2017 Events

June 30, 2017

Aberdeen Founders’ Day Memorial Activities and Dinner

This years’ dinner is an All American Picnic theme and will be hosted by the Aberdeen Museum of History. The day’s events will begin with a visit to the Fern Hill Cemetery to honor the founding families of Aberdeen. Then, at the Aberdeen Museum of History, you will find a wonderful dinner and lots of laughter. Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased at City Center Drug, Grays Harbor Wine Sellars downtown Aberdeen.

July 1, 2017

Aberdeen Founders’ Day Parade & Festival

The parade will begin on the West end of W. Market St. at Franklin Field and head east ending at G St. Kick off will be at 11am sharp and you will know it when you hear our amazing Aberdeen High School Alumni Choir singing!

Competitions, vendors and children’s activities will begin immediately following the parade. Be sure to return by 6pm for the street dance and beer garden on Broadway between Wishkah and Heron in the evening.

  • 11am-12pm     Parade
  • 12pm-4pm      Festival
  • 6pm-10pm      Street Dance

July 4, 2016

Aberdeen’s Annual 4th of July Splash Festival

The event begins at 12:00 p.m. along the beautiful Chehalis River waterfront and includes:

  • live music
  • family entertainers
  • food and craft vendors
  • FREE inflatable rides/games and;
  • a spectacular fireworks show over the river at dark


July 22nd, 2017

Aberdeen’s 19th Annual Art Walk

In the heart of Historic Downtown Aberdeen on July 22nd, the 19th annual Aberdeen Art Walk is going to be exploding on the streets with artists and vendors from all over Western Washington. Art Walk is a way for us to give back to the community by showing off our Downtown and Western WA talents to the public. This event is a Non-Profit event and is FREE for the public to attend. There is something for all to enjoy.  Aberdeen is a hub of activity every weekend in the month of July.

Last year’s Art Walk was brought back to life where it had the highest attendance in its 18-year history. This year will be no exception. There are several happenings added to this year’s lineup that will delight everyone.

For this 19th Annual Event, we will have well over 90 Artists and Vendors including a more interactive Kid’s Corner and new stage management. We have added Downtown Mural Tours hosted by Silvia Dickerson, a Pet Costume Contest for all hosted by Dennis Co., Steam Donkey Brewery Company hosting a beer garden, local family friendly entertainment hosted by the Stone Soup Group, Artists in Action, and the possibility of mini paint classes. There will be an information booth located in front of Moore’s Interiors on the corner of Broadway and Wishkah St. with maps, schedules, local deals, and directions.

Saturday, July 22nd from 10 to 5 the popular event will include talented artists and craft persons set up throughout the Central Downtown core of Aberdeen. They will adorn two blocks of Broadway and the sidewalks of Wishkah St.  Kid’s Corner will be located on I St., near the Star sculpture, where there will be a variety of crafts, chalk art and more for the kiddos to do. Come have your kids get their faces painted by one of our talented artist Teresa Maria from Olympia. There is something for everyone at this family friendly event.

Live entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. on the main stage which will include performances by several local artists including: Mike Burdoff, The Multipliers, Lisa Ramsauer, Zach Daugherty, Geoff Hirschfeld & Aaron Nickel and Ty Wulf. Relax and stroll through downtown & enjoy being entertained!

The Pet Costume Contest hosted by Dennis Co is a way for Art Walk to give the public a way to get involved with their creative side. Registration deadline is by 11:30 a.m. at the Dennis Co. booth located by the Main Stage. The contest will begin at 12 noon at the Main Stage. First Prize: Best Overall Costume, Second prize: Most Creative Costume, and third prize:  Runner-up. All household pets are included in this contest. We also have a Facebook Event page just for the Pet Costume Contest – Aberdeen Art Walk.

How about talking a walking Downtown Mural Tour hosted by Sylvia Dickerson. Aberdeen is adorned with many talented murals and hear the story behind each one including the artist who produced the amazing work. You will also get to view one of Aberdeen’s biggest murals in progress. Tour times will be listed at the information booth.

Take a break in the beer garden and view all the activities and entertainment going on around you while sipping on a nice cool beer from Steam Donkey Brewing Company. The beer garden is located in the hub of event activities. You can also get some lunch from either Stg. Brand BBQ, Simply Kettle Corn or Grays Harbor Democrats with their famous onion burgers. If you are not of age or have children with you then we have seating for you by the main stage so you can have lunch and enjoy the entertainment.

Come watch Artists in Action showing off their talents. Each booth with an Artist in Action will be identified by a sandwich board posted in front of their booth identifying their location.

Let’s not forget about the Art Attack Fun Run on Sunday the 23rd. This year’s run is being held at Bishop Athletic Complex and consists of a 2 mile, 5K and a 10K run. This Fun Run is put on and sponsored by Grays Harbor Search and Rescue. Show up by 8:30 a.m. to register and race starts at 9 a.m. Registration fee $15 per person and all proceeds go to support Grays Harbor Search and Rescue.

This is a family friendly event, so grab the kids, grandkids, and the neighbors and head to Historic Downtown Aberdeen for a day full of entertainment and fun. You can find us on FB or aberdeenartwalk.com.

This is going to be a great year!

Event Chair: Tawni Andrews, Artist & Vendor Chair: Kathi Prieto aberdeenartwalk@gmail.com

Sponsored by: the City of Aberdeen, ARM, Steam Donkey Brewing Company, Jodeshia Broadcasting, Stone Soup Group, Grays Harbor Radio, and Dennis Co.

 August 26th, 2017

Aberdeen’s Annual Lower Chehalis Potlatch

This fledgling event is hosted by the Peoples of the Lower Chehalis in celebration of natures beauty & abundant bounty found in the Lower Chehalis Basin.

This celebration is aimed at breathing life into the legacy that has been handed down from untold generations past.

The ceremony consists of striving to make a connection to both sides of our River, and with the people of the area by building and caring for signal fires at both the North and South sides of the Chehalis in Aberdeen.

The evening consists of a bit of drumming, a smattering of singing, food, conversation, and hopefully joy for all who wander out and on down to the water’s edge. Build a tradition.