Our unique setting on Oregon’s South Coast has been a source of inspiration to artists and performers from all over the world. Not only are we home to the Coos Art Museum, a cultural haven since 1966, the towns of Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston are home to renowned festivals, events and spaces that celebrate the arts, theatre and music.
This summer, we invite you to come explore our innovative and inspired performances, exhibits and local attractions. Our weekly Downtown Farmers Market in addition to local music venues, museums, galleries, antique markets and other eclectic businesses will also give our visitors a sense of our history and culture.
Here are a few exciting additions to our arts and culture scene coming up! You can find our full calendar of events by clicking here.
Music on the Corner
The Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) and The World newspaper will feature live music every Friday at noon at the corner of Fourth and Anderson behind Time Bomb Exchange beginning July 7th, 2017. Bring a picnic and your friends! Click here for schedules and more information.
Little Ole Opry on the Bay at The Liberty Theatre
Each summer, talented local singers, actors and dancers at The Liberty Theatre – Home of Little Theatre on the Bay bring this delightful musical review to enthusiastic audiences. It’s a “don’t miss” spectacle that should be added to your itinerary. Click here for more info.
Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park
This summer, Mingus Park explodes with righteous victories and unbridled heroics! In collaboration with Little Theater on the Bay and Dolphin Players, The Logos Players are proud to announce the second annual Shakespeare in the Park. Under the direction of John Beane, Henry V shall lay siege to Mingus Park on July 22, 23, 29 and 30 at three of the clock. Admission will be at no charge for wench, knave, or child.
Bring a picnic midday feast and enjoy the Green Show at 2:30 pm. Featured Green Show performers include The Fipples, a local recorder ensemble with repertoire from the medieval, renaissance, and baroque eras; also Side of the Tide Morris Dance Troupe specializing in 16th century dances from the English-Welsh border.
Then at 3:00, a local 28-member cast will share the tale of Henry V. The play is set in England in the early fifteenth century as young King Henry V assumes the throne. It focuses on the Battle of Agincourt – so many battle scenes! Swords! Action! Several bitter civil wars have left the people of England restless and dissatisfied. Furthermore, in order to gain the respect of the English people and the court, Henry must live down his wild adolescent past, when he used to consort with thieves and drunkards at the Boar’s Head Tavern on the seedy side of London.
Coos Art Museum
Coos Art Museum is providing free hands on art lessons appropriate for all ages this summer arts in three locations. The mobile arts activity “Art Cart in the Parks” is designed to augment, enhance and expand the current Free Summer Lunch Program for children at Millicoma School, Boynton Park and John Topits Park. Programs will begin June 19th and run through August 18th. Scheduled times and days are Mondays 11:15 am at Millicoma School, Wednesdays 12:30 pm at Boynton Park and Fridays 11:45 am at John Topits Park. Each program is designed to run for one hour and is completely free to all participants. Click here for more information about this program.
Coos Art Museum is the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast. Do not overlook this local gem and it’s impressive collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The museum is housed in the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members. Visit www.coosart.org for more information.
Oregon Coast Music Festival, Orchestra Week
Another much loved July tradition is the Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival. We’ve written recently about this event, so we we’ll just let some satisfied festival-goers explain what the Oregon Coast Music Festival means to them! Visit the official page to see the latest lineup and show dates!
Music on the Bay
Music on The Bay” is committed to bringing musical excellence (and free concerts) to the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area. Their 2017 Tuesday night free concert series will begin in late August and go through the month of September. Visit musiconthebayoregon.com for schedule and event info.
Festivals, Festivals, Festivals
The following events are also excellent ways to experience the unique sights and sounds of Oregon’s South Coast.
North Bend July Jubilee July 14th-16th, 2017
28th Annual Charleston Seafood Festival August 12th & 13th,2017
Blackberry Arts Festival August 26th & 27th,2017
Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration September 9th & 10th,2017
Bay Area Fun Festival September 15th-17th, 2017
31st Annual Cruz the Coos September 15th-17th, 2017
A Sea of Quilts XXIII Coos Sand ‘n Sea Quilters 2017 Quilt Show September 15th-17th, 2017