First Saturday: BirdFest and Bluegrass

10/01/2022 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Overlook Park
Address: 113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

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 – Overlook Park, 9am-2pm

Explore over 40 local vendors at Overlook 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 – Overlook Park, 9am-2pm

Make your own souvenir from the 2022 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.

Bluegrass Jamming – 12pm-5pm

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

Outdoor Locations:

Indoor Locations:

Bluegrass Performances – 11am-7pm

Overlook Park Stage, 113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642

  • Phoenix Duo, 11am-2pm

Sportsmans Public House, 121 N Main Ave

  • Ash Creek, 11:45-12:45
  • Whistlin’ Rufus, 1pm-2pm
  • Hardshell Harmony, 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • Corral Creek, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Ridgefield Craft Brewing Co. Taphouse: 120 N 3rd Ave (21+ Establishment)

  • Whiskey Deaf, 5pm-7pm

Orienteering – Abrams Park, 10am-12pm

Explore the Abrams Park permanent orienteering course! Staff will be onsite to introduce you to the sport of orienteering an you can collect a bird sticker at each control!

Used Book Sale – Ridgefield Library Community Room, 10am-3pm

The Ridgefield Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale! Great books and great prices!

  • Children’s books and DVD’s: $1
  • Paperbacks: $3
  • Hardbacks: $5

Grand Opening – Jubilee Tea House & Myrtle’s Home Decor, Gifts and Tea, 1pm-4pm

The Jubilee Tea House & Myrtle’s Home Decor, Gifts and Tea retail shop will have our grand opening on Saturday, October 1st from 1 PM until 4 PM.  Stop by during that time frame and sample a few teas, tour the two freshly renovated spaces & feel free to shop!  We will have a few other surprises awaiting you as well!    Someone from Jubilee will be available to take afternoon Tea reservations with seating available beginning Thursday, October 6.  Regular hours will be Thursday thru Sunday 11 AM until 4 PM.

Catch-22 Dragon Boat Team New Paddler Recruitment Event – Ridgefield Waterfront, 10am

Though our team is thriving, we are always on the lookout for people who would like to spice up their fitness routines and get a great workout on the water. We are especially in need of a few more men to round out our membership. Come and get an intense muscle building workout on the water, with mountain views! Learn more and RSVP on Meetup – 


Free to Visit & Seasonal Trails Will Be Open!

Click here to find additional details on events on the Refuge on the Friends of the Refuge Website.

Carty Unit Activities 28908 NW Main Ave, 10am-4pm

  • Spotting Scopes with Vancouver Audubon
  • Community Partners booths
  • Self-Guided Wander Walk
  • Family Activities
  • Hourly Administrative Office Tours
  • 10:30am Guided Geology Tour

River ‘S’ Unit Auto Tour 1071 S Hillhurst Rd

  • 10:00am: Visita Familiar Hispana (Tour en Español / Spanish Language Tour)
  • 11:30am-4:00pm: Auto Tour Bus Journey. Tours every 1.5 hours.

Sandhill Crane Tours – Reservation Only

Saturday 10/1 & Sunday 10/2 6am & 5pm – more information at

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

Are you a business or organization planning something on this day? Let us know so we can share the details on this page! Send an email to with all the details.