Esther Short Park


8th & Columbia Streets

Important Venue Notes

Esther Short Park is handicap accessible. It is located in downtown Vancouver, Washington USA.



The 18th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival takes place August 21, 22, & 23 at Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington. Visit for tickets prices and ALL the festival details! The 2015 Festival features internationally acclaimed Jazz, Latin, Blues and Pop bands, 40 fine artists and crafters; 200 wines; and 9 local restaurants. Headline Musicians include: 10-time GRAMMY winners THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER; jazz legend ARTURO SANDOVAL; Latin bandleader PONCHO SANCHEZ; 3-time GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist BILLY CHILDS; singing sensation JANE MONHEIT; Brazilian jazz singer CLAUDIA VILELLA; GRAMMY-winners PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA; the award-winning SEATTLE JAZZ SINGERS, and other bands.

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Past Events

Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9am-4pm
Free fair provides progressive networking and community building; churches, nonprofit and charitable agencies; community performers; activities for children and the whole family. DON’T MISS THIS YEAR: Electric vehicles showcase! Sikh musicians! Vancouver USA singers! Peace and Justice Hero Reenactors! Passport to Interactive Activities with prizes! Photo booth! The Fair returns for its 15th year showcasing local nonprofit agencies and churches, volunteers and activists, performers and just-plain-folks focused on making Clark County – and the whole world – a better place to live. Get to know the many big-hearted local community groups that are working on important causes like hunger and homelessness, racial and ethnic bigotry, environmental restoration and climate change, oil trains and pollution, war and refugees, gender and LGBTQ equity, health and nutrition, animal welfare, and much more. If you've ever been interested in doing any sort of good in Clark County - or just exploring our busy networks of activists and do-gooders - this is the event for you. Meet Peace and Justice Hero Reenactors throughout the day. Collect their business cards that explain their work for peace and justice. New this year is a Passport to Interactive Activities for all ages: Many exhibitors will offer fun activities that are listed on the Passport, available at the Headquarters table. Get your passport stamped and earn a prize; see details on the Passport. National Electric Vehicle Week showcase: Check out several all-electric, zero-emissions cars in Propstra Square (under the clock tower) and along Eighth Street; chat with current owners of electric cars and electric bikes. Take an electric bike for a test ride! The Photo Booth will return. So will face painting and fun for kids. Show up bright and early for the DIY drum circle (with instruments provided)! This year’s entertainment lineup offers a variety of music. Main-stage highlights include Celtinalia with Jennifer Pratt-Walter and Carl Thor, and the Northwest Freedom Singers. Capping off the festival is a special appearance by the Vancouver USA Singers, featuring cherished songs of peace. The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair is a day like no other: A homegrown gathering of our community's most forward-thinking citizens and peacemakers. Come see how Vancouver is leading the way to a better world.
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9pm
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Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 2-4pm
Yet another performance of All's Well That Ends Well with OPS
Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2-4:30pm
**FREE Shakespeare in the Park** Original Practice Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to the Portland area by reviving the old. When Shakespeare originally penned and performed his plays, theatrical practices were very different than modern audiences are accustomed to. First Folio editions of Shakespeare's plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal. This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses, and lends a much more immediate, organic and improvisational feel to the performances.Come prepared to cheer, boo, and generally reply (as a group) to what you're seeing onstage - the OPS actors thrive on it! OPS is family-friendly (excluding the late-night shows), local, and FREE! For all performance dates, times, and locations go to See you there!
Friday, August 21, 2015 at 4pm through Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9pm
4pm through Sunday, August 23 at 9pm
JAZZ, LATIN, BRAZILIAN, MAMBO, POP! — The 18th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival runs August 21, 22, 23 at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Washington. The Festival is “…the largest festival of its kind in the Northwest…” (ABC TV affiliate KATU 2, Portland, Oregon) and is recognized by musicians, fans and critics alike as one of the best summer concert venues in the region. “This year is one of the best concert lineups that we have had in the past 10 years” says Artistic Director Michael Kissinger. “We are bringing some of the most-acclaimed jazz artists in the world to the Festival, as well as some up-and-coming artists who are breaking out onto the national scene. So when people come this year, they will hear both well-established legends as well as new faces performing incredible music.” The lineup of major acts features: •The Manhattan Transfer — 10-time GRAMMY-winning vocal jazz legends. •Arturo Sandoval — Recognized as one of the world’s greatest jazz trumpeters and 10-time GRAMMY winner. •Poncho Sanchez — GRAMMY winning Latin Jazz band leader and percussionist. •Billy Childs — One of the most acclaimed jazz pianists and composers of our time and 3-time GRAMMY winner. •Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Phenomenal 20-piece Latin Jazz Orchestra and 2015 GRAMMY winner. •Claudia Vilella — Brazilian singer / composer and rising star on the American Jazz music scene. •Jane Monheit — GRAMMY-nominated Jane Monheit has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition. Local and regional bands will also be performing—including the acclaimed Seattle Jazz Singers, Flamenco and Brazilian Jazz band Camnihos Cruzados and Portland-based Go By Train, led by guitarist and bandleader Dan Balmer. 15 concerts will be staged during the 3-day Festival. “We have put together a diverse lineup of internationally acclaimed headline jazz artists along with fantastic local and regional bands” says Kissinger. “The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is recognized not only throughout the Northwest, but nationally as a Festival which presents great music performed by world-class musicians, partnered with 40 fine arts and crafts, 200 wines and delicious food from 9 local restaurants. What more do you need to create a perfect Northwest weekend?”
Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 2-4pm
OPS Fest is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to Portland and the surrounding area, by reviving the old. Their actors perform using the same performance techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal, an onstage prompter, fast-paced energetic acting, and lots of audience interaction!
Monday, November 4, 2013 from 10am-1pm
Join longshore workers, local clergy, community activists, family members and interested citizens at a rally against corporate greed. The corporations use our public resources and operate on our river should contribute to our communities: Good jobs, safe and clean operations, and revenue for public services. Parking is at 6th St., between Washington and Columbia in downtown Vancouver. See you there! For updates on the grain negotiations and the Lockout of ILWU workers, see JJS/CWA39521,afl-cio,clc