our North Coast Nightlife calendar to learn more.

About the Author Emily Lindblom
Emily Lindblom is passionate about telling the stories of people and places in the Pacific Northwest and loves investigating environmental issues and highlighting the wonders of the region's forests and coastline. She has a background in community reporting and a master's degree in multimedia journalism and enjoys hiking and surfing in her free time.