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Mark Your Calendars and Come
Enjoy The Fun
August 18th, 2018

Live Entertainment

Something For Everyone

We’re still getting our squirrels to their nuts for this year, so please hang in there with us. We rolling with last year’s information for now so you know what it’s all about. The bands and the games will be different but the event will still follow the same great tradition of fun for all.

Each year is better than the last with great shows, entertainers, and bands that you’ll just go NUTS about. The Civic Circle is transformed into an all day venue of music, fun, and games for the whole family. Last year our headlining bands were 5 Guys Named Moe and Slow Ride. All the great support from our awesome sponsors made this a free event for all who attended and also allowed us to discount the concert ticket prices to $10. Tickets will be available for purchase at the event as well as through Squirrel Fest volunteers.

2nd Annual Squirrel Fest Karaoke Contest

Watch the best Karaoke singers in the area compete to be crowned the champ! Or qualify for a chance to BE the best Karaoke singer in Longview! Sponsored by your favorite local karaoke establishments: Yan’s Chinese Restaurant, Panda Inn, Hung Far Low, Union Square, Kim Bowl Restaurant and Lexi’s Pizza Pub.

Karaoke Contest Poster


See the Bridges

The Trolley will be featured at Squirrelfest this year, providing guided 30-minute tours of the famous Longview Squirrel Bridges!

Tours will be held beginning at Noon, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. and pickup/dropoff will be in front of the Library.

The cost is $8.00 and tickets are available at KUKN 506 Cowlitz Way in West Kelso. (this event is expected to sell out so get your tickets right away. any available openings will be sold at Squirrel Fest.)

Come join the fun!

Rely Local Trolley


More Entertainment Info >

Food, Events and giant squirrels

Things to do for all ages

A wide range of vendors and entertainment will be present to make the day as fun and active, or relaxing as you would want it.

The kids will enjoy fun things like a tight rope, juggling, diablo, flower-sticks, pole balance, walking globe, stilts, Poi balls, unicycle, plate spin and much more!!! Everyone can satisfy their craving for pizza, hot dogs and cotton candy, clowns, tee-shirt cannons, demonstrations, arts and crafts, and even giant squirrels.

Event Schedule >

Through the eyes of a Squirrel 

Camera on Squirrel Bridge

Attention Squirrel Lovers! If you have always wanted the opportunity to see our bridges through the eyes of a squirrel, now you can! With the help of the team at Cascade Networks, Inc. we have a camera installed on our Bruce Kamp Memorial Squirrel Bridge for you to sit and watch for a squirrel will cross. – This is a great opportunity to have a family gathering, bring your friends over for popcorn, or for date-night with the sweetie. Go Nuts!

LIVE Squirrel Cam >

Local Sponsors

Supporting Our
Is What Were All About


Local sponsors make our event possible.  Show your support and get lots of free swag when you come support Squirrel Fest.  




Why is Squirrel Fest so important to Longview?
  • Is it the kid’s activities at no charge with a nutty squirrel theme?
  • Is it about the family being together for a fun event?
  • Is it the spirit of a fun community that works and grows together?
  • Is it the word of thanks from the business community as sponsors cover the expenses and help generate dollars for youth scholarships?
  • Is it the free concerts in the evening with big time entertainment?
  • Is it the enthusiasm for future generations to boast about Longview as the ‘City of Squirrel Bridges’? We will soon have five squirrel bridges, making Longview a first and putting Longview on the map in a new and different way.
  • Is it the opportunity for special quality vendors to promote their items and bring people to Longview?
  • Is it the increase in ‘Heads and Beds’ which helps all of our community as dollars circulate?
PLEASE do your part to make Longview a better place and help to celebrate life.
We need your help to make Squirrel Fest the very best.
The Event In A Nutshell

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Launching the first Longview Squirrel Fest was a dream of a local group, The Sandbaggers; with the idea of creating a fun event that would be nutty enough for everyone from age 2 to 1002.
Each year is better than the last, growing in attendance, awareness, fun and even more shows from great local musicians, children’s entertainers, and headliners that you’ll just go NUTS about.  
With 100% of FUN, combined with nutty events throughout the day for kids, a mix of entertainment and music, throw in a splash of vendors, tossing in fireworks off the Monticello Hotel is a recipe for a nutty-rrific day! 







“Check out the nutty-ness!”



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Longview squirrel bridges are being recognized worldwide.

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“It’s the most fun we’ve had all summer!” 

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How to Get to Squirrelfest

You may use your GPS to get to Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball Longview 98632. Park in the large parking lot there. Be aware that with the festival road closures you may encounter detours.

From the North:

Take Exit 40 from I-5. Turn right at stop.

Follow North Kelso Avenue to Cowlitz Way.

Turn right on Cowlitz Way. There will be a Texaco station on your left.

Cross the Cowlitz River.

Cowlitz Way becomes Washington Way.

Follow Washington Way until you see ROAD CLOSED signs. Turn right on Maple Street (This is the City detour for Squirrelfest). Turn Right into the Lower Columbia College Parking Lot.

The Festival is 1.5 blocks due South. You can cross the Library lawn, or continue down Maple Street and turn left on Olympia Way.


From the South:

Take Exit 39 from I-5 to Hwy 432 West. The sign will say Longview/Hospital/Long Beach, etc….

Stay on Hwy 432 for 2 miles. It will become Tennant Way.

When you reach 15th Avenue (where the Arco/Burger King are) you have a choice:

1) Turn right and travel down 15th Avenue to Broadway (a block past Safeway). You may turn right on Broadway and park anywhere on the streets. Squirrelfest is on the other side (west side) of 15th.Avenue.


2) Stay on Tennant way and drive along beautiful Lake Sacajawea until you reach Louisiana Street.

Turn right on Louisiana Street.

Follow Louisiana Street to 18th Street. Turn Left on 18th. Go two blocks (across Olympia Way) and turn right on Maple. Turn into the Parking lot at the college.

The Festival is 1.5 blocks due South. You can cross the Library lawn, or continue down Maple Street and turn left on Olympia Way.


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Contact Information

We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in joining our team of volunteers, please leave us a message too or use the contact information below..

General Information:
Phone: 360.430.0273
Phone: 360.423.3838
Phone: 360.425.7707
Phone: 360.423.1743


Community Support
No Squirrels
Were Harmed
In the making of this event!