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Save the Date: August filled with live music, festivals and fun in the sun

Aug. 1: Fingerstyle guitar champion Richard Smith, Grammy-winning Doug Smith and Judy Koch Smith present Bach to Beatles … and Beyond, 7 p.m. at Washington State School for the Blind’s Sherman Auditorium, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver. Tickets ($22 in advance, $25 at the door) include refreshments.

Aug. 2: Vancouver’s Terminal 1 Night Market returns from 5 to 10 p.m. at WareHouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., with 80 vendors selling one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods and products, plus live music, food and beverages, with free admission and free on-site parking.

Aug. 2-11: Journey Theater Arts presents Disney’s award-winning musical “Newsies” at Heritage High School, 7825 N.E. 130th Ave., Vancouver, with shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and matinees at 2 p.m. Aug. 4, 10 and 11. Get tickets ($12 to $22) at or 360-750-8550.

Aug. 3: Sip smooth, cold-brewed coffee concoctions at the country’s largest Cold Brew Fest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia Streets in downtown Vancouver. Admission ranges from $20 to $40; kids 12 and under are free.

Aug. 3: See more than 200 cars and trucks with vintage va-va-voom at the King’s Kruz-In Car Show, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Glenwood Community Church, 12201 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver. Enter your vehicle for $15 or come for the free bluegrass music, barbecue lunch and drone racing. 360-606-3957

Aug. 3: Revel in the great outdoors during Ridgefield’s First Saturday: Play in the Park, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Overlook Park, South Main Avenue and Pioneer Street. Browse the Farmer’s Market and vendors, take a guided kayak tour, play outdoor games and relax with live music and a wine garden.

Aug. 2-3: Explore downtown Ridgefield with the Clark County Historical Museum’s History Walking Tour, starting at Overlook Park at noon on Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. Aug. 3. Guides will lead participants for about a mile, making stops to view buildings, tell stories and answer questions. Tickets are $12; register at

Aug. 3: Get your funny bone tickled during Magenta Theater’s family-friendly Summer Improv Show, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Buy snacks, beer, wine, cider and soda in the lobby. Tickets are $10 at or 360-635-4358, or $12 at the door.

Aug. 4: Find just the right thing at the Clark County Pop-up Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vancouver Elks Lodge, 11605 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. Get bargains on handicrafts, gently used household goods and decor, jewelry and branded items.

Aug. 7: The summer’s last “Wonderful Wednesday” Free Concert on the Lawn features toe-tapping tunes from Lewis River Dixie, a Dixieland band from Battle Ground, playing from 6 to 8 p.m. on the back lawn at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2206 N.W. 99th St., Vancouver. Bring a picnic or buy German pretzels, soda and ice cream.

Aug. 9-10: Sample from more than 100 beers, ciders and meads at the Vancouver Summer Brewfest, 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia Streets. While you sip, enjoy live music from Woodstock-inspired bands and savor good eats from local food trucks. Tickets range from $20 to $25.

Aug. 10: The Washougal Art Festival brings a panoply of professional artists to downtown Washougal’s Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy original artworks from 29 regional artists while enjoying live music.

Aug. 10: What’s round and floats and shimmers like a rainbow? Bubbles — the theme for August Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, a free event from 1 to 3 p.m. when young children and their families can learn all about bubbles with crafts and games.

Aug. 14: Use your artistic powers for good at Sip & Paint for Good, 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal. Camas artist Liz Pike will lead students in painting a small picture of Mount Hood. The $45 fee includes supplies; proceeds support the Washougal Arts & Culture Alliance. RSVP at 360-281-8720 or

Aug. 17 and 18: Enjoy the Bard with brews during the Shakes Beer and Wine Festival at Say Ciao! Columbia River Tap Room and Eatery, 2501 S.E. Columbia Way, with “Loves Labour’s Lost” Aug. 17 and “A Midsommer Nights Dreame” Aug. 18. Both plays, performed with little rehearsal and lots of audience interaction, begin at 4 p.m. or

Aug. 17: The Brush Prairie Cruise-in, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Brush Prairie General Store, 15320 N. Caples Road, features classic cars in a country setting with free hamburgers, served until they’re gone. It’s free to come and see the automobiles or $5 to enter your sweet ride. 360-254-9139

Aug. 24: Reach for the stars at the Mount St. Helens Sky and Star Party, 1 p.m. to midnight at Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, Milepost 43.3, State Route 504, Toutle. Enjoy stargazing with astronomers, overnight camping and family activities. Register at

Aug. 31: Get back to nature at Family Nature Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver. Start at the Visitor Center for maps, then choose your own adventure: games around Heron Loop Trail, guided walks to see flora and fauna, and scavenger hunts. $5 suggested donation.


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