First Saturday: BirdFest and Bluegrass

10/03/2020 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Overlook Park
Address: 113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA

Spend time Downtown during the annual Friends of the Refuge festival! Learn about the culture and history of our area and how it affects how we use the land, impress your friends when you can identify backyard birds and their call, enjoy crafts and Bluegrass music and Pickers 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 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 are required in all indoor event spaces and outdoor spaces with 500 or more people, and are recommended in all event spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Please stay home if you are not feeling well and practice good hygiene while at public events.


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 (indoor)
  • Carts By the Park Food Cart Pod, 219 Pioneer St: 12:00PM-5:00PM (covered)
  • Ridgefield Community Library Teen Room, 210 Pioneer St: 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

BirdFest and Bluegrass is the main event every year that the Friends puts on to bring awareness to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and all that is has to offer. We celebrate the Sandhill Crane returning to the Refuge, a huge stately bird that is endangered in Washington State, and we celebrate everything the Refuge is and what it brings to the community. With endangered species, hundreds of migratory species, an auto tour route, photo blind, walking trails, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, education and habitat restoration programs, and so much more – there is a lot to celebrate, and a lot to learn.

We are uniquely fortunate to have the Refuge as a resource right in our own backyard, and by learning not only how to appreciate the beauty, but the necessity of it, you come one step closer to being able to support it.

In 2020, we hosted this event completely online, so that now, you can go back and still virtually learn about the culture and the history of our area and how it affects how we use the land, or impress your friends when you can tell them what that backyard bird is saying. 

In 2021 the Friends plan to do this event mostly virtually again, through online videos and activities, and a self-guided Refuge hike. 

BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival 2021

The Friends website,, and the BirdFest & Bluegrass Facebook page are the place for all the news, schedules, and everything you need to prepare for BirdFest & Bluegrass 2021.

You don’t have to have a Facebook account in order to view any of the great content, now or in the future.

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