Oregon City and the Three Rivers Artist Guild offers two days of art and music — all in your own backyard.
If you're looking for art, food, fun and music — all close to home — mark your calendar for the free Oregon City Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13.
The arts festival returns this year to the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitors Center, located at 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. The festival offers an eclectic group of over 50 visual artists' booths including pottery, glassware, paintings, sculptures, woodworking, photography, jewelry, garden art and more.
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind photograph of a famous Oregon landmark, be sure to visit the photography booths of Vldn Taylor and Jason Faucera. These professional photographers are dedicated to their craft and will travel day or night in any weather to get that once in a lifetime shot. Grab a photo of a misty morning sunrise over Oregon City's Willamette Falls, courtesy of Jason Faucera, or one of Mount Hood towering over the Willamette Valley vineyards by Vldn Taylor.
Hamburgers and hot dogs, coffee and doughnuts, cake and ice cream, wine and beer — all those items will be at the festival this year, compliments of Big Red Events, Sub Zero Ice Cream, Voodoo Doughnut and the End of the Trail.
The all-day music roster covers all genres. Fans can ease into Saturday morning, Aug. 12, with the Seymour Baker Band. Starting at 10 a.m., their intricate instrumental play combines with smooth harmonies for a new interpretation of songs from the past 60 years.
At noon, just as you are hankering for something to eat, stroll over to the food-cart area to see the Portland Opera a la carte roll in with their converted food truck. The truck folds out into a stage and a chalkboard menu displays a list of arias and other musical numbers. The audience is asked to choose an item from the menu, and Portland Opera company members launch into an impressive performance.
Saturday wraps up at 3 p.m. with two performances by the Willamette Falls Symphony's wind and string ensembles. Mark Perlman will conduct a twelve-string trio (two violins and a cello) that will play a variety of light classical and pop music. Also included in the symphony's ensemble performances will be a group of 11 players (mostly winds) who will play Dvorak's "Wind Serenade," one of his most beloved works.
Sunday is rock 'n' roll day. The Seymour Baker Band returns at 10 a.m. with a wide mix of music styles.
At noon, Booligh Jam takes the stage. They describe themselves as Portland's "organic, free-range, cage-free folk-rock," and their influences run the gamut from roots to rock, to folk to jazz.
Big Yellow Taxi comes on stage at 2 p.m. BYT won Best Band for the 2017 Best of Oregon City. The trio takes plays from a variety of musical genres, including rock, R&B, country, jazz and blues, rearranging the songs into new and interesting interpretations.
Finally, at 3:30 p.m. Rae Gordon, award-winning Cascade and nationally acclaimed blues singer, will own the stage and close out the festival.
Festivals abound, and the Oregon City Festival of the Arts is one that should not be missed.
Oregon City Festival of the Arts
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13
WHERE: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Information Center, 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City
MORE: threeriversartistguild.com/oregon-city-festival-of-the-arts, Facebook.com/ThreeRiversArtistGuild
Saturday, Aug. 12
? 11 a.m. - Seymour Baker Band, three-person band: These experienced musicians explore a wide mix of styles including folk, blues, Americana, rock, country and gospel.
? Noon-2 p.m. - Portland Opera a la Cart "Food Truck": Converted food truck that folds out to a stage. Performances are chosen from a chalkboard "menu" by the audience.
? 3-4 p.m. - Willamette Falls Symphony: Conductor Mark Perlman will conduct a wind ensemble from the orchestra in Dvorak's charming "Serenade for Winds," an audience favorite. A trio of orchestra string players will play a variety of music including Celtic tunes.
Sunday, Aug. 13
? 10-11 a.m. - Seymour Baker Band, two-person band
? Noon-1 p.m. - Booligh Jam: "Organic, cage-free, free-range folk/rock/blues"
? 2-3 p.m. - Big Yellow Taxi: Funky acoustic Americana trio
? 3:30-4:30 p.m. Rae Gordon:
Award-winning blues singer
All entertainment takes place on the Main Stage with the exception of Portland Opera a la Cart, which will perform in the food-truck area.
• Big Red Events: Brats, hot dogs, hamburgers soda, popcorn
• Sub Zero Ice Cream: Your choice of ice cream made right before your eyes
• Voodoo Doughnut (Sunday only): Portland's famous doughnuts