Entertainment and Events
Housed within the renovated Gleneden Brick and Tile Factory, five miles south of Lincoln City in Gleneden Beach, Eden Hall (6645 Gleneden Beach Loop Rd., 541/764-3826 performance info, 541/764-3825 restaurant, www.edenhall.com) stages live theater and hosts an impressively eclectic roster of regional and touring musicians.
This spacious airy warehouse has an excellent sound system and is a wonderful place to take in a concert, with an emphasis on jazz, folk, and blues. Enjoy dinner at the adjacent Side Door Café.
Theater and Movies
Lincoln City’s homegrown theater company, Theatre West (3536 SE U.S. 101, 541/994-5663, www.theatrewest.com), stages half a dozen productions each year, with an emphasis on comedies plus musicals and drama.
Catch first-run flicks at the Bijou Theatre (1624 NE U.S. 101, 541/994-8255), an old-time movie house dating back to the 1930s, making it a rare old survivor around here. The six-screen Regal Cinemas (3755 SE High School Dr., 541/994-7649), just east of U.S. 101 in the south end of town, is its modern competitor.
Lincoln City calls itself the kite capital of the world, pointing to its position midway between the pole and the equator, which gives the area predictable wind patterns. The town holds not one but two kite fiestas at the D River Wayside each year. The summer Kite Festival takes place the last weekend in June; the fall festival is held the second weekend in October (541/994-3070 or 800/452-2151). The event is famous for giant spin socks, some as long as 150 feet.
And, believe it or not, there’s even a March indoor kite festival (Taft High School, 3780 SE Spyglass Dr., 541/994-3070 or 800/452-2151) that features lots of kite-building workshops.
In late November, surfers come out to watch the elite compete in the Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic (www.nelscottreef.com). Surfers are towed out to the big winter waves on jet skis; it’s an opportunity to see some amazing surfing.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel