Arts of the Mountain you will find Fine Arts, Music and Food at The Silver Lake Grange on June 25th and June 26th 2022.
3104 Spirit Lake Hwy Silver Lake WA
Get into the spirit of Christmas on the Columbia River! Join the Grinch and The Who's for an evening parade of beautifully decorated boats from the Kalama waterfront! Lit boat parade, music & caroling, live entertainment, festive food & drink, Santa photos, family fun, McMenamins beer garden!
Location: Marine Park - Kalama
Hosted By: Kalama Chamber of Commerce and The Dolphin Yacht Club
Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.
Lilac Days 2023
April to May
History of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Woodland is perhaps best known as the home of Hulda Klager (1863–1960), who was a prolific breeder of lilacs. The "Lilac Lady" Hulda Klager née Thiel, was long the pride of Woodland. She immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1865, when she was just two years old, and came West when her family bought a farm in Woodland. Later she married and settled down on the family farm. When a friend gave her a book about Luther Burbank, she began creating flowers, hybridizing new varieties of roses, dahlias, even apples, and lilacs in particular. By 1920 she had created such a magnificent array of new hand-pollinated lilacs that she opened her garden on Lilac Week every spring for visitors. The floodwaters of 1948 rolled over her garden, destroying every shrub and hand-pollinated lilac. The loss grieved those who visited her garden or who had purchased her lilacs. From all over the Northwest, people sent starts of her lilacs from their own gardens. By 1950, at the age of eighty-seven, Klager, who loved flowers and who had been honored by the state of Washington as well as such organizations as the nationally famous arboretum at Cambridge, Massachusetts, again opened her home for Lilac Week. After her death in 1960, the Woodland Federated Garden Club, shocked that the garden might be bulldozed for industry, succeeded in raising money to buy it and have it declared a state and national historic site.
Woodland, WA 98674
Kelso Highlander Festival
Tam O'Shanter Park
Kelso, WA 98626
When: September 10th & 11th 2022
Experience a whole weekend of Scottish & Celtic culture, with the Avenue of Clans, Scottish craft & food vendors, Scottish music & dancing, as well as Highland Games.
Saturday, September 10th, 2022
At beautiful Tam O'Shanter Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 the festivities begin. At 9:00 am the Highland Dance Competition. and Highland Games begin. At 10:00 am please join us for the annual Highlander Festival Parade. Also beginning at 10:00 am join us for the Kelso Garden Club Flower Show "Journey Through the Highlands". At 11:00 the Silent Auction begins. At 12:30 the Opening Ceremonies & Parade of Clans begins on the field. The Silent Auction ends at 4:00. The entertainment continues all day Saturday with music by: Beltaine, Sons of Malarkey, and pipe bands from Ft. Vancouver and Tacoma Scots. This is located under the covered area.
Sunday, September 11th, 2022
At 8:00 AM please join us for the Kirkin' of the Tartan Worship Service at Tam O'Shanter Park and again at 11:00 AM at the Kelso Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso at 206 Cowlitz Way. There will be a bagpiper and a Highland Dancer performing.
The Highland Games will begin at the park at 9:00 AM with those hardy lads and lasses tossing the caber and throwing the stone. There will be entertainment in the afternoon at the park with the Wicked Tinkers, and Beltaine.
The Kilted Klassic Golf Tournament at Three Rivers Golf Course will be held on July 31st. Contact Mike Fowler 360-749-4925 if interested
Longview Parks & Recreation puts on a amazing amount of events each year for the community...
They put on 8 scheduled running & walking events to get us excited to get out and go have some fun around the Longview area
February: Heart & Sole 5k & 10k run/walk at Lake Sacajawea
March: Electrifying Shamrock Run at Lake Sacajawea
April: Running of the Fools 10k walk/run at Willow Grove
June: $5 - 5k series at Tam O'Shanter Park
July: Firecracker Fun Run 5 k course at Lake Sacajawea
September: Moonlight Run 5k course at Mint Valley Golf Course
October: Pumpkin Pi Run 3.14 mile run/walk at Willow Grove
November: Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning at Lake Sacajawea
The Longview Squirrel Fest is the first of its kind on the West Coast and in the Mount St. Helens region! We're nuts over this one-day festival in honor or our furry friends. Launching the first Longview Squirrel Fest was a dream of a local group, The idea came from the Sandbaggers who helped build and maintains the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Civic Circle in Longview, they wanted a fun event that would be nutty enough for everyone from age 2 to 102.
The Civic Circle is transformed into an all day venue of fun, games, and music for the whole family to enjoy.
Kids 5 k Run
Go Nutty Squirrel Fest Parade
Kids Games & Activities
Beer & Wine Garden
Main Stage - Musical Entertainment
Event: August 20th 2022
Welcome to our 11th year of womans philanthropy!
This is an event for all ladies that would like to join! Event features a purse raffle, high energy fashion show featuring local leaders/retailers, a wine pull, a Woman of Excellence Award, hors d’ oeuvres and more! There will also be an opportunity to win a pretty in pink jewelry prize! Don’t miss this fun and philanthropic women’s night out!
The Power of the Purse benefits United Way funded programs and efforts.
When: October 7th, 2022
Longview, WA 98632
Hosted by: United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties
sQuatch Fest is coming back in 2023 and you can expect world renowned Speakers, Authors and Researchers along with Brew Mountain that will be serving some of Washington’s finest beers. The Kids Cave will be back with even more for the children to do and don’t forget the fantastic vendors where you can find some one of a kind items. Stay tuned for updates.
Event Location: Cowlitz County Event Center
Date: Friday, January 27th & Saturday, January 28th
Hosted by: Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce
Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
July 28 29 & 30 at 7:00 pm
The History of the Rodeo
The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo originated as a PRCA rodeo in 1975 under the direction of rodeo committee members Ron McCoy, Mel Boultinghouse, Cal Christensen, Vern Eaton, Wayne Gossett, Bill Merz, George Moore, Les Nelson, and Jan Searing. The rodeo was originally called The Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo, but after Mount Saint Helens spewed its fire and thunder upon this area in 1980, committeeman George Moore suggested in 1981 that the rodeo’s name be changed to The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.
Since 1981, the rodeo has been known by this memorable name, which though was derived from a volcanic eruption, it also aptly denotes the thundering hooves and energy, which this rodeo brings to town.
When the rodeo began in 1975 we used a borrowed, portable arena that was erected just before the Cowlitz County Fair opened, and had to dismantle it after the fair ended. In 1979, we established a permanent arena. Although this arena was a vast improvement over a portable arena, we now have a state of the art arena, which we are proud to state was entirely constructed by committee members. Cowlitz County Fair Grounds 1970's Our present committee is comprised of 12 committee members, whereas we had 8 committee members when the rodeo originated.
Christensen Brothers was our original stock contractor. Gold Buckle Rodeo Company is our present stock contractor. We began with $300.00 per added event, and now we add $3,000.00 per event, including barrel racing. Since this rodeo’s origination we have consistently drawn top cowboy and cowgirl contestants to the competition. The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo committee believes that the keys to success in having a great rodeo consist of having excellent stock, quality contestants, talented bullfighters, funny clowns, and exciting half-time entertainment. Each year we strive to make the rodeo the most successful rodeo competition we can bring to the Lower Columbia region. We hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo!
Longview, WA 98632
The Unique Tin car show and Cruise has become one of the premier car shows in the northwest. We are the second or third largest event in Cowlitz County and bring 500 or more classic and performance cars to the area every August. We provide a fun and profitable show for the local economy, give support to local charities and businesses, and manage to enjoy doing it. We hope to continue for years to come.
When: August 27, 2022
Location: Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Contact: Everett - 360.636.1969