BirdFest & Bluegrass

Spend time Downtown and on the Refuge during the annual Friends of the Refuge festival!

BirdFest & Bluegrass is a joint event planned in a partnership between the City of Ridgefield and the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge that includes birding activities at the Refuge, vendors, kids crafts, Bluegrass performances, and a Pickers Festival.


Vendor Market – Davis Park, 9am-2pm

Explore over 40 local vendors at Davis Park from 9am to 2pm. Vendors include artisan bread and pastries, handmade crafts and gifts, artwork from local artists, snacks, ceramics and so much more.

BirdFest and Bluegrass Crafts – Davis, 9am-2pm

Make your own souvenir from the 2023 BirdFest and Bluegrass! Our craft tent will be fully loaded with supplies and instructions for you to make and take fun bird and bluegrass themed items. While supplies last.

Walk for the Wild 5K Kick-Off - Overlook Park, 11am

The 3-Mile walk begins at Overlook Park and goes through the Refuge. Visit the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website for more information. Registration is required.

Dragon Boat Paddle - Ridgefield Marina, 11am

Join in on one last paddle with the Dragon Boats for 2023! Registration is required.

Bluegrass Jamming – All Day!

Bring your string instrument and jam along with others at one of our dedicated jamming locations!

Outdoor Locations:

  • Ridgefield Craft Brewing back porch, 12pm - 3pm
  • Sportsman's Pub Outdoors/Back Porch, 12pm - 4pm
  • Overlook Park Stage
  • Old Liberty Theater
  • Carts in the Park
  • Ridgefield Mercantile

Indoor Locations:

  • Ridgefield Community Library Teen Room
  • Starliner Dining Room

Bluegrass Performances

Davis Park
11am – 2pm: Phoenix Duo

Sportsman's Pub
11:45am – 12:45pm - Ash Creek
1pm – 2pm - Whistlin’ Rufus
2:15pm – 3:15pm - Hardshell Harmony
3:30pm – 4:30pm - Corral Creek

Ridgefield Craft Brewing
4pm – 6pm - Misty Mamas
7pm - 9pm - Whiskey Deaf


Carty Unit Activities 
28908 N Main AVE – Carty Unit

  • Opening Blessing by Chinook Indian Nation @ 10 am
  • Spotting Scopes with Vancouver Audubon
  • Partner Booth Party
  • Self-Guided Wander Walk
  • Family Activities & Crafts
  • Pro Photo Supply Photo Contest Display
  • …& hourly walks and talks, stay tuned!

Guided Geology Tours @ 10:30am & 1pm

Auto Tour Open
1071 S Hillhurst RD – River ‘S’ Unit
All Day

The River S Unit Auto Tour of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will be open during regular visiting hours!

Sandhill Crane Tours
6am & 5pm

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear and see the magnificent flight of hundreds of Sandhill Cranes as they visit their night roost. Join expert staff to learn about cranes and wildlife. There will only be one day of yours this year, but they are free!

Participants will be asked to drive their personal vehicles a short distance to the roosting area, from the River ‘S’ Unit Contact Station. From there the group will be required to walk approximately 500 yards over rough, uneven terrain to get to a viewing blind. Please assess your own abilities for this event. Bring your own water. Space is extremely limited, RSVP early.

Visita Familiar Hispana

(Tour en Español/ Spanish Language Tours)

Looking for vendor information? Visit our First Saturdays Vendor page.

Other Activities Around Town

Asla Art Collection - 12pm - 4pm at The Collective downtown. 
"Merrilee Asla Lee, and her animal rescue charity of 2023, Mila's Mutts. Come say "Hi!", check out beautiful art, cards, gift items and more."

Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library Book Sale
9am - 10am Member's Only
10am - 2pm General Sale

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