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Let every citizen unite with the common purpose to advance, to grow again; let none lag; let none be dismayed. Every Astorian should echo the cry of those, who called upon to do the impossible and dare the utmost on an embattled front in foreign land, made their slogan of two simple words: ‘Let’s Go.’”
John S. Dellinger, editor, Morning Astorian December 9, 1922


The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association has partnered with the Lower Columbia Preservation Society, Clatsop County Historical Society and a variety of downtown businesses and building owners to honor the centennial of the 1922 fire and celebrate our community’s resiliency, rebuilding and history. Popups, music, theatre, panel discussions, walking tours, exhibits and even a commemorative beer are among the vast menagerie of what is happening throughout downtown. The grand finale is the 1920’s themed Bootlegger’s Ball featuring Pacific Northwest distillers, local music, art, dancers, a costume contest and more.

Our Master of Ceremony for the evening will be the magically dazzling Marco Davis!!! The Bootlegger’s Ball will provide guests an opportunity to sample Pilot House Distilling, Aria Portland Dry Gin, and Dregs Vodka signature cocktails and spirit flights while exploring the “speakeasies” throughout the magnificent Liberty Theater complex. Join us for a dynamic show on the Liberty stage with Burnt Down, Idanha, Triple Moon Belly Dance, 1920’s themed costume contest and so much more! A pop-up art gallery featuring art works by these artists:

  • Aaron Toledo
  • Amelia Santiago
  • Annie Eskelin
  • Audrey Long
  • Bill Atwood
  • blis
  • Bree Lichnovsky
  • Dave Coyne
  • Donna Jean
  • Esme LaVoy
  • Jesse Peper
  • Kate Speranza
  • Kirista Trask
  • Misty Czillinger
  • Noel Thomas
  • Paul Verano
  • Rob Savela
  • Robert Paulmenn
  • Roy Sanchez
  • Vance Lump

Featuring local historic information panels from Clatsop County Historical Society and Lower Columbia Preservation Society.

Surf 2 Soul will provide delicious treats for both vegan and non-vegan folks. Stick around for an extra special Tiny Anthem and then dance your troubles away in McTavish from 9-11 pm with the ever-glorious DJ Ginger Vitus.   It will be a night to remember…..Let’s Go!

Join us for a roaring good time to commemorate the centennial of the 1922 fire.

Dress up in your fanciest glad rags and travel back 100 years to experience the glitz and the glam of 1922 at the ADHDA Bootlegger’s Ball! Enjoy a specially curated selection of Pacific Northwest Craft Distillers offering tastings in a speakeasy experience. There will be live music, art, a distiller’s contest, a costume contest, and so much more!
Celebrate the roaring twenties, support the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, and experience an amazing night at the 2022 Bootlegger’s Ball!

**Looking for the full experience? Get a VIP ticket and enjoy reserved prime seating for live music, access to VIP areas, gifts, snacks, and more.