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Try This: Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, Music and Art in the Park

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 24, 2023, 6:03am

Sips and saxophones

The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival is Friday through Sunday in Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver, with jazz, blues and gospel bands, Northwest wines, fine art and local cuisine. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Featured artists include Spyro Gyra, Blind Boys of Alabama, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Grace Kelly, Alison Brown Quartet, Sue Foley, Bonerama Brass Band, The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band, Norman Sylvester Band, Bottleneck Blues Band and The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra. Tickets range from $40 to $70. Kids under 12 are free with a paid adult. Get updates at vancouverwinejazz.com.

Free parking

If the Wine and Jazz Festival isn’t your thing, there’s a more low-key festival a few blocks away with free admission. Head over to downtown Vancouver’s Hough neighborhood for its first Music and Art in the Park, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at John Ball Park, located at the intersection of 23rd Street and Kauffman Avenue. Hear live music from an array of musicians, browse the wares of artisan vendors and enjoy food from a local food truck. For more information, email jamsession@bassfitz.com.

Treasure hunt

The Camas Vintage and Art Faire is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Camas along Northeast Fourth Avenue. The fair features antiques, vintage vendors, upcycled items, fine arts, food vendors and live entertainment. Browse the offerings of 60 vendors for furniture, home and garden decor, paintings, woodworking, glass and metal art, handmade jewelry, fiber art and art made from recycled materials. Enjoy live music and food from local food trucks or purchase lunch from one of downtown’s eateries. See a vendor list at downtowncamas.com/event/camas-vintage-art-faire.

Dapper dogs

Dandelion Teahouse and Apothecary, 109 W. Seventh St., Vancouver, will celebrate its second anniversary with a Doggy Fashion Show and Block Party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The party will include vendors, tarot readers, live performances and the “Dog Prom” Doggy Fashion Show. Participants should dress their canine companions in dresses, suits and bow ties so dapper dogs can walk the runway in style. Pups will strut their stuff at 3 p.m. To participate in the dog fashion show, register at forms.gle/Zjvu6GPbcrqvR3wn8.

Flying high

The Clark County Radio Control Society will host Discover Radio Control Flying, a free family event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road Ridgefield. Come to the Radio Control Society Airplane Field to get free items for children and fly radio-controlled model planes. A free hot dog lunch and raffle will also be offered. This public event is designed to introduce the sport to beginners. Learn more at ccrcs.org.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Treat Day at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, Play Music on the Porch Day at the O.O. Howard House and the Board Game Club at the Camas Library — see events.columbian.com.