May is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season here on the south coast which means there is a lot going on this month in Coos and Curry counties. Your weekends will be booked and you are sure to not be disappointed in your adventures.
Bandon Good Earth Community Garden hosts their annual plant sale at the opening weekend of the Old Town Marketplace in Bandon. The local market is open every Friday and Saturday from May 1st – December 19th this year from 10-4.
Coos Bay Farmer’s Market has its opening day on Wednesday May 6th this year and will be open each Wednesday from 9-3 thru October 24th and watch for the Sunday market to open in August.
Coquille Valley Farmer’s Market opens Saturday May 2nd from 9-4.
Look for the Brookings Farmer’s and Artisan Market to open Memorial Day weekend.
Most of the local markets offer a variety of fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and meats blended with local crafters and artisans. WIC vouchers and SNAP are accepted at most markets.
Starting May 1st, the port of Coos Bay plays host to the Festival of Sail as the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain drop anchor thru the 10th. Tours are available. For more information click here: http://coosbaydowntown.org/festival-of-sail/
The South Coast Celtic Festival kicks off May 1st with Irish dancing at the Coos Bay public library at 5:30 pm. On Saturday, there are more performances and workshops at the Hales Center on the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus. More information here: https://southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com/south-coast-celtic-fest/
The Whale of a Wine Fest is Saturday, May 16th in Gold Beach with wine and beer tastings, a grape stomp, big raffles to be won and more! More information here:http://www.goldbeachwinefest.com
May 22nd is the 76th Annual Azalea Festival in Brookings with a parade, street fair, live music, and delicious eats. More information can be found here: http://www.brookingsharborchamber.com/event/76th-annual-azalea-festival/
Rain or shine, the 28th Annual Memorial Day Parade is Saturday May 30th in Coos Bay beginning at 11:00 sharp. For more information and the parade route, click here: http://coosbay.org/archive/news-entry/memorial-day-parade1