First Saturday

Red White & Blue: First Saturday in Ridgefield

You can also pick up some fresh produce or get your kids involved in crafts at the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, get blown away by exploding science experiments at the Ridgefield Community Library (don’t worry, they’re SUPPOSED to explode!), enjoy root beer floats, enter a gunny sack race, and cool off with a misting tower. The Ridgefield Art Association will also be on hand with children’s art projects. Drop by Seasons Café at the Old Liberty Theater any time from 8 a.m. to noon for Red, White, and Blue Waffles: Belgian waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream.

And of course you can also enjoy the summer weather by walking through downtown and visiting the shops, biking along the waterfront, hiking a trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, or playing in one of the four downtown Ridgefield parks. For more information about this and other First Saturday events, visit http://ridgefieldwa.us/things-to-do/community-events/first-saturdays/.

Red, White & Blue: First Saturday in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday in July will get you in the patriotic spirit. Come to Ridgefield from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, for “Red, White & Blue Historical Fun.” Gain a new understanding of old Ridgefield on this day full of play and discovery. Enjoy in a red, white, and blue costume contest, play some games, savor cool treats for kids and grown-ups, go on a heritage-based scavenger hunt, meet the town elders, visit the wine and beer garden, and tap your toes to live music.

You can also pick up some fresh produce or get your kids involved in crafts at the Ridgefield Farmer’s Market, get blown away by exploding science experiments at the Ridgefield Community Library (don’t worry, they’re SUPPOSED to explode!), enjoy root beer floats, enter a gunny sack race, and cool off with a misting tower. The Ridgefield Art Association will also be on hand with children’s art projects. Drop by Seasons Café at the Old Liberty Theater any time from 8 a.m. to noon for Red, White, and Blue Waffles: Belgian waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream.

And of course you can also enjoy the summer weather by walking through downtown and visiting the shops, biking along the waterfront, hiking a trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, or playing in one of the four downtown Ridgefield parks. For more information about this and other First Saturday events, visit http://ridgefieldwa.us/things-to-do/community-events/first-saturdays/.

Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 5, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus five tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 200 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Koi Pond Cellars. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include chocolate fondue by A Merry Heart Events, chocolate, chili, and blood orange brownies by Buckets, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors, plus chocolate cooking demonstrations by Sage Organics and free samples of chocolate.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, wine- and chocolate-based products, and a Candy Jar Guessing Game for the young ‘uns. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! There will also be a cider press and fresh apples for cider-making. And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting (strange but true), arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and chocolate samples.

First Saturday in Ridgefield: The Wild, Wild West

Slap on your spurs and saddle up your pony, then trot over to downtown Ridgefield and revel in western-themed fun, local lore and more, including zucchini races, country music and dancing. What’s all the hootin’ and hollerin’ fer? It’s fer Heritage Day and Wild, Wild West, September’s theme for First Saturday in Ridgefield—a series of family-friendly events in downtown Ridgefield, happening on the first Saturday of every month year-round.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Overlook Park with a Farmer’s Market, a place to make your own horse from a pool noodle, apple printing with the Ridgefield Art Association, and the much-anticipated Zucchini 500: a veggie-tastic race where participants create speedy wheeled vehicles out of zucchinis. Ridgefield will provide you with a zucchini and a Lego chassis, or bring your own speedy zuke.

At 10 a.m., look deeper into local history at the Ridgefield Community Center with a Clark County Historical Museum workshop: Researching Historical Buildings, Homes, and Property. Use the research tips from this class to learn who used to live and work in your home or on your property. You can also join the CCHM’s Historical Walking Tour of downtown Ridgefield from noon to 1 p.m., starting at Overlook Park. Reserve your space for the workshop or the walk by calling the museum at 360-993-5679. At 2 p.m., you can round out your day of historical enrichment by watching free Ridgefield history stories on the Old Liberty Theater‘s big screen.

At 11 a.m., Overlook Park will become a music jamboree with live country music on stage, a beer garden, and BBQ. Then, starting at 1 p.m., you and your young’uns can join in country line dancing with CJ’s Country Dance Instruction. Stick around for evening entertainment, because the award-winning Koi Pond Cellars will be on-site at 7 p.m. with chalk mural art and wine tasting. End the day at 7:30 p.m. with a rootin’, tootin’ Western Swing concert with Brian Oberlin at the Old Liberty Theater; tickets are $15 for all ages.

The Wild West Comes to Ridgefield

Slap on your spurs and saddle up your pony, then trot over to downtown Ridgefield and revel in western-themed fun, local lore and more, including zucchini races, country music and dancing. What’s all the hootin’ and hollerin’ fer? It’s fer Heritage Day and Wild, Wild West, September’s theme for First Saturday in Ridgefield—a series of family-friendly events in downtown Ridgefield, happening on the first Saturday of every month year-round.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Overlook Park with a Farmer’s Market, a place to make your own horse from a pool noodle, apple printing with the Ridgefield Art Association, and the much-anticipated Zucchini 500: a veggie-tastic race where participants create speedy wheeled vehicles out of zucchinis. Ridgefield will provide you with a zucchini and a Lego chassis, or bring your own speedy zuke.

At 10 a.m., look deeper into local history at the Ridgefield Community Center with a Clark County Historical Museum workshop: Researching Historical Buildings, Homes, and Property. Use the research tips from this class to learn who used to live and work in your home or on your property. You can also join the CCHM’s Historical Walking Tour of downtown Ridgefield from noon to 1 p.m., starting at Overlook Park. Reserve your space for the workshop or the walk by calling the museum at 360-993-5679. At 2 p.m., you can round out your day of historical enrichment by watching free Ridgefield history stories on the Old Liberty Theater‘s big screen.

At 11 a.m., Overlook Park will become a music jamboree with live country music on stage, a beer garden, and BBQ. Then, starting at 1 p.m., you and your young’uns can join in country line dancing with CJ’s Country Dance Instruction. Stick around for evening entertainment, because the award-winning Koi Pond Cellars will be on-site at 7 p.m. with chalk mural art and wine tasting. End the day at 7:30 p.m. with a rootin’, tootin’ Western Swing concert with Brian Oberlin at the Old Liberty Theater; tickets are $15 for all ages.