Ready for good news? We are. As COVID-19 cases decline and vaccination rates increase, the County Risk Level of Coos County, home of Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston, has been moved to the “Lower Risk” Tier! That means things are going to start looking and feeling a lot more normal around here! It also means many of the beloved annual events that make our region such a special place, including the Bay Area Fun Festival and Holiday Lights at Shore Acres, will be BACK!
Folks, it’s time to log yourself out of Zoom, put your phone down, and plan on getting some real in-person face time with friends and family this summer on Oregon’s Adventure Coast! In addition to the shopping, eating and exciting adventures at every turn, visitors are finally free to roam and enjoy several not-to-be-missed events and festivals happening this summer!
June 19 - 27, 2021 - Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park presents The Tempest at Mingus Park Amphitheater
June 23-27, 2021 - UTV Takeover in the Dunes at Boxcar Hill, Coos Bay
July 3, 2021 - Bay Area Fireworks Extravaganza Over the Bay NEW: This year, the fireworks can be seen from the Coos Bay Boardwalk, all along Front Street and Highway 101 to the North Bend Boardwalk.
July 17-25, 2021 - Oregon Coast Music Festival Events OCMA Orchestra Concerts will not happen again in 2021, however, multiple outdoor concert events are scheduled
August 10 & 11, 2021 - IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild at Shore Acres Tickets are limited! A special concert with pianist Hunter Noack as he brings his 9’ Steinway to the gardens at Shore Acres.
August 13-15, 2021 - Charleston Seafood, Beer & Wine Festival in the Charleston Marina. Enjoy delicious Oregon seafood while listening to a variety of great bands.
August 28-29, 2021 - Blackberry Arts Festival in Downtown Coos Bay, this juried arts festival presents the best of the Blackberry! In food items, art items and more.
September 18-19, 2021 - Bay Area Fun Festival with Prefontaine Memorial Run and the Cruz the Coos. The greatest last party of summer brings together a variety of events including a craft fair, live music, a parade, and more.
November 25 - December 31, 2021- 34th Holiday Lights at Shore Acres.The brightest and most beautiful place on the West Coast will shine brightly again in 2021!
While we can’t wait to welcome our back our visitors, we humbly ask you to keep the following in mind:
Local businesses are doing their best to adjust and reopen at a higher capacity with limited staff and resources. Many workers in the hospitality and retail industries have been tasked with doing their regular jobs while taking on additional duties for staff members who have been furloughed or let go. On top of this, these workers have been tasked with enforcing state-mandated face-covering requirements, social distancing standards and other protocols. The bottom line: we’re all in this together. Please show our local businesses and their staff kindness and patience while they work to restore their normal operations.
Please be respectful if you’re asked to wear a face covering. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors. However, some local businesses and attractions in our region may still require visitors to wear a face covering indoors regardless of vaccination status, while others do not. According to Travel Oregon’s latest guidelines, “Some businesses and attractions are instead allowing fully vaccinated visitors to forgo a face covering, though they may require verification of vaccination status.” ( Note this is not a HIPAA violation.) Bring proof of your vaccination status and always carry a face covering with you, especially if you’d rather not show your vaccine card.”
Many restaurants in Coos Bay/North Bend and Charleston offer both outside and inside table service. If you are not comfortable with in-person dining, many still offer delivery, pick-up and curbside service. Most local retail stores and boutiques are open, with some protocols still in effect. Please check with the shop or shops you wish to visit for their specific protocols. Please keep in mind that some businesses may have additional requirements of customers, including face masks. Be sure to contact the restaurant you wish to visit in advance to confirm hours, availability and new rules.
If you are ready to travel, we are ready to welcome you back to Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston. However, if you are feeling ill or not comfortable traveling right now, we encourage you to stay home and stay healthy. Here are some suggestions to help you stay healthy.