Saturday, May 18, 2019

20th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival

Hotel Oregon

All day

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!

Saturday, May 18:

Linfield College Wellness Trail
Alien Abduction Dash 5K & Kids' Fun Run • 9 am • 5K - $25; Kids’ Fun Run - TBD
Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and medals for the top 5K finisher in each age division.

*Registration is not yet available

McMinnville Community Center
"Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers" • 9 am doors, 9:30 am event • $20 advance/$25 day of event
Movie Screening and Q&A with Bob Lazar, filmmaker Jeremy Corbell & George Knapp.

Downtown McMinnville
Food & Vendor Tents • 10 am - 10 pm
The tent on Evans Street right outside of Hotel Oregon

Grain Station Brew Works
Alien Pet Costume Contest • Time TBD • Free
Bring your leashed pets in their alien best to prance around and impress the judges and audience. This takes place on the stage at Grain Station Brew Works, 755 NE Alpine Avenue #200 in McMinnville.

McMinnville Community Center
"2004 Tic Tac UFO Case" • 12:30 pm doors, 1 pm event • $20 advance/$25 day of event
Known as the only eyewitness to come forward in the NY Times' reported Tic Tac UFO case, retired commander David Fravor, was a Top-Gun fighter pilot and commanding officer of VFA-41 - the Black Aces. On November 14, 2004, what was supposed to be a routine training exercise, turned into something unbelievable, and apparently not of this world. Jeremy Corbell and George Knapp lead a conversation with Cmdr. Fravor in his first public appearance about the experience.

Mattie's Room
Willamette Radio Workshop • Time TBD • Free
The Willamette Radio Workshop is an award-winning company of actors, designers and writers dedicated to continuing the legacy of the Golden Age of radio while pushing the boundaries of its future. They present live shows and studio productions as well as workshops in writing and performance. Their productions have been heard and enjoyed around the world. They have been active in the Pacific Northwest for more than 15 years.

Downtown McMinnville
UFO Festival Parade • 3:30 pm • Free
Watch from your sidewalk seat or march in costume in the wildly fun and colorful UFO Costume Parade that careens and cartwheels through town.

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Evans Street Tent
Garcia Birthday Band • 4:30 – 7 pm • Free
Garcia Birthday Band (GBB), based in Portland, Oregon, is a group of veteran musicians interpreting and celebrating the vast repertoire of the late Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.

McMinnville Community Center
UFO Speaker Panel • 6 pm doors, 7 pm event • $20 advance / $25 day of
All our experts and eyewitnesses on stage at once, answering questions from the audience.

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!

Evans Street Tent
Alien Costume Ball • 8 – 11 pm • Free
Come in costume to compete for a prize, or just come to gawk at the crazy outfits! You won't believe the lengths to which some of our guests go in fashioning otherworldly ensembles.

UFO Festival Website:

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.



About Garcia Birthday Band

Good ol' Grateful Dead

Garcia Birthday Band

Garcia Birthday Band (GBB), based in Portland, Oregon, is a group of veteran musicians interpreting and celebrating the vast repertoire of the late Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.

But this isn't a "tribute band!" Drawing on years of individual and shared experience, these players are able to craft and transform these tunes into something fresh and original. Solid chops, tight arrangements and fine harmonies all contribute to the band's musical travels and explorations of possibly the greatest and most diverse songbooks of all time.

Always sure to raise the roof and keep the dance floor rocking, hoppin' and shakin', the band's quickly growing "GBB Family” fan base finds the community spirit and kind vibes contagious.

Music-lovers with a wide variety of tastes enjoy this band's extensive playlist which includes classics from Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Cliff, Traffic, Dr. John, Merle Haggard, The Meters, Neville Brothers, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Warren Zevon, Rev. Gary Davis, Bruce Cockburn, and Peter Tosh, to name a few. If your musical tastes range from rock-and-roll, country, R&B, blues, bluegrass, folk, or Americana, you will dig this band. No need to be a Deadhead.

With musicians hailing from the likes of New Riders of the Purple Sage (NRPS), David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cubensis, Buds of May, Ike Willis Band, Brothers Jam and LOOS3, this band is certain to provide high musical adventure!

Band Members:
Arthur Steinhorn (drums)
Scott Gillan (bass/vocals)
Justin John (guitar/vocals)
Peter Bach (guitar/vocals)
Adam King (keyboards/vocals)