The Nye Beach Second Saturday Summer Celebration takes place on the outdoor theater stage in the Courtyard at Café Mundo, in Newport, on second Saturdays from May through September.
Except when it takes place on the third Saturday,
This month’s edition of the free all-ages summer-long community block party sponsored annually by the Newport Community Drum Circle, takes place (for one month only) on Saturday, July 16, which according to our calendars is the third Saturday in July.
Drum Circle leader Chandler Davis said there’s a simple explanation: “We’ve been doing these shows for six years as a second Saturday event (they originated as part of the Nye Beach Merchants Association’s Second Saturday Stroll promotion of several years ago), but Café Mundo decided in 2013 to pack up the restaurant and move it temporarily to the woods outside Veneta on the second weekend in July every year for the Oregon Country Fair.
“We considered other locations, just for July, but they didn’t have the same vibe, so we decided to keep the July show at Café Mundo, but to move it to the third Saturday and give our players the opportunity to go to the Oregon Country Fair too!”
The Nye Beach event, described as “part street performance, part jam session, and part neighborhood block party” features traditional and indigenous World Beat rhythms and Native American flutes with Thunder & Lightness and the Ocean Thunder Percussion Ensemble, from Noon to 3:00 p.m., rain or shine — on the thirdSaturday (July only).