Canby’s Big Night Out Street Dance Returns Next Month

Canby’s Big Night Out is back. The annual street dance on North Grant and Second Avenue, organized by the City of Canby and Backstop Bar & Grill, will return on Friday, Aug. 27, after a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

The dance traditionally kicks off Canby’s Big Weekend, coinciding with the Clackamas County Fair, Swan Island Dahlia Festival and other large local events, and bookends the summer events calendar.

The event typically includes live music and dancing (obviously), food and drinks, activities for kids and teens and other fun.

Officials say this year’s Big Night Out Street Dance will feature vendors from local restaurants including the Backstop, Ebner’s Custom Meats, FOB Taproom and Wayward Sandwiches.

Community organizations including the St Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, La Luz del Mundo and Canby High School Music Boosters also support the event.

The Friends of the Canby Public Library Concert Series is also coming back this year, along with the return of the city’s First Thursday program, a monthly campaign highlighting downtown Canby and other local businesses.

The series returns at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 and will continue on Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. All performances will take place at Wait Park.

Live music performances in Wait Park this year are supported in part by a grant from the Clackamas County Cultural Program (managed by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance) and made possible by funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

“There is a lot of excitement in downtown Canby, with several new businesses recently opened or opening soon,” said Canby Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator Calvin LeSueur. “We hope that these events bring the community together to enjoy some live music and support the shops and restaurants that make Canby unique.”

Further details on these events are forthcoming, including lineups, vendors, and sponsors.

For more information on First Thursday, contact Calvin LeSueur at 503-266-0772 or For more information on the Big Night Out Street Dance, contact Economic Development Director Jamie Stickel at 503-266-0701 or

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