July 23 - The Klezmonauts combine jazz, bluegrass, Indian, African, classical and improv at noon at Shore Acres State Park
at 89039 Cape Arago Highway in Charleston.
Travel down the coastline to Shore Acres State Park
, then relax with picnic lunch.
From Shore Acres State Park
(about 6 miles south of Charleston), follow Oregon Coast Trail south 1/4 mile to this tiny, sandy cove.
Other activities include a paddle trip along the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, a field trip to the rocky shores of Shore Acres State Park
and presentations by authors and biologists.
The festival includes presentations and guided trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge; a paddle trip along the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve; and a field trip to the rocky shores of Shore Acres State Park
in addition to lectures.
The 25th annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park
starts Thursday and runs through New Year's Eve once again in Coos Bay.
To the south, find them at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park and Shore Acres State Park
. For a complete list, see WhaleSpoken.org.
Holiday Lights at Shore Acres - Day trip for ages 18 and older to see the holiday display at Shore Acres State Park
Whale watching sites along the central and south coast include the Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center and Cook's Chasm south of Yachats, Sea Lion Caves turnout north of Florence, Umpqua Lighthouse in Reedsport, Shore Acres State Park
in Charleston and Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint in Bandon.
Shore Acres State Park
near Coos Bay will be ablaze in color again this year for its holiday light display that begins Thanksgiving Day.
Farther south down Highway 101, Shore Acres State Park
near North Bend and Coos Bay - the same place that has the spectacular Christmas lighting display from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve - gives way this time of year to nature's stormy spectacles.
Although no longer an architectural showpiece and a retreat for the rich and famous, Shore Acres State Park
plays host to up to 500,000 people each year who come for its walking trails and ocean vistas, summer gardens and winter light display.