first_imgThe 20th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, the biggest event of its type in the Pacific Northwest, launched Friday and continues today and Sunday in Esther Short Park. Enjoy diverse flavors of jazz and blues — from 24-year-old saxophone star Grace Kelly to blues legend John Mayall — as well as diverse local wines, foods and artisans. Gates open at 11 a.m. both days, and daylong admission is $35 at the gate for today and $30 for Sunday. Esther Short Park is at the corner of West Eighth and Esther Streets in downtown Vancouver. www.vancouverwinejazz.comIf that’s not enough wine and tunes for you, try the first-ever Vineyard Jam at Heathen Estate, a new 20-acre winery that’s casting an eye at hosting big events. On Sept. 2, the LowRider Band (most of which used to be members of War, the 1970s funk/Latin band that scored hits like “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Low Rider”) headlines a day of music and fun. Comedian Tommy Chong, Heart tribute band Barracuda and local reggae group CoLoSo are also on the bill, among others. Heathen Estate is at 9400 N.E. 134th St., but parking is off-site at Prairie High School (with free shuttle) unless you purchase a VIP ticket. General admission (lawn seating) starts at $45; packages with parking start at $100. Meet-and-greets with the talent are available, too. www.vineyardjam.comOr, you can celebrate recovery and sobriety — along with a few thousand of your most supportive friends. Hands Across the Bridge and Oxfest, a pair of clean-and-sober gatherings, start at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 with inspiring speakers in Esther Short Park. At noon, people will link hands and form a human chain across the Interstate 5 Bridge. Afterward, back in the park from noon until sundown, it’s Oxfest, a sober music festival sponsored by Oxford Houses of Oregon and Washington. Vancouver Peace & Justice Fair heads into its 14th year of pulling together progressive activists, nonprofit agencies, people of faith and anyone who wants to work toward a better world. This year, 100-plus exhibitors and sponsors will ring Esther Short Park, while main stage entertainment runs the gamut from the 100-voice Vancouver USA Singers to folk singer and Pete Seeger fellow traveler Joe Hickerson of Portland. Admission is free. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in Esther Short Park. City Comic Con is the place to find your favorite superheroes, villains, monsters, mad scientists, space adventurers, graphic novelists and game designers — all under one fantastic roof at the Oregon Convention Center. What used to be two days of wall-to-wall pop culture has grown to three. In addition to a busy schedule of gaming, cosplay and lots of fun activities, hundreds of special guests from movies, TV, comic books will be on hand. Perhaps the special-est special guest is Peter Capaldi, the twelfth Doctor on “Doctor Who.” Capaldi recently announced his retirement from the long-running BBC science fiction series. The convention runs from 1 p.m. Sept. 8 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10; single-day admission starts at $30 for Friday and goes up from there, with varied pricing for numerous packages and autograph sessions with stars available. www.rosecitycomiccon.comlast_img read more