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Save the Date: September comes with cultural festivals, oktoberfests and a Va Va Voom reunion show

By , Columbian staff writer
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Park Guide Brett Roth demonstrate how to make a brimstone candle at Fort Vancouver Sunday May 26, 2018. The event, called “Survive and Thrive” is part of a free summer program in which members of the public can learn outdoor skills.
Park Guide Brett Roth demonstrate how to make a brimstone candle at Fort Vancouver Sunday May 26, 2018. The event, called “Survive and Thrive” is part of a free summer program in which members of the public can learn outdoor skills. (Photo by Natalie Behring for the Columbian) Photo Gallery

Sept. 6: Watch artists at work in downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Plein Air and Art. Completed paintings will be displayed at Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. Fourth St., from 5 to 8 p.m., when you can vote for your favorite. Winning paintings will be auctioned at Dinner in White on the Columbia, Sept. 7.

Sept. 6: There’s always more shopping to do at the Terminal 1 Night Market from 5 to 10 p.m. at WareHouse ’23, right on the river at 100 Columbia St. Browse 80 vendors selling handcrafted goods and products, plus live music and food with free parking on site.

Sept. 6-7: Here’s the food festival you’ve been waiting for: Tacos, Tequila and Cervezas, 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 in the open lot where Eighth Street meets C Street in downtown Vancouver. For $14 to $18, nosh on top-notch tacos, sample tequila and sip craft beers.

Sept. 7: Have a colorful cultural day at the Ridgefield Multicultural Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Overlook Park, where South Main Avenue intersects with Pioneer Street. The event highlights cultures around the world with music, dance, storytelling, sporting events, kids activities and vendors.

Sept. 7: Clark County is so diverse that we have two cultural festivals: one in Ridgefield, and the Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival featuring live music, food, kids’ games, raffles, art and dance from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evergreen Park, 3500 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

Sept. 7: Walk back in time during Campfires & Candlelight, Fort Vancouver’s most popular living history event. From 4 to 10 p.m., costumed re-enactors will portray residents of Fort Vancouver from the 1840s through the 1940s, cooking meals and playing music; try your hand at old-fashioned games such as hoop trundling. 360-816-6230 or

Sept. 7: Stroll through a 5-acre private garden at 13819 N.E. River Bend Drive, Battle Ground, while listening to flutes and fiddles, bluegrass tunes, folk songs and classical compositions during Music in the Garden, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buy food and wine, or enter the art and quilt raffles. Tickets are $15 to $25, benefiting the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County.

Sept. 8: Discover new-to-you treasures at the Clark County Pop-up Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vancouver Elks Lodge No. 823, 11605 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. Find bargains on handmade products, gently used home decor, furniture, garden items, antiques, jewelry, art and brand items.

Sept. 14: Have some good, old-fashioned fun during Experience Ridgefield Community Carnival and Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, 3125 S. Hillhurst Road. The carnival lasts until 5 p.m. with food, craft vendors and a carnival midway. Oktoberfest, open until 10 p.m., features German food and music, a beer garden and wiener dog races.

Sept. 14, 15, 28 and 29: Welcome the change of season with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Diesel Run (Sept. 14-15) and Autumn Harvest Steam Train Rides (Sept. 28-29). Trains depart from the station in Yacolt, 207 N. Railroad Ave., at noon and 2:30 p.m. on all four dates. Chug along to Moulton Falls, through a rock tunnel and stop to see Yacolt Falls. Tickets range from $12 to $18, with children 3 and under free. 360-686-3559 or

Sept. 14: May the fur be with you at Star Paws, a fundraiser for Furry Friends cat rescue from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver. Come in costume and mingle with Storm Troopers, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Rae, Kylo Ren and others. Enjoy a catered dinner plus live and silent auctions. Tickets are $60, on sale through Sept. 7. 360-993-1097 or

Sept. 14: Vancouver’s Peace and Justice Fair, now in its 16th year, occupies downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with local performers, live music, activities for children, and information about local churches, nonprofit organizations and charitable agencies.

Sept. 19-21: Va Va Voom is a group of entertainers age 50 and older who performed from 2011 to 2017. They’re back for three Va Va Voom Reunion Shows featuring favorite numbers from years past at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Barberton Grange, 9400 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver. Tickets are $10. 503-314-0299

Sept. 21: Raise a stein full of Kolsch and shout “Prost!” at Shorty’s Wiesn (pronounced “veezun,” German for “meadow,” named after the location of the Munich Oktoberfest), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Shorty’s Garden Center, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Savor a selection of German foods and brews and dance the polka with abandon. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Kids 15 or under are free, and it’s ages 21 and over only after 6 p.m.

Sept. 21: Get all dolled up at the Katvisions Doll Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 14, 4607 N.E. St. James Road, Vancouver. Find modern and vintage dolls and toys, get appraisals and maybe win a door prize, awarded every 30 minutes. Admission is $3, or free for 12 and under.

Sept. 22: Chor Anno is a choir founded by Howard Meharg of Vancouver and made up of choral professionals and choir directors from around the Northwest and as far away as Wyoming. The next Chor Anno Concert is 2 p.m. at Vancouver United Church of Christ, 1220 N.E. 68th St. Suggested donation is $20.

Sept. 28: In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Vancouver USA Walking Club invites everyone to Walk Like a Pirate along the Salmon Creek Trail from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walkers — in pirate costumes, of course — should meet at the Vancouver Girls Softball Association fields, 800 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.

Sept. 28: See shimmies, twists, figure eights and fluid movement during Sahara: A Belly Dance Show, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Emil Fries Auditorium on the campus of Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver. Tickets are $17 to $20 in advance or $30 at the door.

Sept. 28: The Great Train Swap Meet will bring scores of model railroad enthusiasts to Battle Ground High School, 330 Main St., from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. See model railroads and materials in all scales, with hands-on fun for kids and railroad memorabilia. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students; kids under 6 are free. 360-619-8899 or