The Coos Bay Downtown Association presents the 36th Annual Blackberry Arts Festival on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. Activities will be centered on Central Avenue and will feature an impressive array of talented artisans, music, and great food, including lots of blackberry items. Hours are 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
K-DOCK Radio will again host the Blackberry Jam on 3rd and Central. Blackberry Jam features a full array of talented musicians like Timberwolf, CRBQ, Toyz, Bone Mountain Brothers and Bobby Lindstrom & Elkhorn Express. So it Goes Coffee will also feature music both Saturday and Sunday.
Seven Devils Brewery will be hosting a beer garden at their location featuring their fine selection of beers and several blackberry inspired beverages. The second annual Its All Berry Good Blackberry Recipe Contest winners will be announced on Sunday at 1pm in front of the Blackberry Jam Stage. Winners will receive bragging rights, a cash prize and a feature in the Coos Bay Downtown Association’s Blackberry Cookbook.
This year the Blackberry Arts Festival has another full venue of talented artisans which will be featuring Metal work, jewelry, quilts, candles, hand painted clothing, wine, carved wood and much more. Coos Bay Toyota and iHeartRadio are partnering to bring an exciting onsite art project to the Blackberry Arts Festival. Bring your creativity to the festival and leave your mark.
Several demonstrations will be happening both Saturday and Sunday. The Saint’s and Aint’s Square Dance club, South Coast Folk Society and the Sapphire Sirens will perform along with a Pole-Vaulting Demonstration from North Bend High School.
Don’t forget to look for the sign of the blackberry throughout the festival and downtown. This year several local restaurants who will be joining in on the blackberry celebration. You will know it when you see it!
For more information, visit the Coos Bay Downtown Association website at www.coosbaydowntown.org