With pandemic-related restrictions easing, summer festivals, fireworks shows and other events are back on this year. The News-Times has compiled a list of major local events during the next three months — if we’ve missed yours, contact the newspaper at email@example.com
June 14 — Lincoln City’s iconic Finders Keepers event is re-launching after a 15-month hiatus. The program sends out its “float fairies” throughout the year to hide more than 3,000 glass floats annually along the seven miles of sandy beach in Lincoln City, each one handcrafted by local artisans. It’s finders keepers, so guests who find floats are encouraged to take them home. For more information on the program visit: ExploreLincolnCity.com/Glass-Floats/.
June 20 — The Summer Solstice Shuffle will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Yachats Commons Pavilion, 441 Highway 101 N. Musical acts include Barbara Lee & Franki T, June Rushing Quartet, and Weird Science. Food and beer available for purchase prepared by the Drift Inn. “Bring your lawn chair and let down your hair.”
June 26 — In Lincoln City, a fireworks show celebrating Chinook Winds Casino Resort’s anniversary will be held after dusk, with recommended viewing at the casino’s parking lot.
July 2-4 — The free-to-enter Lincoln County Fair kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lincoln County Commons in Newport with free, all-day monster truck rides for kids in the arena, bingo in the main exhibit hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a Fiesta Latina from 4 to 7 p.m. on the main stage. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, camel rides will be available all day long in front of the 4-H animal barn, a 4-H auction will held at 3 p.m., and the NPRA Rodeo starts at 5 p.m. (admission charged) followed by live music and dancing. Camel rides return from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and rodeo finals will be held at 1 p.m. Live music, entertainment, food and vendors will be available throughout the day all three days. See thelincolncountyfair.com for more details.
The 65th Waldport Beachcomber Days July 2 through 4 includes a parade through downtown, a vendor fair, the Car, Bike & Truck Show and the downtown Business Decorating Contest. This theme of this year’s Beachcomber Days is “Seas the Day! For more information, visit beachcomberdays.com, send an email to WaldportBeachcomberDays@gmail.com or follow Beachcomber Days on Facebook and Instagram.
July 3 — The Devils Lake fireworks show will return with suggested viewing at East Devil’s Lake State Park.
July 4 — Fireworks over Yaquina Bay. Newport City Council voted to spend $30,000 on this year’s pyrotechnic display, carrying over a deposit from last year’s canceled show. The Port of Newport offered the International Terminal as the launch zone, as it did in 2019. The show fires off after dark, and there’s great viewing from the entire Bayfront.
Lincoln City’s grand finale fireworks show over Siletz Bay, with viewing suggested at Taft Beach. (For more information on all of the fireworks in Lincoln City, visit: ExploreLincolnCity.com/Events/)
Later in the summer — The Devil’s Lake Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Oregon Coast Today and Explore Lincoln City, will hold the Devils Lake Float-In Brown Bag Concert Series starting July 10. Each performance will take place on the second Saturday of the month from July to September. Bands will play a dinnertime concert on a floating barge attendees can enjoy safely from their boats. Packed meals are encouraged. Participating bands include the Beth Willis Rock Band, Rowdy Mountain and Chicamarimba. For more information on the Devils Lake Summer Concert Series, visit: https://www.dlakeoregon.com/calendar.
The Toledo Summer Festival will be an abbreviated event this year, condensed into a one-day event on July 24 with the theme “Frolic in the Field.” The event starts at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field in Toledo and will feature a car show, baking contest, the Kid’s and Teen’s Logging Show, bounty axe and wrapper throws, karaoke and wrap up with fireworks at 10 p.m. Food and a beer garden will be available. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/toledosummerfestival or contact Kim Duty at 541-270-3821. For more information on the car show, contact Rick Ott at 541-272-2878.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort will host its annual Surf City Classic Car Show and Sound Off Aug. 21 and 22. The event includes classic cars, rat rods, 4X4s, low riders, motorcycles and a sound competition. To learn more and register, visit: www.chinookwinds.com.
Canceled events — The annual Siletz Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow has been canceled this summer. In its place, a virtual pow-wow will be held on Aug. 14. For more information, go to https://tinyurl.com/hny968. The annual Fourth of July fireworks show over Yachats Bay, la de da Parade, and the Yachats Ladies Club Pie & Ice Cream Social are canceled.