Go Play: Oregon Bigfoot Festival comes to Clackamas County for first time
After a two-year COVID-induced hiatus, the Oregon Bigfoot Festival arrives in Clackamas County for the first time in history on July 30, hosted by Mel Skahan of the Travel Channel's "Expedition Bigfoot" show.
Originally held in Troutdale, event organizers JC and Katrina Mercer spent nine months negotiating to bring the Oregon Bigfoot Festival to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds on a five-year residency agreement.
Now that COVID restrictions have finally relaxed, this family-friendly, one-day event is ready to roar back onto the scene celebrating cryptozoology, paranormal and supernatural phenomena. This means everything is on the table: Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts and more. This year's celebrity lineup includes a panel discussion with TV reality stars Jason Hawes of "Ghost Hunters," David Schrader of "The Holzer Files," Cliff Barackman of "Finding Bigfoot" and Sarah Lemos of "Ghosts of Morgan City."
Oregon Bigfoot Festival will include bounce houses, live entertainment — including Bigfoot and other creatures designed by Ravenous Studios — food carts, unique merchants and a beer garden for guests over 21.
Bigfoot and the rest of the Ravenous Studios creatures are expected to make their appearance between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., depending on weather conditions.
Admission includes "Monsters and Mayhem" shows at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The morning show will be identical except that it includes two American Sign Language interpreters to ensure the enjoyment of all guests.
Oregon Bigfoot Festival
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30
Where: Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby
Cost: Children 12 and under are free with adult admission set at $25 for advance tickets and $35 on the day of the festival. Parking at the fairgrounds is an additional $5.
Refunds: There are no refunds once tickets have been purchased. Should the county decide to reinstitute COVID restrictions, tickets will roll over to the next Oregon Bigfoot Festival.
VIP lunch: $150 price tag includes souvenir credential, opportunity to get a selfie and an autograph with the celebrity guests, and lunch catered by Dave's Famous BBQ with Jason Hawes, Cliff Barackman, David Schrader, Shari DeBenedetti and more.
Seating: Bring your own folding chairs or blankets for seating but leave coolers, canopies, tents, outside food and beverages and pets at home. Service dogs are allowed.
Other local events
Oregon City Festival of the Arts
The event is free to the public and will include food and beverage vendors, visual and performing artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13-14 at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. More can be found at threeriversartistguild.com.
Movies in the Park
Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy movies under the stars. All movies are free and begin at dusk around 9 p.m. More at ncprd.com/movies.
Saturday, July 23: "Cruella" at Pfeiffer Park, 10474 S.E. 139th Ave., Clackamas.
Saturday, July 30: "Encanto" at North Clackamas Park, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.
Saturday, Aug. 6: "Raya The Last Dragon" at Concord School, 3811 S.E. Concord Road, Milwaukie.
The Oregon Trail Brew Fest returns to the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center in Oregon City Saturday, July 23. The event will offer live music, food and beer and cider from over 40 breweries. For more information, visit oregontrailbrewfestival.com.
Lake Oswego concert
Todd Haaby, a Spanish guitarist, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at Millennium Plaza Park.
Gladstone Community Festival
This event will take place all day Aug. 5-6, with most events celebrating the spirit of the city at Max Patterson Park. Find a schedule of events at gladstonecommunityfestival.org.
Through its Movies in the Park series, the city of Wilsonville will feature the animated movie "Encanto" at dusk (around 9:20 p.m.) Friday, July 22 in Town Center Park. Attendees can bring their own food and beverages.
Fitness in the Park
Join other citizens of the county at North Clackamas Park for Fitness in the Park classes running July 12 through Aug 27, including tai chi, Zumba, HIIT and yoga. See the full schedule and pre-register at ncprd.com/fitness-in-the-park
Concerts in the Valley
There is a free concert series at Happy Valley Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 21-Aug. 25. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, conveniently close to the splash pad and play area. Food, beverage, beer and wine are available for purchase. Return flight, a horn-driven show band, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29. For more information visit happyvalleyor.gov.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, a group of artists using various media with North Clackamas Artists Guild will hold an outdoor exhibition and sale in the parking lot of the Goodwill, 13500 S.E. 172nd Ave., Clackamas.
Lake Oswego movies
The city of Lake Oswego will host the screening of the animated film "Luca" beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) Thursday, July 21, at Millennium Plaza Park.
The movie "Space Jam: A New Legacy" will be displayed at dusk (about 8:45 p.m.) Wednesday, July 28 at Millennium Plaza Park.
Milwaukie's third-annual Porchfest will enliven front yards across the city for three Friday evenings this summer, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on July 22 and 29. The Milwaukie Arts Committee, which organizes the series, provides a list and map of performances online at milwaukieporchfest.com.
Due to cloudy skies in the forecast, Clackamas Community College rescheduled its free star-gazing party from 9-11:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, on its Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. The Rose City Astronomers will be on hand sharing views of the night sky through their telescopes. Members of the public are invited to bring chairs, binoculars and blankets to the athletic fields near the Environmental Learning Center. If skies are cloudy that night, call Rose City Astronomers at 503-594-6044 to see if the event is canceled due to poor sky conditions.
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