The 12th annual Gorge Days celebration is taking place in North Bonneville, Washington, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016. Just 45 minutes east of Vancouver off of Highway 14, North Bonneville provides a magnificent setting in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. All events take place at or around North Bonneville City Park and the celebration is sponsored by the City of North Bonneville and organized by the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.
The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with citywide garage sales that continue all day Saturday. Last year there were over 50 sales to visit. Get your map at City Hall, Chevron, or North Bonneville’s Fire Hall. Beacon Rock Golf Course is offering a Gorge Days Box Lunch Special on Friday from 11:30am until 2:30pm in case you need sustenance to keep shopping throughout the day. Just call 509-427-5730 to pre-order and pick lunch up on the run or eat it on their deck. Friday evening is full of activities to please everyone in the family.
Skamania School PTO is cooking up a delicious barbecue dinner with pulled pork, grilled corn on the cob, coleslaw and more beginning at 5pm with service through 7pm. Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will open their beer and wine garden for the Friday night fun. New Shilling, a four-piece band that plays traditional Celtic music with a modern groove begins at 5pm. They will play for an hour when Jeff McMahon will take over at 6pm, providing magical entertainment for all ages (thanks to Fort Vancouver Regional Library). New Shilling will play for another hour following the magic. Dinner and music is on the basketball court in the middle of City Park. At 8pm, Bonneville Event Center will open their doors for an open mic session. All musicians are encouraged to join in.
Saturday’s highlight is the Gorge Days Car Show with 300 hot rods, classic cars and vehicles of every vintage expected. The car show will take place from 10am until 3pm on the grass in City Park and is a fundraiser for North Bonneville Senior Center. Trophies will be awarded for People’s Choice, Participant’s Choice and Best in Show plus local businesses will sponsor winners as well.
Saturday’s schedule is jam packed and includes a fundraising pancake breakfast, citywide garage sales, quilt display and art show at Bonneville Event Center, cake walks, Bigfoot Trails Scavenger Hunt, food vendors, a beer and wine garden plus a variety of arts and crafts and commercial booths. North Bonneville Community Library presents family entertainment with En Taiko Youth (a Japanese Taiko drum ensemble). Returning to the park is the Kids Zone with an inflatable obstacle course and slide. Buy a bracelet for $5 and let the kids ride all day.
Friends of the Stevenson and North Bonneville Libraries return with their popular used book sale. A free Saturday shuttle service will provide transportation around town to the garage sales and other activities. Park for the shuttle near the tennis courts.
The big news is that HIT MACHINE is coming to town for a FREE concert that begins at 4pm in the main park. Open seating on the lawn is available for all but bring your own low profile chairs or blankets. Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will offer adult beverages in a beer and wine garden just adjacent to the stage. Several food vendors will be open to provide your dinner for the evening. Enjoy music from the 60s, 70s and 80s from this energetic group that will have you dancing into the night.
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa is offering a Gorge Days package for overnight accommodations. The packages include a guestroom, Friday night salmon roast dinner or $35 dining credit on Saturday, secure car and trailer parking, indoor 25-meter lap pool, indoor sauna, 10% off spa services, 10% off boutique purchases and 10% off food and beverage (excluding alcohol). Queen deluxe room packages begin at $199.00. These special rates are per room per night. Call Bonneville Hot Springs Resort at 866-459-1678 and ask for the Gorge Days Lodging Special.
Admission to all activities, unless otherwise noted, is free.
For more information and the full schedule of activities, visit www.gorgedays.net or call 800-989-9178. Come for the fun, stay overnight and enjoy the majestic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. North Bonneville City Park is located at 214 CBD Mall.
From Portland, travel east on I-84 to Exit No. 44, cross the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll per car) and turn left on Highway 14. Travel about three miles west and turn left into North Bonneville and follow the signs. From Vancouver, head east on Highway 14 approximately 45 miles and turn right into North Bonneville.