Join your friends and neighbors for the 20th Anniversary of the Hometown Celebration! All day fun for the whole family and kids of all ages.
The fun begins in historic downtown Ridgefield with an Ugly Sweater Run at 9:00 AM.
The fun continues with the Columbia Credit Union Food & Gift Festival at Overlook Park at 10:00 AM including the Farmer’s Market vendors, roasting nuts, and 20+ additional vendors. You will also enjoy live music performances featuring Ridgefield school bands and choirs on the stage and around town. Don’t worry about the cold- there will be heaters and canopies.
Other activities around town include cooking decorating and holiday crafts, pictures with Santa, meet the Grinch, holiday trailer rides with Santa, a living nativity scene and a family game & activity center.
The tree lighting ceremony and caroling will begin at 4:30 PM at Overlook Park. Enjoy a holiday performance by DanceFusion, a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider, sweet treats and a community sing-along.
For later evening fun, attend the acoustic guitar holiday concert.
November First Saturday is Roaring 20’s with Wine!
Overlook Park is transformed into a jazz-filled speakeasy housed under large canopies with heaters & chandeliers for a Roaring 20’s themed wine tasting and celebration! Come enjoy the bounty of the wine corridor surrounding Ridgefield and participate in a day of 1920’s themed fun.
Live music from Re-Birthing the Cool and Adagio Soul will help set the atmosphere back nearly 100 years, to an age of jazz, dancing, and pearls. There will be selections of wines from a wide variety of local wineries, with the opportunity for a taste or a glass. Participate in dance lessons to learn the Charleston, the dance craze of the 1920s, join in on adult art activities, enjoy food from multiple food vendors, and show off your best Roaring 20’s costume!
Buy your ticket(s) by Monday, October 14th and you will be automatically entered to win our Roaring Vineyard Basket, which will include:
$25 in food vendor credit,
10 additional tasting tokens,
an electric corkscrew,
a bottle of local Ridgefield wine,
Tasting tokens will be provided upon admission. Exchange one token for a wine tasting, or five tokens for a glass of wine. Additional tastings and glasses may be purchased directly during the event.
TICKETS – Go on sale August 1st, 2019 Single – $15 – Admission for 1, 1 souvenir wine glass, 5 tasting tokens. Double – $25 – Admission for 2, 2 souvenir wine glasses, 10 tasting tokens. Social – $45 – Admission for 4, 4 souvenir wine glasses, 20 tasting tokens.
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.
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.
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 Band include Sunny South, Whiskey Puppy and Sleepy Eyed Johns
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.
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.
RIDGEFIELD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Visit the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for free during Birdfest. Discover the birds, wildlife, trails and Cathlapotle House; learn about the culture and history of the Ridgefield area; and appreciate the beauty of the natural area just across the river from downtown Ridgefield.
6AM and 5PM: Sandhill Crane Tours @ Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Join expert staff to learn about cranes and wildlife, and to see and hear the magnificent flight of hundreds of sandhill cranes! Meet at the Visitors Contact Station on the River “S” Refuge Unit 15- minutes before the tour time. Pre-registration required at www.ridgefieldfriends.org.
8:30AM: Activities begin @ Carty Unit and Plankhouse on the Refuge Family friendly birding walk, birding photography, geology walk, Cathlapotle Village Hike, water color classes and MORE! For a full schedule and pre-registration see www.ridgefieldfriends.org.
9-1pm: Bird Language Workshop @ River S Unit, Hunter Parking Lot E Particpants will learn the five voices birds use to communicate, learn the shapes of bird alarms, and so a bird listening sit and debrief session.
4PM: Chinookan Style Salmon Bake @ Cathlapotle Plankhouse Join the Chinook Indian Nation and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for a blessing of the food, drumming and a taste of the traditionally balked salmon and seafood stew. Spnsored by Columbia Credit Union. While supplies last.
GET YOUR BUTTON ON!
Sport your Birdfest & Bluegrass pride with a unique 20th Anniversary 2019 button – featuring the 2019 bird of the year: the Sandhill Crane. Buttons are available at Ridgefield First Saturday events, participating downtown merchants and during the event.
2019 Bird of the Year: Sandhill Crane
Very tall, long necked and thin legged – from afar they can be mistaken for Great Blue Herons, but upon closer inspection you can quickly notice their light grey coloring, rust colored streaks, and red eye patch. They are also known for their dancing, the elegance of their mating courtship has inspired people in cultures all over the world – including the great scientist, conservationist, and nature writer Aldo Leopold.
The Sandhill Crane’s call is a loud, rolling, trumpeting sound whose unique tone is a product of anatomy –long trachea’s (windpipes) – that coil into the sternum and help the sound develop a lower pitch and harmonics that add richness.
Sandhill Cranes do not hunt in open water or hunch their necks the way herons do. They forage for grains and invertebrates in prairies, grasslands and marshes.
Sandhill Cranes form extremely large flocks – into tens of thousands – on their wintering grounds and during migration. They often migrate very high in the sky, which is why we see them less than we see geese or other migrating species.