First Friday Night Market in Downtown Vancouver

When: Friday, October 5, 2018 – 5:00pm to 9pm

Where: 806 and 808 Main St

Your opportunity to ‘Eat, Drink and Shop local,’ Vancouver’s Night Market brings creativity and great art together joined with live music and inspiration for an adventurous retail evening. The Night Market Vancouver is a FREE and FUN evening for ALL AGES. Stop by 806 and 808 Main St in Downtown Vancouver every First Friday of the month.

 

VDA’s First Friday Downtown

When: Friday, October 5, 2018 – 5:00pm
Where: Vancouver Arts District

Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all! Visit the Vancouver Downtown Association‘s website for more information and a downtown art gallery list and walking map.

Old Apple Tree Festival

Old Apple Tree Festival

When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 11:00am to 3pm
Where: 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver

Vancouver’s legendary Old Apple Tree turns 192 this year. Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest. Come celebrate the history of this grand old tree at a family-friendly, FREE event featuring live music, tree care workshops, Vancouver Land Bridge tours, hands-on arts and crafts, and food vendors. Visitors are encouraged to bring clean apples and containers for apple pressing. The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from this tree considered to be the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry.

Birdfest and Bluegrass

When: October 5-7, 2018

Where: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge & other locations in Ridgefield

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most important bird-protection law ever passed. To honor this milestone, millions of people around the world will celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” This gives the Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge an extra reason to celebrate. Every year the Friends welcome the return of the endangered Sandhill Crane to the refuge with a huge festival.

If you know you love the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, or have always wanted to visit, this event is your chance to experience it for free. For newcomers the Refuge may seem overwhelming with so many things to see over a large area. Many of the festival activities such as guided walks, hikes and workshops are intended to help visitors learn how to use the Refuge such as the location of key features, how to pay when you come back, where the River ‘S’ Auto Tour and Kiwa Trail are, and how to get over to the Plankhouse and Carty Unit from there. Learn how to listen for bird species, identify plants, and about the geology of the area, the peoples who came before us and still tend to the land, how to take photos of it all, paint the landscape, and more. It’s also a chance to visit with Vancouver Audubon Society birders at the scoping station overlooking the wetlands of the hunt zone, an area not usually open for public access. In Downtown Ridgefield where there will be even more excitement. BirdFest events in town will include shopping, food, and kids activities at Overlook Park, more shopping from local artists and artisans at the Birders Marketplace in the Ridgefield Community Center, Audubon Live Bird Show, Zoo Zap Teens, and bluegrass music throughout Ridgefield with picker’s jamming in businesses, venues, and parks! The Festival has a packed schedule of activities over three days. Check out the full schedule at Ridgefieldfriends.org.

Family Nature Festival

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 10:00am
Where: 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver

This celebration of Clark County’s natural treasures at Columbia Springs will feature crafts, activities, games, guided walks, live music, food vendors, and hands-on presentations to showcase the cool, creepy, and crawly world in our own backyards. Visitors can find a pumpkin in the forest and also try for raffle prizes from Kazoodle Toys. A $5 donation per child is appreciated to help keep this fall tradition going!

Other events:

Weekends through October 28: Vancouver Farmers Market
www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
Saturdays through October: Explore Aviation at Open Saturdays, Pearson Field Education Center www.thehistorictrust.org
Wednesdays through October: Habitat Restoration Wednesdays, Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Ridgefieldfriends.org