First Saturday: BirdFest and Bluegrass

10/02/2021 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Overlook Park
Address: 113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

Spend time Downtown and learning online during the annual Friends of the Refuge festival! Tune in online for nostalgically themed videos and visit Downtown Ridgefield to enjoy crafts, vendors and Bluegrass music.

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 virtual and in-person activities, crafts, musical performances, and a Pickers Festival.


Find the 2021 BirdFest & Bluegrass commemorative buttons featuring the Bird of the Year, the American Crow, at local Vancouver and Ridgefield Businesses, for just $5.00, starting now!


Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies inside the Old Liberty Theater

Ridgefield Hardware


Backyard Bird Shop Vancouver

Downtown: Musical Performances, Pickers Festival, Vendors and Crafts

COVID-19: Ridgefield First Saturdays is following all current health recommendations and procedures.

  • Face Coverings/Masks: Required Inside unless eating and drinking. Encouraged outside in crowded spaces.
  • Hygiene: Stay home if you are not feeling well or if you have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Wash your hands often and avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Practice good hygiene.


Venue: Overlook Park, 113-131 S Main

10:00AM – Phoenix Duo; The duo Phoenix consists of award winning songwriters Tim and Kathy Crosby – who have been performing together for well over 20 years. Phoenix rises in the joy of a fresh new sound that highlights the multi-instrumental talents of both musicians, and also focuses on a variety of vocal styles and abilities.

Venue: Ridgefield Craft Brewing Co. Taphouse, 120 N 3rd

6:00PM – Whiskey Deaf; The band is made up of talented and experienced bluegrass musicians who share a passion for finding and playing lesser known bluegrass and related music from the repertoires of first generation bluegrass, early country and old-time sources, and then giving it the Whiskey Deaf stamp.

Venue: Ridgefield School District Maintenance Building, 304 Pioneer St

12:00PM – Opus BandAll Opus students are members of the Jam Band. The band plays various gigs around the community and is mentored by upper level students.
12:45PM – Tried & Blue; Three-piece Bluegrass band.
2:00PM – Ash Creek; Ash Creek explores the frontiers between bluegrass, folk, and traditional country music.
3:15PM – Corral Creek; Corral Creek has a mixed set list which includes Bluegrass standards, Oregon tunes, original tunes about life experience, comedy tunes, and a few stories.

Venue: Sportsman’s Public House, 121 N Main Ave

1:00PM – Whistlin’ Rufus; Our music blends bluegrass, rock, acoustic melodies, and some classical influences to create a unique sound.
2:15PM – Hardshell Harmony
3:30PM – Fadin’ by 9; With hot pickin’, tight harmonies, and a mix of “bluegrassified” rock, folk, and bluegrass covers & originals, Fadin’ by 9 creates a unique, uplifting, high-energy sound that will keep your feet tapping all night long.


Come join in on some Bluegrass Jamming around Ridgefield at the BirdFest and Bluegrass Pickers Festival!

Picker Locations:

  • Ridgefield Craft Brewing Co. Taphouse, 120 N 3rd Ave: 12:00PM-4:00PM (covered)
  • Carts By the Park Food Cart Pod, 219 Pioneer St: 12:00PM-5:00PM (covered)
  • Ridgefield Community Library Teen Room, 210 N Main Ave: 12:00PM-5:00PM (indoor)
  • Sportsman’s Public House Patio, 121 N Main Ave: 12:00PM-5:00PM (covered)


Join us for Phase 2 of building the Abrams Park Nature Play Area on Saturday, October 2nd from 10AM-1PM. Volunteers ages 7+ are invited to join in and help continue the build of this new play area. Visit our Volunteer page for more details.


Vendor Market: Ridgefield First Saturday vendors will be on site at Overlook Park from 9AM to 2PM. The vendor application and process are available on the First Saturday Vendor Page. The vendor fee is $25 and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 22nd. Please note the Overlook Park OUTDOOR market is the only vendor market planned in 2021.

Vendors confirmed for the 2021 Event: 4 Guys Homemade Gifts, Alpenrose, Clark County Historical Museum, Crystal Fuerst, Distinctive Hues Jewelry, Bliss and Barrell Mobile Bar, Friends of Clark County, Glenice Falter, Grampa in the Dell, Harvest of Peace Microgreens, HS Taekwondo, Ohana Soft Play, Pig Feathers Farm and Gift, PNW Suds Soapery, Raindrop Giftshop, Ridgefield American Legion Post 44, SherriFaheyCrocheted, US Army Vancouver Recruiting Company, Vancouver Chinese Association, Villages Clark County, Wild Goose Imagery.

Craft Tent: BirdFest crafts and activities will be available at the craft tent at Overlook Park.

The Refuge: Online Activities, Videos and Self-Guided Refuge Hike

BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival 2021: Back to the Refuge

Self-guided Refuge hike (The Refuge will be fee-free! Seasonal Trails will not be open).

Virtual Content: You may be wondering, what is the schedule going to be for the BirdFest part of BirdFest & Bluegrass? Well, there isn’t going to be one technically. All our videos are going to be available all at once on October 2nd, all in one simple link! We will have a variety of nostalgically themed videos that resemble the activities you know and love from in-person BirdFest events, like the Cathlapotle Plankhouse hike, the Night Hike, birding workshops, Refuge info, and so much more.

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