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Long Beach Peninsula hosting a summer of music, seafood

There is more to do on Long Beach this summer than splashing in the water. Festivals coming up will showcase blues, jazz, seafood and more.
There is more to do on Long Beach this summer than splashing in the water. Festivals coming up will showcase blues, jazz, seafood and more. Staff file

If fishing, kiting and long walks on the beach weren’t enough to lure visitors to the Long Beach Peninsula, the community is adding additional entertainment.

The visitor center last week announced the chedule for its annual music festivals.

“Our live music scene is big and growing,” Andi Day, executive director of the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, said in a prepared statement. “It’s great to see longtime favorite festivals such as Jazz & Oysters continue as well as more and more small-venue live performances happen on a nearly nightly basis.”

Here’s the lineup:

Blues and Seafood Festival: Regional blues bands, seafood, craft beers, Northwest wine and barbecued oysters highlight this Aug. 14-15 festival on the Ilwaco waterfront. Nine bands are scheduled to play. Tickets are $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday and $40 for both days. For more information, go to bluesandseafood.com.

Jazz and Oysters Festival: On Aug. 15 at Wilson Field in Ocean Park, four jazz bands will perform. Willapa Bay oysters and a beer and wine garden will be available. Tickets are $25 for adults, $13 for children 6-8 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets good for both the Jazz and Oyster and Blues and Seafood festivals are $55. For more information, check out watermusicfestival.com/jazz-oysters.

Waikiki Beach Concert Series: Cape Disappointment State Park is home to this free concert series that features a different band at each show. Concerts are planned for this Saturday (Dedric Clark and the Social Animals), Aug. 8 (Honky Tonk Union), and Aug. 22 (The Winterlings). For more information, go online to funbeach.com.

Other live music: The Shelburne Restaurant and Pub and Sou’wester in Seaview and Pickled Fish in Long Beach also offer live music on a regular basis, according to the visitors bureau.

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