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Corbett, Estacada and Portland all offer fun for the Fourth

Festivals feature music, food, fireworks this weekend


Looking for something to do this Fourth of July weekend? Our area has three big options from which to choose.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KRISTIN LEAMY - The Corbett Fun Fest features music ranging from roots rock to early jazz, and has become of the most popular way for folks to celebrate Independence Day in East Multnomah County.

Corbett hosts its Fun Fest on Monday, July 4.

Estacada hosts its Timber Festival on Sunday and Monday, July 3-4.

And Portland hosts the Waterfront Blues Festival from Friday to Monday, July 1-4.

Here’s a summary of each festival’s events.

Corbett Fun Fest

Corbett Fun Fest kicks off at 7 a.m. Monday, July 4, with the Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Scholarship Pancake Breakfast, which runs from 7-10 a.m. in the Corbett School District Multi-Purpose Building, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Kids younger than 5 eat free. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Corbett High seniors. This event is independent of the Fun Fest.

Admission to Fun Fest activities after 11 a.m. is $10, and children 3 and younger get in for free. Entertainment takes place noon to 9:30 p.m. on the Corbett School District grounds, same address as above.

Drivers should note the Historic Columbia River Highway, as well as the Corbett Hill Road off Highway 84 (Exit 22), will be closed from 9:30 a.m. till a little after 11:30 a.m., along a 3-mile path, starting at the Stark Street Bridge and ending on school district grounds, for the 10 a.m. Cruise-In & Parade.

Grand Marshal Albert Francis Curl is an army veteran of the June 6, 1944, D-Day battle in France, which marked the beginning of Western Europe’s liberation from the Nazis.

Following the parade, the Fun Fest features music, contests, food, games, a water slide, a mechanical bull, inflatables, paddle boats, archery, human hamster balls, vendor booths, a generational queens court and other activities.

Bands will play from noon to 9:30 p.m. and include jazzy, bluesy rockin’ The Rad Trads; roots rockers Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters; R&B three-part harmony act Moorea Masa & the Mood; indie country rockers North County; and 2015 Jubitz Battle of the Bands winners The Jessie Leigh Band.

Matt Leamy, the Fun Fest’s artistic director, says the event is tailor made for families.

“We strive to offer the old fashioned small town feel for our community and onethose who visit us,” he says. “A pancake breakfast, a cruise-in and parade with floats, animals, cars and candy kick off the day. We then open the gates to an alcohol- and smoke-free, family-friendly event that offers a full day of activities, food, music and fun.”

The day ends with the largest fireworks display in East Multnomah County at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit corbettfunfest.com.

Estacada Timber Festival

The Estacada Timber Festival takes place at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, in Estacada Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way, Estacada.

Admission is $5 daily, and is free for children 8 and younger.

The festival features a midway with rides and games, as well as food vendors, horse pulls and logging competitions. Musical acts include classic rockers Crush, country band Strawberry Roan and country act Jessie Leigh.

A fireworks display is at 10 p.m. July 4. Onsite parking is $10 per vehicle.

For more information, visit estacadatimberfestival.com.

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland is the site of the Waterfront Blues Festival, which takes place Friday to Monday, July 1 to 4. Fireworks take place July 4 at nightfall on the Willamette River.

Featured performers include guitar-slinger Jimmie Vaughan, brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a co-founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds (9 p.m. July 2); the Tedeschi-Trucks Band (8:45 p.m. July 1), soul-funk saxophonist Maceo Parker (7 p.m. July 2), rootsy singer and Roseburg native ZZ Ward (5 p.m. July 3), and harmonica-player-singer Curtis Salgado (8:45 p.m. July 4).

Admission is $10 daily. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.