Here it is, the last weekend of summer. Of course, there are still many weeks of beautiful weather ahead, fall at the coast being spectacular. But with school getting back in swing, it's time to get out and enjoy the final fleeting moments of summer. There is no better place to do this than Oregon's North Coast.
Sometimes the event is the reason to visit a place. This weekend hundreds of dancers will be in Seaside competing in Lewis and Clark Fies and Feis Na Mara, an Irish dance competition. This high-energy event is an exciting athletic competition as well as performance art. Watch as competitors from across the region reel and jig! The Feis and Feis Na Mara take place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Seaside Convention Center. The dancing starts at 9 a.m. and continues in various sets until the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. In this celebration of Irish dance and culture, competitors hone their performance skills and compete among at the national FeisWorx level, you'll find rules, a schedule of events and more information at Pacific Celtic Foundation. The public is invited to view the competition both days, and admission is free.
While the dancers are in Seaside, you'll find the history buffs at The Northwest Civil War Council's Battle for Clatsop County. Experience history at this Civil War reenactment and living history event held at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds in Astoria. Go back in time. Witness how they dressed, ate, lived and fought during the time. Here you will find enthusiasts who share a knowledge and passion for this period in our nation's history. Immerse yourself in the 1860s this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. General admission is $8 and $5 for seniors, military and children ages 6 to 12. Parking is $5.
This weekend and Monday are the last chance to visit the Garibaldi Historic U.S. Coast Guard Boathouse + Gallery Exhibit, open from 12 to 4 p.m. at what's known as Pier's End at 1209 Bay Lane. The suggested $5 donation supports the efforts of the Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative. Children under 12 are free. All Hands on Deck! a model ship building demonstration will take place at the Garibaldi Maritime Museum, also on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. By visiting these exhibits, spectators get an eye-catching insight into Pier's End and the history of the U.S. Coast Guard at Tillamook Bay.
A notable event this week is a free showing of the 1950s swashbuckling adventure flick, The Flame and the Arrow, at the Neptune Theatre in Long Beach, WA, on Saturday at 11 a.m. For a full schedule of the movies showing this week, check out the details on the Neptune Movie House website.
As always, the regularly scheduled local farmers markets offer a great way to discover local food and crafts and celebrate the season, all while connecting with the area too. Maybe take in some live music. There are many fun (and often free!), family-friendly activities happening throughout the area at the local libraries, community centers, forests, parks and beaches. Discover fun things to do by searching our Daytime and Community events pages.
If you’re more into nightlife, find a great band, a date-night destination or spot to meet friends for a craft beer or cocktail. Either way, you'll find plenty to enjoy on the North Oregon Coast. Drive safely on this busy, holiday weekend. Have fun!
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