Your Guide to the Arts & Culture on the Coast

Posted by TravelCoosBay on June 1, 2018

Oregon Coast Music Festival

Our unique setting on Oregon’s South Coast has been a source of inspiration to artists and performers from all over the world. Not only are we home to the Coos Art Museum, a cultural haven since 1966, the towns of Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston are home to renowned festivals, events and spaces that celebrate the arts, theatre and music.

This summer, we invite you to come explore our innovative and inspired performances, exhibits and local attractions. Our weekly Downtown Farmers Market in addition to local music venues, museums, galleries, antique markets and other eclectic businesses will also give our visitors a sense of our history and culture.

Here are a few exciting additions to our arts and culture scene coming up! You can find our full calendar of events by clicking here.

2018 Music on the Corner

Music on the Corner returns to Coos Bay on July 13

The Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) and The World newspaper present the fourth annual Music on the Corner featuring some of the area’s most talented musicians, every Friday at noon, starting July 13.  This series of free one hour concerts will be held in the vacant lot at Fourth and Anderson downtown Coos Bay every Friday through Aug. 31. Bring a chair, bring a lunch and bring a friend! Click here for schedules and more information.

Little Ole Opry on the Bay at The Liberty Theatre

Little Ole Opry on the Bay

Each summer, talented local singers, actors and dancers at The Liberty Theatre – Home of Little Theatre on the Bay bring this delightful musical review to enthusiastic audiences. It’s a “don’t miss” spectacle that should be added to your itinerary. Click here for more info.

Coos Art Museum

ART CART in the PARK

Coos Art Museum is providing free hands on art lessons appropriate for all ages this summer. ART CART in the PARK is a free art program designed to serve children where they are. Three days each week, June 25—August 17, at separate locations, the Art Cart will be in parks as the Free Lunch Program is winding down. The museum will offer a free art project for kids of all ages. Click here for schedule and more information about this program.

Coos Art Museum is the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast. Do not overlook this local gem and it’s impressive collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The museum is housed in the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general; $2 students, veterans and seniors; free to Museum members, free for active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, 2018. Visit www.coosart.org for more information.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Return to Coos Bay Boardwalk July 12th-24th!


The public is invited to experience maritime history when the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain dock at the Coos Bay Boardwalk July 12th-24th, 2018. The ships will offer walk-on tours, public excursions, and educational programs.  To learn more visit www.historicalseaport.org.

40th Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival

The longest running music festival on the Oregon Coast is turning 40! The 40th Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival is happening Tuesday, July 24th through Saturday, July 28th, 2018.  The only festival of its kind in southwestern Oregon, OCMF has been listed on TravelMag.Com’s List of Best Festivals. Visit the official page to see the latest lineup and show dates!

Music on the Bay

“Music on The Bay"

Music on The Bay is committed to bringing musical excellence (and free concerts) to the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area. Their 2018 THURSDAY night free concert series in Mingus Park will begin in August and go through the month of September. Visit musiconthebayoregon.com for schedule and event info.

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals

Our unique festivals and events are wonderful ways to experience the unique sights and sounds of Oregon’s South Coast. Here are Nine Hot Festivals on Oregon’s Cool Coast you don’t want to miss this summer!