Bandon Oregon Activities, Arts, & Lifestyle

Arts curator, painter, and Bandon resident Victoria Tierney recently traveled to Japan to visit her granddaughter and documented her trip with watercolors inspired by traditional Japanese style.  During the month of October, her work is displayed at the Bandon Library art gallery in a show...

As we drive past Bandon's many cranberry bogs, our curiosity is piqued.  How do cranberries grow?  How does the cranberry harvest work?  What is the history of cranberry farming in Bandon?  Cranberry farming has a long and rich history here in Bandon.  Charles Dexter McFarlin...

Hundreds of dogs and their people descended upon the Bandon Ace Hardware on Saturday for the 4th Annual Barktoberfest.  The day-long event benefitted the Coos County Animal Shelter, and the full schedule kept everyone entertained for the 6 hours. Barktoberfest started with the doggie fun/run walk...

For fantastic furry fun, come join Bandon's dogs and their people this Saturday, October 3 at the 3rd annual Barktoberfest fundraiser, an Animal Shelter Aide event, happening at the Bandon Ace Hardware on Highway 101, outdoors in their fenced and landscaped yard. The goal of this year's Barktoberfest is to raise $7,000...

No trip to or through Port Orford would be complete without spending some time at Port Orford Heads State Park.  This is a great stop for history buffs, hikers, picnic-seekers, and those interested in local museums and is great entertainment for the whole family. In the...

  Bandon waits all year for the second weekend in September, and this year’s 69th annual Cranberry Festival didn’t disappoint.  The theme of the weekend was “Cranberry Hop,” and participants had fun turning the town into a circa 1958 diner, complete with juke boxes, ice cream...

Oregon Governor Tom McCall (1967-1975) was one of the state’s greatest champions, instating the Bottle Bill, introducing urban growth boundaries, and creating the law that set in stone Governor Oswald West’s legacy of the public ownership of our beaches.  In 1969, McCall also founded the...

This month’s installment at the art gallery in the lobby of the Bandon Library features Oregon artists, as do most of the shows.  These particular Oregonians, however, are either currently incarcerated in or recently released from the Oregon prison system.  The show is called “Inside/Outside,”...

Sunday was cool and cloudy, but the music warmed the 100 or so folks who turned up for Bandon’s first Music in the Park on the new stage at the city park.  Three very talented bands entertained the crowd with their family friendly tunes and...

Bandon is well known for several things: award-winning Face Rock cheese, world-class links-style golfing, beautiful red cranberries, mild weather, and of course its lovely beaches with their sea stacks rising out of the sand and ocean.  Residents are proud to claim these features, but are...

It may surprise some to learn that Bandon, with its temperate climate and crashing surf, is an ideal place for growing cranberries, and it has grown to a center of production since the berries were first commercially grown here in the 1890s.  In fact, today these...

The 29th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival happens September 4, 5, and 6 this year and features a variety of activities for birders from beginning to advanced.  Sponsored by organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, and Cape...