Don’t know about you, but it seems like the annual “back-to-school” to-do list gets larger and creeps up on us even sooner every passing year! We’ve got news for those who are drowning out our summer with the “back-to-school” movement: It’s still summer here on Oregon’s South Coast! In fact, we’re just getting started on our Summer 2017 “To-Do Lists”.
We’ve got Farmers Markets, a Blackberry Festival, Seafood Festivals, Fun Festivals and coming up! We’ve got beaches to stroll, endless hiking trails to hike, massive sand dunes to ride and more.
So ditch your back-to-school list for now, stop rushing summer and check off items on this list instead:
Shop Local at the Coos Bay Farmers Market- Going Strong every Wednesday through October.
What does local Coffee, Strawberries, Greens, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Honey, Hummus, Breads, Baked Treats, Fudge, Tamales, BBQ, Flowers, Lavender Products, Metal, Wood, Pottery and Fiber Arts all have in common? You can find these items and more at the Downtown Coos Bay Farmers Market every Wednesday through October.
Explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America! Recreational opportunities include off-highway vehicle use, sand-boarding, hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping.
Taste Fresh Salmon at the 60th Annual Salmon BBQ happening August 6th, 2017
Bastendorff County Park is the place to be on Sunday, August 6th when the Kiwanis Club hosts their annual event to celebrate the yummy salmon! Feast on barbecued Salmon Steaks with their renowned glaze, cole slaw, baked potatoes, rolls, coffee, ice cream.
Spend a Day Beachcombing, Picnicking, and Tidepooling
Beautiful, undeveloped beaches are open to the public to explore. Spend a day strolling, beachcombing, tidepooling or just hanging out on one of our pristine beaches and watch your troubles roll away with the tide. Just a reminder: Please do not touch or disturb wildlife and use caution. Never turn your back to the ocean.
Most Pacific salmon fishing occurs April through November, and sport seasons are regulated for Coho and Chinook salmon by state and federal agencies. Check with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for the most up to date recreation report and also check with tackle and bait shops for local information about specific seasons, catch limits and conditions.
Camping on the Oregon Coast has always been a favorite among travelers from all over the Pacific Northwest, especially during the spring and summer months. Though there is no shortage fabulous camping sites in our region, Sunset Bay State Park is one of the most consistently recommended camping destinations among families traveling with children.
Enjoy music, food, and fun at the 2017
Don’t you dare miss the 28th Annual Charleston Seafood Beer & Wine Festival happening at the Charleston Marina August 11, 12 and 13 2017. The Charleston Volunteer Firefighter’s invite you to celebrate the harvest from the sea along with craft beer, regional wines, crafts, shirts, trinkets and lots more. Great music all weekend with the K-DOCK 92.9 FM CLAM JAM featuring live Rock and Roll, Blues, Oldies and more! Visit charlestonseafoodfestival.com for details & schedules.
Get your Blackberry Jam on at the annual Blackberry Arts Festival
Celebrate the delicious blackberry South Coast style at the annual Blackberry Arts Festival in downtown Coos Bay the weekend of August 26th & 27th, 2017. The family friendly festival features unique arts, crafts, food, drink and plenty of music all weekend! For more information, visit blackberryartsfestival.com.
There’s no time like summer to pack your bag, pop on your hiking boots, and hit the variety of trails throughout the Oregon Coast! If nature and great exercise are what you’re after, then look no further. Here are 6 Great Hiking Destinations in Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston.
Dance Tuesday nights away at Music on the Bay
FREE outdoor concerts every Tuesday evening beginning August 22nd through the month of September! Dancing in designated area, food & beverages available. B.Y.O picnic, this is a non-smoking event. Free Shuttles available. Visit musiconthebayoregon.com for details and schedules.
Celebrate food, art, and Native American culture & heritage at the annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration
You don’t want to miss this wonderful celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal culture happening the weekend of September 9th & 10th at The Mill Casino. Enjoy a free outdoor festival including Native vendors, canoe races, canoe exhibition & rides, Native drummers and dancers and so much more.
The Cape Arago Beach Loop is a MUST for visitors to experience a variety of natural Pacific Coast beauty in a number of settings. This easy ride will take you to beaches and state parks where you can take in the breathtaking vantage points and see the famous seals and sea lions on the Oregon Coast.
Compete in the 18th Annual Coos Basin Salmon Derby
Is salmon fishing your thing? Compete in the in annual Salmon Derby Saturday & Sunday, September 9th & 10th, 2017! Entry fee is $25 per angler, free for kids under 12. All proceeds go towards fish enhancement/education projects in Coos, Tenmile and Eel Lake Basins. For more information contact the ODFW office at 541-888-5515.
Check out the local Arts & Culture Scene
Our unique setting on Oregon’s South Coast has been a source of inspiration to artists and performers from all over the world. Not only are we home to the Coos Art Museum, a cultural haven since 1966, the towns of Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston are home to renowned festivals, events and spaces that celebrate the arts, theatre and music. Click here to learn more about our innovative and inspired performances, exhibits and local attractions this summer
Admire rare and amazing classic cars at the 31st Annual Cruz the Coos
Check out more than 400 classic cars the weekend of September 15th -17th, 2017 in downtown Coos Bay!
Show ‘n Shine at the Mill Casino. Cruz the Coos throughout downtown Coos Bay Saturday 6pm – 8pm. This event is one of the most popular events of the Bay Area Fun Festival, don’t miss it!
Enjoy non-stop fun at the Bay Area Fun Festival
The Bay Area Fun Festival, also known as the greatest last party of the summer, happens here in Coos Bay and surrounding areas the weekend of September 15th -17th, 2017! Highlights include live entertainment, the famous Cruz the Coos featuring nearly 500 vintage automobiles, the Prefontaine Memorial Run, K-DOCK Music Festival, a parade and much more! Visitors will also enjoy a variety of vendors, arts and crafts and lots of different kinds of food along with a beer & wine garden. (Central & Hwy 101)
Honor “Pre” and run an unforgettable race at the 38th Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run
Honor the memory of one of Coos Bay’s most famous residents and one of America’s Greatest Distance Runners in a challenging 10,000 meter road race! 10km, or 2M walk. Registration available online.