Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration Returns to Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Posted by TravelCoosBay on August 7, 2018

Much like the Salmon returns upstream, the Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration returns each year to the Mill Casino in North Bend the weekend of September 8th & 9th, 2018. 

The annual Salmon Bake Dinner (ticketed event) is among the highlights of this celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal culture. The family-friendly event also offers visitors free daily performances by Native American storytellers, drummers, flutists and dancers, a marketplace offering traditional wares and foods, a bay-front canoe exhibit and races, traditional games and activities for children, plus a variety of cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.


The celebration began as a means of sharing the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes with residents and visitors to Oregon’s South Coast. Nowadays, the event attracts Native American artisans and musicians from throughout the Western United States and Canada.

Learn more about the festivities and traditions below.

Please visit for schedule and Salmon Bake Dinner ticket information. Bring the whole family for a great weekend of fun!

Saturday, September 8

10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Opening Prayer
Traditional Dugout Canoes
Journey Canoes Youth Division
Women’s Division
Men’s Division
Mixed Division (Adults and Youth Mixed)

Native Vendors, Artisans & Demonstrations
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ South End of the Hotel
Tribal Fry Bread Booth
Fishing Tools Exhibit
Flint Knapping
Demonstration and Participation
Traditional Canoe Carving
Traditional Language
Weaving Demonstration and Participation
Beading Demonstration and Participation
Glass Blowing Exhibition
Traditional Canoe Races
South Slough Estuary
Coos Watershed Association
ODFW Live Salmon Display
Children’s Activities

Traditional Salmon Bake Meal (Salmon Pit)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ South End of the Hotel

Entertainment Tent
10:00 am Native American Dancing & Drum Groups
11:00 am Native Flute
12:00 pm Native American Dancing & Drum Groups
2:00 pm Canoe Race Awards
2:30 pm Native Flute
3:30 pm Native American Dancing & Drum Groups

Sunday, September 9

Traditional Salmon Bake Meal (Salmon Pit) 
11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ South End of the Hotel 

Native Vendors, Artisans & Demonstrations 
11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ South End of the Hotel

Entertainment Tent
11:00 am Native Flute
12:00 pm Native American Dancing & Drum Groups
1:30 pm Native Flute
2:00 pm Native American Dancing & Drum Groups
2:30 pm Release the Salmon into the Bay – ODFW (Beach Area)

4:00 pm Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby  Awards & Prizes

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Public Rides Available (Weather Permitting)
Closing Prayer

September’s a busy time in Coos Bay so we recommend booking accommodations before it’s too late! Visit our lodging page to search through great options of hotels and inns in the Coos Bay area.