Celebrate our coastal community at the 7th Annual Octoberfish Festival from 12-6 on Saturday, Oct. 6th at Old Charleston School! Octoberfish is an annual Charleston-based family festival that celebrates our coastal community, featuring locally produced food, art, music, and sustainable practices.
This year, Octoberfish will be celebrated in conjunction with National Estuaries Day, and feature special activities with the South Slough National Estuary Research Reserve. The day will begin with an exploration of the South Slough with the paddling enthusiasts of Coos Bay’s new SurfRider chapter! Bring your kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, life vests, and estuary-themed costumes and join a huge flotilla of paddle enthusiasts on a 4 mile round trip journey from Charleston to Valino Island. Registration for the paddle regatta begins at 8, with a suggested fee of $15, and paddles depart at 8:30. To sign-up or for more information on the regatta, please call (541) 888-5558!
The afternoon festivities begin at 12 at the Old Charleston School, located on Seven Devils Rd. Admission for the festival is $1 per person, and a Tuna Guys meal is $9, or $20 for the whole family! Walt’s Pourhouse and Ninkasi Brewing Company will be hosting a beer garden for the event, and Coos Head Co-op Snack Bar will be featuring a number of healthy snacks and treats. A shuttle service from the Mill Casino will be provided on the hour, every hour from 11-6.
Featured at this year’s Octoberfish is some of the best music our area has to offer including 5 lb. possum, the GUILD band, Sean and Marley, Rhythm Village African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Ston Soop, and Stepping on Embers!
The festival is organized by a variety of community partners, including Oregon Coast Community Action, South Slough Estuary, Sol Coast, ORCOArts, the Tuna Guys, 97.3 Hot Country K-SHORE, the Mill Casino, Walt’s Pourhouse, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Vend West, NW Natural and more!
Celebrate our community all day on Saturday by checking out events being put on by our community partners! Join Sol Coast in the morning on a Solar Home Tour of the bay area or join the Coos Bay Art Museum in the evening for their annual Fall Fling For the Arts. Visit www.solcoast.com or www.coosart.org for more information on the events.
Oregon Coast Community Action is a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house, warm, and educate the communities of the South Coast. For more information, please call (541) 435-7080 or learn more at www.orcca.us. For more information on Octoberfish please visit www.orcca.us/Octoberfish or call (541) 435-7080 ext. 396.
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