Manzanita Music Festival Ready To Rock

Kate & The Crocodiles are slated to perform at the Manzanita Music Festival

A new music festival is debuting in the heart of Manzanita this summer. The First Annual Manzanita Music Festival – in partnership with North County Recreation District and Hoffman Center for the Arts – brings together some of the area’s best talent for one epically sonic weekend.
And it’s no one-trick pony event: Americana, blues, jazz, funk, country, folk, pop and reggae all collide to make this a beach festival for the ages.
Held on multiple stages throughout Manzanita, the event encourages attendees to wander and take it all in, extending up Laneda Avenue to stages at 3rd and Laneda, and a main stage at the Hoffman Center Gardens near the top of Laneda, next door to the North Tillamook Library.
Beth Carter-Boyer, one of the festival’s organizers, promises no one will go home disappointed.
“We’ve got some amazing acts lined up,” she says. “This area is home to some incredible musicians.”
Looking at the roster, the only problem one might have is having time to see them all: Kate and the Crocodiles (pictured above), Julie Amici, Jenny Don’t & the Spurs, Maggie and the Katz, and The Junebugs are just a few.
Plus, experts behind the annual Portland Waterfront Blues Festival have been mentoring local organizers to ensure it will be a sensational event.
It won’t cost you an arm and an a leg to find your groove, either; admission is just $10 per person or $15 for a two-day pass.
Aside from two days of entertainment, there will be local and regional wine, beer and food available to purchase. Activities for kids, such as face-painting, give the festival a true family-friendly feel.
The festival kicks off at the conclusion of the 26th Annual Manzanita Beach Walk and Run on Saturday July 23, running from 1 pm to 9 pm. It then runs from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday July 24.
The event has garnered so much positive attention from sponsors and musicians, plans for a bigger, longer event are in the works for 2017.
In other words, shake the dust off the ol’ air guitar, find a dance partner, and hold those lighters high and proud: rock and roll is alive and well in Manzanita

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.