Cowlitz County: July Festivals & Area Events

This is the “not bored” list!

Be sure to hang onto this issue of The Valley Bugler, full of upcoming Festivals and Community Events for the month of July, and mark your calendars with fun!

Saturdays & Sundays all Summer in Long Beach, WA

Enjoy Face Painting, a Horse & Wagon and other fun family things to do at the world’s longest beach!

One such special event is the weekly sidewalk chalk coloring contest, usually held on Saturdays. Another adventure is horseback riding on the beach. Hang on tight!

Long Beach, WA

July 3

Spirits of Longview at the Cowlitz Expo center with Music, Food, Spirits and more! (See article / ad this page)

July 2-4

Go Fourth Festival in Longview. It’s time for the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta and the Firefighter’s Hole in One Challenge on the 2nd, plenty of piroshki and of course, the fireworks. Facepainting, kids festival, henna tattoos, fireman’s hole-in-one challenge, and festival vendor fodder a major bonus, too. Come see what the rest of 60,000+ people find so exciting each year! Visit the online schedule:

July 1

Port of Ilwaco Independence Fireworks Display and the FEEL THE THUNDER! FIRE CRACKER 5K – Walk & Run on the 1st, and Parade and fun on the 4th! Visit Ilwaco!

July 4

Clatskanie Heritage Days Festival and 4th of July Parade. Music, Logging Show, Fireworks and More in Clatskanie City Park.

July 4

Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in Ocean Park @ 1pm. Go to the Bank of Pacific’s parking lot at NOON to decorate your kids’ bikes so they can be in the parade.

July 4

Independence Day Fireworks on the Beach in Long Beach starting at dusk.

July 4

Fourth of July Parade & Festival in Warrenton and Astoria. 11am – 3pm on July 4th, includes Car Show @ 11am, Motorcycle Show @ 11am, Community BBQ @ 12pm-3pm and the Parade @ 3pm.

July 4

Seaside, Oregon Fireworks display and fun daily activities & parade.

July 4

4th of July celebration, St. Helens, Ore.;

July 6-9

Toledo Cheese Days invites everyone to join them for Cheese Days. Car Show and Parade are on Saturday. Four days of fun: More info:

July 7-9

Rainier Days in the Park. FIREWORKS! Information online:

August 4-6

Annual Winlock Pickers Fest at Winolequa Park in Winlock.Instructional workshops, open mics and plenty of pickin’! Beer & Wine Garden.

July 13

Summer Concerts at the Lake. First of six concerts from 6 to 8 p.m Thursdays at Lake Sacajawea. See article on p.5 for complete music lineup. “Celebrating the Decades”.

July 13-15

Kalama Fair! Runs Thursday through Sunday with tons of fun.

July 14-16

Castle Rock Fair, with parade, vendors, youth activities, music and more, Castle Rock Fairgrounds. See page 7 for complete description.

July 14-17

Bald Eagle Days in Cathlamet with parade, live concert, fireworks, more;

July 15-16

Clamshell Rail Road Days at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

July 20-24

Annual SandSations and City SandSations in Long Beach. From 10am – 6pm everyday, watch solo artists at the Third Street entrance, Downtown Long Beach. Competition kicks off Friday with free scultping lessons at the beach. More info:

July 19-23

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo in St. Helens. Thursday is Kids Day at the Fair, half price day Sunday.

July 22

Run to the Rock Car Show, downtown Castle Rock; 360-274-5655

July 27 – 30

Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo!

July 29-30

Annual Long Beach Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) Rodeo, Peninsula Saddle Club, Long Beach; 360-642-2400


Aug. 1-5

Clatsop County Fair, “Life is Fair,” Clatsop County Fair and Expo Center, Astoria


Aug. 4-6

16th Annual Winlock Pickers Fest at Winolequa Park in Winlock

Aug. 4-6

Vernonia Friendship Jamboree, Logging Show and Parade, Vernonia, Oregon.

*Be sure to pick up the August issue of the Valley Bugler for complete Festival and event information for the remainder of August.

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