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Birdfest & Bluegrass

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC-7

20th Anniversary of Birdfest and Bluegrass

A festival that spans downtown Ridgefield and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge with activities on the Lake River, and a trolley to transport you in between.

  

DOWNTOWN RIDGEFIELD

Bluegrass Picker’s Festival, Bluegrass performances, Birder’s Marketplace, LOTS of family friendly crafts and activities, Audubon live bird shows, vendors, food and MORE!

10-4PM: Birdfest Themed Family Friendly Activities @ Overlook Park
Farmer’s Market and Birdfest vendors, scavenger hunt by Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, LOTS of kids crafts, food vendors, bluegrass jamming, and MORE!

10-12PM: Arts & Crafts @ Ridgefield Library

10-5PM: Birder’s Marketplace @ RACC
Arts & Crafts galore! Fabulous photographs, garden art, jewelry, wood carving, books, bird supplies, glass, ceramics, and much more. Come learn, explore, and even get a head start on holiday gifts!

10:30-12:30PM: Guided Interpretive Paddle
Join experienced Alder Creek Kayak guides and naturalists from the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for 2.5 mile paddle on Lake River. Welcome home the fall migration, enjoy music and lunch on the beach! Children free when accompanied by an adult in a double kayak. Click here to register or learn more. 

11AM: Wine Garden opens with Windy Hills Winery

12-2PM: Oregon Zoo ZAP @ Overlook Park
ZAP Teens will be on hand with some amazing animal skulls and pelts to examine.

12-2PM: Gerardo Calderon, Latin American Musician @ Overlook Park Stage

12PM: Bluegrass Picker’s Festival around town
Enjoy bluegrass music with pickers jamming in businesses, outdoor venues, and parks throughout downtown Ridgefield.

12-3:30PM: Bluegrass Performances @ Old Liberty Theater
Bands include Sunny South, Whiskey Puppy and Sleepy Eyed Johns. Tickets are $10 and available for pre-sale at Old Liberty Theater/Seasons Coffee. Day-of tickets available at the Old Liberty Theater and the Friends table at Overlook Park. $2 off ticket price if you show your BirdFest & Bluegrass 20th Anniversary button (day-of sales only).

1-2PM: Live Bird Show @ Union Ridge Elementary School
Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.
Meet an owl, a turkey vulture and a raven; learn about their amazing abilities and get close to some of the birds you might see on the Refuge.

1:30-3:30PM: Guided Interpretive Paddle
Join experienced Alder Creek Kayak guides and naturalists from the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for 2.5 mile paddle on Lake River. Welcome home the fall migration, enjoy music and lunch on the beach! Children free when accompanied by an adult in a double kayak. Click here to register or learn more.

2:15-3:15PM: “Crows: Clever, Curious, and Charismatic” @ Union Ridge Elementary School
Loma Pendergraft, a PhD student at University of Washington, will present some fun and interesting facts about crows before discussing some of the research he and his lab have conducted on crow behavior, vocalizations, and capacity to solve novel problems.

3 – 3:30PM: Photo Contest Announcement @ Birder’s Marketplace (RACC)

2:30-4:30PM: Live Birds on Display @ Davis Park
Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.
Get a close-up look at these magnificent birds of prey and learn about their habitats.

4:30-6:30PM: Big Canoe Paddle on Lake River @ Public Boat Launch
Sponsored by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Family friendly canoe paddle through the Wildlife Refuge. Participants paddle 14-passenger, 29 foot canoes to experience Lake River from a unique on-water perspective. Click here to register. Registration is required and will open September 14th.

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Date:
October 5
Time:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Venue

Overlook Park, Downtown Ridgefield
Corner of Pioneer and Main
Ridgefield, WA 98642