Oregon City’s downtown First City Celebration Street Festival this year begins at noon on Saturday, July 27, and features a dozen Willamette Valley wineries and more than 45 artists from around the region.

The event, which is free and open to the public, lines artists and booths down the center of Main Street for a festival of commerce, culture and creativity that celebrates the restoration and revitalization of the 170-year-old downtown area.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MAIN STREET OC - Musician Jess Young will return to this year's First City Celebration Street Festival on July 27, when officials will kick off planning for the Willamette Falls area.This year’s festival marks the kickoff of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, a nine-month visioning and master-planning process that promises eventually to culminate with the redevelopment of a unique 23-acre site just south of downtown. Oregon City is asking all Oregonians to help design the future of the former Blue Heron Paper Company as state, regional and city officials make their remarks on the Singer Hill Falls main stage at 6:45 p.m.

Officials aim to enhance economic development, allow the public to access Willamette Falls, foster natural habitats and tap into the area’s rich cultural history. From noon to 7 p.m., stop by the festival’s Willamette Falls Legacy Project booth to participate in interactive activities related to the future vision for the site.

The event will include a kid’s area with a bounce house, games and the Youth Music Project on Eighth Street. Until 9 p.m., live music by local musicians under Singer Hill Falls will rock the block all day. Soul Vaccination headlines at 7:30 pm.

First City Cycles is celebrating its one-year anniversary along Main Street that day with sales, BMX stunt shows and the painting of a bike-art mural by northwest artist Scott Erickson. food, beverages, and ice cream will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Oregon City Trail Alliance—a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and maintaining bike/ped trails in the Oregon City area.

This year, a partnership with East Willamette Valley Wineries adds to the festival. Oregon City and its downtown are a gateway to Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country.

Downtown Oregon City’s growing niche of restaurants are adding well-known names from all over the Willamette Valley to their wine list. At least five local restaurants, bars and eateries will host after-parties along Main Street starting at 9 p.m.

“This event celebrates Oregon City’s 170-year history,” said Ethan Erickson, Main Street Oregon City’s community coordinator. “With guided tours highlighting the unique historical aspects of downtown, I’m looking forward to an educational, as well as entertaining, street festival this year.”

The event also features the ribbon cutting for the Clackamas County Courthouse addition project at Liberty Plaza on Main Street in downtown Oregon City at 1:15 p.m. Dignitaries from Clackamas County and the courthouse will celebrate the completion of construction on the $1 million addition to the courthouse.

Main Street from Seventh to Ninth will be closed for the event with artists, wineries, music and kids activities on the street. The event is produced by the nonprofit Main Street Oregon City as an opportunity to showcase the history, heritage and identity of downtown Oregon City.

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