2011 Summer Festivals


Flagstaff Folk Festival
June 25–26 — More than 100 acts will perform on four stages at Coconino Center for the Arts and the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff.  Admission will be $3 per person or $9 per family each day, with performances from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information: flagfolkfest.org.

Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture

July 2–3 — Since the 1930s, artists from 12 Hopi villages have been bringing their works to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff for this event, billed as “The Oldest Hopi Show in the World.”  More than 65 booths will feature jewelry, pottery, quilts, baskets, paintings and other art. It will be an opportunity to learn about Hopi culture through music, dance, stories and other presentations.  A similar event featuring Navajo art and culture will be held at the museum on Aug. 6-7. For information: musnaz.org.

Southwest Wings
Aug. 3–6 — Forty field trips throughout southeast Arizona will give participants opportunities for birding and natural history exploration during this birding and nature festival headquartered at Cochise College in Sierra Vista. Author Scott Weidensaul will be the keynote speaker. For information: swwings.org.

Tombstone Vigilante Days
Aug. 12–14 — A 10k run, street entertainment, an 1880s fashion show and a concert are included in this 63rd annual celebration in historic downtown Tombstone. For information: tombstonechamber.com.


Vancouver Island Music Festivals
July — There will be a music festival every weekend in July on the east coast of Vancouver Island, starting with the Lighthouse Bluegrass Festival in Qualicum Bay on July 1-3. This event, like most of the others, invites RVers to camp at the site. The festival (lighthousebluegrass.com) includes food concessions, craft vendors and family activities.

Randy Newman, David Crosby, Arrested Development and Holly Cole are among the performers scheduled to appear at the Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay on July 8-10. The festival will be preceded by a July 7 concert with Alison Krauss and Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas. For information, visit islandmusicfest.com.

Other festivals are the Chemainus Bluegrass Festival (chemainusbluegrass.com) at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus on July 16; the Islands Folk Festival (folkfest.bc.ca) at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 22-24, and the Coombs Bluegrass Festival (coombsbluegrass.com) in Coombs on July 29-31.


Huck Finn Jubilee
June 17–19 — Bluegrass and country music by Roy Clark, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band will be among the attractions at this event in Victorville that will includes a car show, hot air balloon rides, the California State Arm Wrestling Championships and a tribute to Mark Twain. There will also be a Huck Finn look-alike contest, a small town circus, and other family activities and contests. The festival will be held at Mojave Narrows Regional Park, which offers camping, horseback riding and fishing. For information: huckfinn.com.

Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee
July 13–17 — All kinds of jazz music, from Cajun and Dixieland to big bands and swing, will be represented in performances at venues in the town of Mammoth Lakes. For information: mammothjazz.org.

FinnFest 2011
Aug. 10–14 — A celebration of Finnish-American heritage will take place over five days at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. The event will include musical entertainment, art, lectures, business forums, sports and family activities.  For information: finnfest2011.com.

Cotati Accordion Festival
Aug. 20–21 — More than 20 accordion acts will perform on three stages during this family event that includes a polka dance tent, a zydeco dance tent, and food and craft vendors.  The event will be held at La Plaza Park in Cotati, midway between Santa Rosa and Petaluma, in Northern California. For information: cotatifest.com.


The Summer Music Festival
July 14–16 — The New Orleans band Bonerama and bluegrass musician Keller Williams are the headliners for this festival that will be held southeast of the historic Roseberry General Store near McCall. The festival will begin with local artists on Thursday followed by touring musicians on Friday and Saturday. For information: thesummermusicfestival.com.

Bannock County Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 26–28 — Bluegrass bands from Idaho, Utah, Washington and Oregon will perform at this festival at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello.  The RV park at the fairgrounds has more than 100 campsites with electrical hookups. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Chicken Dinner Road, Strings Attached and J.D. Webb and the Downstate Ramblers. For information: bannockcountybluegrassfestival.com.


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July 15–Aug. 21 — One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, “Twelfth Night,” featuring music, swordplay, dancing and revelry, will be presented at the festival’s amphitheater at Lake Tahoe.  In addition to performances of the play, the season will include a Reno Philharmonic concert, “Broadway on the Beach,” featuring singers Doug LaBrecque and Stephanie Block, and a musical theater medley by the Sierra Nevada Ballet. For information: laketahoeshakespeare.com.

Hot August Nights
Aug. 6–14 — This mix of classic cars and oldies music will occupy venues in South Lake Tahoe and Reno-Sparks on consecutive dates, starting with South Lake Tahoe on Aug. 6-9, followed by Reno-Sparks on Aug. 9-14. Hot August Nights, which began in Reno 25 years ago, features controlled cruises, classic car and hot rod shows, a Big Boys Toy Store, a swap meet, and classic car auctions. Entertainment will feature rock music from the 1950s and ‘60s. For information: hotaugustnights.net.

Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance
Aug. 12–13 — More than 75 classic antique boats will compete for honors at the 39th annual edition of this wooden boat show at the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay on Tahoe’s north shore. The Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation hosts the event, which judges entries in 13 categories. The featured class this year is “Gar Wood—the Gentleman’s Runabout,” described as “the aristocrat of motorboats” and first produced in 1922 by inventor, industrialist and speedboat racer Garfield A. Wood. For information: LakeTahoeConcours.com.


Lincoln County Art Loop
July 8–10 — You can visit artists in their studios and see their work during this annual event in Carrizozo and other communities in Lincoln County in southeastern New Mexico. Brochures, maps for a self-guided tour, and online links to artists and their artwork can be found at artloop.org.


Summer Kite Festival
June 25–26 — Professional and leisure kite flyers will take advantage of Lincoln City’s mix of warm equatorial air and cold polar air to launch kites at D-River Wayside State Park. The event will include free kite-making for children. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ the Rokakku” in honor of those traditional Japanese kites. For information: oregoncoast.org/kite-festival/kites-summer.php.

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
July 1–4 — Guitarist Buddy Guy, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams, a three-time Grammy award winner, will be among a long list of performers at this festival on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland. The event, which benefits the Oregon Food Bank, will offer 120 performances on four stages, plus a fireworks show. Among those scheduled to appear are Robert Cray, Maceo Parker, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Chris Cain, Orgone, Bruce Conte and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. For information: waterfrontbluesfest.com.

Oregon Country Fair
July 8–10 — Musicians, magicians, jesters and jugglers will perform on 12 stages at this event for free spirits in a wooded setting 13 miles west of Eugene on Highway 126, near Veneta.  More than 700 artisans will sell crafts, and there will be 50 food booths. The site does not offer camping, but there are campgrounds nearby.   The entertainment lineup will include Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzman’s band, 7 Walkers. For information: oregoncountryfair.org.

Salem Art Fair & Festival
July 15–17 — Works by 200 artists and craftspeople from across the U.S. and Canada will be on view at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem.  The festival will include two wine and beer gardens, two food courts, and entertainment on two stages. Art will be exhibited in the Bush Barn Art Center. The historic Bush House Museum will be open for tours. For information: salemart.org.

Oregon Jamboree

July 29–31 — Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Clay Walker and Darius Rucker will be headliners at this country music festival on more than 20 acres in Sweet Home, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Santiam River. Other performers will include Jo Dee Messina, Sawyer Brown, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Laura Bell Bundy and Jerry Jeff Walker. There will be entertainment on two stages, three beer and wine gardens, vendor booths and a kids’ zone. RV and tent camping sites are located nearby. For information, visit oregonjamboree.com.

Oregon Shorebird Festival
Aug. 26–28 — Headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, this festival, celebrating its 25th year, will offer guided field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River and the Coos Bay area. There will also be birding excursions by boat and canoe. For information: fws.gov/oregoncoast/shorebirdfestival.htm.


America’s Freedom Festival
June 14–July 4 — Country music star Brad Paisley and singer David Achuleta will perform at Stadium of Fire Saturday, July 2, at Brigham Young University’s LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Stadium of Fire is one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks show in the nation. Archuleta, who was runner-up during the seventh season of “American Idol,” will be returning to Stadium of Fire, where he sang the national anthem at the age of 13. Other events during the freedom festival will include parades, soccer and golf tournaments, a balloon fest, an art show, and a Freedom Days showcase of local products, crafts, food and entertainment. For information: freedomfestival.org.

Kimball Arts Festival
Aug. 4–7 — Artists from 35 states and Canada will show their work on Main Street in Park City during this annual juried show conducted by the Kimball Art Center.  Judges selected 200 artists from 860 applications to exhibit works in 12 categories: ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. For information: kimballartcenter.org.

Moab Music Festival
Sept. 1–12 — The red rock desert of southeast Utah will provide a spectacular setting for a series of concerts in outdoor venues along the Colorado River. The festival also will include concerts in historic Star Hall in Moab and in private indoor salons. Michael Barrett, the festival’s music director, said, “We have a wonderful balance of my favorite classical, Latin and new-grass musicians coming to Moab. It is gratifying to have so much variety, and so much mixing of genres in a two-week period.” Composer David Amram, who created movie scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate and The Young Savages, will be the composer-in-residence. A documentary film on his life will be shown and his compositions will be performed. For information: moabmusicfest.com.


Sand & Sawdust Festival
June 24–26 —Sand-sculpting teams will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes on the beach at Ocean Shores while master chainsaw carvers from throughout the world compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and merchandise in the Ocean Shores Convention Center.  The Fire Star Dealership Sand & Sawdust Festival also will offer free lessons in sand sculpting and a chance to bid on the works of art created by the chainsaw carvers. For information: oceanshoresact.com.

Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma

June 24–26 —A carnival and amusement rides, beer gardens, wine tasting and food from 30 restaurants and more than 30 food companies will be featured at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Admission is free to this event that starts at 11 a.m. each day and closes at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. For information: tasteoftacoma.com.

June 25 —Aug. 7 — The Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon from Tukwila to Seattle on June 25 will launch more than a month of special events to celebrate summer.  The events include a wooden boat festival on Lake Union July 2-4, the Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle, July 30, and Fleet Week, hydroplane races and the Boeing Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, all in the first week of August. For information: seafair.com.

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 15–17 — The Grascals and the Larry Stephenson Band will be featured performers at this festival at Darrington Bluegrass Music Park, three miles west of Darrington. Dry camping is available. Other performers will include Country Current, Queens Bluegrass and the Shuler Family Band.  For information:  glacierview.net/bluegrass.  

Comcast Bite of Seattle

July 15–17 — Food and beverages from more than 60 restaurants will be offered at Seattle Center.  The event will include a beer garden, wine tasting, music on five outdoor stages, a comedy club, and a family fun zone that will include the Puget Sound Dock Dogs jumping in the water. Admission is free. The event will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For information: comcastbiteofseattle.com.

Washington State International Kite Festival

Aug. 15–21 — Long Beach, the home of the World Kite Museum, is the destination every August for kite fliers from around the world who come to compete in this festival. The event offers spectators a chance to watch the competition, learn about kites and even fly their own. For information: kitefestival.com.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

Aug. 26–28 — Jazz and blues musicians, wine, fine arts and crafts and local cuisine will be featured at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The festival will run from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For information: vancouverwinejazz.com.

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