First Saturdays

Come enjoy music, fun, food, family-friendly activities and a sense of community at downtown Ridgefield’s First Saturdays!

Participate in theme-related events and activities that include local artists displaying their work, sidewalk chalk drawing contests, athletic events, and other pop-up activities. You’ll also find the Farmer’s Market, sidewalk sales, outdoor concerts, local eateries and food vendors to enhance the festive atmosphere.

For a printable postcard of 2019 themes, CLICK HERE. 

If you are interested in being a vendor at one or all of the First Saturday events, click here for more information and an application.


Lazy Dayz

January 5, 2019

The Ridgefield Community Center will be transformed into a cozy living room theater. Bring a blanket, pillow and get comfortable. Or, buy a used book for $1 and settle in to read. Chair Massage, Cider Remedy Class and prize drawings around town.


Tailgate Party & Chili Cook-Off

February 2, 2019

Bundle up the kids, round up your prized pigskin, throw on your favorite team colors, and truck on down to historic downtown Ridgefield for a tailgate party extravaganza!

Enjoy loads of activities and festive foods that are sure to warm your body and spirit.

Chili Challenge Entry Form & Rules for Amateur Category, CLICK HERE
Chili Challenge Entry Form & Rules for Professional Category, CLICK HERE


Arts Quarter Block Party

March 2, 2019

Encourage a lifetime of creativity!  Explore the downtown Arts Quarter, see performing arts, take an arts class, visit the kids arts & crafts activity center and help kick-off Ridgefield Youth Arts Month. Youth Arts Month represents a partnership between Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield community encouraging young people to take part in artistic endeavors including literary, visual, musical, and performing arts.

Youth Arts Month happens throughout the month of March with events taking place at all four district schools as well as at community businesses and organizations.


Earth Day Rally

April 6, 2019

See exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Ridgefield residents about protecting our environment and living green — and learning how to enjoy our natural resources.

 


May Day Spring Festival

May 4, 2019

It is the Anniversary of First Saturday!! Join us to usher in a fresh new season complete with Maypole dance,  Farmer’s Market season grand opening, outdoor games, scavenger hunt, art, food and more!

The Ridgefield Art Association is hosting its annual art fair & sale at Overlook Park. The Garden Club will also hold its annual plant sale at the Ridgefield School District Maintenance Building.


Big Paddle and More

June 1, 2019

Ridgefield is celebrating National Trails Day  with festivities at the waterfront and downtown and trolley rides in between.

At the waterfront enjoy a canoe, kayak or paddleboard adventures in the morning and afternoon along with Paddler’s Village, live music, a wine and beer garden, a self-guided waterfront hike into the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, an obstacle course for all ages and lots more activities. For the first time in 2019, see a demo and scrimmage from the Portland Kayak Polo Team.

And, a huge water surprise will be unveiled!!


Homecoming and Spudder Fest

July 6, 2019

Invite and meet Ridgefield High School Alumni and long term Ridgefield residents who are returning for the festivities. Enjoy “Spudder” inspired games, potato food choices, a Ridgefield-Family photo, and MORE!

 


“Play” in the Park: Find Adventures in your own Backyard

August 3, 2019

The sultry days of summer are upon us. So saunter downtown for food, friendship and fun. Enjoy an off-off-off broadway performance written and acted by residents, have a picnic, play backyard games, challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt and more summer friendly activities.

 


Multicultural Festival

September 7, 2019

The Second Annual Multicultural Festival will showcase Ridgefield’s traditional heritage and rich cultural diversity and also introduce visitors to cultures from around the world through live music, dance performances, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, sporting events, kids activities and a wide range of ethnic vendors. The Festival will include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from Native American, Asian, Hispanic, Latin, Jazz and African performers.


BirdFest and Blue Grass

October  5, 2018

Help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of BirdFest! Enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration and bluegrass music throughout Ridgefield!

The 2019 schedule of events is being planned currently. To get an idea of what usually happens during Birdfest and Bluegrass, you can check out the 2018 schedule of events on the Friends of the Refuge website.


Roaring 20’s with Wine

November 2, 2019

Wine, Chocolate, food and activities for 21-and over all under a big tent at Overlook Park — with heaters and live music! Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolates or foods prepared with chocolate.  Listen to live music and enjoy activities that are more fun with wine — painting classes, chocolate art, and roaring 20’s themed games.

For the younger crowd, visit the Chickadee Art Festival sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. Non-alcoholic tasting opportunities for those under-21, art, and interactive activities!

 


Hometown Celebration

December 7, 2019

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 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 games & 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.