Thursday, May 16, 2019

20th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival

Hotel Oregon

6 pm 'til late

All ages welcome

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About 20th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival

UFO Festival

20th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival

Set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, the UFO Festival explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend!

Thursday, May 16:

Evans Street Tent
Close Encounters of the 3rd Vine • 6 - 9 pm • $18 advance / $20 day of includes a glass and 5 tasting tokens
To kick off UFO Festival, we've gathered sixteen wineries to pour tastes of their vintages, including Ken Wright, Elk Cove and Eola Hills. Join us in the event tent on Evans Street outside Hotel Oregon to sample an array of wines while enjoying live music. Plus, you can take home your favorites in bottles to go. Beer, cider, food and desserts are also available for purchase.

McMinnville Community Center
McMinnville Community Night • 5:30 Doors, 6:30 - 8 pm • Free
Poster contest and Star Wars related presentation by Linfield College Professor Leonard Finkelman.

Cellar Bar
Live music by Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rock Patrol • 7 - 10 pm • Free 21 & over
Live music from spaced out rock band, Kirby Swatosh & the Moon Rock Patrol!

McMinnville Community Center
"The Maury Island Incident" • 7:30 Doors, 8 pm • $10
Family-friendly film screening and Q&A about the 1947 Maury Island Incident, which prompted the original "Men in Black" appearance, popularized by Hollywood, presented by filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer.

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About Kirby Swatosh

Acoustic PowerPop/FolkRock

Kirby Swatosh

Singer/songwriter Kirby Swatosh hails from Vancouver,Washington. His catchy pop-rock melodies and clever lyrics introduce a startling original imagination informed by the faith of one who follows his musical dreams.

Swatosh's "Moon Rock Patrol" has been featured at McMenamins Hotel Oregon's Annual UFO FEST for six years running. Called "peculiar and emotional, raw and goofy" by The Seattle Rocket, "the James Taylor of Clark County" by Willamette Week, Kirby's music has also been several times on KINK FM's "Local Artist Spotlight".

The Kirby Swatosh Band once opened for national touring act Dada, and has released four CDs of original music.

Despite his affinity for extraterrestrial themes, Swatosh's repertoire is mainly down-to-earth pop, grounded by a childhood spent listening to The Beatles, Pink Floyd and James Taylor.