Save the Date: Keep on rockin’ in the free world at CouvFest NW




Discover the who’s who in the local music scene during CouvFest NW, as multiple Vancouver bands perform today starting at 1 p.m., playing late into the night at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Bands include Lincoln’s Beard, Atlas and the Astronaut, Foreign Talks, The Yacolt Burn, Quiet and more. The performances are open to all ages until 9 p.m., with a beer garden area, vendors and snacks. Admission is free. 360-816-0352 or

Family Nature Fest will be a day for families to explore the outdoors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver. The event features live animal shows, guided nature walks, hatchery tours, scavenger hunts and crafts, plus activities from Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Mount St. Helens Institute and more. Admission is free, with $5 suggested donation per child. 360-882-0936 or

Ghost Runners Brewery hosts its fifth annual Ghost Run and Anniversary Party for those 21 and older. Dress in a costume and participate in a 3-mile run that ends with drinks in the taproom, a costume contest, games and dinner by Nellies. The fun run begins at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ghost Runners Tap Room, 4215 N.E. Minnehaha St., Vancouver. Tickets are $30 to $36.

The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony opens its 12th season with its “Literary Notes” concert. Selections include “Huckleberry Finn Suite” by Franco Cesarini, “The Cowboys” by John Williams, “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Joe Hisaishi and more at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at Union High School, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. Admission is free. 360-574-8386 or

Re-Imagined Radio brings historic radio dramas to life with voice actors, Foley sound artists, digital effects, music and visual backdrops. The cast will bring to life the 1938 broadcast of “Dracula,” directed and starring Orson Welles, taking its inspiration from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. The radio drama begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $5 and $3 for ages 12 and younger.

Prepare for the annual fall favorite, the Apple Cider Pressing at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29, volunteers will press about 10,000 pounds of apples into fresh cider. Visitors can help crank the press, enjoy the bluegrass jam on the back deck or tour the historic mill. Donations encouraged. 360-225-5832 or

Run 2 Survive ZombieFest is a battle between zombies and survivors during this 5K fun run. Runners can choose which side to participate on, with survivors given a five-minute head start with the goal to outrun the zombies, while the zombies attempt to “kill” survivors by grabbing life flags tied to runners’ belts. Makeup artists will be on-site to apply zombie makeup. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Evergreen School District Foundation. The event runs 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Blue Lake Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview, Ore. Tickets are $55, $18 for ages 18 and younger.

Adapted from the animated film, Prairie High School Drama presents “Shrek the Musical.” Follow the adventures of unlikely hero Shrek, an ogre who just wants his swamp back, the wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who refuses to be rescued. Plus a dozen other fairy-tale misfits and a villain who’s a little short-tempered. The musical runs 7 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5, 1 p.m. Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Prairie High School, 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver. Tickets are $12, $8 for seniors, $6 for students.

The Pearson Field Education Center will become a Halloween Hangar from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. This aviation harvest party, with games, candy and activities. Children can make whirly gigs to test in the wind tunnel, build gliders or test out virtual planes with the flight simulator lab at the education center, 201 East Reserve St., Vancouver. Admission is free. 360-992-1815 or