Day 2 – Saturday, August 12th
Start the day with prime seating for the annual Astoria Regatta Grand Land Parade at noon, best viewed in the Fort George courtyard with a pint of beer in hand. And it’s even better with bacon on a stick! Porcus makes a delicious return to the block. Chef Jeff and crew are preparing a meaty menagerie of roasted, smoked, and cured pork offerings (along with some vegetarian choices) on a magnitude not seen since the Festival of Dark Arts. Outdoor service starts Saturday at 11am and while Porcus lasts.
Live music in the courtyard plays all regatta weekend long. Start with distinctive acoustic roots from WILL WEST & THE FRIENDLY STRANGERS at 4pm. Keep the honky-tonking and hillbillying going with COUNTRYSIDE RIDE at 6pm.
At 8pm, promote the sustainability of sound with GIANTS IN THE TREES. This quartet of local musicians and grangers from Wahkiakum County, Washington features Jillian Raye (banjo, bass and vocals), Ray Prestagard (guitar and harmonica), Erik Friend (drums), and Krist Novoselic (accordion and bass). Their music is inspired by the culture of the Lower Columbia River, and they’ll be sowing inspiration with their heavy grooves until 10pm.
Fireworks over the Columbia River will cap the festivities for the night, with great views from the east end of the upstairs pizzeria.
WHERE: Fort George Brewery, 1483 Duane Street Astoria, Oregon 97103 Map