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Try This: Multicultural Festival, Plein Air Art Festival, Summer Night Market and Concert

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 31, 2023, 9:29am

Beats and rhythm

Downtown Ridgefield will host a Multicultural Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Performances include the taiko drum group Takohachi; Portland Samba; chicha, cumbia and Afro-Peruvian music of Grupo Masato; African dance and drum group Kaagba Ohenaa; and Master Oh’s Taekwondo team. Browse a market with farm and artisan stalls, information booths and food trucks selling a variety of cuisines. Enjoy African drum and dance classes, a tap class and a crystal singing bowl sound bath ($10). The festival is free. Register for classes at ridgefieldculture.org.

Glass half full

The Southwest Washington Winery Association will host a Labor Day weekend food and wine pairing event on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Wine enthusiasts are invited to sample small plates paired with local wines at 16 wineries and tasting rooms in Clark and Cowlitz counties. Pick up a passport card from participating tasting rooms. Printable cards are also available online. Get your card stamped at each winery. After three stamps, turn in cards to enter a drawing for gift certificates. Passports, hours and menus for each tasting room can be found at swwawine.com/labordaypassport.

Open air

Camas Gallery and Pike Art Gallery will host Camas’ annual Plein Air Art Festival on Friday. Dozens of artists will take to the streets at 9 a.m. to paint scenes of the town. At 4 p.m., artists will move their easels and paintings to the sidewalk in front of Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. Fourth Ave., where the public may view and purchase the art between 5 and 7:30 p.m. for a flat rate of $200. For more details, call Marquita Call at 503-314-5621 or Liz Pike at 360-281-8720.

Home on the range

Western troubadour Kerry Grombacher will offer his traveling show, “Songs and Stories of the American West,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver, and 4 p.m. Thursday at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Admission is free. Grombacher’s contemporary folk and Western songs paint portraits and tell stories from his travels around the American West. Learn more at www.fvrl.org or visit kgrombacher.com.

Shop, rock and roll

Brickhouse, a bar, restaurant and live music venue at 109 W. 15th St., Vancouver, is hosting a Summer Night Market and Concert 4 to 9 p.m. Monday. The event features an array of artisan vendors, food, drinks and live music from local bands Interstate, Gwythaints and Tenface. Admission is $5 at the door. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the vendor market and live music is 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more at vancouverbrickhouse.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the monthly open house at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Museum After Hours at the Clark County Historical Museum and the First Friday Opening Reception for Oleg Ulitsky’s solo show at Art on the Boulevard — see events.columbian.com.